Friday, May 30, 2014

Banishing the Dark by Jenn Bennett


In Book Four of the beloved urban fantasy series Romantic Times calls one “for your keeper shelf,” the ultimate mother-daughter fight is about to go down.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, she must uncover which evil spell her parents cast during her conception…and how to reverse it. Fast. As Cady 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.

I have to say I fell in love with this series and I am so sad to see it end but the author takes it out on top and ties up all the loose ends so I am ok with having to say bye to it. We get back into the series by finding Cady and Lon picking up the pieces after the ending that pretty much tore me apart and left me with a hole in my heart. I love Cady more and more though because with all that happened to her she is so strong and resolved to not let it get her down. She is a true fighter and the love between her and Lon makes it all a little bit easier for her to handle because she has him to lean on. As we get more into the story we learn that Cady is racing aganist the clock to find out how she was conceived to take down her murderous mother. I have to say I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what her mom was so ruthless and cold blooded towards her own child.   As we get more into the story there is something that takes place that left me feeling a little thrown for a loop but I loved the direction the author was taking and in the end it all worked out for the best. We got to also see Jupe more on his own although the direction he was taking I was hoping it all worked out for him and he wasn’t digging a big hole for himself to need help getting out of. I loved how resourceful and smart this kid was though and would love if the author made a spin off series for him as he gets older. Cady’s powers get amped up in this book and I loved seeing her come to grips with all of it. She really held herself together well with all that was thrown at her.   Overall I think the author wrapped up this series in a perfect way. I had a few times in the book that I thinking Cady wasn’t going to make it through but she managed to pull through. The author took me on an emotional roller coaster throughout this book but in the end my heart was mended and I was happy again. The action was ten times better than what it has been in the previous books as we jumped right into the action and it continued until the end of the book. I will really miss this series but the author made it all ok in the way that she had the series end. I am so happy for the outcome of the characters and to see them get their happily ever after.


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