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.


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my review

Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell, #1)Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is one of the few books that I had a really tough time finishing. The first 20 to 25% were not good, to say the least. This book has some of my worst pet peeves in it and those are smoking, drugs, not liking cats and discrimination. I don’t know how many times I wanted to quit the book but I pushed through the 25% mark and then it suddenly wasn’t so bad anymore. After that the story picked up and things finally started to get more interesting.

I really liked the whole magick aspect and how fresh, unique and detailed the concept was. At times it was maybe hard to keep up with all the names of demons and rituals but that at the same time gave the finishing touch to a great plot. And the ending, uh, did not see that one coming. I mean, who would have thought so many crazy people existed. Guess you could say they were the black sheep of the family.


As for the characters, not bad. Took me some time to warm up to Arcadia but Jupe and Kar Yee I liked right of the bat. I have a feeling me and Kar Yee aren’t that different form each other and that’s perfectly fine with me. I even liked Mr. Piggy. Now, Cady’s parents were a whole nother story. If you want to know why, read the book! As for Lon, not bad. I may not have liked his past but his present self is quite all right. If he sticks to Cady throughout the next books, then he’s a keeper.

Will I be reading the next book? I think so. These are desperate times for me. There aren’t many books that can keep my interest these days. So wish me luck for this series! 🙂


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