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.Paperback, 358 pages
Three and a half stars: An exciting new UF series featuring demons!
Arcadia Bell has spent the last few years separated from her parents under an assumed identity. Seven years ago, her parents were accused of several murders they didn't commit. After murders, they all went into hiding. Cady misses her parents, but she has made a comfortable life for herself. After college, she and a friend opened a bar that caters to the demon folk. Arcadia has become a rather accomplished magician, and that helps her to keep the peace in the bar when the demons get out of hand. Trouble strikes when Cady sees her parents on the news. They have resurfaced, and now the rival magician clan is demanding that either Cady's parents be given up or Cady herself in retribution for the murders. Cady has two weeks to track down the elusive white demon that she believes is responsible for the murders. If she can find this demon, she can clear her parents' name and finally be reunited. Unfortunately, finding the demon is all but an impossible task. Can Cady find the demon and save her parents?
What I Liked:
- This was an energetic and entertaining beginning to a new UF series that was quite original. Demons are the featured paranormals, along with magicians. I appreciated that this book provided something original as far as the paranormal entities are concerned. Who knew that demons could not only be interesting but sexy as well? These certainly aren't your evil, hell fire demons.
- Cady was a fun character to get to know. She was spunky, a bit snarky and she was determined. I liked learning more about her powers and seeing her develop them. I think she will be a strong protagonist to follow in the upcoming books.
- Jupe ended up being the show stealer. He is a precocious thirteen year old demon who is overly curious, funny and a bit manipulative. He made me laugh, and I was surprised at how quickly I feel in love with him. Child characters can be tricky, but I think Jupe is done just right.
- Lon, the love interest, never ceased to surprise me. At the first meeting, he is a bit standoffish and I wasn't sure I would like him. However, he proves to be a solid ally to Arcadia and I liked the way the two interacted. He is smart, sexy, sophisticated, rich and a bit of an enigma. I am excited to see what he will do in the next book.
- I loved the surprising and shocking twist at the end, I certainly didn't see it coming. It was a jaw dropper for sure. I like when a book catches me off guard.
- The ending draws to a neat resolution without a cliffhanger or a bunch of lingering questions. I always appreciate when I get a complete story in a book.
And The Not So Much:
- The romance moved a bit too fast for my taste. This is my second book by Ms. Bennett, and I see that she has a habit of throwing two characters together who have an instant attraction, and then the romance takes off. That happens here. At the second meeting, there is some chemistry and soon the there are plenty of lusty thoughts, and then it moves into something more very quickly. By the end of the two weeks, the romance is full bore ahead. I would have liked for it to take more time building a friendship. Even though it is moves at lightning speed, I like the chemistry between the two, and I am looking forward to seeing how it will progress.
- There is a great deal of information to take in with this one. There is lots of new material regarding demons and how they function. There are several different type of demons and it takes a bit to understand them all. I appreciated,though, that the information was spread out and you didn't get it all in one big dump. I am still not one hundred percent clear on everything, but I am sure that will come in time as I continue to read. Still I am excited to tackle something unique.
- I loved the bar setting, and I was disappointed that after the first scene, Arcadia pretty much stays away from her bar. I hope that she will spend more time there in her the next book.
Kindling the Moon was an exciting and interesting read featuring demons. Don't think these are your evil, hell spawn demons, they are much more complicated than that. Ms. Bennett has created an entertaining new world to explore with solid characters. I had a fun time with this one and I am eager to continue the series.
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.