Review for EMPATH (The Empath Trilogy #1) by HK Savage
I recently began a series of author interviews on my blog, and now I am excited to introduce my first book review. I recently finished reading EMPATH by HK Savage. The first in a YA trilogy, I am thrilled that I selected this book to review. I don’t often read a lot of other books while I am in the middle of writing my own, but now that I’ve read the first, I can guarantee that I will be reading the next two in the trilogy. If you like the book TWILIGHT, by Stephenie Meyer, then you will absolutely love this story!
With that said, I need to give you a warning of the book first. There are a few similarities to TWILIGHT. There’s the main girl, Claire, who is friends with a vampire and a werecat. Yep, that’s right, not werewolf, but werecat. Sounds funny perhaps, but it’s cool in the story! Other similarities? You’ve got vampires who are super-fast, they like fast cars, and are quite beautiful. Oh, and for all of my True Blood fans out there like myself, they use “glamour” 🙂 So, understandably, I was slightly hesitant when I began to read the book, wondering if this was going to be a knock-off of TWILIGHT. It didn’t take long, however, to get over my comparison of the two books. I was soon completely drawn into the story, and the similarities between the two books couldn’t have been any different.
The differences? While I’m still on the subject of comparing the books (I feel I need to for those readers out there who undoubtedly will), there were some definite differences that made me completely enjoy EMPATH more. Don’t get me wrong, I love TWILIGHT, but I personally find Bella Swan’s character to be a bit annoying at times and I felt that I could relate a lot more to Claire. Another point that I enjoyed a lot more was that the vampire and werecat are actually capable of being friends with both Claire and each other, a novel concept, everyone can be friends.
And so now, here’s where the story totally branches out and becomes unique. The title of the story, EMPATH, stems from the fact that Claire is supernaturally gifted with EMPATH abilities. For those who aren’t familiar with that term, it means she can completely “feel” how another person is feeling. Not just sympathize or empathize but truly, 100% feel the other person’s emotions. This was the original reason why I was drawn to read the story, because Claire reminds me of a character who could be in my own book, INDIGO INCITE. The two stories are VERY different from each other, but Claire is definitely someone who would have been friends with the main characters from my book if they were introduced 🙂 If you liked INDIGO INCITE, you’ll definitely want to put EMPATH on your “to-read” list.
Claire isn’t perfect, she has flaws, which makes her likeable and relatable. Her boyfriend, James, on the other hand, really is perfect. So, for those who are looking for a great book boyfriend to escape to in a good book, he’s your guy. He has an awesome job, is totally gorgeous, is VERY old-fashioned and believes in treating a woman the way she deserves to be treated, with respect. Really, there is nothing not to like about him! However, be warned or be excited, however you want to view it, there are a few entertaining bedroom scenes. There is definitely nothing inappropriate or scandalous, it’s as basic as possible to still be considered a bedroom scene. So, for those who might be concerned, it’s definitely a YA book, but I would say toward the older age range of YA.
The book was written in first-person POV from Claire’s perspective and it made the story a fast, easy read. I really enjoyed how her character developed throughout the story. By the end, she definitely has discovered who she is and has found herself. As the story develops, Claire discovers the true extent of her abilities as she risks everything to help her new vampire and werecat friends. The story kept me in suspense up until the end, and I wasn’t ready for it to be over. I love the characters and I am looking forward to reading the next two books in the trilogy!
Since EMPATH was published in 2010, HK Savage has written and published several more books. Once you’ve read EMPATH, and of course you’ll have to follow up with the remaining two books in the trilogy, BONDED, book #2 and SECRETS, book #3, you’ll want to discover her other books. I will attach a link to her Goodreads page so that you can see everything this amazing author has to offer.
Claire is an empath living a life of self-imposed exile. Off to college, all she wants is to disappear. But a chance encounter with Stephen, a boy with his own secrets, leads Claire to understand that her curse is a gift. And when Claire meets James, a vampire, their gifts connect and form a bond the vampire world has not seen for three hundred years. No one can guess where it will take them or how it will change them both.
Like Author HK Savage on Facebook, add EMPATH to your Goodreads list. Oh and best of all! EMPATH is FREE right now for your Kindle on Amazon!! Just follow the links below 🙂