Thursday, December 6, 2012

Early Review: Leashing the Tempest by Jenn Bennett

Leashing the Tempest
(Arcadia Bell 2.5)
Jenn Bennett
Release: December 17, 2012
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Dating a demon, defeating evil, running a tiki bar: Arcadia Bell is a great occult mage in many respects. But then there’s the challenge of her boyfriend’s precocious teenage son…

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?

Bennett's Arcadia Bell series is one of my favorite urban fantasy series and this short novella is just enough to whet my whistle until book three releases in the spring. Reading this just reminded me (like I could even forget) what a gem this series is. There are all the best elements of urban fantasy but set in a beautiful California setting and with a unique laid back sense of humor.

In this novella, Cady, Lon, Jupe, and Kar Yee have chartered a yacht and plan to spend the day at sea testing out the scope and limitations of Jupe's newfound knack. All the best parts of the series are here in miniature and fans of the series will be happy to find that there is a small question from books one and two answered in this novella (nothing earth shattering, but it was nice to have the connection to the other books nonetheless).

The captain in charge of the boat is a nice addition to the gang, even though he is certainly keeping some secrets. He kind of reminded me of a portly version of Captain Ron from the early nineties movie!

Be forewarned, this one is short even for a novella. Its 65 pages and I read it in about an hour. The good news is that its only .99 at Amazon so there's really no reason not to check it out (there's a link to Amazon above)!

Recommended for fans of: the Aracdia Bell series, urban fantasy, novellas, novels with magic users, and pirate mustaches.

This review is based on an advance copy of the book, provided by the author.

 5/5 stars

My reviews of other books in this series:

Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell #1)
Summoning the Night (Arcadia Bell #2)

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