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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  502 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Twenty-three-year-old Emma Jane Hellsbane just found out she’s not human—or, at least, not only human. She’s half angel, too, and now Heaven’s got a job for her: round up all the Fallen angels and their red-skinned, horned devil-demon minions and boot their butts back into the abyss. Only problem? The demons and their Fallen masters fight back…and they don’t fight fair.

Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Entangled: Select (first published November 30th 2011)
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Cana Elene (
Emma Hellsbane thinks she is just a little abnormal as a psychic. Little does she know that when she opens her door, that the truth about how abnormal she is, is about to come out. As a half angel warrior, an illorum, her only job is to destroy the Fallen who rapped human women to produce the nephiliams. With the help of Tommy, another half angel, and Eli, her "handler" angel, she must face the truth about angels, demons, and God.

Wow! I loved this book!

Emma has always felt different, but when
When Emma Jane finished with her last client of the she had no idea that the next person to knock on her door was about to change her life and there was no looking back. She had no idea when high school acquaintance Tommy swept across her threshold he was being tracked by deadly demons who wanted nothing more then to kill him and her.

After picking up Tommy's sword to help in the fight against a mailman/demon she inadvertently invited into her home - she is marked. After Tommy explains just what
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Mon avis en français :

My English review :

Emma Jane Hellsbane can feel people’s emotions, the good ones like the bad ones. She’s a psychic, more precisely an “Intuitive Consciousness Explorer”. With this strange gift Emma Jane has made her livelihood. She receives clients at home and practices sessions as well. She didn’t expect her new client: Tommy St. James, a former school friend! More than anything, she didn’t
Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main character, Emma Jane Hellsbane, can sense emotions. That, along with her degree in psychology give her background she needs to be a phone-in psychic and advisor. When an old high school acquaintance, Tommy James, knocks on her door she is a little confused. They were never friends in high school. He was Mr. Popularity and she…wasn’t. He arrives sporting a gruesome wound and carrying a huge sword dripping with something black and tarry. When a demon disguised as the postman enters her ho ...more
Annette M Guerriero Nishimoto
Today's review is on Hellsbane by Paige Cuccaro

Though Hellsbane is not technically a YA novel; the character's are not in their teens, the amount of romance was more that speed, but the fantasy portion was fantastic. My only gripe is that Thomas was removed from the love triangle to early.

Emma Jane Hellsbane has been living her life as best as she can. Living in the house her grandmother left her and working as a "psychic". She's not really psychic though. She's not even human! She doesn't know
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

*Book source ~ Many thanks to Entangled Publishing for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Emma Jane Hellsbane has always known she was different from other people. She can sense and experience their emotions as if they were her own and it took some serious practice to block them out. Though there are times she doesn’t always succeed. When former schoolmate, Tommy Saint James, shows up unexpectedly on her doorstep and he’s wielding a sword, wounded and jumpy she wonders w
Jen Davis
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma Jane has never really been what you would call normal. She's always been able to read the emotions of others... she's even made a career of it, as a psychic of sorts. But it never occurred to her that she may be anything other than human. Until Tommy came back into her life, dripping blood, with a demon on his heels. He nearly lost his fight with the monster in front of her eyes. He would have been killed -- if Emma hadn't picked up his sword to help him. Those were the actions that trigger ...more
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hellsbane Book Review
Emma Jane is the new and unsuspecting Illorum on the scene. From a mystic psychic to God’s power on earth this certainly gave this tough cookie a fright. When delivered in the package of your high school crush and his sword, no his actual honest to God Touch-me- and-awaken-new-powers, sword no good can come from that especially when you’re told you’re half angel your mom was raped and you’ve gotta cut off your family so they don’t get killed. There is SO much was going on i
I've started like 5 or so books, but I really wasn't feeling any of them. With Hellsbane I was HOOKED before the first page was over! I admit, I haven't read many books about angels/demons, but I felt the story was very original and I couldn't put it down.

I love Emma, she's strong but not unbelievably so....I never really believe the heroine's who are all mouthy from the start. Emma is real. She's funny and fun to read :)
Talina Perkins
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
( 4.5 star Top Pick Review for Night Owl Reviews | Read & Reviewed by Talina Perkins)

First Line:

I couldn’t breathe. My heart slammed in my chest like a caged animal and sweat chilled down my back. Muscles all over my body tensed, and instinct screamed through my mind, telling me to run. Run. RUN!


Then it was gone. Darkness engulfed us, with only the distant stars twinkling in the vast emptiness. My hands leached around Eli’s neck, brought us cheek to cheek. “You’re safe in my arms, Emm
Hellsbane by Paige Cuccaro was not quite the book I thought it would be. It didn't have near enough romance to make the mark as a paranormal, and was neither gritty enough nor did it have enough of an urban or detective-y enough feel to be an urban fantasy.

The premise was interesting enough. In Jane Hellsbane's world, there are a few people who are the offspring of human women and fallen angels. Those children are called nephilim. Our heroine, Jane, is one of those chosen few.

Jane has always bee
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Emma Jane Hellsbane could easily be Buffy the Vampire Slayer's counterpart minus the vampires!

