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Kindling the Moon

(Arcadia Bell #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  9,303 ratings  ·  774 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 Tambuku
Kindle Edition, 323 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
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

Hey! It looks I'm no longer going through a IAEbIAaPDaCSP™! Go me!

Maybe I've been reading way too much crap lately *waves at her favourite Canadian* (view spoiler) Or maybe this is just plain GOOD. Or maybe the harebrained tourists swarming this godforsaken island have finally driven me to insanity and I can no longer tell crappy from good. Or maybe I have no freaking clue what I'm talking about. But that rarely ever happens,
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. This was great! Several other reviewers of this book have mentioned that it feels ‘fresh’ in a very congested field of urban fantasy. And I have to agree. The world building was seamless, a complex reality but simply explained. I really enjoyed the relationship between Arcadia and Lon and of course, Jupe. Well written and flowing- no pacing issues here- I’m looking forward to the rest of the series, already sad it only has 4 books.
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
3.5 Potential!

This series has potential!
It wasn't the best first book I've ever read and well, can't say I loved it too much, but great things could come from this series.

I like the MC. Not love but like . She seems a bit of an idiot at times but we all have out moments.
What I really appreciate though is that it's realistic. OK, as realistic as a PNR can be, but it seems real.
So yes, definitely worth a try.
Nov 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.

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
Pamela / SpazP
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at The Book Nympho
Kindle & Nook ebook is only $1.99 (at the time of this review)
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I've had the Arcadia 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 being in 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 Mo
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
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
4.5. So I love Jenn Bennett so much. However I had only read her contemporaries. Then I think it was Nick raved about her Urban fantasy books, the Arcadia Bell series. I promptly bought the expensive Kindle book and it sat there. I finally picked it up. Gosh, it was good.

Urban fantasy isn’t my normal genre but it was a fun escape from my norm. Jenn Bennett really knows how to write amazing characters and even better romances. I loved Arcadia. She was super cool. Lon was even better. Them togeth
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
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
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  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.

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.
This is one of the few books that I had a really tough time finishing. The first 20 to 25% were not good, to say the least. This book has some of my worst pet peeves in it and those are smoking, drugs, not liking cats and discrimination. I don't know how many times I wanted to quit the book but I pushed through the 25% mark and then it suddenly wasn't so bad anymore. After that the story picked up and things finally started to get more interesting.

I really liked the whole magick aspect and how
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Karina Halle
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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)
Carolyn Crane
Aug 23, 2011 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
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kindling the Moon was a nice Urban Fantasy escape for me. It's been on my Kindle for a while waiting for me to get around to it and I'm glad I finally did. What I liked most about this book is the fact that although it had all the ingredients of a regular Urban Fantasy plot set up, it still felt a bit different. The characters aren't in your face "bad-asses" like in most others I've read. Arcadia is a magician who has an undiscovered magical talent (yeah pretty standard plot), but she is very un ...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
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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

KINDLING THE MOON is the first book in the Arcadia Bell series and right off the bat I knew it was going to be a fun one as soon as Cady walked onto the page. This girl is brimming with spirit and personality so it’s any wonder why this series isn’t more popular.

I loved Cady! She’s my kind of heroine. She’s badass but not cocky and stuck up about it. I liked the fact that she has a good head on her shoulders and she stays true to herself throughout the story. If Cady were real, I would defi
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
h o l l i s
KINDLING THE MOON can be summed up by one word : potential.

I've loved a string of Bennett's contemporary YA romances and was excited to dive into her backlist of paranormal adult urban fantasy. I don't want to be patronizing and say she's come a long way in the last six or seven years but.. she has. These are good but don't quite reach the greatness of her current releases.

The Arcadia Bell world is fascinating though with magicians and demons and bits in between. Arcadia's got a sorta special
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Jenn Bennett is the author of over a dozen books, including the young adult titles: ALEX, APPROXIMATELY; STARRY EYES; SERIOUS MOONLIGHT; and THE LADY ROGUE. She also writes romance and fantasy for adults. Her books have earned multiple starred reviews, been Goodreads Choice Award nominees, and have been included on annual Best Book lists for both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. She lives near Atlant ...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.” 32 likes
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