Thursday, May 31, 2012

Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell #1) by Jenn Bennett

Meet Arcadia Bell: bartender, renegade magician, fugitive from the law...

Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn’t easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia “Cady” Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she’s carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge.
But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can’t clear her family name soon, she’ll be forced to sacrifice her own life... and no amount of running will save her this time.
I have wanted to read this book ever since I saw the cover and read the blurb. I love a good UF and I was not disappointed. The characters were engaging and I really enjoyed Arcadia's character. She is young, but smart and strong. She runs a bar which is demon friendly and she is accepted as one of them. She isn't demon, but yet more than human. So, it is this area that gets explored in this book.

Cady also meets the swoon-worthy and taciturn demon, Lon. He is suitably alpha male with a strong compassionate side... even though he also has a hard shell to crack. However, Cady does find a fissure within that shell and crack it does! While we are introduced to Lon we find that he is a full time concerned parent of a teenage boy, Jupiter. Jupe is the opposite of Lon. While having what could be described as a bad case of ADHD, he also brings a good dose of humanity to the demon side of things. In fact, Jupe is easy to love.

I give this book 4 stars. It does have a lot of information to part and it does slow down the book at times. I didn't mind it since it was sprinkled throughout the book rather than on large information dump. However it may bug some people who do not read that much UF. It didn't bother me and I, in fact, enjoyed this book. I suggest it mostly for those that are fans of UF with a good dose of PNR. :)
I won this signed book from The Quillery.

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  1. So glad you enjoyed it! it's a really great series. and well what can I say about Jupe? He is just amazing! I hope you'l lenjoy the second as well.

  2. I may like this one! It doesn't sound like there is a triangle and there is enough romance to tie me over :)

    Plus, I saw that your harem got a new boy from here--I need to see if I need to fight for him.

  3. I'm pretty used to the large amounts of information being imparted in UF books, so I don't think that will bother me, especially since you said it's sprinkled throughout. Plus, I need to meet Lon. After your BB post, there's no way I can miss this book!

  4. A human who runds a demon bar? Cool! I definitely need to check this book out. I can already see Lon walking into the bar like a boss! Lovely review!

  5. I grabbed a copy of this last year when I saw a bunch of great reviews. Have bot read it yet. I know I need another pair of eyes. I think I would rather have a bit too much info as opposed to not enough. I complain all the time about lack of details. This sounds like a good, solid read and I need to pick it up soon!

  6. Now I am sad cos you liked it more than I did :/ Oh well. And now I am happy to see that you liked it :) I

  7. LON! *giggles*

    You know, if I ever owned a bar, it would definitely be demon friendly... you know, as long as the demons didn't ask for a shot of my urine or anything. LOL

    I'm not much for UF, but you've got me considering this one, Mel. *shakes fist*

    P.S. Looking forward to the three-fer! LOL

  8. "an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells" - What a coincidence! I met a guy at a bar last night claiming to be one of these! Hmmm...I guess they're more common than I thought :)

  9. I've read both books in the series so far and give them both my seal of approval!

  10. I've heard about the book slowing with information. But that's okay with me too. I have this one here and do want to get to it. :) Thank you!


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