Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Book Review: Commencement by Paige Cuccaro (Hellsbane #0.5)

Commencement (Hellsbane, #0)Commencement by Paige Cuccaro
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publish Date: September 27, 2012
ebook, 56 pages
Hellsbane #0.5
My rating: 5.0/5.0

My Review:

Commencement is a good introduction to the Hellsbane series and the characters of Emma Jane and I hope Mihir. It's short, but it leaves you anxious to start the series which I think is just the point of this novella.

Even though it is short, it is action-packed which I think leads the way for a very interesting series. I also like the brief glimpse into Emma Jane and Mihir who I think will be great characters. Both are snarky, smart and fun. Emma Jane being the main character and older and Mihir is the side-kick geeky one who can provide the information and of course the crush on Emma as well. They have a fun friendship that I think will be great for the books that is why I am hopeful he will continue to be in the novels. The story in this novella provides both the interesting character development I look for (within the limited format) and the action-packed plot. It was a fast-paced read that had me flipping the pages on my Kindle non-stop until the end and then wanting the next book as soon as it was over.

If you want a great introduction to a new paranormal/urban fantasy new adult series, then this is it. I cannot wait for the first book in this series and to learn more about Emma Jane, her powers and what evils she will face.

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About the Book:
Hell hath no fury like a woman’s scorn for frat guys…

Emma Jane Hellsbane knows something evil is worming its way through her college campus—she can feel it. Literally. Her freakish ability to feel other people’s emotions as though they were her own has always been monumentally awkward, and it’s easier for her to just pretend it doesn’t exist. But this time her paranormal ability just might help her save lives.

Emma Jane’s fairly certain that whatever the hateful, egomaniacal, Godlike thing is, it’s set up shop inside her boyfriend, the frat boy/soccer star Justin. And if she doesn’t figure a way to get it out of him soon, Justin’s soul will be the appetizer to the main course—the whole student body. Problem is, the big baddy is granting sinister wishes, and with each one the risks grow higher and the phrase Be careful what you wish for becomes a real-life dire warning. Of course for Emma, what feels like it could be the end is in fact just the beginning…

About the Author (from
I live in Ohio, with my husband, three daughters, three dogs, and three cats, in an ever shrinking house. When I'm not writing I'm doing the mom thing with a book in one hand and a notepad and pen in the other. Ideas come without warning and for me, the best way to stimulate my imagination is to enjoy the imagination of someone else.  

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***I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way except receiving the book for free.  ***