Sunday, November 17, 2013

Book Review - Empath, by Becca J. Campbell

Title: Empath
Series: The Flawed Series Book #1
Author: Becca J. Campbell
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Publisher:  Surreal Media Studios 

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Supernatural empathy isn’t a gift, it’s a curse. Anywhere she goes, Jade’s emotions are replaced by those of the people around her.
Jade grew up in a suburb of Colorado Springs, protected from other people by her parents. Now she faces college—and the world—with nothing to shield her from unwanted feelings.
When Cam, a classmate with a major crush on her, unintentionally hijacks her emotions, Jade struggles to keep from being carried away in feelings of attraction. When Ethan, a psychopath with a thirst for fear, fixates on her, the emotional impact could be lethal.
Caught in a deadly trap, Jade must untangle the emotions and find a way to use her empathic curse to overcome this killer or be overcome by him.

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I have read novels where characters can read other people's thoughts. But never of one that could take on someone elses feelings. And after reading Empath, I am not sure that this is one superpower I would be interested in having. Though for Jade, her gift (or curse) could be the key to help her survive the clutches of a terrorizing psychopath.

This novel is told primarily through Jade, but also switches POV to Ethan, the serial killer in this novel. I loved that because you get an insight into what makes him tick and how he zeros in on his next victim.  

There was, unfortunately, a love triangle in this novel. I say unfortunately because both Cam and Logan were equally crush worthy and awesome. And they both have it bad for Jade. On the other hand, Jade finds a rare sense of calm by being near either of them, but her heart is really only gravitating to one of them.  Though this is a PG novel (and to be honest it didn't need any added sexual content to make this good), there was great tension build up between all three characters that made these relationships so believable. 

The only negative to this story for me is that each main character in this novel was gifted with some power.  It felt too unreal to have so many characters meet by chance, and they each have some strange ability.  A couple, like Jade, seemed to have been born with their individual 'power', and others came to it as a result of some traumatic event, like Cam. Though they were individual special characteristics that each played a key part in the climax of the story and it fit well in the end.

I was not sure what to expect when I started to read this novel.  What I found was a riveting story that had tons of romantic tension, thrilling suspense, action, and great characters with interesting abilities.  It was a great journey, and I really look forward to continuing the series.

Becca J. Campbell is the author of the New Adult Romantic Science Fiction novels Foreign Identity and Gateway to Reality, New Adult Romantic Paranormal Thriller Empath (The Flawed Series #1), and  Sub-Normal, a series of Science Fiction short stories.
An avid lover of stories that tiptoe the line between fantasy and reality (even when they plunge off one side or the other), Becca looks for new angles on bridging the gap between the two. She holds a special place in her heart for any story that involves superpowers or time travel. Her passion is defying the limits of her own creativity. You can find her on her Author BlogFacebookTwitterGoodreads, Pinterest, and Amazon.

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