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Review: Summoning the Night by Jenn Bennett

Summoning the Night (Arcadia Bell #2) by Jenn Bennett
Urban Fantasy, Demons, Magic
Mass Market Paperback $7.99 (336 pages, POCKET)
FORMAT $7.99

Release Date: April 24th, 2012
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.

Author Site: jennbennett.net

Yes! Yes! Yes! There are no other words for this one... (5 stars)

Arcadia Bell's parents won't be winning any parent-of-the-year awards after everything they've put her through but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger certainly applies. Now it's back to business as usual for the bar owner. With Halloween, a notoriously big holiday for obvious reasons, around the corner it's limited edition tiki mugs and her growing relationship with Lon Butler. But when a kidnapper with some very specific targets starts nabbing kids in the area she's get pulled into it one way or another.

With little to go on than decades old clues and suspicions as to why the kids are targeted Cady and Lon will need every ally and favor they can call on to locate the children. With the days whipping by and the trail growing ever more perilous it's a race against the clock to keep the kidnapper from the final target.

I'm having to bite my tongue! When a book is this good it's hard to hold back the spoiler train. Suffice it to say that Bennett is not suffering the sophomore slump. If anything, SUMMONING THE NIGHT, exceeds it's predecessor in all but one area. I didn't find this one quite as steamy between Lon and Cady but that's in no way a bad thing, it would not have been organic to the story for them to be getting frisky. Where it lacks the smexy it grows in heart. As a mom I kind of adore Jupe and want to ground him at the same time. His unconditional love for Cady—who is trying to work out how their relationship with her being his dad's girlfriend should work—is really sweet. In a way I kind of think it's their relationship that gives this series it's true strength and brings a freshness to the genre.

It's not easy to surprise me as a reader. I read too much and tend to pick up the subtleties and hints of where the plot is going long before it happens. SUMMONING THE NIGHT kept me guessing throughout most of it. I definitely did not see the climax coming the way it did and was left grinning and cheering that I was surprised. I can hardly stand the wait for the next Cady book!

If you haven't started reading this series yet I can assure you with no doubts in my mind this is one of the all-around BEST Urban Fantasy series you can pick up. From the characters and world building to the dialog and pacing I can think of only a couple of others I would immediately recommend to new-comers to the genre as a great introduction. If you loved KINDLING THE MOON this is a must read, don't miss it!

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Notes: ARC received via author.

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