Banishing the Dark. Jenn Bennett

Banishing the Dark (The Arcadia Bell series)

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Banishing the Dark. Jenn Bennett
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
Well, this series has been on my TBR list for ages, I’d seen reviews and it sounded perfect, but I’d not actually got round to buying and reading any of them. So starting in with the final book could have been a real duff move. In truth I didn’t know this was the last book when I requested it, and I’ve jumped in and enjoyed long running other series.
So how did I get on – well, loved it. Fabulous writing, just enough information for me to be able to follow the story, ( I had read samples from earlier books, and reviews so I had some idea of what had happened) and a plot that was just perfect. Real characters too – oh Lon, what a fabulous man and Jupe, his son, he was a great lad. Having had my own teens his reactions were spot on, teens do think they’re always right, rules are made to be broken, parents are overprotective etc etc and yet he was such a lovely lad, when he could have been a jerk. Somehow he trod the right side of the line, and I really enjoyed his character. Then of course there’s star of the series Cady, what problems she has. Her life seems to have lurched from one crisis to another, with parents that defy belief in their evilness. Yet she’s still kind to others, thoughtful, always trying to stop anyone from getting hurt, when all the while she’s got to try to stop her murderous mother from taking over her body and destroying her.
Its a fabulous mix of plot, action, sub plots, and humour; blended with evilness and spells, demons and deception and magic that has been covering up some frightening and dangerous secrets that Lon and Cady need to uncover before its too late. I really enjoyed the journey, the mix of people, the adventures and danger, the drama and emotion, and of course the romance side. There are times when I really felt for Lon, when it’s heartbreaking what he has to do and the effects it has..can’t say more without spoiling, but I really hurt for him at that point. It’s priced at £4.41 for 384 pages, so a good long novel for those who like me want to get really deep into a story, and this length also allows Jenn to get fully into some complex story-lines. I’m in a way sad that this is the end, and yet applaud Jenn for ending it on a high instead of stringing out into books that don’t really work well, as sadly too many authors seem to be doing. Some series can bear numerous books, some need the closure of the plot that this one has. I certainly want to read earlier books now, as this one has shown me it’ll be a series I could read and enjoy over and over. One for the keepers file and I’ll look out for other novels by this author.
Stars: Five.
ARC supplied by Netgalley

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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