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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 hea 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.


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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 hea 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.

30 review for Summoning the Night

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    Guess what, folks! It is entirely possible to write good urban fantasy without relationship drama or love triangle drama. Who knew?! Well, I did, and I guess Jenn Bennett did too because that’s what she delivered. After the sweet beginning of Cady and Lon’s relationship in Kindling the Moon, I thought they would surely start having second thoughts, realize that their age difference and Lon’s teenage son are too much to handle, or at least that one of them would be attracted to another person as Guess what, folks! It is entirely possible to write good urban fantasy without relationship drama or love triangle drama. Who knew?! Well, I did, and I guess Jenn Bennett did too because that’s what she delivered. After the sweet beginning of Cady and Lon’s relationship in Kindling the Moon, I thought they would surely start having second thoughts, realize that their age difference and Lon’s teenage son are too much to handle, or at least that one of them would be attracted to another person as well. I mean, that’s how these things go, right? Wrong! I never in my wildest dreams expected them to communicate, to be supportive and ready to commit to each other, but most of all, I didn’t think they’d end up solving paranormal mysteries together, like a family. Shows what I know. Now that Arcadia Bell finally knows the truth about her parents, she’s free to live her life with Lon and his son Jupe, work in her tiki bar and learn about her Moonchild abilities. Or at least she should be. When Earthbound teens start disappearing and the connection is made between current kidnappings and a 30-year-old unsolved case, Cady and Lon are asked to investigate. Normally they would refuse such an assignment, but all the kidnapped teens are connected to Hellfire, a club of Earthbounds Lon belongs to, which means that Jupe might be next. With Lon’s son in danger, there’s really no way they could refuse. As if that isn’t enough, Jupe is developing his knack earlier than most part-demons. His knack is very dangerous, especially in the hands of a fourteen-year-old boy: it turns out that he can compel people to do anything he wants just by talking to them. The parental struggles that ensue are both heartwarming and at times hilarious. Everyone who has a soft spot for Kate Daniels’ kid Julie like I do, will fall in love with Jupiter in a second. Most of the humor in both books comes from him, but he also made me tear up once or twice. He is sweet, intelligent and very realistic. I think I’ve already made it clear how much I love Cady and Lon together. I’d continue the series just for that, even if the rest wasn’t that good. I got a little angry with Cady in the second half when she didn’t stand up to Mr. Dare, but I understand her fear and the need to hide her identity. Again, what makes it better is that Lon knows all her secrets so she doesn’t have to worry about him abandoning her in the future. If you’re like me and you’re always on the lookout for a good urban fantasy series, Arcadia Bell is an excellent choice. I don’t know when book three is coming out, but I know I’ll pre-order it. For more of my reviews, please visit The Nocturnal Library

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker Queen of the Undead

    Read my review here and enter our badass giveaway.... http://badassbookreviews.com/arc-revi... or you can read the review below! It’s about damn time. An urban fantasy novel that has… …A solid, stable couple as the main characters. Lon and Cady are a couple. A real, honest couple. Hold on there is more… …The main characters communicate to each other rather than act on assumptions. Lon and Cady don’t make life altering decisions based on assumptions about their partners. If they are confused, suspiciou Read my review here and enter our badass giveaway.... http://badassbookreviews.com/arc-revi... or you can read the review below! It’s about damn time. An urban fantasy novel that has… …A solid, stable couple as the main characters. Lon and Cady are a couple. A real, honest couple. Hold on there is more… …The main characters communicate to each other rather than act on assumptions. Lon and Cady don’t make life altering decisions based on assumptions about their partners. If they are confused, suspicious, hurt, angry, they ask their partner. But wait, there is even more… …There is no triangle. It’s not for lack of a third party. In Summoning the Night, we are introduced to Hajo, a death dowser (an Earthbound demon who’s knack is finding bodies). Hajo is described as… “…unfolding a frame well over six feet. He was dressed in jeans and a slim, black leather racing jacket with a mandarin collar and three silver stripes on one sleeve, zipped all the way up to his throat. He was about my age, I guessed, mid- to late twenties. Short dark hair and darker eyes. Long, thin sideburns styled into diagonal points. Smoldering good looks.” Cady easily could fall prey to the mysterious, good looking Hajo. But NO, what does Cady do? Hold on to your keyboard, you might fall over… “What’s wrong?” Lon said, startling me. “Hajo came on to me, “ I blurted. “he wanted me to sleep with him as payment for the job. The potion was a compromise.” Lon’s eyes tightened, searching my face. “Nothing happened, of course. He tried to kiss me, but I stopped him. I just wanted you to know.” An urban fantasy book that has absolutely no love triangle AND the two main characters communicate with each other AND when faced with difficult situations, they work it out TOGETHER! What was Jenn Bennett thinking????? I mean, Ms. Bennett could have easily taken the easy route and made couple's conflict an easy 50 to 60 pages of filler but boy am I happy she didn't!!! As you can tell, I love the uniqueness of this book and the series. I haven't even started on the plot in this book and that should tell you how well written the characters are. And speaking of characters… JUPE!!! Absolutely, without a shadow of doubt, the ultimate scene-stealer goes to Jupe. Lon's teenage son is not only adorable, but he is VERY heartbreakingly real. The scenes Cady has with Jupe made me smile one minute and tear up the next. Jupe loves so unconditionally that you cannot help but fall for him. It is also clear that Cady is learning how to love and be loved with the help of Jupe's pure goodness. Don't get me wrong, he's no angel. He continues to get in trouble, and is full of non-stop mischief! One word- TATTOO (read the book, that's all I'm say on that). Now, I know what you are thinking... character this, character that, where is the story? Oh don't worry. There is a great twist, a mystery, really icky bad guys, suspense, and a few "oh shit" scary moments that kept me reading straight through the book. Summoning the Night would be a great urban fantasy book even without the superbly written characters. The characters are just a beautiful bonus!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    I am really torn about how to approach this review. On the one hand, the story is pretty good and the plot is solid. The characters all well-written and the pacing is spot-on. On the other hand, the author seems to have some moral blind-spots that are deeply troubling. As with the first book, I really like the romance between Cady and Lon. They're in a more solid relationship, now, and Bennett does a good job handling a mature relationship without resorting to the typical slew of miscommunicatio I am really torn about how to approach this review. On the one hand, the story is pretty good and the plot is solid. The characters all well-written and the pacing is spot-on. On the other hand, the author seems to have some moral blind-spots that are deeply troubling. As with the first book, I really like the romance between Cady and Lon. They're in a more solid relationship, now, and Bennett does a good job handling a mature relationship without resorting to the typical slew of miscommunications and screw ups that less talented writers often indulge to “keep things fresh”. Cady's relationship with Jupe is a big part of the charm of Cady's relationship with Lon and it's good to see that grow as Jupe explores having, if not an outright mother figure, then at least a strong female authority figure who cares deeply about him. Jupe is deeply involved in the story, this time, and being there doesn't feel forced, strained, or manipulative at all. That's quite a feat and kudos to Bennett for pulling it off. Unfortunately, where Bennett fails, she fails spectacularly. I've noticed a tendency with some authors to make moral choices be about outcomes rather than about choices. That's a natural tendency because moral choices are often put in terms of the expected outcomes of the choice made (pointing guns at people and pulling the trigger is bad because doing so will kill people.). While natural, it's also a peril-fraught, and ultimately lazy, way to view morality. After all, the decision to point a gun at someone and pull the trigger is immoral whether the person is killed or merely wounded or missed entirely. The choice to pull the trigger while the gun is aimed at somebody means you have made the choice to kill and that choice is evil regardless of outcome.* The problem with authors who fall into the trap of thinking in terms of outcome rather than choice is that the author knows what the outcome will be (or, at the very least, what it won't be) and that can make them feel like a given act doesn't actually make their character evil. Cady, and this happens in the first third of the book, so I'm not going to bother flagging this as a spoiler, makes the decision to give a truly despicable man, Hajo, a half-ounce of her vassal potion. A single drop of this potion enables the administrator of it to command somebody, absolutely, for up to an hour. Frankly, the fact that Cady has a half-ounce already brewed and ready to go is a bit evil in the first place. A half-ounce is a heckuva lot of drops. These commands are completely unlimited and can include self-destruction. Hajo, bear in mind, is a drug addicted womanizer who, we are led to believe, only failed to rape Cady because she prevented him from doing so. Giving him the potion is a profoundly evil act and that evil attaches at the point the potion is given regardless of what Hajo eventually does with it. She accepts moral responsibility for all the things a person like him can do with it, not the things he eventually actually does. That Cady didn't agonize over this more seems like the author intruding because the author knows things Cady can't—namely what Hajo eventually will and won't do with the potion. Cady giving Hajo the potion compromised my ability to identify with or have sympathy for her, at all. I'm sorry, but the situation just wasn't so dire that this choice was in any way justified. And she certainly didn't agonize over it as much as such a deeply evil action deserved. I have even less patience because I can think of at least three things she could easily have done to avoid it altogether (starting with giving Hajo a fake potion and having his test subject, Cady's devoted friend, pretend to be affected, and ending with having Cady and Lon kill Hajo once he'd done what they asked him to do—believe me, he needed killing, but even if they didn't want to go that far, she and Lon together were strong enough to simply take the potion away before they parted ways). Frankly, going the story route that required Hajo's knack of finding dead bodies in their investigation was a stretch to start with. That whole plotline was sketchy and having Cady commit such evil in its course was the capstone of a craptastic, unnecessary whole. Add this to the whole Dare sub-plot (involving the hellfire club) and I get the impression that Bennett wants to put Cady in compromising moral situations where she'll have to make tough choices between right and wrong. Unfortunately, given how poorly Cady failed navigating those waters in this book, I have no confidence in Bennett's handling of moral dilemmas in future stories and find it unlikely that I'll be willing to continue reading them. I'm sad to find such an overwhelming flaw in a series I was otherwise coming to appreciate quite a bit. * Okay, so I don't actually believe that killing someone is always wrong. Some people need killing. If you don't think so, then UF as a genre isn't going to be your thing anyway and you might as well move along. We can argue about it if you like, however.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Denisa

