August 20th, 2013
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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.
Empath was simply great.
What drew me in to review this book was the idea of someone having empathy. I never imagined it would be something someone considered as a curse, being able to have access to one's feelings is a great way to do anything. It wasn't until Jade showed all the negatives of being an empath that I realized maybe it's not a great thing after all. How she deals with it and how it affects her when she's around others like ahem, Cam, was completely shocking. How she learns to deal with it and trust those with her secret was great to see for her development as a character but not having control on your own emotions is scary. I admired how Jade dealt with it all her life and now.
Ethan, the other side of who this book focuses on, was outright creepy and terrifying. It was so great to see how Campbell could conjure this sadistic, twisted guy and make his chapters flow so perfectly. I loved reading his chapters the most because his thoughts and purpose of doing things pulled me in to see how this would incorporate Jade and her friends. The ending, I felt, was a bit anticlimatic. I expected this book to be more focused on their abilities. I found it a bit too coincidental that Cam, Logan, Jade, and Ethan had these special "qualities". In the end, they did make for a great suspenseful last of couple chapters.
All in all, Empath was the perfect mix of romance, creepiness and even a bit of action. I can't wait to see where this story goes and meanwhile you can check the rest of the Empath blog tour!