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Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell #1)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,267 Ratings  ·  643 Reviews
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 Tambuk
Paperback, 358 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Pocket Books
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Kat Kennedy
It's not that there was anything particularly wrong with Kindling The Moon. It's well written, well paced and reasonably readable. There was the odd typo or spelling mistake or missing punctuation, but I can live with that.

But it was rather like an unfortunately boring date. You know how it is. You go to a bar together and all they want to do is talk about body fluids and how they power magical spells. They seem like a perfectly nice book. But there's nothing really special there. No spark, no c
Dec 29, 2015 ♥Rachel♥ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
4.5 Stars

Arcadia “Cady” Bell has hid her identity since the age of seventeen when she and her parents faked their deaths. Her parents were accused of the brutal murders of three rival occultists, and left the states soon after the charge, leaving Cady on her own to finish school and get on with her life. Now, seven years later, she’s a talented magician in her own right, and part owner of a popular bar, The Tambuku Tiki Lounge, that caters to Earthbounds (demons who blend into human society) in
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
Jul 28, 2011 Rane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeper, urban-fantasy

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
Nov 23, 2012 Noelle rated it liked it
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
Jun 28, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing
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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.

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I've had theArcadia Bell series on my TBR list for a while and I pulled it out of my TBR Jar so I'm finally reading it.

After beingin a romance reading/listening funk, I needed some Urban Fantasy in my life and Kindling the Moon hit the spot. Not to say there wasn't any romance, there was just enough without the over kill.Like most first books in urban fantasy series, Kindling the Moon is
Pamela / SpazP
Jul 12, 2011 Pamela / SpazP rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Sep 13, 2014 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it really liked it
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.

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
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
All Things Urban Fantasy
Jul 26, 2011 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
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
Karina Halle
Nov 05, 2012 Karina Halle rated it it was amazing
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)
Jan 31, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it
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
Carolyn Crane
Aug 23, 2011 Carolyn Crane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Nov 29, 2011 Carmel (Rabid Reads) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
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
Dec 21, 2013 Keertana rated it really liked it
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
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Price drop to $1.99 at Amazon US, 4/5/15!
May 26, 2011 Lacy rated it it was amazing
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
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
Jul 06, 2011 Cat Russell (Addicted2Heroines) rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
"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
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
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
Dec 11, 2014 Ian rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ian by: Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Arcadia is a witch.
She owns a bar.
Her customers are demons.
Her parents are accused of murder.
She's on the run.
Her parents have returned.
She needs to find a demon and clear their names.

All isn't as it seems.
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
Sep 19, 2011 Natasha rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 31, 2013 Susana rated it really liked it
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
Oct 01, 2011 Pam rated it really liked it
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
Mrs. Badass
Aug 17, 2011 Mrs. Badass rated it liked it
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
Jun 19, 2012 Nafiza rated it really liked it
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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
Jun 19, 2011 Kelly rated it it was amazing
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
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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.” 27 likes
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