Early Review: Binding the Shadows by Jenn Bennett (Arcadia Bell #3)
May 28 2013
Mass Market Paperback
Received from publisher
Kick Ass Chick – Arcadia (Cady) Bell
From Goodreads –
Renegade mage and bartender Arcadia Bell has had a rough year, but now the door to her already unstable world is unhinging. When a citywide crime wave erupts, Cady’s demon-friendly tiki bar is robbed by Earthbounds wielding surreal demonic abilities that just flat-out shouldn’t exist. With the help of her devilishly delicious boyfriend, Lon Butler, Cady sets out to find the people who wronged her—but her targets aren’t the only ones experiencing unnatural metamorphoses. Can Cady track down the monsters responsible before the monster inside her destroys everything—and everyone—she loves? If she survives this adventure, one thing is certain: it’s last call for life as she knows it.
Binding the Shadows was an EXCELLENT book. And this is an EXCELLENT series. The first two books were among my top three favorite reads of the year they were released and I am positive this one will end up high on my list of favorites this year. This series just keeps getting better and better.
And now that I’m done gushing, let me get to my actual review…which will most likely contain more gushing.
Binding the Shadows is the third book in Jenn Bennett’s Arcadia Bell series. I absolutely adore the main characters in this series. They are, simply put, brilliant. Arcadia (Cady), Lon and Jupe are charismatic and smartly written. They make you laugh. They make you smile. They make you wish they were real people because they would be awesome to hang out with. In fact, Jenn writes them so well you feel as though they were real. They are flawed and vulnerable, witty and clever. And so smart.
How about we start with Lon. Lon is Cady’s boyfriend. He’s older than she is but you don’t usually notice unless it’s mentioned because they are an absolute perfect match. Lon is also an empath which causes him to close himself off most of the time. It also causes him to be a little closed with his emotions with those he cares for. So even though Cady and Jupe know where they stand with him, the actual words are not used. I think it is so cute how Lon and Cady, instead of using the word ‘love’, say “you are my favorite person”. I think that impacts me more than ‘I love you’ would in this series. Although there is one scene… I may have jumped out of my chair and covered my mouth with my hand in shock. What I am saying is that this is not a book (or a series) filled with fluff or unnecessary emotion, but when the emotional scenes do come up, they affect you more than they normally would because of the nature of the characters. And there are a few great scenes in Binding the Shadows.
Lon has come some ways from the first book but the character who has grown the most is Cady. She is such a complex character yet you never feel confused by her. She is passionate and loyal. Vulnerable and strong. She is a magician and her magick powers are changing and growing. A lot. I feel we are just starting to see what Cady is capable of and I also feel that we got many hints in this book about what will be happening next and I can’t wait.
Jupe. He is Lon’s 14 year old son and is as adorable as ever. I don’t often enjoy reading teenaged characters. They tend to be dopey or off in la-la land somewhere or just too emotional for me to care. But Jenn writes Jupe in a way where you can’t help but love him.
There are two side characters that I want to mention quickly. They don’t appear in the book much but when they are on the page, they are so much fun! Hato and Priya. One is a drug dealer and one is…difficult to explain. But both are incredible to read and always manage to put a smile on my face. I really hope to see more of them in future books.
The story in Binding the Shadows is gory and awesome. Big things happen. That’s all I’m going to say.
Now, let me fill you in on a little secret. I was so excited about this book that I sat down to write my review when I still had about fifteen pages to go. I wrote it all gushing and woo-hoo-ing assuming I would enjoy the way the book ended. Well, when I finished writing the review I sat down and finished the book and let me tell you… HOLY FRACKING HELL!!! THAT is how you end a book! My jaw hit the floor and my eyes were big as saucers. I even read it twice to make sure I read it properly. Then I did what I KNOW each and every one of you will do. I FREAKED out! I totally completely ‘mouth-gaping-open-eyes-bugging-out’ freaked out – in the very best of ways. What an ending!
Overall, I adored this book – as you can tell from the little heart beside my rating. The pacing of the book is perfect. And Jenn’s voice is superb. I love her writing. Love it. The world, where human-demon offspring live among us and are marked by halos which show us that they have a knack (special ability), is unlike anything out there. This is definitely a book and a series to check out.
Giggle worthy quotes –
There are tons but apparently I just couldn’t bring myself to stop reading long enough to write them down…
Books in the Arcadia Bell series –
Kindling the Moon
Summoning the Night
Binding the Shadows
Crossing the Æthyr (May 2014)