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Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  5,382 ratings  ·  527 reviews
Anew urban fantasy series about a magician and daughter of accused serial killers who must clear their names--or pay for their crimeswith her life.

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...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Simon & Schuster
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Then I told Lon the first honest thing that came to mind.

"I've kissed an earthbound but I've never kissed a man with a mustache."

Wow! This book cast a spell on me that had me glued from the first page. Kindling The Moon was a fantastic start to a new Urban Fantasy series with plenty of romance and sexual tension to satisfy us Paranormal Romance lovers as well. This unique and imaginative world built by Jenn Bennett is so magically constructed that its like nothing I've ever read before. Arcad...more

New authors have it tough and that's the plain hard fact, not only do they have to bring something fresh and new to the table, but in a growing genre like UF, you gotta bring in your top gun and Jenn Bennett brings it ten-fold with flags waving and gun blazing with Kindling the Moon.
I was happily surprised in how much I loved and enjoyed this book, the pace and story were very easy to follow along with a great world building and most of all LON! RAWR!

In UF you want the perfect balance in yo...more
Holiday season is Urban Fantasy season for me (don't know what that says about me but...) Yay! New series. Probably 3.5? Yeah I'll say 3.5 stars. Pretty into it DESPITE it's male lead having my least favorite descriptor of all time: blonde mustache. Whyyyyyyy. (And the insistence on calling it a mustache when more facial hair was involved on the chin too. Total record scratch every time. My brain automatically went James Franco pornstache when it was actually more Johnny Depp facial hair. (Like...more
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Kindling the Moon is the first book in Jenn Bennett’s Arcadia Bell series. There was a little bit of buzz surrounding this book a little while back. I saw the cover and thought “wow, stunning colors” and read the blurb. It sounded pretty interesting. So on a whim, I requested it. I was happy when the delivery man arrived at my door with it and was even more excited when I started reading it because it was a good read from the very beginning.

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 gr...more
Pamela / SpazP
Originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews

“Oh, holy Whore of Babylon.” - Arcadia Bell

Arcadia Bell is the bartender and co-owner of Tambuku Tiki Lounge in Morella, California that caters to Earthbound preternaturals. She has been using her “Arcadia” alias and has been in hiding for seven years, after her parents were charged with the deaths of three rival occultists, then faked their deaths. She has not seen them since, but after catching a special news alert one night while she’s working, she d...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Urban fantasy, like any genre, develops it’s own markers, it’s own rules, and it’s own clichés. In the hands of a good author, fun can still be had. But when you take a talented author and break free of the usual urban fantasy tropes, the end result is magic, or in this case, the result is KINDLING THE MOON by Jenn Bennett, the first book in the Arcadia Bell series.

Arcadia Bell is one of those rare breeds of urban fantasy heroines who walks the line bet...more
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Sep 13, 2014 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: UF fans
Shelves: urban-fantasy
A fun spin using the occult (magicians) and demons (various kinds). Each demon has a special gift and magicians seem to have an edge, meaning they can summon demons from other planes. It was an interesting and new-to-me fantasy world. The dialogue had the kind of snark I enjoy. Lon and Arcadia's flirtatious banter was fun. There's another character I unexpectedly enjoyed more than I thought I would. The plot involves a mystery (well-executed) and a Cady transitioning to a different phase.

Why didn’t I read this sooner?

Kindling the Moon was a fun read for me. The author creates an interesting world where Earthbound demons walk among us and magical orders exist. Kindling the Moon is the story of a young woman forced to live in hiding under an assumed name because of her parents’ involvement in a series of high profile murders. Her current identity is Arcadia Bell and she is a bartender and part owner of the Tambuku Tiki Lounge (love that name!), a hangout for Earthbound demons.

I l...more
Carolyn Crane
I found this to be a riveting and highly swashbuckling read with great characters, and a magical storyline that took me off the beaten UF path. I thought the worldbuilding and the engineering of the magical workings was just wonderful, too.

