Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Review: Hellsbane by Paige Cuccaro

Title: Hellsbane (Hellsbane #1)
Author: Paige Cuccaro
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Self-Purchased
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Emma Jane Hellsbane always knew she was different, but she had no idea she wasn’t even human. Well, at least she’s half-human. She’s half-fallen angel, too, and now dear ol’ dad wants her dead. All the Fallen angels want all their troublesome offspring removed from the mortal coil so she’s trying not to take it personally. Besides, she wants him dead just as much. Her father’s death is the only way she’ll be forgiven for his sin, stop those pesky demons from trying to hack off her head, and have any hope at all of getting back to a normal life as a wicked slick Intuitive Consciousness Explorer.

Of course, first she’ll have to figure out which fallen angel is her father, avoid accidentally seducing her angelic mentor, help an old friend conquer his own fallen sperm donor, and basically save the world from a cataclysmic divine smack down.

No problem. With a last name like Hellsbane, Emma Jane was definitely born for the job.

Emma Jane has just learned that she's special - in a not so good way.  It means that demons will be tracking her down trying to kill her before she can kill her Fallen Angel father.  Not the best way to be introduced to you real genealogy.  Thankfully she has her Magister, an angel appointed to train her, to help her learn the basics.  It's too bad he can't just tell her who her father is so she can go take care of it and save herself a world of trouble.

Emma is a sarcastic and witty character.  One that isn't afraid to talk back to the angels, and even gives them nicknames without permission.  She knows they need her as much as she needs them and isn't afraid to remind them of it.  In other words, she's bad ass.  I love her character.  She is just accepting enough to move the story forward and just stubborn enough to keep her from being another sheep in the flock.

Emma needs to learn a lot before she will have the skills to take out her father, and she hits the ground running.  It was great watching her interact with Eli and Tommy.  They are both fantastic character in their rights.  The action was spaced out enough not to be exhausting, but often enough to really keep things interesting.  Throw in a little bit of a romance to weave through it all and you have a great story.

Barnes & Noble: Hellsbane

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