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Banishing the Dark (Arcadia Bell) [Mass Market Paperback]

Jenn Bennett
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (27 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451695098
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451695090
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JENN BENNETT writes the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series for Pocket Books and the upcoming Roaring Twenties paranormal romance series for Berkley Sensation. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with one husband and two evil pugs. Visit her at

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5.0 out of 5 stars This book has it all! 30 May 2014
By Book Passion for Life TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well, I’m sad that it’s over – but what an awesome end to an amazing series!
Following the huge cliffhanger that ended book 3, Cady is trying to come to terms with her new self, come to terms with an unexpected surprise and recovering from her near death beating… but things are never going to be simple for Cady because her mother is still manipulating her from the Aether, putting everyone Cady loves in danger. What does she want? It’s simple really – she wants to possess Cady and live through her permanently…. meaning Cady’s soul will die – and each time Cady taps into her moonchild powers, is another step into the clutches of an insane woman, hellbent on gaining power for her own ends and is prepared to sacrifice her own daughter to do just that. The only hope Cady has is to find the original spell that was used at her conception and hopefully reverse it or find out what was used so that she work out just what she is…. Leading to strangest most random road trip ever! Whilst Cady & Lon are off on their mission, Jupe has decided he won’t let Cady go without a fight either – let’s hope they can all uncover what Cady Needs before Enola Duval can reach her end game.
So, as I said – this was an awesome end to an amazing series, breathtaking to the very end!
I have always loved Cady’s character, I love when I can connect to a character and can become invested in their lives, routing for them in their trials & tribulations, from book one she was just so capable and admirable, having been through so much and living a double life through no fault of her own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable series 6 July 2014
By Elsie
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Fitting end to a really enjoyable series. Would definitely recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So sorry it's over! 27 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the fourth and final book in this simply fabulous urban fantasy series and I read this with much reluctance and trepidation. I've followed the journey of Arcadia Bell as she's battled evil and yet somehow found love but her trials are far from over. In this book Cady will truly learn what it means to be the Moonchild and the cost is truly astronomical!
At the end of the last book Cady was left quite literally fighting for her life. Her lover Lon has kept vigil at her bedside as she's fought the long road to recovery but now she's woken up from a coma it's imperative that they discover the ritual her parents used at her conception in order to prevent Cadys mother possessing her body! They need to retrace her steps but first Lon has to remove some of Cadys memories as if her mother connects with her in dreams the consequences are truly dire!
I loved these books and this one is no exception and yet I did read this with a heavy heart. Cady is such a strong brave heroine and the life she's fought for has never been an easy one. I wasn't sure about Lon initially but he's proven himself time and time again to really be the guy that Cady needs and it's a beautiful thing to read. Theirs is such a passionate connection and although this is not erotica the intimate scenes between Cady and Lon are so sexy. This author does not titilate but boy does she deliver!
I think what makes these books so good is the way the author brings her characters to life. In this book we get chapters told from the point if view of Jupe and that boy is hero material in the making. He's brave and takes chances but refuses to just sit around and let those he cares about suffer. It was simply a joy to read from his point of view and his actions were essential to the plot as this nuclear family pulled together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well wrapped up conclusion 27 May 2014
By Jeannie Zelos TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Banishing the Dark. Jenn Bennett
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
Well, this series has been on my TBR list for ages, I'd seen reviews and it sounded perfect, but I'd not actually got round to buying and reading any of them. So starting in with the final book could have been a real duff move. In truth I didn't know this was the last book when I requested it, and I’ve jumped in and enjoyed long running other series.
So how did I get on – well, loved it. Fabulous writing, just enough information for me to be able to follow the story, ( I had read samples from earlier books, and reviews so I had some idea of what had happened) and a plot that was just perfect. Real characters too – oh Lon, what a fabulous man and Jupe, his son, he was a great lad. Having had my own teens his reactions were spot on, teens do think they're always right, rules are made to be broken, parents are overprotective etc etc and yet he was such a lovely lad, when he could have been a jerk. Somehow he trod the right side of the line, and I really enjoyed his character. Then of course there's star of the series Cady, what problems she has. Her life seems to have lurched from one crisis to another, with parents that defy belief in their evilness. Yet she's still kind to others, thoughtful, always trying to stop anyone from getting hurt, when all the while she's got to try to stop her murderous mother from taking over her body and destroying her.
Its a fabulous mix of plot, action, sub plots, and humour; blended with evilness and spells, demons and deception and magic that has been covering up some frightening and dangerous secrets that Lon and Cady need to uncover before its too late.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So sad to see the end of this series 28 May 2014
By Anime Lover - Published on
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When we last saw Cady she was recovering from the attack from Dare of the Hellfire Club and a shocking discovery, she is expecting. But that is only the start of the problem, according to her guardian her mother is gathering power on the other side and is planning to take over her body. Her only hope is to go on a trip to discover her past, learn how she became the Moonchild, and to face off against the most dangerous demon of all - her mother. But why is there patches of her memory missing and why does she feel like she knows Lon more than she thinks she does?

