Thursday, August 22, 2013

Review: Commencement by Paige Cuccaro

Title: Commencement (Hellsbane #.05)
Author: Paige Cuccaro
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Self Purchased
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

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…

A short and sweet prequel to the Hellsbane series.  This was a cute introduction to Emma Jane Hellsbane and her special power of empathy.  When she "feels" something is wrong with her boyfriend, she never suspected it might be a form of possession, but it looks like the supernatural world has just decided to make itself know to her.

It was a great lesson in wanting things you didn't work for and not pissing off your supernatural girlfriend.  Emma manages to save the day overall, but Justin pays an interesting price for his selfishness.  I'm currently reading book 1 in the series and this does seem like a great introduction to the character, although it was just too short to get really involved.

Barnes & Noble: Commencement: Hellsbane

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