    I wanted a bit more I enjoyed the first book and frankly, I expected a bigger BOOM from this one. Yeah, it was a good read and all that, but I just wanted more. I liked that it was fast-paced and really easy&fast to read but it's still just a good book, not a great one. I wanted a bit more I enjoyed the first book and frankly, I expected a bigger BOOM from this one. Yeah, it was a good read and all that, but I just wanted more. I liked that it was fast-paced and really easy&fast to read but it's still just a good book, not a great one.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anna (Bobs Her Hair)

    4.25 - 4.5 stars...Impressive Mystery! After reading Kindling the Moon I was ready to dive into Arcadia's next adventure with Lon and Jupe, but I wanted all the books before starting Summoning the Night. It was definitely worth the expense and wait. (Good luck finding Binding the Shadows(book 3)! Amazon has the remaining mass paperbacks at $19. BtS is out-of-print, and Amazon is selling the like it's a precious shovel during the Gold Rush!) Anyway, I have all four books on my keeper shelf - read 4.25 - 4.5 stars...Impressive Mystery! After reading Kindling the Moon I was ready to dive into Arcadia's next adventure with Lon and Jupe, but I wanted all the books before starting Summoning the Night. It was definitely worth the expense and wait. (Good luck finding Binding the Shadows(book 3)! Amazon has the remaining mass paperbacks at $19. BtS is out-of-print, and Amazon is selling the like it's a precious shovel during the Gold Rush!) Anyway, I have all four books on my keeper shelf - read and unread - and dived into book 2 eager for a great story. I was not disappointed! Thirty years ago, seven children disappeared and the kidnappings have started again. The pressure is on for Arcadia to find the Snatcher before Halloween, when an unknown ritual will be performed and the children are presumed to perish. Cady's instincts to remain hidden conflict with her attachment to her lover, Lon, and precocious son Jupe. The mystery kept me guessing. Each string Cady pulled led in another direction. I loved not knowing if Cady would save the children in time or whether Jupe would become a victim. Anything could have happened! It kept me on the edge of my seat! "Weeeeeee," squealed this happy little reader! It seems urban fantasies can't decide whether to focus on the romantic aspects or the characters; and, subsequently, the actual mystery/suspense aspect become predictable. (i.e. Stacia Kane's The Downside Ghost series, which I love, but the mystery is mere fluff, imo. Plus, the reading about a realistically depicted drug addict can be depressing.) The characters develop with the plot. They express themselves through their actions and dialogue. Bennett can get overly description with the setting, but this is only my opinion. The Arcadia Bell series is very entertaining! The characters feel like ordinary people (with enhanced gifts) placed in extraordinary situations. Their humanity and moral fiber are tested. Each are reaching out to others within their community to help or hinder. They make mistakes. Cady and company are my new addiction! Next up: Leashing the Tempest (novella, 2.5) Grade: A (A book with a permanent place on my Keeper shelf.) Please excuse the spelling/grammatical errors. I just wanted to write this and move on to the next book. Will correct later. (Not pandering for 'likes.' Swear!)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Great series! Love the world of Earthbounds, savages, demons and of course magicians. Hints as to Cady’s providence and genetic makeup still to come, as she gets to grip with her Moon child abilities. I like the way Jupe has as big a part in the stories and how Cady fits so well into Lon and Jupe’s lives. Looking forward to the next one!

