Book Review: Summoning the Night (Arcadia Bell #2) by Jenn Bennett


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.

About the Author:

JENN BENNETT is the author of: the Roaring Twenties series (Berkley Sensation) and the Arcadia Bell UF series (Pocket Books). Her first YA contemporary romance, THE NIGHT OWLS, will debut in 2015 (Macmillan). She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two evil pugs. Visit her

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My Review:

So, 2nd book in the series, and although its a stand-alone story (which is great) you should really read them in order to get a feel for the world they live in and the different words they use.

This a more of a who-dun-it style story, which I simply adore in Urban fantasy novels. There were clues, red herrings and more to get your teeth into.

From a writer’s perspective, the plot was fast paced and, especially having just read the first one, the nuances of the book were really easy to pick up again.  I love that it’s all first person from Arcadia’s POV, she’s really had it rough as a character so its easy to feel for her and get behind her. She’s still with Lon, and I still think she can do better! One of the things that made Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series un-put-downable was that she never stayed too long with a bloke, so there was always a ‘will they, won’t they’ through each book with a new supernatural hunk. I feel that, by having a steady romance in a series, you miss that crucial component out.

The front cover is nice, but its brown, which isn’t a very dynamic cover – however the branding is good and its easy to recognise as part of the series.

Overall I’d give Summoning the Night 5 out 5 stars – could have done with pinch more romance, but still a bloody good story that deserves each and every star.



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