Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Adult
Release Date: December 12th, 2012
Publisher: Pocket Star
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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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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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