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Hellsbane by Paige CuccaroPublisher: Entangled PublishingPublished: December 2011Pages: 256Received: for honest review and book tour (Bewitching Book Tours)BUY NOW: Amazon
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 is one tough cookie who is already living a crazy life as a psychic, when her life takes a drastic change after meeting up with an old high school friend, Tommy. Suddenly her life becomes something you only read about, but kind of explains her emotionally psychic abilities. She has never really believed in God, but she has been sort of thrust into his world after her angelic half awakens.
I loved that Emma Jane takes on this new role of Illorum with a passion. She is a little hesitant to start, but considering her other abilities she accepts it easier than most people would. Plus she has help from Tommy, her high school crush.
I like that the story is about the Illorum hunting down the Fallen and trying to make everything right with the world again. There is action, adventure, mystery and a touch of romance. There are a few twists here and there that I quite enjoyed. And there are a few things I picked up on that I hope will be explained in the coming novels.
There is a bit of a love triangle involving Emma Jane, Tommy and their Angel mentor Eli. Emma and Tommy have this adorable, first love type thing happening, but at the same time she has this undeniable attraction to Eli. What a hard decision: blond, blue eyed boy next door versus dark, sexy angel.
I am looking forward to the next book in the series to see what kind of trouble Emma Jane can get herself into and to see where her heart ends up taking her. Oh and I'm off to look up more on Angels and their hierarchy. I had no idea there was such a vast array of angels with different abilities/positions - very fascinating.