Banishing The Dark by Jenn Bennett (Arcadia Bell #4)

Banishing The Dark by Jenn BennettAvailable: May 27, 2014 Amazon/B&N

Type: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Pocket

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

Complicated does not begin to describe Arcadia Bell’s life right now: unnatural magical power, another brush with death, and a murderous mother who’s not only overbearing but determined to take permanent possession of Cady’s body. Forced to delve deep into the mystery surrounding her own birth, Cady must uncover which evil spell her parents cast during her conception…and how to reverse it.Fast. As she and her lover Lon embark on a dangerous journey through her magical past, Lon’s teenage son Jupe sneaks off for his own investigation. Each family secret they uncover is darker than the last, and Cady, who has worn many identities—Moonchild, mage, fugitive—is about to add one more to the list.

 

What an amazing ending to an incredible series! After the cliffhanger of book three I was chomping at the bit to get my hands on this one and when it showed up I immediately dove right back into the awesomeness Jenn Bennett has created, knowing full well that this was the last book and I hated to see it end.

I was prepared for some sort of magical backlash after the shocking ending of book three and what it meant for their future together.  Yeah..I’m not telling you what, lol, I’m mean like that. I was justifiably upset at the twists and turns this books starts out with yet as I kept reading I realized that this was a chance to fall in love all over again. As Cady’s feelings grow for Lon, mine did as well. Bennett gave readers a problem with a mind awakening solution and a second chance few ever get.

There was a ton of action sprinkled throughout this one as everything draws to a close since this was the last book. Long pondered questions finally get answered and all of the characters make appearances. Lon and Cady fight together to finally rid themselves of Cady’s evil mother who plans on inhabiting Cady and taking over her body. Lon’s son Jupe is given a larger role then in previous books and there are even scenes from his POV. I enjoyed his outlook on the situations and found his devotion to helping Cady incredibly awesome.

The sexual tension between Cady and Lon is sheer perfection and because of the situation it was incredibly fresh and new. Lon tries to valiantly deflect her advances as they work on tracking her mother, but he is after all just a man and he soon falls to her seduction. Which, btw, was great to witness how far he was willing to go to protect her.

Magical world building coupled with rich characters bring this story to life for the reader. Urban fantasy is generally a hit or miss with me yet with Bennett, or perhaps just these supreme characters, I was mesmerized. The story line never slows down, always moving toward the end goal and that constant attraction just hooked me. The writing is witty, snarky and full of one liners that will have you chuckling.

Bennett is definitely an author you need to pick up and experience. I could wax poetic about her writing forever but the bottom line is just this: Read Her Work. I promise you’ll be drawn in just as I was and when you finish this series you’ll feel like you left a bit of yourself between the pages.

I give Banishing The Dark by Jenn Bennett 5 stars!   

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