  7. 4 out of 5

    MISS VAIN

    “Oh, really? Is that why he’s hot and bothered for Arcadia here?” Kar Yee tossed an accusatory glance my way. She was well aware that honesty wasn’t one of my strong suits. “Probably,” Jupe confirmed. “My dad says he likes her so much that if she kicked him in the balls, he’d just thank her.” Jenn Bennett has done it again, she's managed to suck me into another one if her Intoxicatingly Magical Arcadia Bell Books. Last year I was blown away with Kindling The Moon, and so it came as no shock to me “Oh, really? Is that why he’s hot and bothered for Arcadia here?” Kar Yee tossed an accusatory glance my way. She was well aware that honesty wasn’t one of my strong suits. “Probably,” Jupe confirmed. “My dad says he likes her so much that if she kicked him in the balls, he’d just thank her.” Jenn Bennett has done it again, she's managed to suck me into another one if her Intoxicatingly Magical Arcadia Bell Books. Last year I was blown away with Kindling The Moon, and so it came as no shock to me that Summoning The Night would be equally as awesome and sexy as the first.  "Sometimes I think I might die if can't touch you." He said this with great seriousness, his voice suddenly much lower. Summoning The Night begins in October with children of The Hellfire organization being kidnapped by someone referred to as "The Snatcher". Several years ago The Snatcher began kidnapping children during the month of October never to be seen again, and now that appears to be happening once again, Dare the leader of The Hellfire Club has asked for Lon and Arcadia's assistance in solving the mystery behindThe Snatcher ultimately stopping him from kidnapping any more children. "I've talked to you a couple of times, when I've called here for Caddy." Jupe pointed out." You were kinda mean. But I didn't mind. I don't like weak women. I like warriors." This book was exciting and non stop fun from page one, Bennett left me guessing and just when I thought I had the identity of The Snatcher figured out, she went ahead and threw me a curve ball. That's my kind of Urban Fantasy the kind that keep you guessing and wanting more. What I adore most about Arcadia Bell is that she's a sassy powerful Magician and when it comes to battling the bad  guys she's not a sit on the side lines kind of heroine, she's more of a Kick-Ass and ask questions later heroine. Her boyfriend Lon Butler is one of the most Bad-Ass Demon-Licious characters I have had the pleasure to read about. Who knew I would find a pirate mustache wearing, debonair yet powerful demon so incredibly sexy? But I find him and his pirate mustache so unbelievably HOT! Although as much as I adore Arcadia and Lon, I find myself captivated by Lon's fourteen year old son named Jupe. This charming, funny, and exasperating young teenager steals just about every scene he's in with his adorable witty comments, his attempt to impress older women despite his youth and his love for Arcadia leaves me with a soft spot in my heart for his character. I find that The scenes with Arcadia and Jupe are so endearing, and I look forward to watching these three in the next novel get closer as a family unit, because it's obvious Jupe craves it as much and maybe even more than Arcadia and Lon.  Lastly can Arcadia Bell just use her magician skills to banish Ambrose Dare?? No?? Okay well it was worth a shot!;) “I don’t want secrets between us,” I said. “Not ones that matter, anyway. I keep secrets from everyone all day long. But not you. Okay?” He tugged me toward the bar stool, closing the remaining distance between us. “I’ve been waiting for you to say that for weeks,” he whispered. Sometimes I wonder with Jenn Bennett's fascinating writing skills if she possess a few of Arcadia Bells talent for magic herself. For fans of unique, sexy, magical, Urban Fantasy, look no further because Jenn Bennett delivers. Arc provided for review by Jenn Bennett  

  8. 4 out of 5

    G.

    3.5/5 Summoning the Night, the second Arcadia Bell novel, is undoubtedly a fun UF romp. Cady, Lon and Jupe are slowly becoming a family, and I particularly loved reading about them as a family unit in action, so to speak. However, there were some things that I found frustrating about this book, among which are: Cady's reticence to learn about her Moonchild abilities; her very questionable bartering decision in the first third of the book, which made my eyebrows go up up up, even if it was alluded 3.5/5 Summoning the Night, the second Arcadia Bell novel, is undoubtedly a fun UF romp. Cady, Lon and Jupe are slowly becoming a family, and I particularly loved reading about them as a family unit in action, so to speak. However, there were some things that I found frustrating about this book, among which are: Cady's reticence to learn about her Moonchild abilities; her very questionable bartering decision in the first third of the book, which made my eyebrows go up up up, even if it was alluded to being resolved at the end of the book; the way The Hellfire Club Head's continuous attempts to blackmail Cady were left not addressed at the end of the book. The latter, I suppose, will become a significant plot line in the next book. Frankly, I hope Cady will fry his entitled ass. Anyway, while Summoning the Night had some frustrating moments, I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Summoning the Night is the second book in Jenn Bennett’s Arcadia Bell series. It follows Kindling the Moon and is just as good as its predecessor; with this book Bennett has cemented this series’ place on my “snap up on sight” list. The main plot this time around is that Cady is manipulated into doing an investigation for the Hellfire Club. The teenage children of Hellfire members are vanishing, and the club’s leader, Ambrose Dare, believes the culprit may be the same man who was behind a similar Summoning the Night is the second book in Jenn Bennett’s Arcadia Bell series. It follows Kindling the Moon and is just as good as its predecessor; with this book Bennett has cemented this series’ place on my “snap up on sight” list. The main plot this time around is that Cady is manipulated into doing an investigation for the Hellfire Club. The teenage children of Hellfire members are vanishing, and the club’s leader, Ambrose Dare, believes the culprit may be the same man who was behind a similar series of disappearances thirty years ago. At first glance, this case isn’t as personal to Cady as the one involving her parents, but it quickly becomes personal. Cady is forced to make several choices and bargains that go against her sense of ethics or common sense or both, with repercussions that will ripple into future books. And then it turns out that Jupe, the son of Cady’s boyfriend Lon, is in danger from the kidnapper too… Jupe. Where do I start? I love this kid. He’s one of the best secondary characters in urban fantasy right now, and steals every scene he’s in with his blend of ebullience and vulnerability. Summoning the Night starts out with a big dose of Jupe goodness, and this hooks the reader from the very beginning. The relationship between Cady and Lon, and the one between Cady and Jupe, continue to grow and deepen. They really feel like a family now; Cady and Lon are becoming more serious and Cady and Jupe have a bond that isn’t quite mother-son — more like “cool aunt” and nephew — but it’s warm and sweet and it works. I just love it anytime these three characters, or any two of them, are on stage together. These character relationships, which both tug at the heartstrings and provide some infectious moments of lightness, are probably the number one reason that Arcadia Bell stands out in the field. This is well on its way to becoming one of my favorite urban fantasy series, right along with Kate Daniels. It’s certainly the most *fun* I’ve had with an urban fantasy in a long time.

  10. 5 out of 5

    AH

    Summoning the Night by Jenn Bennett was an awesome read. I literally read the book in one day; I could not put it down. Excitement, edge of your seat action, and a few Indiana Jones-type moments made this book one of my favorite urban fantasy reads of this year. This is a cool world. Earthbound demons (as opposed to summoned demons) live in plain sight. The humans (savages) are not aware of their demon neighbors. Earthbound demons have a “knack” or special talent. These knacks vary from healing t Summoning the Night by Jenn Bennett was an awesome read. I literally read the book in one day; I could not put it down. Excitement, edge of your seat action, and a few Indiana Jones-type moments made this book one of my favorite urban fantasy reads of this year. This is a cool world. Earthbound demons (as opposed to summoned demons) live in plain sight. The humans (savages) are not aware of their demon neighbors. Earthbound demons have a “knack” or special talent. These knacks vary from healing to locating the dead to compulsion and more. Most of these Earthbound demons live around the La Sirena area and they frequent the Tambuku Tiki Bar, a Tiki lounge owned by Arcadia Bell and her business partner Kar-Yee. One of the reasons why I enjoy this series is the lead couple: Lon Butler and Arcadia Bell. Lon and Cady are so perfect together. There is little angst between them and they make an excellent sleuthing team. Lon is an Earthbound demon with a knack as an empath. Lon makes a living as a photographer, photographing people and places all over the world. Cady is a magician who was specially bred by her crazy and now deceased parents. Cady’s powers are not fully developed yet, but she is a powerful magician, mostly self-taught. She is also learning how to use her new Moonchild powers as well. Jupe is another reason why I love this series. Jupe is Lon’s precocious 13 year old son. Jupe is as cute as a puppy dog, intense, affectionate, adorable, and smart. Jupe is a walking encyclopedia of all movie related things. In this book, Jupe is coming into his knack and is able to manipulate people to do his bidding. The story line was engaging. Someone was kidnapping the kids of transmuted Hellfire Club members. The crime was similar to a crime 30 years earlier. Lon and Cady investigate with the assistance of Bob and Hajo, a drug addicted locator of the dead. There's lots of neat booby-trapped magicks in this book, a memorable scene with lots and lots of poisonous bugs. Oh, and Lon has the most amazing hilltop home ever! In this book we find out he also owns a cute Victorian home as well. Some guys have all the luck. Urban fantasy lovers will enjoy Jenn Bennett's Arcadia Bell series. I can’t wait for the next installment. More! I want more!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    Loving this series more and more! Full review to come (hopefully soon).

