Dec 18, 2012

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Review: Leashing the Tempest by Jenn Bennett (Arcadia Bell #2.5)

leashingthetempest5 star

Urban Fantasy
December 17 2012
65 pages
Pocket Star
Received from author

Kick Ass Chick – Arcadia (Cady) Bell

From Goodreads –
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?

Cady and Lon along with Jupe and Kar Yee are back in Leashing the Tempest, a short tease of a story by Jenn Bennett.  I say tease because I never find I’m with these amazing characters long enough when I’m reading them…and this time especially since this book is only about 65 pages long.

Leashing the Tempest is book number 2.5 in Jenn’s Arcadia Bell series.  Lon, thinking about buying a boat, takes the gang out on a luxury boat ride for the day.  He also wants Jupe to use the opportunity to practice his newly developing knack on a volunteering Kar Yee.

As you can imagine, Lon’s simple and enjoyable plan doesn’t quite go right and things go…awry.  A questionable Captain, Jupe and two storms are all to blame for the not-as-much-fun-as-they-planned day.

As with the other books in this series, Jupe will make you giggle, Lon will make you swoon and Cady will draw you into her story and make you want to tag along for the entire ride.  And what a ride it is!

This little story is action action action.  Jenn actually tries to trick you into thinking this is going to be a nice little story about a leisurely little boat ride with her characters’ witty banter and relaxed conversation but then bam!  Storms hit, lightning strikes and knacks go crazy.  Oh, and let’s not forget the spells the creepy/crazy Captain has all over his boat.  Why would he need those?  We wonder for a while but don’t worry, we eventually find out.  Boy…do we ever.

In this story Jenn continues to wow us with her imagination.  This time she introduces us to her rendition of a mermaid.  Holy frack it’s weird-arsed.  Seriously Jenn, I wonder about you sometimes… 😉

Leashing the Tempest is a fabulous short read.  I’m sure you could read this as a standalone if you are curious about the series – you would definitely get some enjoyment out of it – but there are many details that might leave you wondering why they exist.  I would definitely recommend reading this series in order.  It’s a hell of an urban fantasy series so you wouldn’t regret picking it up.

5 stars

Books in the Arcadia Bell series –
Kindling the Moon
Summoning the Night
Binding the Shadows (May 2013)
Crossing the Æthyr (2014)


  1. Now you do have me curious about this series and the author’s crazy imagination. And a novella that gets raves from reviewers sounds like the perfect place to start. Cool!

  2. Readsalot81 says:

    While people might be a bit confused if they start with the novella, it’s a good way to sample her writing style. Her humor, wit, and imagination always come through on the page. She’s one of my autobuy authors! 🙂

  3. A 5, now that sounds good

  4. Mary – Cra-zy imagination. 😉

    Readsalot – Very true!

    blodeuedd – It is 🙂

  5. I thought this wasn’t out till next week, so it was a happy surprise when it showed up on my Kindle yesterday. I scarfed it down and now I’m ready for the next one. Wait, not until May? Oh noes!

  6. Great review Julie! I also love the series and this short one.

  7. I agree it was a really nice short story, to make us wait for the next one.

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