Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Review: Summoning the Night by Jenn Bennett

Title: Summoning the Night
Author: Jenn Bennett
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Arcadia Bell #2

Paperback, 324 pages
Published on April 24, 2012 by Pocket Books 

Book can be purchased here on Amazon or Book Depository

Where did I get this book?: e-arc provided by author, but I did purchase a physical book for myself.

Summary (via Goodreads): MAGICAL TRICKS. DEMONIC TREATS.

After narrowly escaping her fate as a sacrificial scapegoat, Arcadia (Cady) 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 trial 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. 

Reivew: Where to begin? I think my last review for the first book in the series started something like this LOL. I won’t recap the story like I usually do, since the blurb does a splendid job already.  The first book in the series, Kindling the Moon was one of my top books of 2011 and I was so excited to jump back on the wagon with Cady and company. While filled with excitement I couldn’t help but wonder, will this book be as good as its predecessor? The verdict, Mrs. Bennett delivers another outstanding novel that as wonderful as the first book, everything that readers love about the first book is brought into the sequel. The world building is as enchanting as ever, and is strong without needing so many paranormal creatures like other urban fantasy series out right now.  There are only three type of people that occupy Cady’s (Arcadia) world; magicians, demons and humans. What make this series are the characters and secondary characters.  Cady and Lon are still in the early stage of their relationship, I love that we see a realistic relationship, as it’s slowly builds (don’t worry there’s nothing boring about their relationship). Cady and Lon are still learning about one another, and when they have problems they talk and work it out.  We also get to see more of Jupe, Lon’s son who is hilarious! He is so charming, outgoing, and super funny you can’t help but love him. He definitely shines whenever he’s in a scene. He’s so smart and wise for a 14-year-old and at the same time he can be a total teenager.

The plot this time around gave me chills and Goosebumps (the good kind!), the snatcher picking off Hellfire club member’s kids…around Halloween?! Just when I thought I figured out who the snatcher was in the book, Mrs. Bennett surprises me yet again with the different twists/turns. The book is nonstop action, part mystery –part humor and even has its tender moments.  I don’t remember the last time a book  was able to make me smile one minute, tear up and cry the next and then laughing out loud all within a couple of pages. Cady, Lon and Jupe will always have a little place in my heart, and even the secondary characters  like Bob the sometime drunk earthbound and Hajo an earthbound junkie made quite an impression on me and I hope we get to see more of them in the future book. I look forward to the next Arcadia books to see where this little family goes and anything else Ms. Bennett writes.  This is a brilliant urban fantasy series, if you haven’t started it you’re totally missing out. This book has a REAL couple and thank goodness no love triangles, intriguing world-building, a great plot line, and interesting secondary characters. Mrs. Bennett unique writing style will definitely evoke your emotions whether she tickling your funny bone or pulling at heart strings….which is something not many authors can do that.

A little note to the author: Thank You Jenn for writing such an amazing story and for sharing your characters with us readers! You’re an a talented writer,  we all impatiently wait till the next Arcadia Bell book J

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