  12. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett was my second most favorite read of 2011. Seriously people, it is amazing. It is a debut book by a new author and it’s written so well you can’t believe you are reading a first book. (And if you haven’t read it yet, then I haven’t been loud enough about how incredible the book is!). Seeing how much I loved LOVED book one, you can only imagine how high my hopes were for book two. Remember, book one was my number two favori Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett was my second most favorite read of 2011. Seriously people, it is amazing. It is a debut book by a new author and it’s written so well you can’t believe you are reading a first book. (And if you haven’t read it yet, then I haven’t been loud enough about how incredible the book is!). Seeing how much I loved LOVED book one, you can only imagine how high my hopes were for book two. Remember, book one was my number two favorite read last year so ideally book two would, if not surpass it, at least meet book one’s awesomness. No pressure there. Well guys let me tell you, Summoning the Night is tremendous phenomenal fantastic! I read it in one day and followers of my blog will know that that is unheard of for me and urban fantasy books. Yes, I did basically ignore my family, my kids, my everything just to read this book. And when I finished, I was equal parts giddy and shaking. And yes, I hugged it too. It left me even more in awe of this author and I now feel as though it is my job, the reason I started book blogging, to tell everyone to read this book and to read this series. Am I being a bit dramatic here? Oh yes, probably. But it’s only because I want you to read this book! If just taking my word for it doesn’t work, then let me tell you a bit about what to expect in this installment. Actually, I won’t do that because the Goodreads blurb is quite thorough. So I’ll just talk about what I liked about the book. Arcadia (Cady) is our main heroine and the story is told from her perspective. She is an incredibly well written character. Her life has been pretty crappy up until recently but you never really hear her complain. Does her past haunt her? Absolutely. But she doesn’t dwell on it and goes with the flow. She is also awfully quick and incredibly smart. She is a very compassionate and loyal character too and I find those are very important traits in an urban fantasy lead. Her snark is pretty awesome too. She is a witch and the witches in the world that Jenn has built are very different from any witches I’ve read before. I love how witchcraft is described – how visual it is. One of my favorite things about Cady in this installment is how she grows as a character. You see quite a difference from the first book to now and she grows even more in this book. She is more sure of herself and more comfortable in her skin. I wanted to make a sign that said “Go Cady, Go” and put it out on my front lawn, but the neighbors then might think I was a little odd…so I decided to silently chant that mantra over and over while reading. Lon is part demon but just as with the witches, the demons are very different in this series. They have halos and some have knacks that are pretty cool. I’m not talking Jesus halos here so don’t go ‘huh?’ – it’s like a colored glow around their head that most can’t see. It’s neat. Lon is in his early forties, self assured and just absolutely yummy. I totally used to picture him looking like Johnny Depp but now that I’ve seen the image that Jenn painted and posted on her site, I see him as Jenn sees him. And even though the idea of Johnny Depp’s image being gone from my mind may not seem like a good thing, it really is because I think this ‘new’ Lon is even yummier. I love that he’s mature and, you know, a grown up. He is perfect with Cady. He loves her and she him and they are a perfect match and really need to live happily-ever-after *glares at Jenn*. I love how real he is too. He is a father and is not written with infinite patience like the dads in old tv sitcoms – he’s a great dad but he’s realistic. As with Cady, he’s loving and kind but not over the top. In case I’m not making myself clear here, he’s a fantastic character. Teenagers in books can often be annoying. Yes, I said it. Cocky or full of snot, they just aren’t pleasant to read. Jupe (Lon’s son) is 13, almost 14, and yes he is cocky but he is also something many teens in literature aren’t: he is endearing. It is impossible not to love this character. Jenn writes him so well, he doesn’t take away from the story, he adds to it. In fact, in this installment, he pretty much steals the show. He is growing quite attached to Cady and I love to see this tender side to Jupe. And he makes Cady’s tender side come out too which is charming to watch. He is so innocent yet wise. I can’t wait to watch his character grow. Hajo is an intriguing character that we meet in this book and I would not mind seeing again. Really, I wouldn’t want his ‘gift’…ever…but I can see big things in this series for him. And now that I’ve said that just watch Jenn cackle at her computer and make that this is the only time we will ever see him. And Dare is an a** hole, pardon my French. That is all. As with the first book, there is a bit of creepy in Summoning the Night. There is an almost film-noir feel to these books and Jenn brings that feeling into her mystery plot-lines. And since she is a very visual writer, the creepy level is cranked in this series. It fits the characters perfectly. The mystery itself this time around was great. In book one, we didn’t see the twists and turns coming. Well, Jenn does the exact same thing in this installment. The twists, the turns… And when you’re finally sure you know who is behind it all and what will happen next, you realize that you are wrong. And I mean really wrong. Basically you get a ride from beginning to end and when you reach the end you are delighted with the turn out. Creeped out by it all, but delighted. Jenn Bennett proved that she can write with Kindling the Moon and with Summoning the Night, she proved that she has staying power. This newest installment is an Amazing follow up. Now, even if after all that, I still haven’t convinced you to give this book and this series a try, just don’t pay any attention to what I am doing here… *takes old pocket watch out of pocket* *starts slowly swinging it in front of your eyes* Now look at the screen. You want to read Jenn Bennett’s Arcadia Bell series. You need to read Jenn Bennett’s Arcadia Bell series… Is it working? Good. ;) 5plus stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Review after first read-through, October 12-15, 2013: 4.5 stars - Great! I really enjoyed this book. It was/is an excellent sequel to Kindling the Moon. :) This entry in the Arcadia Bell series saw Cady and Lon working to solve the disappearances of local children. Jupe is at risk, so they need to work fast to save him and the other kids. This mystery relates to disappearances 30 years prior, when Lon was a kid. This development added richness to the storyline, which was already a suspenseful one. Review after first read-through, October 12-15, 2013: 4.5 stars - Great! I really enjoyed this book. It was/is an excellent sequel to Kindling the Moon. :) This entry in the Arcadia Bell series saw Cady and Lon working to solve the disappearances of local children. Jupe is at risk, so they need to work fast to save him and the other kids. This mystery relates to disappearances 30 years prior, when Lon was a kid. This development added richness to the storyline, which was already a suspenseful one. I loved it! Summoning the Night was rather creepy in the way that good books can be creepy. It was definitely a thriller of a read for me. The ending was great and solidified my feelings of love for this series. I will definitely be adding Cady and company's adventures to my collection. :)