Of the endings to several urban fantasies, this was one of the best ones (Raines Banares was another one, and am kind of sad that the Hollows series is ending soon). The author wrapped everything up neatly, with great pacing of the story, development of existing characters and a few new ones (like Jupes new friend), and the inner turmoil of a young lady who will be expected to put all on the line to stop a crazed individual from taking all she holds dear. If you have not started this series I strongly suggest you do and see why this will be part of the best urban series out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic finish to an epic series 31 May 2014
By Vilia - Published on
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Don’t mind me, I’ve just got a little something in my eye as I write this review…both eyes actually. Bidding farewell to Arcadia, Lon and the teenage delight that was Jupe was harder than I thought it would be. I am grateful though that Bennett finished the series on a high rather than a whimper. Our intrepid trio are hell-bent on defeating Arcadia’s mother, even though Jupe tries to keep his investigation under wraps. There’s magic, mayhem and a truckload of really sweet moments. What more could you want?

Arcadia simply doesn’t give in even though lesser women (myself included) would be curled up in a fetal position if we had to deal with half the stuff that gets thrown her way. I loved watching her fall in love with Lon all over again and how he supported her in every decision she made, even if he didn’t necessarily agree with it. Jupe’s transformation however is the biggest as we see him morph from kid-teen to teen-adult, egged on by Arcadia’s guardian Priya. Reading things from Jupe’s POV was bitter-sweet as I knew it was the only time I would get to experience it even though it was awesome. I really hope there is a spin-off series featuring him and we can see him continue to grow.

The plot played out over a series of road trips as Arcadia and Lon tried to find the origins of the Moonchild spell and a way to reverse it. The pacing was solid as there was plenty of opportunity for Arcadia to practice her powers and to do a little ass-kicking. Bennett took the time to flesh out the different locations even though they weren’t there for that long which made the novel that much richer.

Bennett tied up the loose ends neatly and even gave us a fairly sentimental epilogue. I’m not always a huge epilogue fan but considering the extreme hardships that this family had gone through, I appreciated Bennett allowing them to simply enjoy the good times. This is an absolute gem of a series given the well-crafted characters, entertaining plots and fantastic world-building. Strongly, strongly recommended for urban fantasy fans and those that love good fiction.

*I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bittersweet, but satisfying ending to one of my favorite series! 30 May 2014
By Lori @ Romancing the Dark Side - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Warning: My biggest feat while writing this review is trying to make it spoiler free, I’ll try my best to contain my excitement and give you just enough without revealing too much…

BANISHING THE DARK is the highly anticipated conclusion to Jenn Bennett’s Arcadia Bell series and I must say she pulled out all the stops on this one! After coming close to death at the end of BINDING THE SHADOWS, Cady is busy recovering and preparing for her biggest battle yet with her powerful mother Enola who wants her dead. To have a shot at a “normal” life, Cady is willing to put it all on the line to ensure a HEA with her new family. The final outcome seems uncertain, but with Lon and Jupe by her side Cady feels this is one fight she’ll win!

I’ve been a fan of Jenn Bennett and Team Cady Bell from the start, so it was heartbreaking for me to learn the series was just ending after four installments (and a short story in between). This is one of the ones I’d read forever but I was also excited to see what the endgame for Cady, Lon and Jupe would be, you just never know with Ms. Bennett! The final installment delivered the same page-turning, on the edge of your seat heart-dropping moments that made me fall in love with Bennett’s writing as the story came full circle. It was hard not to devour this book in one sitting, I tried to take my time with it to savor every page but it didn’t work out so well for me. A good author will make you connect with her characters, but a great one will make you feel those characters are your friends so that you feel a personal stake while reading their stories…that’s what Jenn Bennett does with her phenomenal writing.