Never truly fitting in has always been part of Emma's life. As an intuitive, she makes her living as a psychic and tries to keep to herself. Her world is turned upside down when her old high school crush, Tommy St. James, shows up at her doorstep seeking refuge from a demon. Emma doesn't know what to think but gets all the proof she needs when she witnesses the battle between Tommy and the demon in her
This book sent me on an emotional roller coaster ride! It started out so interest. I loved the concept of her being a half angel demon fighter! And things were building up so nicely. I liked all the characters, the plot was moving at a good speed- I was a happy girl. Then, right about half way through the book Paige Cuccaro did something that ripped my heart out! I was so crushed, and I thought for sure that something would miraculously happen later on to fix this incident. So I kept reading, pa ...more
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emma Jane has always had the ability to know what a person feels or thinks, an ability that has allowed her to make use of it as source of income. While maintaining the facade is sometimes grueling, Emma is content with the way her life is going. Granted, her family and some of her friends don't quite understand why she insists on 'pretending' to be a psychic, but she's content on letting them believe whatever they like of her as long as they let her do what she wants to do.

Her entire world is t
Douglas Meeks
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emma Jane Hellsbane has got to be one of the most entertaining heroines I have read about in a very long time. Her humor and her dedication to an ideal make her perfect for the job ahead of her.

She is much more than she appears and through an “accident” she has become much, much more than human. She is now what amounts to a Heavenly Bounty Hunter complete with magical sword.

The appeal of this story is multifaceted and includes the humor (usually at very inappropriate times), the action (a lot of
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't too sure what to expect going into a novel that was about a half angel demon fighter who has the ability to feel others emotions a psychic if you will, who has made a living with this ability, but I am so glad I read this book, wow, Right from the very first chapter this book caught my attention right to the very last page. Paige Cuccaro created a cast of characters I really enjoyed and felt connected with. Tommy the ever high school dreamy guy everyone wishes to have as a boyfriend, I ...more
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
read my review here: Gone Pecan

In the process of helping an old friend fight off a demon, Emma Jane becomes marked as a soldier in the fight against the Fallen, Angels who’ve been cast out of heaven for sinning (seducing/raping women, who then bear their children, but don’t remember it at all). The only way she can get out of it is to kill her Fallen father, but she has no idea who he is.

So, Emma comes out swinging. She has these new superpowers that help her heal quickly, move faster, and gene
Emma Jane is minding her own business, living her normal life when fate comes knocking at her door…literally. Now Emma Jane has to learn all about being a sword carrying half angel. I enjoyed Emma Jane’s character so much. She is one of those kick butt heroin's that you get to watch grow into their gifts. I loved that she battled with who she was and where her power came from, it made her seem more real to me.

Emma Jane has help figuring out all these new angelic changes: Tommy, a half angel warr
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Wendy Hines
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma Jane has the unique gift of sensing and feeling emotions. After her grandmother died, she inherited her house and from there, she's set up a home-based business of telling customers of what they want to hear. By feeling their emotions, she can get a sense of what is troubling them or what they desire.

When an old high school chum, Tommy James, comes knocking on her door she is a little confused. They were never friends in high school. He was the football quarterback and she wasn't exactly Ms
Cocktails and Books
I wasn't really sure if this was going to be a book that I would enjoy. I'm generally not one for angel books, but I was surprised by this one.

I liked Emma. She's young and somewhat naive, but she has a snarky sense of humor that I could appreciate. She had a lot thrown at her once she found out she was a naphilim, but she took it much better than I know I would.

Eli was a bit of a surprise. He has the superior quality that one would expect an angel to have, but he was also down to earth. Chalk
Maghon Thomas
I got this book to review from NetGalley- YAY FOR NETGALLEY!!! :) ok let me say I am NOT really an angel fan. I dunno why, but I rarely like that part, I like the demons lol BUT I WILL make an exception! This book had me wanting to learn how to fight and get a sword and hack things and totally made me wanna be a half angel! Fantastic! I prefer fantasy over romance anyway, and boy oh boy, the action in the book made me wanna blow something up LOL ok enough crazy talk :) and there is a little roma ...more
Nicki Markus
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-paranormal
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 sh
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emma Jane Hellsbane learns who she truly is in Hellsbane by Paige Cuccaro.

Like her name Hellsbane, Emma Jane strives to find who her fallen angel father is, so she can destroy him and regain a normal life. Emma is sarcastic, driven, strong, and intelligent. I just love Emma’s snark. Eli, her magister, is kind, caring, and smokin’ hot. Their temptation for each other boils just under the surface. From demons to angels and the mortals in between, Cuccaro breathes life into the characters.

The fast-
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This book was so good! Its been awhile since I read a good fallen angel book and I loved the twist in this one of the nephilim having to kill their angelic father in order to get entrance to heaven. Of course thats not hard for any of these nephilim since the fallen angels are basically totally evil and keep sending demons after their children. I really liked this book and everything in it was very interesting. There wasn't really a lull in the story or a boring bit for me at all. The wait ...more
Chanin Malley
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was a hundred times better than the novella into this series. In fact the novella into this series doesn't even fit with how this novel shaped up. I really thought this was a great read and I wish the second novel was already out. I was super impressed!
Vicki Edwards
Nov 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was very disappointed, the action scenes were shortened to make room for what was essentially repetitive fluff. The characters did develop personality but it seemed false they seemed more of a description than actual people.
Victor Wunschel
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Should be a series like Buffy or Angel

Loved it. Right balance between angel and demon powers, and the question of free will is at the center of the protagonist abilities. The romantic possibilities open new story lines without getting too erotic. Very well done.
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't mess with Emma Jane

Half-human and half-fallen angel Emma Jane is on a mission. Destroy fallen angels and protect others. Great concept and execution. I hope this is a series as she continues searching for the fallen angel who sired her.
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“God did raise a finger to stop you. Here I am. Guess which finger."
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