Then there’s the single father hero who has absolutely great chemistry with our intrepid heroine - I really enjoyed him! There is also a fabulous frenemies storyline that I found to be understatedly hilarious. Love that frenemies bit! And of course, a fine an...more
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I won a copy of this book in a blog giveaway so it wasn’t originally on my wishlist but I’m glad that it ended up in my TBR pile. At first the story reminded me of Linda Wisdom’s Demons series but not for long. Kindling the Moon branches out and does its own thing which results in a plot line that doesn’t quit, charismatic characters and an out of left field ending. And, Jenn Bennett is just getting warmed up! The first installment of a series is always tricky business bu...more
Seven years ago, Arcadia “Cady” Bell’s occultist parents were accused of four murders. They faked their deaths and Cady’s, and the family went into hiding: the parents together, Cady separately. Now, Cady co-owns and tends bar at the Tambuku Tiki Lounge, which caters to both human and demon patrons. Then, when the media discovers her parents are still alive, the rival magical lodge Luxe demands that either they or Cady pay the price for the murders. Cady sets out to prove her parents’ innocence...more
Karina Halle
Buddy read with Janice.

Five stars!

Fantastic urban fantasy page-turner with unique, strangely relatable characters and fun world-building. Lots of potential for books down the line too, with a cast of powerful characters that could all come into play. I thought I wouldn't have time to read this or I'd read really slowly but it was so interesting that I couldn't help but get glued to it. It's going to be hard not jumping into the second book right away, but I will once I get my work (aka writing)...more
This book **completely** surprised me. My friend let me read an e-book advanced copy on a recent flight from London. The premise was interesting enough and I had seven hours to kill. I didn't even know if I would finish or not. But somewhere after the first few chapters I got completely sucked into this world and poof, there went my flight.

The world building is so different from all the usual urban fantasy stereotypes. Forget the detectives and paranormal hunters, forget the gun fights and half...more
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
"Jesus," he said between breaths, "Je-sus."

"Amen to that."

A very impressive start to the series. The story line was fresh and intriguing with a surprising ending. The characters and their relationships were well-constructed and entertaining.

Arcadia Bell, a magician, was a likable character with an interesting background.

Her love interest, Lon Butler, had that mysterious Jericho Barrons type vibe going for him when first introduced. That quickly changed once his character became more involved an...more
Wow! I've read two books within a couple weeks of each other that I feel compelled to give 5 stars. That almost NEVER happens.

Arcadia Bell is a magician - a very powerful magician. But as her regular job, she is partial owner of a bar. She uses her potions and binding spells to break up bar fights and to keep the peace with her Earthbound demon patrons. It's a pretty nice life. She has a house, a couple of friends, a job and super wicked magic powers. She also has a very deep and dark secret sh...more
Sharon ✽ is an emotional book junkie ✽
I was pleasantly surprised with this book considering that I started reading it without having a clue what it was about. It was especially nice because it's all about "magic" which is what they call it in this book. They are magicians, not witches, which is just one interesting difference. It made me laugh that they refer to humans as savages, a slang term for them. And anyone who is a demon or part demon but on earth are Earthbounds and easily to recognize (if you can see them) by their halos....more
I've been searching for my next favorite UF Series ever since I caught up on Mercy Thompson earlier this year. While Seanan McGuire's Toby Daye didn't live up to my expectations, Jenn Bennett's Arcadia Bell certainly did. With humorous narration, a kick-ass heroine, single-parent dad, teenage son, and demons roaming around, what could possibly go wrong? ;) Onto Book 2!

P.S. - Book #300! 2013 Reading Challenge? Complete! :D
This is the first installment in the 'Arcadia Bell' series by Jenn Bennett and what a book it was!
I was bored and happened to stumble upon this novel a few days ago. Once I opened it, I was hooked.

Arcadia (Cady) is a magician with a past. She's the daughter of the notorious eledged serial killers, Enola and Alexander Duval and has been hiding out for seven years to forget her past life.
But the past always come back. And this time it's back to bite her in the a**.

I was in a Urban Fantasy rutt as...more
Overall, Bennett has an engaging voice and while I could certainly see a lot of people enjoying this, unfortunately it didn't really work for me.

Plot synopsis: When her supposedly dead parents -- rumored to have murdered several magicians 7 years before -- show up on the evening news, Arcadia has two weeks to clear her parents' names before they -- or she -- are killed by the Luxe Order. She drafts Lon, a demonologist, to help her find the demon who knows who the real murderer is.

The world build...more
I always go into the “first” book of an author, or of a series, expecting lots of exposition, boggy middles and posturing, as the author works to introduce the parameters of her world, while dropping the snarky heroine into what I think of as the “Ta-da/ Kick –Ass/Whew” moment that sets the tone of the book.

Jen Bennett made me ashamed of my preconceived notions, as she used deft strokes to introduce us to Cady’s magic in the context of a real-life job, then built a believable construct of a mag...more
Mrs. Badass
3.5/5 or C+ Grade.