Jupe’s role in this book is an integral part of the story and I really enjoyed his POV in a few chapters. I’m not usually a fan of teenager characters in adult books but Jupe’s character development is so extensive and well executed that he practically steals every scene he’s in throughout the series. I adore his bond with Cady and that he’d do anything to protect her, their relationship is so organic that I sometimes forget she’s not his biological mom. We even get a glimpse of a budding romance for Jupe in this book which was the cherry on top! He easily became one of my favorite supporting characters in this series with his larger than life personality and loyalty to his family. I wouldn’t mind a future novella updating me on Jupiter Butler! *wink wink Jenn*

The romance between Lon and Cady does not take precedence to the non-stop action, but is a special element to the overall plot. The ongoing theme of family is constantly being tested and it’s what keeps me coming back for more of these characters, their strength in the face of adversity just tugs at my heartstrings every time. The Arcadia Bell series is not as dark as some other series in this genre, but it more than makes up for it with the intense magical world building, ongoing tension, relatable protagonists and unpredictability. Just when you think you know where the story is headed Ms. Bennett has another card up her sleeve to play! Cady really held her own in BANISHING THE DARK, she’s resilient and has grown from the inexperienced young woman she was into a confident and kick ass heroine. I’m not sure I’ve ever said this in any of my other reviews, but it’s been really refreshing to read a heroine who isn’t twenty (not that I mind younger heroines) and is in a mature relationship, that was another selling point for me.

All good things must come to an end and I suppose it’s better to end on a high note as is the case with BANISHING THE DARK. After all is said and done, Cady finally gets the answers she’s been searching for and the HEA she never imagined. I enjoyed every moment of her journey, even when I thought I wouldn’t recover from some of it. It’s so hard to say goodbye to a beloved series but I could not ask for more than the beautifully written epilogue, it truly made every heart-wrenching moment worthwhile. It was the perfect conclusion to Cady’s story with a glimmer of hope for a future installment if the need presents itself (fingers crossed). There, I think I’ve said as much as I could without oversharing. I’d like to end my review by thanking Jenn Bennett for introducing me to an unforgettable series and its charming characters I will cherish for years to come! <3

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect farewell to Cady and friends. 28 May 2014
By meigan - Published on
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Such a perfect farewell to one of the best series I have had the joy of reading. I will definitely miss these characters, most of all Jupe. I fell in love with that kid from the first book, and he has continued to be enough to keep me coming back to this series. Of course, it helps that Jenn Bennett can write her ass off, filling her stories with such awesome characters that you can't help but get attached to them. But add in Jupiter, and it turns the series from really good to great.

Cady is recovering from her injuries sustained in the last book from her fight with Dare. Slowly but surely, she is getting stronger, and she knows there is no delaying the inevitable - she has to face her mother at some point, or find a way to disable the Moonchild ritual. She won't be able to live until that happens and she's tired of being scared, not only for herself, but for her small family she's now part of.

I love Cady and Lon's relationship. At the start of the series, it was a bit strange - younger woman, older man with a pirate mustache. Something happens in this book where Cady and Lon's relationship is a bit altered, and watching them fall back in love solidified why I adore them as a couple.

As with all the previous books in the series, Bennett manages to put humor on what seems like every other page. Naturally, most of the funnies come from Jupe, and I was happy to see what I'd been hoping to find in one of the books - parts of the book were written from Jupe's POV. That is the perfect way to end the series, giving readers the point of view from one of the funniest, sweetest 14 year old boys ever. I'm sure it's not just me, I bet Jenn has fans begging her for more Jupiter. He's just that lovable. The epilogue nicely weaves in past characters who didn't make an appearance in this book, aside from a mention. There were quite a few surprises there, some of which we knew were coming, some of which we didn't.

I've already started Bennett's new series, and while it's definitely different than the world and story surrounding Cady, it has all the elements I now look for in a Jenn Bennett book - humor, sexy times, awesome characters, and a believable love story. While I will most definitely miss Cady and friends, at least there is a new (already great!) series that continues to give me my Jenn Bennett fix.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome ending to a great series. 2 Jun 2014
By Khristine Stain - Published on
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An awesome ending to a great series. So sad to see it end but what a ride. I would definitely read anything this author wrote.
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