Monday, May 26, 2014

Banishing the Dark by Jenn Bennett [Review]

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Binding the Shadows (Arcadia Bell #3) by Jenn Bennett
Format: ebook
Source: provided by Pocket Books through NetGalley
Date read: February 1, 2014

Arcadia Bell
1. Kindling the Moon
2. Summoning the Night
2.5. Leashing the Tempest
3. Binding the Shadows
4. Banishing the Dark - Paperback | Kindle

Jenn Bennett
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
In this new installment in a beloved urban fantasy series, gutsy renegade mage and tiki bar owner Arcadia Bell faces the last danger standing between her old identity and a new future she desperately wants: herself.

After surviving a supernatural battle with Hellfire Club leader Ambrose Dare, Cady and her demon boyfriend, Lon Butler, journey across California to find the source of her mysterious Moonchild origins. But the further they travel, the stranger the revelations about her parents’ past occult lives. Can Cady keep what’s rightfully hers, or will she have make the ultimate sacrifice to stop her murderous mother from crossing the planes?
Thoughts on Banishing the Dark: For all I REALLY don't want to say goodbye to Cady, Lon, and crew, this book hit the spot as far as tying up the series. It gave me everything I wanted with a side order of blinding panic for these poor characters at times.

In other words, it was perfect.

When last we left Cady, she was in a bad way. She survived the attack on her in her bar but she's been in a coma for a month and the clock is ticking on her mother's plans. Honestly, her mother's a real piece of work. She's manipulative, controlling, and downright evil. Sure, this was apparent from, you know, that time she tried to sacrifice Cady but the full extent of her evil becomes even more obvious as Cady begins diving into her past.

Meanwhile, Lon and Cady continue to delight me. Lon's situation (yes, I'm being purposefully vague here) broke my heart a little as he does what he has to do to keep Cady as safe as he can for as long as he can. I really do adore these two as a couple. There's something so matched about them and I love how they support one another.

While I'm talking about relationships and family.... JUPE! LOVE THAT KID! I had some serious moments of concern for him as he tried to help Cady from his end. Serious. But Jupe is Jupe and he's resourceful, to say the least. Plus, he gets easily distracted by a pair of breasts. Heh. Boys.

All in all, this was a fabulous ending to a series I've faithfully followed since book 1. I'll miss all the crazy shenanigans Cady, Lon and Jupe find themselves in, but I loved seeing how things ended.

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