October 11, 2013

Review: Empath by (The Flawed Series, #1) by Becca J. Campbell

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.
This book is a new adult mystery/romance/thriller following college student and empath, Jade. She has the ability (or curse) of picking up the emotions of everyone around her and this has caused her significant problems since childhood. Unable to block out the strong feelings of others, Jade's parents home schooled her until she grew up, moved out and decided to go to college. After the initial shock of so many emotions battering her, Jade manages to make friends and starts to live a relatively normal life. Until evil strikes.....
The story was written well and the suspense and action scenes were exciting. However, Campbell combined multiple story-lines into one book, creating a confusing mix of various plots. First, Jade, her new friend Cam, Cam's sister, the hot college teacher, Logan, and the evil Ethan all have special abilities. This could be the introduction book. Second, there is a serial killer on the loose. This should have been its own story. Third, Jade goes away to college and has to choose between two men. Again, another separate book. If these were each separate books in the series, I would give them all at least 4 stars. Squeezed together, they are only 3 stars.
Publisher-Surreal Media Studios
Reviewer Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by~Cindi
Thank you to the author for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program in exchange for a honest review
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