Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Commencement (Hellsbane 0.5) by Paige Cuccaro ~ Review

Source:  Received eBook book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

From Goodreads:

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…

My Thoughts:

3 stars- A good intro into this world

Emma is different and while she doesn't know why, she also doesn't share the information with others.  Well, except for Mihir.  In this short intro into the world of Emma Hellsbane, she really figures out that there is more to her than just being different.  She may not be human.

This is exactly what a intro novella is supposed to be about.  It introduces the main character and starts the world building.  Hopefully, it also buildings a connection with the main character so you want to pick up the next book.  I think that may be where my problem came in.  At first, I liked Emma well enough but something happened and I can't tell you what without spoiling things that made me just feel, um, meh about her.  I love Mihir a lot especially after reading the alternative POV scene that I had on my blog last week.  But Emma, not so much.

So the true test of a intro novella is the question, will you read the next book? My answer? Maybe. I want to know more about Mihir so I might. But it could come down to time.  Will I make time for it? Not sure.

The BEST scene was the first one and that's also the one that I had the alternative POV for on my blog last week.  It's Mihir at his best!!!  If you missed it, you should check it out HERE.  PLUS GIVEAWAY


  1. This sounds interesting, but I don't know if I would read it. I am already reading so many series that I can't keep up with so I am picky with starting new ones. Thanks for the great review!!

  2. I like prequel novellas. I'm glad this one hit the spot. Entangled books are always great. Nice review !

  3. This one sounds like I might be on the border with it. Not sure I'd go out of my way to read it, but might get to it at some point. Thanks for the review!

  4. It sucks when you like a character, but then they somehow make you dislike them! Im not sure if ill be giving this one a try.. Great review!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf