Title: Summoning the Night
Author: Jenn Bennett
Series: Arcadia Bell, book 2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Review copy from author
*This review may contain spoilers from previous book of this series*
“MAGICAL TRICKS. DEMONIC TREATS.
After narrowly escaping her fate as a sacrificial scapegoat, Arcadia Bell is back to normal. Or at least as ordinary as life can be for a renegade magician and owner of a tiki bar that caters to Earthbound demons. She’s gearing up for the busiest day of the year—Halloween—when a vengeful kidnapper paralyzes the community.
The influential head of the local Hellfire Club taps Cady to track down the fiendish bogeyman, and now that she’s dating red-hot Lon Butler, the Club’s wayward son, she can hardly say no. Cady and Lon untangle a gruesome thirty-year trail of clues that points to danger for the club members’ children. But locating the person behind the terror will require some metaphysical help from Cady’s loyal bar patrons as well as her potent new Moonchild powers—and she’d better figure it out before the final victim disappears and her own darkest secret becomes her biggest enemy.”
Summoning the Night is the second book in the Arcadia Bell series by Jenn Bennett.
The blurb explains very well what Summoning the Night is about, let’s just add that Cady and Lon are going strong, their relationship is stable and everyday they are closer and closer. Same with Cady’s relationship with Jupe (Lon’s son), they have developed a great camaraderie, they are friends but more important is that Jupe admires, respects and loves Cady.
I’m going to start this review by saying that I was really afraid to read this book, not because I was expecting a bad book, completely the opposite, but because I was in a reading slump, yes, you know, one of those in which you start a book read 30-40 pages and you can’t continue reading more, then the next day you pick up another one in another genre and same thing happens, then you said ok, let’s try something different and next day you start yet another book and same thing happens, after 30-40 pages you can’t read more. At that moment you realized the problem is not “them” is you. Ok, I was deep in one of those, for that reason I was afraid to start Summoning the Night, I was worried that because of my mood I wouldn’t like it. But let me tell you that Summoning the Night is the perfect antidote to get out of a reading slump. This book is made of awesome, I can honestly say that since the moment I started it I couldn’t put it down until I reached its last word “Go”.
I loved to see how Cady has come a long way; she is slowly accepting everything that happened to her, not only her parents’ abandonment and betrayal but also the discovery of her Moonchild powers. She is in love with Lon and adoring Jupe. In this book she also realizes that they are a package and she is happy with it, after being alone for such a long time and not having a family of her own now she can say she has one.
Lon is as dreamy or more than in the first book. He is in love with Cady and is not afraid of showing it. He is a great partner, lover and an amazing father. He is just perfect for Cady. I love how their relationship has become something more; they are committed to each other and they know they can trust each other intrinsically.
Jupe was my favorite character in this book; he stole the show completely, he is sweet, funny, smart and just a pleasure to read. Jupe has accepted Cady as part of their family, he trusts her and loves her unconditionally. In this book he comes into his knack and I loved how mature and honest for his age he was about it. He could have abused it but his nature is so good that is something he doesn’t even consider. One of the things I loved the most about him was his vulnerability, he was also abandoned by his mom and for that reason he feels an especial connection with Cady. I could go on and on about him, but I think it’s better for you to discover how awesome Jupe is by yourself, go buy this book.
New characters are introduce in this book, one of those is Ambrose Dare, Dare was Lon’s father’s best friend; he is also one of the founders of the Hellfire Club. When Dare is introduced I thought he was a very nice man that care about Lon and his people, but soon after he turns out to be a (insert bad word of your preference). He is a manipulative bastard, I hated him and what he did with Cady, I hope she finds a way to made him pay for being an (insert again bad word of your preference).
Another new character is Hajo, he is creepy in a sexy kind of way. I don’t condone his methods but having the knack he has I kind of understand his reason. I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of him and I like that.
The mystery in this book is masterfully done, page after page I was guessing and changing my theory of who was the bad guy and at the end I was wrong. I really loved when an author can trick me into believing something and then kaboom! I’m left with a - that was completely unexpected but greatly done.
Mrs. Bennett has done it again. With Summoning the Night she proves us once more what a great and creative author she is, her voice is clear, vivid and realistic. The narrative is engaging and constructed into coherent and fluid plot lines that lead us to a perfect ending.
To say I loved Summoning the Night is an understatement, I adored it! I can’t recommend you enough this book and this series in general. Even though this book could be read as a stand a lone I won’t recommend you to do that, to get the whole effect of this series you have to read Kindling the Moon first and if you haven’t read it what are you waiting for?
I’m dying to know why the demons call Cady Mother of Ahriman, I hope to get an answer in next book of this series, Binding the Shadows. I’m really looking forward to its release on June of next year.
My Verdict: 5 Paws
Other books in this series
Kindling the Moon
Summoning the Night
Binding the Shadows (June 2013)
Crossing the Aethyr (2014)
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