Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Blog Tour: Heaven and Hellsbane by Paige Cuccaro

About the Author:

Paige lives in Ohio, with her husband, three daughters, three dogs, and three cats, in an ever shrinking house. When she's not writing she's doing the mom thing with a book in one hand and a notepad and pen in the other. Ideas come without warning and for her, the best way to stimulate her imagination is to enjoy the imagination of someone else. 

Where to Stalk Paige:


Emma Jane Hellsbane just unwittingly triggered a whole bunch of nephilim to come into their powers—and this new army has teamed up with Bariel, demon straight from Hell, who’s made it his mission to kill all the magisters on Earth. When they come after Eli, Emma and Officer Dan must work together to save him, but this makes Eli all the more tempted to Fall for Emma. And his fighting his feelings for her means Heaven has taken notice.

Now Emma isn’t just fighting off demons, rogue nephilim and Fallen angels, she’s defending her womanhood to the judgmental Seraphim angels, too, who want to separate Eli from Emma Jane. Can she protect Eli, Officer Dan, and find her rogue father? For Emma Jane, it’s all in a day’s work as Heaven’s ultimate bounty hunter.

My Review:

I feel that here lately I'm falling into a pattern with all of these awesome books. My delima is that I want to give you as much information as I can without giving away the entire books or really important parts of the book. Here lately I'm struggling with that because I feel that if I give too much away I'm going to give away the entire book and then why would you want to read it? You wouldn't because everything would be in my review. Let me start off by saying that I loved this book. I loved the characters and the background history and how in-depth the entire story is. I love Angels and Fallen Angels and Nephilim and everything that goes with them like the battle of Heaven and Hell.

I love Emma Jane (at first I was all about calling her Emma, but that quickly changed) and her sassy smart ass ways and her constant talking back. And of course I love Eli....I knew I'd like him from the first moment he interrupted Emma Jane and Dan's date. (As a side note I should mention that I unfortunately did not have the chance to read the first book before reading this one, but I am definitely planning on going back to do that). Eili is described as being "Everything angels were supposed to be; tall, broad-shouldered, with a strong, athletic build. He had the looks that could steal a woman's breath, keep her speechless for seconds. His silky, black hair hung in soft waves over his forehead, enhancing his startlingly pale cloud-blue eyes." Then we have Dan, who is half human half nephilim, but his powers are dormant because he hasn't picked up a sword yet and he is also a police detective. He knows what Emma Jane is and all about the supernatural world and to his credit still wants to be with Emma Jane and sees a future with her.

Anyways apparently Eli has this uncanny ability to always interrupt Emma Jane's time with Dan (which I personally don't mind because I'd rather see her with Eli anyways although that's a whole other story). They need to begin an investigation that will carry through most of the book about particular killings. The crime scene that Eli takes her to has writing written on the wall talking about "the coming" and we find out that magisters and their illorum charges are being killed. Now since Angel's cannot truly get involved without starting up the war again this could become a game changer. Because we find out that some illorum marks are different....dark almost. And the question becomes how can that happen? They finally get a name and are called Gibborim and basically side with evil and demons and the Fallen Angels.

And then there's the Angel council and Fred....I mean crap that's not right either its Fraciel. However, that's just too much work to do so I agree with Emma Jane and he shall be called Fred. Anyway OMG I HATE FRED!!!! He is the biggest horriblest horrid angel I've ever met. I mean I get that the general consensus is that the Angel's slightly dislike humans because of God's unconditional love for us and that we are always forgiven when we seek it. BUT OMG does he really have to hate humanity that much as well as nephilim I mean it's not their fault they are what they are. But anyways so Fred shows up way too many times for my taste and I don't particularly like the way he speaks to Eli, but not a whole lot I can do about that. But he works with and for the council and they are made of up 7 Arc Angels (although I have qualms about this group). The front runner or "general speaker" is Michael, no surprise there. However, my one surprise is how much I hated Gabriel. He was always one of my favorites, but after this book, I just can't quite look at him the same.

So back to the the story. So Dan and Eli don't like each other and every time Dan and Emma Jane try and have some normalcy in their life something always comes up. To the point that it could seem like Emma Jane is always choosing Eli over Dan. Now at the same time, he is her teacher of sorts and when supernatural things happen (as they tend to do) she has to go. It's not like she's choosing Eli, but she has a "job" to do. And Dan's a cop come on he should understand this kind of thing. 

Anyways as the story goes on the relationship between Eli and Emma Jane does kind of change. It's kind of hard to describe, because something happens and it makes Emma Jane realize something on a different level. The question becomes will the Angels be able to step in, in time to save Eli, or are they already to late? Will he end up falling? Does he love Emma Jane more than an Angel of God should? How far will she let him go? Can she save him? Soooo many questions with these two that I loved every.single.moment of it.

There are a few plot twists in this book that keep the reader hanging on till the very end. And even when all hell is breaking loose (so to speak) I found myself cheering for certain things. Another big storyline in this book was Emma Jane locating her biological father, the Fallen Angel whom she has to kill to go back to a normal life. I had my suspicions throughout the book, but it wasn't until I was about half way through that I started piecing things together, but it was well worth the build up. Because of free will Emma Jane makes a few life changing choices and she will forever be shaped and changed by.  I can't wait to see what is to come in the next book for Emma Jane, her father, Eli, Dan and both Heaven and Hell. Who will win the war this time? Is there really just a good and evil side? Or a middle ground that can be found? You'll have to read to find out these answers as well as sooo many more. 

So go pick up your copy and don't forget to leave comments with your thoughts. 


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