  14. 4 out of 5

    All Things Urban Fantasy

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy Look out Mercy, Rachel, and Sookie, the urban fantasy genre has a fierce new heroine in Arcadia Bell! Bartender and magician Cady made her mark on the genre with 2011’s KINDLING THE MOON and with SUMMONING THE NIGHT she is rightly taking her place alongside some of the big names. The worldbuilding full of magic and Earthbound demons is refreshing and exciting, the pace relentless, the romance subdued and sizzling in turn, and the characters engaging and Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy Look out Mercy, Rachel, and Sookie, the urban fantasy genre has a fierce new heroine in Arcadia Bell! Bartender and magician Cady made her mark on the genre with 2011’s KINDLING THE MOON and with SUMMONING THE NIGHT she is rightly taking her place alongside some of the big names. The worldbuilding full of magic and Earthbound demons is refreshing and exciting, the pace relentless, the romance subdued and sizzling in turn, and the characters engaging and oh so likeable. 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. But unlike the debut, I was genuinely afraid while reading this time. The stakes were sky high and suitably dire. I’ve become so invested in the main character trio that I was completely invested in their fate. There was some groundwork set up for the next Arcadia Bell book (BINDING THE SHADOWS due out in Spring 2013) that I’m equal parts apprehensive and excited to find out what happens next. Sexual Content: One sex scene

  15. 4 out of 5

    Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}

    I enjoyed the first book in the Arcadia Bell series. Much more than I thought I would. So I was really excited to finally get to the second book - Summoning the Night. While I enjoyed it, it didn't have the same magic the first one had for me. I fell it was a bit slow and I wasn't super interested in the mystery they followed. The highlights for me were Cady, Lon and his son Jupe. They have great chemistry as a group. While not a total hit for me I am definitely continuing with the series. This I enjoyed the first book in the Arcadia Bell series. Much more than I thought I would. So I was really excited to finally get to the second book - Summoning the Night. While I enjoyed it, it didn't have the same magic the first one had for me. I fell it was a bit slow and I wasn't super interested in the mystery they followed. The highlights for me were Cady, Lon and his son Jupe. They have great chemistry as a group. While not a total hit for me I am definitely continuing with the series. This review was originally posted on Rebel Mommy Book Blog

  16. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

    An awesome installment in the series, I seriously love these characters!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    {This review was originally published on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.} Jenn Bennett's debut, Kindling the Moon, was one of my favorite urban fantasy releases of 2011. Her protagonist Arcadia Bell's world of magic, good humor, family and community are what I've dubbed, "Urban fantasy with heart." Whenever I love the first entrant into a series as much as I did Kindling the Moon, reading the sequel is rather stress-inducing. What if it doesn't live up to the first in the series? What if it's a one-hit {This review was originally published on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.} Jenn Bennett's debut, Kindling the Moon, was one of my favorite urban fantasy releases of 2011. Her protagonist Arcadia Bell's world of magic, good humor, family and community are what I've dubbed, "Urban fantasy with heart." Whenever I love the first entrant into a series as much as I did Kindling the Moon, reading the sequel is rather stress-inducing. What if it doesn't live up to the first in the series? What if it's a one-hit wonder? I'm thrilled to say all my worries were needless--Summoning the Night exceeded all of my expectations and firmly cemented the Arcadia Bell series as one of my favorites. (Note: the rest of this review contains mild, but inevitable, spoilers for the previous book in this series, Kindling the Moon. Read my review of Kindling here.) (view spoiler)[ Summoning the Night picks up shortly after Kindling the Moon concludes. Cady is feeling her way through her new relationship with Lon and growing closer to Jupe, Lon's endearing teenage son. They're starting to look a bit like a family. However, things are unsettled in their northern California town of La Sirena as Halloween approaches and the children of members of the Hellfire Club--the hedonistic demon secret society of which Lon's a member--begin disappearing, much like they had decades before. Cady and Lon are called upon by the club's creeptastic leader to help solve the serial kidnappings--all while Jupe's demon powers begin to manifest themselves. Oh, and those Moonchild abilities Cady discovered in Kindling? She's wrestling with that, too, Call me a chicken, I don’t give a damn. My ability was unnaturally created by two homicidal maniacs masquerading as parents. What good could come of using it? Too much magick could make even the gentlest of magicians go nutso, and I had crazy genes working against me. If I started experimenting with the Moonchild ability, I was worried some sort of insanity clock would start ticking inside me. How long would it be before it went off? A month? A year? A decade? Summoning the Night has a much more suspenseful mystery than Kindling the Moon. While I correctly guessed the culprit early on, that didn't take away from suspenseful unfolding of the mystery whatsoever. Lon and Cady make a badass duo, he with his demon powers and she with her magician skills (not a wizarding or witchery, FYI). While the mystery keeps the book moving along at a nice clip, the characters are what makes novel shine, despite the "mustache situation." I am staunchly anti-mustache. And yet, Jenn Bennett has managed to do what I previously though impossible: Love a mustachioed character**. Lon, Cady's nerdy/badass* boyfriend continues to charm with his eccentricities and and cranky, yet endearing persona. His banter with Cady is always fun and their good-natured, affectionate teasing is charming. I held up a copy of the society’s book about coastal farming in the 1800s, taken from Lon’s library. Why Lon owned it, I had no idea. He owned a lot of strange books—and I’m not talking about the ones on demon summoning, either; his avid interest in irrigation and composting was far more peculiar, if you asked me. And the age difference that caused so much angst in the first installment of this series is more subdued, replaced by a far better angst--the realization Cady's part that she, Lon and Jupe are becoming a family and what that all means. Lon shook his head. “Only the three of us.” He pointed for emphasis—one, two, three. “This is serious family business.” Us. Family. I was included. My mind raced back to the promises we’d made in the kitchen the other night and lumped it in with Jupe’s casual kiss on my forehead … and now this. Something fragile cracked inside me. My chest felt warm. I blinked away emotion as Lon’s eyes flicked to mine. Get it together, Bell. I usually find the addition of children in urban fantasy extremely irksome (with the exception of Adam's daughter in the Mercy Thompson series) because kids kind of get in the way of ass-kickery and evil-battling, but even more so than in the first book in the series, Jupe is a well-developed character in his own right; he doesn't exist solely for comic relief of to create tension. Jupe's developing powers and his increasingly close relationship with Cady have the potential, in a lot of ways, to shape much of the rest of the series. (hide spoiler)] With this second installment, the Arcadia Bell series joins Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series as my favorite in the urban fantasy sub-genre. It's funny, because the two series have a number of similarities, despite the details of the worlds being quite different. They both have smart, capable protagonists teamed complex, somewhat frustrating--yet endearing--love interests and a community full of intriguing secondary characters. The romance isn't too intense, yet it feels more fully developed than in many other series. But most of all, both series have heart (and I know I keep using that term) that makes them standout amidst a slew of urban fantasy offerings on the shelves these days--I care about and root for these characters. I'll be tapping my fingers doubly waiting for Lon, Cady and Jupe's next adventure.*** *A rare and perfect combination. **Jenn Bennett's recent comparison of Lon to Deadwood-era Timothy Olyphant over on Pinterest certainly helped matters. *ahem* ***My original text for this review was, "This series and book are awesome and you really should read it. But, that seemed a bit too succinct. I received a copy of Summoning the Night from the author. No "goodies" or other compensation were received in exchange for this honest review. 4.5 stars; I'm loving this series even more... fun urban fantasy with loads of heart. (I'll review it next week)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mariya