Why you ask? Why did I not Lurve this book? Simple really.

Arcadia Bell is part owner of a Bar for a more supernatural clientele. They even watch PATROL on Thursdays--to laugh at the stupid humans who don't see the imps and think there are ghosts. Ghosts aren't real in this novel people. Only Demons type species. (Maybe it was Thursdays, I don't remember) There was a scene were Arcadia pulls off a Coyote Ugly moment, I rolled my eyes a wee bit.

What I liked:

Jupe. How can you not...more
Aug 31, 2013 Susana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susana by: Negine

I guess one can never have too many books to read...or urban fantasy series to follow! Because after finishing this, i can definitely say that if this doesn't turn out into a favorite series, i will have an apoplexy...

Arcadia Bell is a magician...but, not the kind that that tries to pull rabbits out of hats....

... no, Arcadia is the real thing. As a magician she can pull and kindle energy (known as Heka) into their body, and then unleashing it as a fact, there were times when a cert...more
For the love of things that go bump in the night, this book was FABULOUS! It was the perfect blend of action, intrigue, tension and the supernatural. I loved the worldbuilding. Loved it to pieces! I never went into informational overload as the world was shaped and I think the elements Jenn Bennett created came together wonderfully. I literally got nothing done today because I couldn't put this book down. The phone would ring and I was mighty tempted to ignore it so I could spend just a little l...more
There are several good reasons to read Kindling the Moon and the most important one of them is the likable nature of the protagonist. Arcadia Bell is, well, not a perfect but a very good example of a balance of confidence, vulnerability mixed with stubbornness and some other faults that keep her human. She is very easy to like and empathize with. In fact, apart from her not so normal magical powers, she may as well be someone you know. Another good reason, and a surprise at that, is the relative...more
Wow I really really enjoyed this book.

The first in a series is very rarely this good, Jenn Bennett manages to effortlessly explain demons and kindling energy without it being too much. This story is about a girl named Arcadia Bell, well it's her current alias that is. Her parents are on the run for murders they didn't commit so she also needs to stay hidden. But she gets asked by her uncle to find the demon that was ordered to kill these people, demons can't lie so when it is summoned they can...more
Arcadia Bell (Cady) is a woman in hiding. She has been on the run for 7 years because her parents were accused of murder. She has tried to carve out a normal life and hide in plain sight, she is half owner of a demon bar and she uses her magic only to keep the patrons (earthbound demons) in line. Then one day her safe world comes crashing down on her because her parents are back in the lime light. Cady soon learns she has two weeks to figure out who framed her parents for murder because the coun...more
Imagine you were sitting in an alfresco cafe setting, the sun is warm and the ambiance is lively. Your perfect cup of coffee comes and it smells heavenly but after the first sip, you realize it's not what it seems. What's this you're feeling? That's right, frustration. It could have been good.

That's right. I was so frustrated out of my mind. The premise started out fine, it was nice seeing the female lead tend a bar and go head to head with angry patrons. Everything was nice and dandy until abou...more
This is one of just 3 debut books that I've given 5* to this year. The others were Darynda Jones First Grave and Ben Aaronovitch Rivers of London
3, 5* debuts in 8 months is unusual enough - but this was definitely ahead by a hair. It was bloody awesome and it kept me up til 4am. Even though my eyes were glazing with exhaustion I simply could not put it down and I cried for Cady .... and I do not normally cry for anything less than ill-treated kittens!

I think there are enough reviews covering the...more
It's pretty difficult to blow me away with something original in the UF genre these days but Kindling the Moon did just that. If you're looking for a fresh spin on urban fantasy then look no further.

Arcadia (Cady) Bell, a powerful self taught magician, has been in hiding for the past 7 years under an alias after her parents were accused of three gruesome murders that made headlines because of their ties to the occult. They faked their deaths and separated from Cady for her own protection. Cady n...more
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JENN BENNETT is the author of: the Roaring Twenties series (Berkley Sensation) and the Arcadia Bell UF series (Pocket Books). Her first YA contemporary romance will be released in 2015 (Macmillan). She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two evil pugs. Visit her at

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“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.”
“I stumbled through the dark underbrush again crying out as I plunged through a thick spiderweb. My arms frantically brushed away the clinging web as irrational fear made me batshit-crazy for a moment. Scared of a damn spider when a bloodthirsty demon was chasing me down. Ridiculous.” 23 likes
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