Banishing the Dark (The Arcadia Bell series) Mass Market Paperback – May 27, 2014
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This one starts off with Cady in the hospital and I couldn’t recall why she was there, so immediately went back and read the last three chapters of the prior book. That helped a lot. With her mother able to gain control of Cady’s dreams and actions, even though the woman is trapped in the Aetheric, Cady knows that those closest to her aren’t safe. Still trying to figure out what she is and the extent of her abilities, she and Lon do a road trip to piece together the ritual that was used at her conception to see if it’s something that can be reversed in order to stop her mother from completely taking over Cady.
Jupe, while left at home, also plays an important part in gathering information. Of course it’s without Lon or Cady’s knowledge, and we’re treated to his point of view in a few scattered chapters as he searches out some answers to help Cady. And you’ve just got to love Jupe’s take on things.
The story is emotional and funny while always carrying a sense of danger and urgency as it builds to the final confrontation. I was amazed at some of the things we learn and one of the situations they found themselves in. This is a fairly fast-paced read.
As with the rest of the books in this series, it’s the characters and relationships that really make the story special. It could be argued that it’s a more important aspect of the series than Cady finding out what she is and stopping her mother.
I had no idea when getting this fourth book that it was the last in the series. There are actually more things wrapped up than you’d expect. Definitely happy to see everything come together, but sad to have reached the end. I’m going to miss these guys and their adventures.
Book 3 left us with a huge cliffhanger. Cady was left literally broken. Her newfound abilities have allowed her to heal herself. Cady is on a crucial mission to find out what her mother did to conceive her and what the "moonchild" ritual really did. Along the way she learns some heart wrenching things about her crazy mom who is leading a struggle of her own and is trying to take permanent possession of Cady's body.
A new addition to this book were chapters in Jupe's POV. Can't say I always found his chapters necessary or entertaining but I understand why they were added. We learn a lot about Jupe and his journey. Plus, if the rumors are true, it sets things up for a Jupe spinoff.
I will wholeheartedly miss Cady and Lon. They are one of my favorite book couples ever. Maybe I'm getting old but lately I have found the hero in most books patronizing, domineering and just all around blah. Jenn Bennett has proved that a leading man can be alpha without suffocating his mate. These two have had a respectful and sizzling hot relationship. The Epilogue tied everything up nicely. Did I mention I will miss Cady and Lon? I will miss them.
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I liked it, just not as much as the previous books. Don't get me wrong, I love this series. Lon and Cady together as a couple is genius. Jupe is cool. The demons and world these guys live in is really thought out.
I just had one issue with it and that was the spell they used on Cady.
The ending also wasn't as in-your-face/kill-that-biatch intense as I was expecting but I'm so glad that Cady managed to overcome her demons.
I have to mention the epilogue! I loved it! The way the author wrote it... *sigh* I wish there was going to be more.
Having been injured badly in the last book, Arcadia/Cady slowly comes back to herself - only to discover that her power-hungry mother still haunts the AEther in preparation to come back to earth and take over Cady's body and incredible moonchild-powers.
To end that threat once and for all, Cady and Lon must got back to the literal start and find a possibility to unravel the moonchild-spell before crazy Mom achieves her goal and ends Cady and all whom she loves.
After the "oh kill me now!"-cliffhanger at the end of the last book, I hated Jenn Bennett, decided never to forgive her and threw the book through the room. Now I'm truly happy to announce that I did forgive Miss Bennett, because the last part of Cady, Lon and Jupe's adventures reconciled me with all.
It's all I wanted: suspense and the still palpable threat hanging over all of them since the last installment. It's still masterfully done and yet wonderfully counterbalanced by the "Bell-Butler"-family interaction. The love between the three of them can be felt and Jupe is the only teenage son, I like reading about in an UF. Actually, he lights the whole scene whenever he appears or a chapter is told from his POV [interchanging with Cady's POV]. Sometimes he practically outshines the other characters - which is a feat in itself, because as a couple, Lon and Cady are pure awesomeness.
But it's not just the characters and the worldbuiling that maintained their high level. The search and at times, the hunt, for the original moonchild spell are nervewracking in a good way, with a fabulous, if short, showdown.
The four stars instead of five for the end of the cool series are due to the way a "last obstacle" for Lon and Cady's relationship occurs that felt contrieved. Yes, it's well explained, but made me roll my eyes nevertheless.
But then, that is my very personal and minor complaint, so to sum it up: the end of the series is well-written, entertaining and totally fits the previous story arc. Besides the unraveling of the secrets, the answered questions and the satisfying "coming full circle", I'm a huge fan of the epilogue - a glimpse of the future I very much liked.
Nach den schweren Verletzungen am Ende des letzten Buches wacht Cady langsam aus dem Coma auf, vollständig genesen. Weiterhin in Gefahr, von ihrer bösen, sich in der Dämonenwelt befindenden, Mutter, übernommen zu werden, nimmt Lon ihr die Erinnerung über ihre Beziehung und das sich entwickelnde Baby. Höchste Priorität hat jetzt, ein Mittel gegen ihre Mutter zu finden, was ziemlich schwierig ist. Unterdessen sucht der 14-jährige Jupe insgeheim selber nach Informationen, um Cady zu helfen.
Die Geschichte ist zwar gut und gut geschrieben, aber ab und zu scheint die Fantasie der Autorin einen Hochsprung gemacht zu haben. Eine menschliche Frau, zwar Zauberin, mächtiger als die Dämonen selber, so dass sogar diese Angst vor ihr haben, -krass. Und die Kinder-mordernde, berechnende Mutter, der überall fast alles gelingt, -auch sehr krass. Mir war es zu extrem, deshalb ein Punkt Abzug. Aber insgesamt eine gute paranormale Serie.