Thursday, 1 December 2011

Hellsbane by Paige Cuccaro - Book Review

Title: Hellsbane (Hellsbane #1)
Author: Paige Cuccaro
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: December 2011
Pages: 256
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Paranormal
Source: ARC from Publisher

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.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

I was offered a review copy of this book from the publisher and on the whole I found it an enjoyable read.

This is a story that ticks all the usual paranormal romance boxes: attractive heroine thrown into a paranormal world, temptation from co-workers/allies, evil to defeat, salvation to find. However, unlike some books in the genre, this one acknowledges it's following a formula and does so with gusto.

Emma is a decent character. I found her a tad annoying on a couple of occasions, but mostly she works well in the tale with her smart-aleck attitude and clever retorts. Tommy and Eli also come across well as secondary characters and there was enough background on them to bring them to life for the reader.

The prose/writing style is better than in some other paranormal romance I have read and the pacing was also pretty good, keeping me happily reading from start to finish. I felt the ending was slightly rushed, but there was enough of a conclusion to satisfy readers who hate cliff-hangers while still maintaining a few loose threads for the series to continue with. I certainly would be happy to read the next instalment when it comes out.

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