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Peek Inside Commencement

Emma Jane Hellsbane knows something evil is wormingits way through her college campus—she can feel it. Literally. Her freakish ability to feel other people’s emotions has always been awkward, but this time her paranormal ability just might help her save lives. Emma Jane’s fairly certain that whatever the thing is, it’s set up shop inside her boyfriend, 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. Of course for Emma, what feels like it could be the end is infact just the beginning...

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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…

Praise

"Commencement is a short novella that is packed with punch." - A Diary of a Book Addict

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622669929
Series: Hellsbane, Book 0.5
Release Date: Sep 27, 2012
Page Count: 87
Imprint: select otherworld
Genre: angels and demons, fantasy, paranormal, urban fantasy
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, overcoming odds

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By Saralee October 04, 2012

Emma Jane Hellsbane is a college student with a major problem on her hands. No, it's not that she can just look at another person and feel their emotions as if they were her own -- she's always been able to do that.

Her problem is that her soccer-star boyfriend is possessed. What's a girl gonna d... ...more

By Molly Beeker October 01, 2012

This book was amazing! I would recommend it to anyone who loves a suprise ending! From the very first page I was hooked! I can't wait to read more by Paige Cuccaro! ...more

By Ana September 28, 2012

It was a wonderful novella and I enjoy it so much. I recommend this book to everyone to read it you will not regret it. ...more

By Darkfallen October 15, 2012

This is one of those novellas that is packed full of everything that makes a great read. I loved this book so much I couldn't put it down, and now I can't wait to get my hands on the first book in this series.

Em is in her senior year of college and she has the best friend, the boyfriend, and the... ...more

By Crystal October 24, 2012

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 ve... ...more

By Charlie November 21, 2012

Commencement is a prequel novella starring the empathic character, Emma Jane Hellsbane. Releasing a prequel has its advantages and disadvantages. It's a great way to set up a series and also, for the reader, to get more than a synopsis to see if they'll like the storyline and writing style. Howev... ...more

By Beth October 27, 2012

Emma Jane Hellsbane has a boyfriend named Justin that she loves, she is graduating college in a few days and a best friend named Mihir. Emma can also feel others emotions, not sense them she really feels them.

One night when Emma is with Justin she feels an evil presence. At first, she thinks it’... ...more

By Tee loves Kyle Jacobson October 15, 2012

Commencement is a short Novella that is packed with punch. Man when I started reading it I did not want to put it down. Emma is in her senior year at college and she has the best friends and boyfriend a girl can ask for. She also has these freakish powers where she can feel peoples emotions and i... ...more

By Shari October 05, 2012

Be careful what you wish for! This prequel to the awesome Hellsbane series is a quick, fun read. Characters are well defined and interesting, and it's a well told story that will have you turning pages and devouring it whole in one sitting. Kind of like a wickedly delicious dessert, but without t... ...more

By Laura October 09, 2012

This book might be short but it's packed with excitement! The author, Paige Cuccaro, writes with enthusiasm and all her books will keep you wanting more! ...more

By Ebelinda October 09, 2012

Very good, once I started I couldnt stop! Cant wait to read more!! ...more

3.5

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

Emma Jane Hellsbane is different than her fellow college students. Not only can she sense other people’s emotions, but she experiences them, too. She’s had to work to keep feelings n... ...more

By All Things Urban Fantasy November 07, 2012

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Like many fans of this genre, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was my gateway drug to the world of urban fantasy. So whenever I come across a book that is reminiscent of Buffy, or pays homage to the series, I get happy, happy,... ...more

By Kate November 02, 2012

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this introduction to the Hellbane series considering my usual dislike for novellas. It’s short and sweet but we get to see a great snapshot of Emma Jane at 19 – intelligent, caring and determined to help those she cares about.

With computer savvy boy g... ...more

By Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) October 27, 2012

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... ...more

By Karin October 02, 2012

Commencement by Paige Cuccaro is a fun introduction to the world of Emma Jane Hellsbane, Nephilim.
We first meet Emma as a senior in college. She's got all the things a senior needs, including a hunky boyfriend. But Emma has one thing a senior can do without, she can feel emotions. When Justin, he... ...more

By Big March 16, 2016

What's Not To Like? Commencement was like Chinese food. An hour later you want more. The intro to the Hellsbane series definitely left me wanting more. I was curious to see what else Emma Jane Hellsbane would get into. It's also interesting to see where an author will take a story when you see th... ...more

By Cherie August 22, 2013

The paranormal edges its way into Emma Jane Hellsbane’s world in Commencement by Paige Cuccaro.

Emma Jane is sassy, smart, and sarcastic. Her voice in the novella drew me in. I love how Cuccaro used Mihir, a computer genius, to introduce the paranormal world to Emma Jane. Mihir seems so unlikely,... ...more

By Leigh April 08, 2013

This was a great little novella. The author did a nice job of building my interest in the characters in such a short time. This story captured my attention right from the beginning, and left me wanting more. I'm looking forward to checking out the series, and seeing what happens next with Emma Ja... ...more

By melissa August 02, 2015

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These books are very good but I would read them in order so you know what is going on,hope you enjoy this series I really did has angel and demons and a little love story all in the mix. ...more

By * Booksessed * Bec December 03, 2012

Book provided by publisher.

I thought this was quite an interesting read. Although short it had a good plot and likable characters. I look forward to reading more in this series ...more

Review will be available on December 30, 2012 at Place of Reads Book Review Blog ...more

By VampireNovelFan March 09, 2013

Very good for a novella. I think I'll add the series to my TBR. ...more

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Paige Cuccaro

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Paige Cuccaro

Paige is a multi-published, award winning, author with books that span several genres including paranormal, urban fantasy, suspense, romantic comedy and erotica. She lives in Ohio, with her husband, and three daughters. When Paige isnÂ’t writing she can be found doing the mom thing with a book in one hand and a notepad and pen in the other. Ideas come without warning and the best way to stimulate your imagination is to enjoy the imagination of someone else.

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