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Summoning the Night: An Arcadia Bell Novel (The Arcadia Bell series) Mass Market Paperback – April 24, 2012
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Speaking of likeable, yes, Cady is an amazing protagonist who is smart and brave but not at the expense of common sense, and yes, her love interest Lon is a stone cold fox who looks like a rakish pirate and can transform into full on Hellboy mode when the need arises (and happily it does plenty of times in SUMMONING THE NIGHT), but the character who most completely stole my heart is the one I expected to like the least: Lon's fourteen year old son Jupe.
I'm generally not a fan of kids (especially teenagers) in urban fantasy, mostly because in my experience they tend to be little more than annoying, wannabe comedy relief characters who cause more problems then they solve. Adam's daughter in the Mercy Thompson series and Charlie's daughter in the Charlie Madigan series are two exceptions, and I'm thrilled to add Jupe to the top of that list. The kid is funny and smart and a little bit of a punk in a truly endearing way. Far from hindering the scenes he was in, he made them better.
My love for Jupe carried over the debut, and my only tiny criticism is that once again I thought the identity of the villain was a tad too obvious as soon as they were introduced. I do wish there had been a few less hints until later on so that the revelation could have had more impact.Read more ›
The plot has to do with a serial killer who's reemerged after a thirty-year hiatus, who's killing teenaged Earthbound demons - once again putting Jupe in danger. Arcadia and Lon dutifully investigate, propelling the story forward, but the murderer didn't make nearly as much of an impression on me as Ambrose Dare, the guy who asks Lon and Arcadia to hunt down the killer. Dare levels some pretty hideous threats against Arcadia. He struck me as the real villain, and I wanted to see a bigger reaction from Arcadia -- and an even bigger one from Lon.
But even if I have some quibbles with the novel, I finished it very happy. I've read a few sophomore efforts in the past few weeks, #2s in urban fantasy series that I'd been really looking forward to, that really disappointed me. This is the first one that actually satisfied. I love these characters. I love Arcadia and Lon and Jupe and I want to keep reading about them.
If Arcadia Bell thought surviving her parents' Machiavellian plot was going to allow her to get back to the life she was living before they tried to sacrifice her to a ritual slaying...well, she was right. Mostly. She's settled back into her job at her tiki bar, and her relationship with Earthbound demon Lon Butler is progressing nicely. So is the one between her and Lon's son, Jupe. They're almost like a family.
Thing is, just because Cady is able to relax into a relatively normal day-to-day life doesn't mean that peace is going to last long. Before she gets too comfortable, a dark cloud of evil intention cloaks the city in tension and fear, one that directly threatens Earthbound young. A madman is kidnapping the children of the members of the Hellfire Club. The powerful head of that club, Ambrose Dare, wants it stopped before a heinous tragedy thirty years in the past is repeated in brutal, vicious fashion.
Lon may vouch for the Earthbound demon Dare, but Cady doesn't trust anyone or anything connected to the thrice damned Hellfire Club. Not to mention, tracking down a couple of missing teenagers isn't exactly in her skill set. Dare's request is compelling, though, and her power and magical skill may be all that stands between a power-hungry psychopath and the slaughtered bodies of seven children. With Lon at her side and an irrepressible Jupe winding around her heart, Cady agrees to stop the killer.
She's got to find him first, though, and the search itself may expose more than a trail to a madman. It may strip her bare and leave her helpless against someone who wants to use her power for their own ruthless games.
It can't be overstated just how much I enjoy the characters in this book.Read more ›
I have to say (again, as I mentioned this in my first review) that I absolutely love Jupe. This kid steals every scene he is written into and he stole my heart as well as Cady's long ago. I love that he is a young, mixed race teenager and not a little kid. Just by that description he is a unique character. But his personality, his impulsiveness, his gentleness, his grossness...this kid in genuine. I see so much of my teenage son in him...and Jupe just feels real. Watching Cady melt over Jupe (and Lon for that matter) is one of my favorite things about these books. The main characters are all strong and well-written. I also liked getting the chance to see more of some of the side characters we don't know very well. The one that stands out in my mind most is Bob, a regular at Cady's tiki bar. Yes, the stories are darn good also, but the characters are why I want the next book to be available to read right now!
I don't want to give any details away and since I loved the book there isn't much more I can say.Read more ›
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Jenn Bennett does a great job with the characters and plot in this book and leaves you hungry for morePublished 10 months ago by Monica Campos
A good series. Not addicting to me, but decent urban fantasy.Published 11 months ago by Analeigha Ortega
This is a seriously garbled story with minimal humor. The supposed mystery and incidental romance are quite lame, and the premise for a series even more so. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gayle Geren
I really enjoyed the first book. And, to be honest, I'm not finished with this one (a little over 3/4 of the way). Read morePublished 12 months ago by BLKilby
This is book two in the Arcadia Bell series. Cady is still freaked out by her new magical powers but she is getting used to having a boyfriend in Lon. Read morePublished 13 months ago by K. M. Martin
Hope she continues to tell their story. The baby would be a great addition to the story along with Jupe.Published 13 months ago by bfg0314
Stronger then the first book. Arcdia does less feeling sorry for her self and more lets solve the problem. Interesting story about kidnapped paranormal kids during Halloween. Read morePublished 18 months ago by E.P. McLean
That's all I have to say about this main lady it seemed to me all she was doing was biting her nails an worrying not doing much to help herself or anyone else.Published 19 months ago by Kindle Customer