Monday, 19 August 2013

Heaven and Hellsbane by Paige Cuccaro

GoodReads Summary: Someone’s killing angels and turning the half human, half angel illorum warriors against their angelic supporters. If the supernatural baddy behind the attacks isn’t stopped soon, Heaven itself could fall victim. The Council of Seven has called in the best they’ve got to find the killers, and no one’s more surprised than Emma Jane Hellsbane when it’s her phone that rings.

But when her own angelic mentor—and off-limits hottie—Eli is targeted, Emma takes it personally. With Emma hot on the trail of the growing army of assassins, though, hackles start to raise around her. Everyone wants to know if she’s in it to protect all angels or just one in particular. The Council has their suspicions…and so does Emma’s boyfriend.

Now Emma isn’t just fighting off demons, rogue nephilim, and Fallen angels, but she’s defending her honor as well. The problem is even Emma Jane isn’t sure of her motives. One thing she does know: if she doesn’t figure out the killers’ identities soon, she may not live long enough to know what, or who, she really wants.

It’s all in a day’s work as Heaven’s ultimate bounty hunter.

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The phrase 'don't judge a book by its cover' definitely applies here. 

What an action packed sequel! In Heaven and Hellsbane a war is brewing and the stakes are raised as illorum and their angel mentors are being hunted and killed. Emma and Eli must find the person behind these terrible crimes, while also making sure to keep their feelings for each other in check, because if they don't Eli will fall...

Even though the forbidden romance/love triangle went in a pretty predictable direction I still enjoyed it (and this is coming from someone who despises love triangles). I think the reason for this is because Cuccaro handled it well; it never overpowered the plot and Emma didn't turn into one of those whiny mc's who can't get their priorities straight. Also, Dan's actions and level headedness in regards to the love triangle was commendable. Seriously, the guy is a sweetheart.

Often when I read a book, and then pick up the sequel it's been so long since I read the first book that I have to flip through it to refresh my memory. That wasn't the case here, though, as the author did a brilliant job of recapping the events of the previous book.

I'm eager to find out what's in store for Eli (*swoon*), Dan, and Emma in the next installment of the Hellsbane series. Even if, like me, you don't usually read adult UF I definitely recommend giving the Hellsbane series a go as it may just surprise you.



  1. I haven't heard of this series but it really seems interesting. I'm so glad to hear that it was action packed and that it didn't disappoint. And when you say that about love triangle then this story must be good. Great review Renu :)

  2. FORBIDDEN LOVE! NOOO! I just cannot stand that... Though I'm glad it didn't bother you much! Great review!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  3. Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed it, despite that cover, lol :D Hope you will love the next book in the series as well :) Thank you for sharing. <3

  4. Heh, I'm glad you made a point of saying not to judge this one by its cover because umm, yeah... but it's always good to hear that a love triangle is handled well! I'm not an adult UF reader at all, so this one may be good for me. Thanks for the review - great job!


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