    “That’s right.” Jupe arched his back and stretched like a cat, then smugly pretended to crack his knuckles. “Step aside and watch the master go to work, people.” SUMMONING THE NIGHT was even more amazing than I thought it would be. I think I seriously forgot how much I just loved the first book in the Arcadia Bell Series, Kindling the Moon. Yeah. That totally must be it! I couldn't put down SUMMONING THE NIGHT since I started and I read half the book in a night which I never do! That how muc “That’s right.” Jupe arched his back and stretched like a cat, then smugly pretended to crack his knuckles. “Step aside and watch the master go to work, people.” SUMMONING THE NIGHT was even more amazing than I thought it would be. I think I seriously forgot how much I just loved the first book in the Arcadia Bell Series, Kindling the Moon. Yeah. That totally must be it! I couldn't put down SUMMONING THE NIGHT since I started and I read half the book in a night which I never do! That how much I was so into this amazing sequel! I was so very much into the storyline for SUMMONING THE NIGHT. Basically, during the month of October, the month of Halloween kids of the Hellfire Club are being kidnapped by the Snatcher. There was an incident with the Snatcher many years ago where this same thing has happened and all of the kids were never found. Dare, the leader of the Hellfire Club now wants Cady and Lon to find the Snatcher and prevent any more kids from being kidnapped! “I don’t want secrets between us,” I said. “Not ones that matter, anyway. I keep secrets from everyone all day long. But not you. Okay?” He tugged me toward the bar stool, closing the remaining distance between us. “I’ve been waiting for you to say that for weeks,” he whispered. Cady is even more amazing in this book! Cady is now dating the irresistible, Lon Butler and things have gotten pretty serious between the two. We are talking about keys being given and space for clothes being shared. I still am loving the relationship between Cady and Lon and I can't wait for more of them in the next book for sure. I hope in the future Cady tells everyone close to her, her true identity, because I have a feeling this is really going to all blow up in her face one day! It's Jupe's turn for the spotlight! I loved Jupe even more in SUMMONING THE NIGHT. I just love his character. He is really fun and everytime we get a scene with him, I have this huge smile on my face. He is most definitely a joy and one of the best things that could've happened in the Arcadia Bell Series. There has been some really sweet scenes with him and Cady that you just can't help but tear up at and be a little emotional. “Oh, really? Is that why he’s hot and bothered for Arcadia here?” Kar Yee tossed an accusatory glance my way. She was well aware that honesty wasn’t one of my strong suits. “Probably,” Jupe confirmed. “My dad says he likes her so much that if she kicked him in the balls, he’d just thank her.” I had a lot of favorite moments in the book and I had not so favorite moments and that included a new character that I didn't particularly like, Dare, the Hellfire Leader. You think you finally meet a nice guy, when he turns out to be an ass as well. It's in the middle of the book where I can't stand him and hopefully we will see what happens with him in the nest Arcadia Bell book. As you know I absolutely devoured SUMMONING THE NIGHT and I have a lot of questions about what the hell is going to happen next? I am excited and I want more Jupe! I mean more Cady and Jupe and Lon! I know the next book is going to be just an amazing as this one and I can't wait to see what is in store for Cady Bell!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Jenn Bennett has done it again. She wrapped me up in Cady's world and made me love it even more than I thought I could. I was madly in love with book 1, you know. Seriously. Madly in love. I wanted a Lon of my very own. I wanted to be a fly in the wall when Jupe walked into any room. I was cheering as Cady came into her own. And book 2? Oh, it's made me fall in love with all those guys even harder. I'm just tickled pink to be back in their world - eating their food, playing with their hedgehog, Jenn Bennett has done it again. She wrapped me up in Cady's world and made me love it even more than I thought I could. I was madly in love with book 1, you know. Seriously. Madly in love. I wanted a Lon of my very own. I wanted to be a fly in the wall when Jupe walked into any room. I was cheering as Cady came into her own. And book 2? Oh, it's made me fall in love with all those guys even harder. I'm just tickled pink to be back in their world - eating their food, playing with their hedgehog, and watching the mayhem and magic fly! One of the things I adore is Cady and Lon's relationship. They seem so damn right together. Now if I'm being honest, Lon is just fantastic all on his own. He's hot, he's a great dad, and he has that strong, silent vibe going for him. Plus, he can do that whole transmutation thing and grow horns and stuff. That might not be everyone's idea of a good time, but I just find the whole Lon package to be incredibly sexy. Like I said, I'd totally take a Lon of my own. No questions asked. Meanwhile, Cady is still dealing with the emotional fallout of having her parents try to sacrifice her for their own twisted needs. She has a few trust issues and she's vaguely worried about the age difference between her and Lon but I still got the feeling that she's in it for the long haul. I think one of her biggest obstacles has been the idea that she has someone to rely on. She can lean on Lon. Jupe expects her to be there if he needs her. With the way her parents abandoned her in her teens, this isn't something she's used to. The mystery was well plotted, the bad guy was a first class jerk, and Jupe was just downright awesome. I found myself sympathizing with the demons who were summoned more than I thought I would (I mean, what a drag to be yanked out of your realm whenever some yahoo with the summoning mojo gets the urge) and I am incredibly curious where Cady's Moonchild powers will take her. Cady, Lon, and Jupe are my new favorite crime fighting, magic wielding, Earthbound family unit. More, please. -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Genre* Urban Fantasy *Rating* 4.0 *Full Review to come* There are a bunch of positives. Jupiter (Jupe) Butler gets a huge chunk of story time, and his relationship with Cady is growing by the book. Another is the fact that Cady is actually realizing that being with Lon and Jupe is pretty much like having her own little family unit, and she really doesn't seem to mind it after being alone and on the run for so many years. I really, really don't much care for Ambrose Dare (Head of the Hellfire Club) *Genre* Urban Fantasy *Rating* 4.0 *Full Review to come* There are a bunch of positives. Jupiter (Jupe) Butler gets a huge chunk of story time, and his relationship with Cady is growing by the book. Another is the fact that Cady is actually realizing that being with Lon and Jupe is pretty much like having her own little family unit, and she really doesn't seem to mind it after being alone and on the run for so many years. I really, really don't much care for Ambrose Dare (Head of the Hellfire Club) who calls on Cady and Lon to find missing kids after they are spirited away by the so called Snatcher. I don't much care for the way he goes out of his way to get enough blackmail material on Cady to force her to work for him. In my honest opinion, he's a total asshat and needs to be taught a valuable lesson not to mess with our girl Cady. Favorite quote: "But there was only so much worrying you could do before you just had to accept what life throws at you and move on. Because some things were going to be out of your control, and others can't be fixed or changed." Jenn has stated that there are two more books in this series. More Cady is always a good thing! Jenn Bennett Arcadia Bell 3. Binding the Shadows (June 2013) 4. Crossing the Aethyr (2014) releases April 24th 2012

