- The Book -
Synopsis: 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…
- The Author -
Writing was never a foregone conclusion for me. I once had dreams of being a psychologist, a pediatrician, a school teacher, a photojournalist, a bartender, and/or an EMT. And then I met my husband and my world came into focus. Being wife and mother are my highest priorities and greatest joy. But escaping to the fanciful, sexy worlds twirling through my mind is an absolute necessity. Putting those worlds, and the cornucopia of characters that people them, on paper is just plain fun.
Paige lives in Ohio, with her husband, three daughters, three dogs, three cats, a parakeet and a bearded dragon named Rexy, in an ever shrinking house. When she’s not 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.
- The Review -
Commencement is one of those short action-packed prequels that give you just enough taste of a series that makes you want to read more.
Emma Hellsbane has the ability to feel other people's emotions, even if she doesn't want to. So when she suddenly feels anger and hateful emotions coming from her boyfriend Justin, she knows something is seriously wrong. With the help of her best friend Mihir she soon realized that something evil is worming it's way into Justin. Emma must quickly find a solution to saving Justin... if she doesn't it could mean his life.
Commencement does a good job of showing us our strong main character, Emma, before we actually meet her in the series. I wish we could have learned more about her emotion feeling power - but I guess that part (at least I hope) is explained more in book one. Otherwise, this Commencement quickly shows us that Emma definitely has a good head on her shoulders and is willing do what she has to for the ones she loves. We even get a nice set of other characters like Mihir and Justin. And, even though the story is short there is an action-packed plot that will definitely make you weary of Jinni!
Overall this book was a fun and fantastic prequel! Definitely makes me want to check out the series!
* Thank you Entangled for the review copy and letting me be apart of the tour!