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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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"Bennett quickly establishes that her terrific debut was no fluke . . . does a stellar job blending character development with plenty of supernatural mystery and peril. A series for your keeper shelf!" (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick) --Romantic Times Book Reviews
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Jenn Bennett is an award-winning visual artist and author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series. She believes rebellion is an under-appreciated art form, has conjured up more demons than you've had hot lunches, and likes her fairy tales like she likes her coffee: dark. She lives near Atlanta with her husband and two pugs.
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The plot this time around gave me chills and Goosebumps (the good kind!), the snatcher picking off Hellfire club member's kids...around Halloween?! Just when I thought I figured out who the snatcher was in the book, Mrs. Bennett surprises me yet again with the different twists/turns. The book is nonstop action, part mystery -part humor and even has its tender moments. I don't remember the last time a book was able to make me smile one minute, tear up and cry the next and then laughing out loud all within a couple of pages. Cady, Lon and Jupe will always have a little place in my heart, and even the secondary characters like Bob the sometime drunk earthbound and Hajo an earthbound junkie made quite an impression on me and I hope we get to see more of them in the future book. I look forward to the next Arcadia books to see where this little family goes and anything else Ms. Bennett writes. This is a brilliant urban fantasy series, if you haven't started it you're totally missing out. This book has a REAL couple and thank goodness no love triangles, intriguing world-building, a great plot line, and interesting secondary characters. Mrs. Bennett unique writing style will definitely evoke your emotions whether she tickling your funny bone or pulling at heart strings....which is something not many authors can do that.
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.
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. Fans of Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs, and Ilona Andrews will likely adore Jenn Bennett and her Arcadia Bell series. This is another well written, finely plotted, and wholeheartedly entertaining book. I am hooked and I would like to see these books garner more of the attention I believe they deserve.