  21. 5 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    Another great installment. Review to come.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    ~* 3.5 Stars *~ Kicking Butt with Cady and Co. 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 ~* 3.5 Stars *~ Kicking Butt with Cady and Co. 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. I like Cady quite a lot, have a huge soft spot for the taciturn Lon, and absolutely adore the irrepressible Jupe. The three of them together, hashing out an odd and quirky little family, are a joy and a delight, even in these early stages. I sincerely hope that continues and both strengthens and deepens as the series progresses, because I can't imagine losing either male from Cady's life. Not when the boys are so darn good for her - Lon as a partner, friend, and lover who grounds Cady and touches her heart, and Jupe as a glittering, vibrant connection to youthful normalcy (relatively speaking) that Cady missed out on while she was growing up. All three characters are vital to this series for me. On her own merits, Cady is a solid heroine. She's strong and competent, and her command over her magic has always seemed nicely representative of her history and her experiences. She is also a bit emotionally damaged and inherently wounded from a past that would have left many broken. Sometimes she makes mistakes, and she certainly doesn't open herself or trust easily. I can't say I blame her for that, even when I get a little frustrated by it. It's definitely in line with who she is, and I commend Bennett for creating such a layered and realistic character and maintaining her well through the growing pains we see her encounter in the series. The plot of this second book was less intense and compelling to me than that of the first, but that's hardly surprising. In the first book, Cady's life is on the line and the entire foundation of that life, as well as every memory and belief she had of her parents and her family, was brought under fire and burned away by a truth both harsh and criminally brutal. Maybe it's me, but the kidnapping of unknown teenagers, children of parents who are members of a club I hold in great contempt, just didn't have the same emotional impact. That's not a fault of Bennett's writing, it just is what it is. I do wish the timeline of the plot had been tightened up a bit. I was already struggling to connect to it because of the nature of the conflict, and that was made harder by the meandering trail Cady and Lon were following to get to the truth. Nothing about their investigation really struck me as vitally time sensitive or having any sense of urgency, including the actions of the main characters, until late in the book when the job became far more personal. My attention was more riveted by the secondary and ancillary plot threads surrounding Lon and Cady's evolving relationship, Jupe's developing knack, and the growing cohesion of their little family-shaped unit. They provided me the brightest and most entertaining parts of the story. I also enjoyed some of the secondary characters, both those familiar from the first book and new to the series. There were scenes related to the investigation that do stand out, though, and I have to admit, I kind of totally liked Hajo...maybe even more than I should, considering he was a dangerous thug and a drug-dealing junkie. There are also things about the story that bothered me or that I just didn't like at all. While I applauded Cady's personal growth and subsequent admission to Lon that she didn't want secrets between them, I was furious when Dare started stirring things up and she didn't tell Lon about it. Not only did Dare reveal himself as the repugnant filth that he is, which as far as I'm concerned stamped an end date on his forehead, but Cady compounded my disgust by keeping it all a secret. Best case given the timeline, she may not have done so purposely, but she definitely did so passively by not immediately disclosing the information to Lon. I don't know which it is, but regardless, she holds onto her secrets and seems to have no inclination to share them. Maybe that'll be addressed in the next book, but that sort of crap just frustrates the hell out of me. Sort of decries all that personal growth that so pleased me earlier in the book. On a brighter note, I was pleased to realize that I no longer have any issue with the age difference between Lon and Cady. I was very disappointed in myself about my feelings about that in the first book, but in this one, something about the way the two of them fit together absolutely resolved all of my qualms. Maybe a part of it was having their relationship disparaged and criticized by outsiders, too. I know I'm prone to rally around my heroes and heroines when they are threatened. Whatever it is, I'm happy to be free of my reservations about the difference in their ages and wish nothing but a long and happy relationship for them. Unfortunately I've been burned a lot in urban fantasy series I follow, too often getting dismayed and horrified by series that totally muck up the relationships between main characters, or pile on the emotional angst until I'm choking in it. I so wish that won't be the case here. I'd love to read a series that doesn't equate relationship and personal growth with agonizing emotional pain or betrayal. That truly would be a unique and heartening reading experience. Hope springs eternal, doesn't it? And given how much I love the characters in this book, and how invested I am in their lives and their story, all of which is a huge credit to Bennett's writing, I can't help but continue with the series to see just what they get themselves messed up in next. I just hope it comes soon. Disclosure: An ARC of this book was provided to me by the author. This rating, review, and all included thoughts and comments are my own. ~*~*~*~ Reviewed for One Good Book Deserves Another.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alex (HEABookNerd)

    Series: Arcadia Bell #2 Rating: 4 stars - really enjoyable This series follows the same main characters so I recommend reading it in order. This review may include spoilers for the previous books in the series. One Sentence Summary: Teenage Earthbounds are going missing in La Sirena just like they did 30 years ago and Cady and Lon find themselves investigating the case at the request of the Hell Fire club. SUMMONING THE NIGHT brings us more of Cady and Lon's relationship and I loved seeing them Series: Arcadia Bell #2 Rating: 4 stars - really enjoyable This series follows the same main characters so I recommend reading it in order. This review may include spoilers for the previous books in the series. One Sentence Summary: Teenage Earthbounds are going missing in La Sirena just like they did 30 years ago and Cady and Lon find themselves investigating the case at the request of the Hell Fire club. SUMMONING THE NIGHT brings us more of Cady and Lon's relationship and I loved seeing them together again. I was also really happy that their relationship was never in question and all the drama and angst comes from external sources as these two work together. And of course Jupe, Lon's son, plays a large role in this one and it was really sweet to see the bond between Cady and Jupe continue to grow. The mystery of the missing teenagers made for a fun read and enjoyed trying to figure out who the villain was and how it all connected. I love a good mystery so it really worked for me to have that combined with the paranormal elements. I will say though that Lon and Cady are not very good investigators, lol, and they did stumble through a lot of the book, making mistakes and incorrect assumptions. But that fits since their day jobs are photographer and bar owner so I wouldn't expect them to be really great at solving mysteries. We also get to see more of Cady's Moonchild powers and I'm curious to see how that grows through the series since she still doesn't have much control over them. At the core, what I love about this series is Cady and Lon and seeing their relationship and SUMMONING THE NIGHT doesn't let me down there. They're so sweet together but also really sexy and flirty. They're both a little sarcastic and cynical but they understand each other so well and support each other. It's also been fun watching Lon try to express his more serious feelings as he's more of an actions over words kind of guy. Overall, a really fun read with characters that I enjoy so much!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Christy LoveOfBooks

    I loved the first book in this series, but I enjoyed this one even more. I love the relationship that has blossomed between Cady and Lon and how well they work together. They have great chemistry and made me laugh on a number of occasions, especially when Jup was involved.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Susana

    What makes me like this series? Well for starters, the characters... I can't remember another UF series who has a "family" as it's main characters: Cady (Arcadia Bell), Lon Butler and Jupe (short for Jupiter), Lon's son. They may not be a conventional one, but that's what they are. In fact i don't think i would enjoy this series as much as i do, if there wasn't a Jupe on board. The almost fourteen old kid is just insanely adorable, with his big mouth and his frizzy curls ;) The dynamics between What makes me like this series? Well for starters, the characters... I can't remember another UF series who has a "family" as it's main characters: Cady (Arcadia Bell), Lon Butler and Jupe (short for Jupiter), Lon's son. They may not be a conventional one, but that's what they are. In fact i don't think i would enjoy this series as much as i do, if there wasn't a Jupe on board. The almost fourteen old kid is just insanely adorable, with his big mouth and his frizzy curls ;) The dynamics between him and Cady are just adorable, and then it's always nice reading about a happy/strong relationship between father and son... Then there's Cady and Lon relationship, which i just love reading about. I also like the occasional information "slip" that reminds us of Lon's age (42 to Cady's 25). It makes the story more realistic. Well i don't know what it says about my detective skills (probably that i suck at them!) but the unfolding of the mystery (a vast number of teens that had gone missing) and its resolution...i mean WHO DID IT, caught me completely unaware!! Bonus points!! Bottom line: I really enjoyed this book (s story that didn't in any single way suffer from second book syndrome!) and as soon as i can, i will start with the next one. :)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Negine

