Mini review: Leashing the Tempest & Last tribute to the Arcadia Bell series by Jenn Bennett

Leashing the tempestGenres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Adult
Release Date: December 12th, 2012
Publisher: Pocket Star
Source:  Publisher
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Arcadia “Cady” Bell may have saved the Hellfire Club’s children from a local bogeyman, but she and her Earthbound demon boyfriend, Lon Butler, now face a more disturbing problem: his teenage son’s new demonic abilities. Jupe Butler can persuade you to do anything—or so he thinks. To test the limits of his newfound power, Cady invites the co-owner of Tambuku Tiki Lounge to be the teen’s guinea pig during an afternoon boat cruise. But when an angry storm whips the Pacific into a frenzy and Jupe puts them all in serious danger, will Cady’s magick trump a teenager’s excess confidence?

If you know me, you’ll know that I am a huge fan of the Arcadia Bell series and now that the series has come to an end (the last book was published only a couple weeks ago), I am not sure what to do. It really sucks to close the last page to the last book of one of your favorite series doesn’t it? Well it wasn’t the last page for me because I hadn’t read the novella that came in between books 2 and 3 I will forever be glad that I read it after I finished the series. It really reminded me why I loved the series and it left me with a smile on my face because I got another chance to say goodbye to these characters I had come to love over the past couple of books.

Although, Unleashing the Tempest is a novella, it has a strong plot and the characters are as wonderful as ever. This time they are stranded in the middle of a storm. What was supposed to be a mini-vacation to test Jupe’s new found ability turns into… a disaster. Jupe lands them all in trouble when he unleashes his ability on the captain when riled up (he is 14 :P). What follows is a mess. We are also introduced to a new creature from the Aethyr (which I won’t mention because SPOILERS). Will Cady be able to save the day? Well the answer to that is yes because we already know books 3 and 4 takes place after that but it was still fun to see Cady and Lon cooperate to save the day.

Lon and Cady are at their best and really make you smile with how great a couple they are. Jupe and Kar-Yee won’t fail to make you laugh either.

Really, if you haven’t picked up this series, you need to do so now.

 

Arcadia Bell Series

Genres: Paranormal, Magic, Urban Fantasy, Adult
Reviews: Binding the Shadows | Banishing the Dark
Publisher: Pocket Books
Check out on GOODREADS

A character-driven, often humorous, occasionally dark, and sometimes thrilling paranormal fantasy series from Pocket Books about a magically gifted Tiki bar owner and the demons who love her.

I am not ready to let go yet though so I decided to do a last tribute to this series where I will list a handful of reasons you should read this series if you haven’t already.

Cady

Cady is one of the best female leads I have ever encountered in an urban fantasy series. She is strong, she has baggage but she isn’t afraid. She has had issues letting go of the past but she has already built herself a new life doing something she enjoys. She isn’t miserable. She is pretty content. There are moments when her past will bring her down but she will always pull it together to make sure that the people she loves are safe and sound. She also has a pretty great voice and will always be a joy to read about.

Lon

Ah Lon Lon Lon. I don’t think anything I ever say can be enough. He is almost twice Cady’s age but somehow he is perfect for her. He is sweet and understanding and well he aien’t no alpha male. He will give her the space she needs and will always be supportive of her, even when she wants to do something he doesn’t completely agree with. He is also a great father and pretty damn haawwt. He won’t fail to make you swoon.

Jupe

JUPEEEEE. I am going to miss him so much. He is one of the best teens I have ever encountered and it was a joy to get to know him. He is sweet, funny and even though he is just a kid, he will do whatever he can to help out those he loves. He has this innocent quality to him which makes him even more endearing. You cannot help but want to hug him when he makes silly mistakes. He is also really enthusiastic and his enthusiasm is contagious I tell you.

The Romance

The romance between Lon and Cady is one of the best I have ever encountered and they will forever remain one of my favorite couples. Their relationship is free of the normal kinds of drama. They are not afraid to communicate and have one of the healthiest relationships out there despite the fact that they have a rather large age difference. They trust one another and will never be afraid to ask for help and really it’s so easy to ship them right from the start.

Relationships

All the other relationships in this novel are great too. Cady and Jupe’s really gets to you though. They have some of the most emotional moments in this series. Ones that won’t fail to get you right in the feels. Jupe and Lon also share a great relationship but then again, they are father and son. I just love seeing the array of healthy relationships in this novel. Cady also has friends *gasp*. She isn’t a loner like some other females I have encountered (this isn’t a criticism so much as me pointing out that Cady is just different in many ways from some of the other female leads I have encountered in the UF genre).

Plots

The plots in each of these books won’t fail to keep you on your toes. There is an overall arc and you cannot read the books as stand alones (and SHOULDN’T! Why would you want to miss more Cady and Lon time?). There is a great magical aspect although not unique is definitely original in its own right.

This is a series that will always be on the top of my recommendation list to anyone looking for a great Urban Fantasy to read. And so, repeating what I said earlier, if you haven’t yet started this series, what are you waiting for? GO READ IT NOW.

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  1. says

    I have heard nothing but great things about this author and I have a couple of her books so I really need to try her out.

    I am sorry her series is over that you loved. It is always so hard saying goodbye when you have loved every minute of the series.
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    • Rashika says

      YAY! You’re already half way there! You have the books, you just need to read ’em! :D
      I suggest you dive in as soon as possible! :D

      It is hard saying goodbye but I think reading the novella helped a lot with the letting go part. :)
      Thanks!

