Review: Banishing the Dark by Jenn Bennett

Title: Banishing the Night
Author: Jenn Bennett
Series: Arcadia Bell, #4
Publisher: Pocket
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Pages: 384

Complicated does not begin to describe Arcadia Bell's life right now: unnatural magical power, another brush with death, and a murderous mother who's not only overbearing but determined to take permanent possession of Cady's body. Forced to delve deep into the mystery surrounding her own birth, Cady must uncover which evil spell her parents cast during her conception…and how to reverse it. Fast.

As she and her lover Lon embark on a dangerous journey through her magical past, Lon's teenage son Jupe sneaks off for his own investigation. Each family secret they uncover is darker than the last, and Cady, who has worn many identities—Moonchild, mage, fugitive—is about to add one more to the list.

I cannot believe this was the last book! What a short series! I think I just wanted Arcadia Bell to go on forever, because it was such an awesome series! BANISHING THE DARK is where we wrap everything up. A bombshell cliffhanger happened in the previous book, Binding the Shadows. Cady was locked up by Dare, killed Dare and was sent to the hospital. Oh, and the last thing she heard before she passed out was that she was pregnant with Lon's baby.

In BANISHING THE DARK, Cady is on a mission to get her mother out of her head and keeping her from finding out about the baby by any means possible. And completely stopping her altogether. She has quite the task for her and Lon and Jupe, (decided by Jupe himself) decide to help her anyway that they can. And the best part. Jupe has his own chapters. We get to dive right into the mind of Jupe Butler!

I'm not going to give anything away, because I want you to read it for yourself and find out. I enjoyed the Arcadia Bell series immensely. Jenn Bennett really made some fun and unqiue here and I enjoyed every minute of this series. I'm looking forward to more books by Jenn Bennett.


  1. Great review, Mariya! It’s always upsetting to see a great series end. The series sounds very interesting. Wouldn’t it be exciting if Jenn Bennett decided to resume the series someday?

  2. I think the thing with this one was I was so caught off guard that it ended with this book, because usually UF series end in 5 or 6 books or more. 4 seemed like such an odd number to end it at. But I enjoyed it and the author wrapped everything up nicely. =))