Thursday, November 1, 2012

Mini Review: Commencement by Paige Cuccaro

Title: Commencement
Author: Paige Cuccaro
Series: Prequel to the Hellsbane Series
Published By: Entangled Publishing (Sept. 27, 2012)
Source: Copy Provided by the  Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars!

Goodreads Description:
 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 Review: 
I love prequels because it always gives you that feel for the author's writing style, the characters and setting of the story and a feel for a series in general.

Most times you can tell just by reading one whether you even want to give the series a try. Do you like the characters? Was it engaging enough to make you want to buy the first book? Can you relate at all to the storyline?

I can say without a doubt that I loved Emma the main character. Her unique ability that she is still learning about, per strong personality, her witty humor. This story grabbed my attention form the very first page and I read the whole thing in one sitting. In fact, I was sad to see it end. I wanted more.

There was action and mystery and a great secondary character named Mihir that I really hope we will be seeing more of in the first book.

Yep, I will certainly be picking up the first book on release day. I think this is going to be a fantastic series.


  1. Emma sounds like a great character!
    I don't read prequels often, but I agree, they are a great way to get a feel for a series without investing a ton of time.

  2. I am definitely buying the first book in the series!