Review: Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett

Title: Kindling the Moon
Author: Jenn Bennett
Series: Arcadia Bell, #1
Publisher: Pocket
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Pages: 358

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.

KINDLING THE MOON surprised the hell out of me. I honestly didn't really know what to expect, but for one thing I did not expect to immediately fall in love with the pure brilliance of it. This was an excellent start to a series and what a surprising ending that was.

Arcadia Bell was a heroine that I loved from the get go. Cady was very likable and funny at times. And she's one of those girls that you would love to have a girls night out with. Cady is most definitely fun and loving. And with a great heroine comes a great love interest.

“Maybe it involved a woman. Oh, maybe even a nun—ooh! Wouldn’t that be scandalous?” “Indeed, but no."

Did I mention I am in love with her love interest? Lon Butler is Cady's love interest in KINDLING THE MOON and he had the ever so mysterious vibe going on for him. Did I also mention I love his name?! It even sounds hot! Lon also has a teenage son, Jupe sort for Jupiter. (Okay, Bennett is a goddess at the naming process. I love all of these names so far.) 

"Arcadia,” Lon’s voice said from my phone. “Who is this?” I teased. “You can’t take my son on a date.” “I didn’t ask him. He asked me.” “He stole my cell and called without permission.” “Sounds like a personal problem to me.” A low growling noise came out of the phone."

Anyway, I love Jupe, he is as funny as Cady is. Jupe may be a huge reason why I love the series. Most authors won't write in either of the two main characters having a son and I loved that Bennett did it. She made it work and it made the book even better.

I loved the plot one hundred percent. I loved by reading the synopsis that I still had no idea what this book was about. Look forward to demons and magic users on a whole new level. You will be wicked surprised when you open this book and the ending will shock you got of your socks. I really am looking forward for what is in store for Cady next.

"He gathered me closer, kissed my neck, then spoke in a low voice next to my ear. “I figure, see, if you find yourself getting more attached to the two of us than you planned, maybe you won’t think about picking up and leaving to start another life somewhere else.”


  1. Great review, amazon keeps recommending this book to me, I think I will have to add it to the TBR... Book Savvy Babe

  2. Awesome!:D I'm so glad you liked this book! I have it on my TBR list as well and I know we have similar tastes in books. I think I will like Cady too, she seems my kind of heroine!:)) Looking forward to meeting Lon Butler, hehe!
    Great review!

  3. Ahh I have this book from the library and I need to read it- so many great reviews!