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Cady, Lon & Jupe! This second installment well and truly sealed my love for these characters. The dialogue and interactions between our main heroine Arcadia and her guys, Lon and Jupe, are still refreshingly realistic and full of humor and heart. Now having said that the plot, for me, had a couple of small inexplicable holes in it that pulled me out of the story momentarily...but not enough that I didn't enjoy the book. I'm hoping some of my head scratching questions will be add LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Cady, Lon & Jupe! This second installment well and truly sealed my love for these characters. The dialogue and interactions between our main heroine Arcadia and her guys, Lon and Jupe, are still refreshingly realistic and full of humor and heart. Now having said that the plot, for me, had a couple of small inexplicable holes in it that pulled me out of the story momentarily...but not enough that I didn't enjoy the book. I'm hoping some of my head scratching questions will be addressed in the next book. This is only the second book and I have high hopes that Jenn Bennett will continue to improve and expand this intriguing world and Arcadia's personal journey.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tammie

    Summoning the Night is a good second novel in the Arcadia Bell series. Once again the thing I liked best about it is the growing relationships between the characters, especially the growing bond between Cady and Jupe. I will say that this one felt slightly repetitive with (view spoiler)[ Jupe being kidnapped once again (hide spoiler)] but the rest of the story was completely different. I'm looking forward to reading more. Summoning the Night is a good second novel in the Arcadia Bell series. Once again the thing I liked best about it is the growing relationships between the characters, especially the growing bond between Cady and Jupe. I will say that this one felt slightly repetitive with (view spoiler)[ Jupe being kidnapped once again (hide spoiler)] but the rest of the story was completely different. I'm looking forward to reading more.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sibil

    3.5 stars This series is really good and I really do not know why I waited so much (almost two years) to read the second one. Yes, it's not the best urban fantasy ever, but the world building is good (as far as UF go, obviously), the magic is intersting and the characters are good. And Arcadia has an hedgehog as pet!!!!! *_* Soooo cute! And Jupe is simply fantastic! 3.5 stars This series is really good and I really do not know why I waited so much (almost two years) to read the second one. Yes, it's not the best urban fantasy ever, but the world building is good (as far as UF go, obviously), the magic is intersting and the characters are good. And Arcadia has an hedgehog as pet!!!!! *_* Soooo cute! And Jupe is simply fantastic!

  29. 4 out of 5

    nick (the infinite limits of love)

    Can I just say how much I love Jupe? He is adorable and I want him for myself! <3 RTC

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tori

    Originally posted at http://smexybooks.com/2012/05/review-... Favorite Quote: “That sexy Jesus thing again? You’re a filthy girl, you know that?” Arcadia Bell is back and finding trouble once again in Summoning The Night. After almost being sacrificed by her parents in Kindling The Moon, Arcadia (Cady) is back to business as usual and getting her bar ready for Halloween. When the head of the Hellfire Club comes to her and Lon for help in stopping a serial killer from 30 years ago, they will have t Originally posted at http://smexybooks.com/2012/05/review-... Favorite Quote: “That sexy Jesus thing again? You’re a filthy girl, you know that?” Arcadia Bell is back and finding trouble once again in Summoning The Night. After almost being sacrificed by her parents in Kindling The Moon, Arcadia (Cady) is back to business as usual and getting her bar ready for Halloween. When the head of the Hellfire Club comes to her and Lon for help in stopping a serial killer from 30 years ago, they will have to use all the help they can get before the serial killer strikes again and forces Cady to reveal her biggest secret of all. When I was offered Summoning The Night for review, I went ahead and bought Kindling The Moon because I was told it was a MUST HAVE in order to understand the arc and characters. I thoroughly enjoyed Kindling The Moon. Arcadia Bell is the perfect urban fantasy heroine with her quick mind and even quicker mouth. While she will always protect her friends, she is quick to ask for help when she needs it and not afflicted with the common UF heroine trait -I must save the world by myself. She is comfortable in her own skin and that is a treat to see. Lon, her sexy, sexy boyfriend is a demon and seems to fit perfectly with Cady. Though we don’t see as much smexy time with her and him as we did in KTM, I do like the fact that they have absolute trust in each other. Communication flows between them like water and I love that Ms. Bennett doesn’t use emotional conflicts in order to add pages to the book. I do like that regardless of their lack of trust & communication problems, we do get to see Lon’s alpha instincts come out a few times. RAWR! Summoning The Night starts out reintroducing us to Cady, Lon, and his adorably irritating son, Jupe. Cady is still feeling her way around a relationship with an older man, but the sparks fly and you know that they are in it for the long haul. “I don’t want any secrets between us.” I said. “Not the ones that matter, anyway. I keep secrets from everyone all day long. But not you. Okay?” Jupe adores Cady and the feeling is mutual. She doesn’t try and pretend to be his mom which really makes the relationship between them more realistic. They genuinely like each other. This relationship plays a heavy role in the storyline as it intertwines with the main conflict and that is where I had some problems. Their relationships are so defined and permanent feeling that I feel like I missed something. The first book had them starting to date, while in here I feel like they are one step from saying I love you. I miss seeing the slow, steady build up to this step. While I don’t mind romance in my urban fantasies, I do like it to be more drawn out with a heavier emphasis placed on the plot. I also found that Ms. Bennett holds the reins to two big storylines in here and seems to lose control of them as she attempts to correlate and reveal them. We spend a lot of time with Cady and Jupe; his storyline seems to fight for control against the main conflict and confused me as to what the focus of the story is supposed to be. That is not to say that I didn’t enjoy Jupe and his problem because he is hilarious with his new found power and I found myself laughing at the ways he tries to use it. I just wish it had held less power. They do eventually connect and are used to bolster each other one in a way that makes sense, but my feelings of unease never quite left me. The main conflict starts out fast and furious as we are introduced to the mystery surrounding the serial killer right off the bat. Cady doesn’t want to deal with the Hellfire Club after her last ordeal with them, but since Lon is a legacy member, she doesn’t want to make waves. We meet the current president, additional members, and get more insight to why Lon is on the outs with them. I found the mystery aspect to be extremely interesting. A series of murders committed years ago are starting back up with the same MO and no one is sure if it’s the same person or a copy cat. As Lon and Cady investigate, they find a more sinister connection that shows the killer is targeting the members kids for nefarious reasons. Unfortunately, I found myself drifting through the story as I watched Cady and Lon do more legwork & reading in order to discover who the serial killer is and his reasons for the killings. Not to say there is no action because there is. Exciting, suspenseful, unnerving action; but not as much as I would have liked. Our secondary characters are just as personable and well developed as our protagonists. Cady’s friend and part owner of the bar is hilarious with her dead panned dialogue and “who really cares,” attitude. Bob, a frequent visitor to the bar who crushes on Cady hard, shows his true strength as he strives to help Cady. A new character is introduced; a dead dowser named Hajo. Hajo is both irritating and interesting. I appreciated that Ms. Bennett didn’t draw him into a love triangle with Cady and Lon, but I do hope we see him again. Jupe, of course, is still a brilliant over hyper fifteen year old that manages to get himself in trouble just by stooping over to pick up trash. Dare, the pseudo father figure to Lon, proves to have more than one card up his sleeve when it comes to Lon and Cady, and I look forward to seeing him learn the hard way just what Cady is made of. The solving of the mystery is convoluted and the ending will leave you speechless and anxious when it’s all said and done. Summoning The Night is a true Urban Fantasy the takes us into new and unexplored world filled with mages, demons, and everything in between. Engaging characters and unique plot lines are sure to appeal to lovers of this genre. Though I had some problems with this installment, there was still enough to hold my attention and look forward to the third installment of the series, Binding the Shadows (Arcadia Bell, #3), set to release June 2013. Overall Rating: C

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