MAGICAL TRICKS. DEMONIC TREATS.
After narrowly escaping her fate as a sacrificial scapegoat, Arcadia Bell is back to normal. Or at least as ordinary as life can be for a renegade magician and owner of a tiki bar that caters to Earthbound demons. She's gearing up for the busiest day of the year—Halloween—when a vengeful kidnapper paralyzes the community. The influential head of the local Hellfire Club taps Cady to track down the fiendish bogeyman, and now that she's dating red-hot Lon Butler, the Club's wayward son, she can hardly say no.
Cady and Lon untangle a gruesome thirty-year trail of clues that points to danger for the club members' children. But locating the person behind the terror will require some metaphysical help from Cady's loyal bar patrons as well as her potent new Moonchild powers—and she'd better figure it out before the final victim disappears and her own darkest secret becomes her biggest enemy.
Mass Market Paperback, 324 pages
Four Stars: A tighter, more exciting second installment.
Cady is content in her new relationship. She and Lon are growing closer than ever, and she can't help but love his precocious son, Jupe. When Jupe is around there is never a dull moment. Cady hasn't used her Moonchild power since the terrible night when she first acquired it, but she will be kindling it sooner than she thinks. Jupe informs her that kids are going missing. The kidnappings are eerily similar to the abductions that took place thirty years ago. The Snatcher was never caught nor were the kids recovered. Cady and Lon learn that the kidnappings are hitting too close to home. Whoever is stealing the kids is going after the kids of the Hellfire Club Members. That means Jupe is a target. Cady and Lon have until Halloween to find out who is behind the abductions. Can Cady catch the Snatcher?
What I Liked:
- While I liked the first installment, Kindling the Moon, I was not firmly committed to the series until this book. The plot is much tighter, more interesting and chilling. I was drawn into to the sinister story line. This book moves the series into new directions, and I am eager to continue and see how it will all play out.
- I was a bit hesitant about the romance in the first book. Cady and Lon are thirteen years apart in age, and I wasn't sure that they were right for each other. I am happy to be proven wrong. They make a great couple and I am loving the chemistry. I appreciate that the romance is done just right. It is a nice addition but it does not overpower the story. I especially like that it isn't fraught with drama and that the age thing isn't an issue.
- Once again, Jupe steals the show. This kid is all kinds of fun. He is funny, endearing, and he makes me laugh. This time around, he is experiencing with his new found demon knack. He has the power of persuasion. Does that ever open the door for a passel of trouble! I think he is wonderful and I am loving his relationship with Cady.
- I enjoyed the creepy storyline. This book takes place around Halloween and it focuses on the terrifying kidnappings. It was an interesting and entertaining plot and I found myself racing through to the end. This was a much stronger installment.
- I am loving that this series is steering away from love triangles and cliffhangers. It is so nice to get a solid UF book without all the nonsense. If you are looking for a new Urban Fantasy series with a good romance, interesting characters, strong story lines and a hilarious fourteen year old, try these books.
- At first, I was a bit disappointed that there are no other paranormal creatures in this world other than the demons and magicians, but now it is kind of nice not having vampires and shapeshifters and all that. However, I am keeping my fingers crossed that ghosts are real like Jupe says.
And The Not So Much:
- The whole situation with Dare is irritating. Dare is the owner of the Hellfire Club and he is a piece of work. He confronts Cady expecting her to track down the killer, and then he threatens her and tries to blackmail her to do his bidding by threatening to expose her identity. I don't see what the big deal is about her identity anymore. Her parents are out of the picture so there is no reason to hide. He is a slime ball and I don't get why Cady didn't stand up to him.
- Where was Lon when Dare was threatening Cady? I don't understand why she didn't tell Lon that Dare was trying to coerce her. They have this whole discussion about honesty and not keeping secrets, but then she holds back this information, why?
- Hajo was a character I couldn't figure out. He is able to track the dead and he is obviously disturbed. I am interested to learn more about him, and determine whether is good or bad.
- To me, it was obvious early on as to who was behind the kidnappings. It wasn't a big surprise and I can't believe that Lon and Cady didn't clue in earlier. I even guessed as to what body the kidnapper was possessing. Not a big deal, but I was hoping for a few more shocking twists.
Summoning the Night notches up the action and the relationships and moves this into a must read series. I am enjoying the development of the relationships, the growth of the characters and exploring this interesting UF world. I especially appreciate that this series avoids love triangles, cliffhangers and romantic drama. If you are looking for an exciting and unique series give this series a try.
"If you ask me, what you do is more important than what you say."
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.