  2. says

    It really does suck when a favourite series comes to an end. :( I actually haven’t heard of this author or series, but it sounds fabulous. I especially love the sound of the romance between Lon and Cady, despite their age gap. I’m actually looking forward to that the most, and the intriguing plot. Glad you enjoyed this, Rashika! Great review! :D

    New follower! xxx

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  3. says

    Well, seems like this one is one of those series that I really need to add to the wish list!
    Healthy relationships with good communications and no drama?? I must have!!
    Great review + tribute Rashika, you’ve totally sold me the series!
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    • Rashika says

      SUCCESS! I am glad! *claps hands* I REALLY hope you enjoy this series whenever you decide to read it! :)
      (and perhaps make me some cupcakes to drool over :P)

      THANKS PILI! :)

    • Rashika says

      This is the second ‘favorite’ series I’ve finished this year so it is saddening for me :/ It sucks to let go. .-.

      I read novellas occasionally :P it’s a great way to cheat on your GR reading goal! :P :P

      Thanks Janina! :)

  4. Larissa says

    I haven’t read much urban fantasy, other than the Chicago land vampire series which started out amazing but is getting just the littlest old with like 13 books. Still, I really enjoy the urban fantasy feel and have been looking for a new series to try. This one seems perfect, and I’d like to thank you so much for recommending it to me <33 I'm like already 99.99999 percent sure that I'll love it. Cady sounds like a great protagonist, I'm sure I'll love reading from her point of view. The romance also sounds great, it's always nice to see healthy romance promoted.

    Awesome review girl! And I totally understand that feeling when a series you love is over, it's so bittersweet.

    • Rashika says

      I read one book in that series and it didn’t work out for me but I am not sure if it was me or the book at this point so I am wondering if I should give it another shot… even if 13+ books is a little daunting .-.

      YAYY!!! I AM SO GLAD TO HEAR THIS *does the monkey* I sincerely hope you love it… then we can fangirl over Lon together (I call dibs!)

      THANKS LARISSA! :)

  5. says

    I have yet to read this series yet, but man this tribute post is making me want to start it right away. Your words really show how much you loved these books. These characters sound fantastic and every book having an interesting plot sounds great to me! Great post, Rashika. I’ll be starting Jean Bennett’s historical series soon and if that works for me, I’ll try this one! :)
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    • Rashika says

      Awww thank you Nick! That means a lot .-. I am glad I could show my love for this series through my words :)

      I’ve read the first book and adored it so I hope you enjoy her Roaring 20s series! :D Some hot males for you to enjoy! :D

    • Rashika says

      I know you’ve had issues with the novels so I’ll forgive you for not loving them as much ;) Yeah the sea creature was CREEEEEEPY! Plus I’d never heard of it so there is that!

      I’d totally adopt Jupe but I’m basically his age and thats just kind of weird. Let’s forget I said that okay? OKAY.

      Thanks Jess <3

  6. says

    MUST READ THIS SERIES! I’ve just recently discovered Jenn’s Roaring Twenties books and I’ve fallen MADLY in love with them, so I know I’m going to love this series as well. Plus the way you describe the romance has me completely sold. I’m a romance girl through and through and I can’t wait to meet Lon and Cady Rashika!!!!
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    • Rashika says

      AHHH I am glad to hear that! I read the first book and fell in LOVEEEE. Winter is prettty damn HAWT. I REALLLY hope you love this series too, Jenny! I really do! :D

      So am I .-. (although shh don’t tell anyone that)! I hope you love Lon and Cady JUST as much as I did (if not more but idk how that’s possible since I love them pretty damn much!)

  7. says

    I have seen this series around and now I think I really do have to give it a shot since you love it so much! I don’t read a lot of Urban Fantasy because the most recommended series are just SO LONG by the time I check it out. 4 (.5?) books I can handle and if you say it’s awesome I’m just inclined to believe it :) Awesome mini review and series spotlight Rashika!
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    • Rashika says

      This is 4.5 books and they are all out so it’s all good! :D :D You’re going to be sad it wasn’t longer though and I’ll be here… your shoulder to cry on.

      Thanks Amir!!! :)

    • Rashika says

      A lot of people haven’t so you’re not alone .-.
      I do hope you check it out and see if it’s something up your alley (and then fall madly in love ;))!

    • Rashika says

      UF has some of the strongest female leads out there! Although it really depends on the UF series you’re picking up… I’ve heard that not all of them are so fabulous but so far I’ve been lucky (for the most part but I won’t count those anomalies).

  8. says

    You know what’s funny? I saw my friend Bonnie speeding through this series a few months ago and was all crazed because she kept rating them 5 stars, and then I realized I had actually already read the first one! But a long time ago, so I didn’t remember it very well. Apparently I should revisit this, eh? I’m glad to hear you were happy with how everything concluded, it’s always such a relief when a favorite author/series doesn’t let you down.
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    • Rashika says

      I know! :D Bonnie is a huge fan of them too! :D If it’s been a while since you’ve read book 1, you might want to binge read all of them (I read books 1-3 pretty close to one another but boy was the wait to book 4 PAINFUL).

      I was so glad about that too… I hate being let down and it does happen quite often so it was a relief to read book 4 and love it! :D

  9. says

    I finished the series some weeks ago and I’m so sad it’s the end but I loved all the books and everything was so good! I’m glad you had a great time with the novella as well.