Review: Kindling the Moon

One of My favorite reads of 2011!!!!

Title: Kindling the Moon
Author: Jenn Bennett
Series: Arcadia Bell #1
Publisher: Pocket
Release Date: June 28, 2011

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.

Then I told Lon the first honest thing that came to mind.

“I’ve kissed an earthbound but I’ve never kissed a man with a mustache.”

Wow! This book cast a spell on me that had me glued from the first page. Kindling The Moon was a fantastic start to a new Urban Fantasy series with plenty of romance and sexual tension to satisfy us Paranormal Romance lovers as well. This unique and imaginative world built by Jenn Bennett is so magically constructed that its like nothing I’ve ever read before. Arcadia Bell lives in a world that consists of Demons adorning Halos, and Magicians, and Sexual potions Oh My!

Meet Arcadia Bell a compelling twenty five year old feisty, very lovable, powerful Magician with a silver Halo to match her artistically talented skills while slangin shots at the local paranormal friendly bar she co-owns. She’s been living alone under her alias Arcadia Bell for seven years honing her skills since her parents “faked” their death to escape charges of the murders of other powerful occultist. While secretly desiring a closer relationship with her parents she suddenly catches a news story of WANTED serial killer fugitives thought dead by society have now resurfaced. ALIVE….with anxiety filling her senses she discovers her parents while living in exile have had their cover blown.

Her only chance of survival is to find and summon the demon responsible for the murders, enabling the demon to reveal the magician guilty of the ordered murders while inadvertently exonerating her parents of the devastating charges of first degree, cold blooded murder.

Throughout this book I found myself tagging along beside Arcadia on an intense task of proving her parents innocence and saving her own life in the process. Father Carrow, an honest friend of Arcadia has offered to help Arcadia locate this elusive Aethyric demon through the assistance of an Earthbound demon. Only a powerful magician like Arcadia can summon the Aethyric demon using proper rituals and seals. Through the help of Father Carrow’s friend Lon Butler an Earthbound demon and very lustworthy with a delightfully experienced skill for very sensual sexual spells as well as a secret knack shared later.

He looked at me challengingly with his arms crossed over his chest.

“Don’t think I can arouse you?” I froze. Maybe he was joking.“Or is it that you’re afraid you can’t arouse me?”

Never have I had so many Fantasies daydreams of a male character wondering just what that Demon-Licious mustache really does feel like when Arcadia kissed it…;) What I loved about Lon was his self confidence, Arrogance masculinity, power, protective, and Don’t F***k with me attitude.

I glanced at Lon and nodded. He lowered his gun and spoke to him in a low, rational voice.

“I wanted you to know what she could do. Don’t look for, don’t ask about her. Don’t even think about her. If I find out that you have, I’ll come back, and I damn well won’t be happy. That goes for my kid too.” His gaze captured Spooner’s.

“Were not afraid of you, but you should be afraid of us.”

One of my favorite characters was Lon’s son Jupiter or most recognizably known as Jupe, and he’s thirteen years old and reminded me of the cutest puppy dog that follows you everywhere. I found myself looking forward to scenes with Jupe! He was smart, spunky,, witty, overwhelming, charismatic and very mature for his ripe old age of thirteen! LOL. I’m looking forward to lots more of Jupe in the next Arcadia Bell novel because he was beyond adorable.

“what? Tomorrow? Happy birthday! The big twenty-six, huh?”
“Twenty-five,” I corrected without thinking. “I thought you were already twenty-five? That’s what my dad told me when I asked him.”

He cocked an eyebrow at me like he’d just discovered some Zakinthos secret, then mumbled,
“Talk about cradle robbing….”

I absolutely Loved, Loved, Loved this wonderfully written new series!!!

If you have not had the pleasure of meeting Arcadia, Lon, Jupe, Mr. Piggy (the reason behind my new obsession with owning a hedgehog), Priya and all Arcadia’s other friends then you must read this now!!

This book was an easy 5 stars and my only disappointment is that 2012 is too far away for the next installment.

“Amen to that!”

Miss Vain

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10 Responses to Review: Kindling the Moon

  1. Haha! I already know this is an amazing read b/c I’ve read it! LOL
    I think I loved Jupe more than the actual hero though! Hahaha!

  2. MissVain says:

    Haha! I remembered you loved Jupe! I also liked Jupe myself…However, I wanted to kiss Lon Butler and his mustache covered lips like a mad woman. He was soooo sexy!;)

  3. I love that I can read your reviews and they come with a pop of pink now! As always, I’m gonna check out any UF you think is fun. :D Thanks for the heads up.

    P.S. I’ve added you to my blogroll…I’m glad to see you posting here more often!

    • MissVain says:

      HA! Yes the pink is fun.:)
      Wendy, please do check it out. This book is incredibly unique UF, especially since the protagonist is a magician! Also, do you remember us gushing about our love for hedgehogs?? This was the book that I was reading while we discussed it.

      Thanks for stopping by, I’ve already added you via email follower. :) I’m getting the hang of it.;))

  4. Alexa says:

    You are going to kill my book budget and my tbr shelf!
    Each time I come here I have to add a new book to my wish list.

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one so much, I really need to try UF out and see if I like it as much as you do. :)

    Thanks for the great review.

    • MissVain says:

      Ooooh sorry to hear that! ;) Unfortunately you’re probably going to love this next one I add as well. :)

      How about this; I have an awesome book, (UF) one that I recommended to you the other day, and its a Kindle book, totally lendable. If you can receive Kindle books I would love to share it with you??! ;)

      Glad you enjoyed my review! ;)

      • Alexa says:

        I don’t have a Kindle, plus I know those books are only lendable for a certain amount of time and I have a stack of 20+ review books to read for authors and pubs so I would not get it anytime soon.
        Thank you so much for the offer though, it was very nice of you. :)

        • MissVain says:

          Okay that’s unfortunate, however, I understand your review stack!;) You’re welcome for the offer anytime!;) Goodluck getting through your books.:) I’m beind myself as we speak!

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