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All she wanted was to disappear…Claire Martin is an empath. She’s lived her entire life as a slave to a constant barrage of emotions that weren't hers. Off to college she hopes simply to blend with the crowd where she can best hide her curse. Within her first few weeks at school Claire meets Stephen Andrews, a small, fragile looking boy who changes her life forever. StepheAll she wanted was to disappear…Claire Martin is an empath. She’s lived her entire life as a slave to a constant barrage of emotions that weren't hers. Off to college she hopes simply to blend with the crowd where she can best hide her curse. Within her first few weeks at school Claire meets Stephen Andrews, a small, fragile looking boy who changes her life forever. 

Stephen, a boy with a secret of his own, instantly recognizes Claire for what she is. It is through Stephen's aid that Claire meets James, a vampire with a talent of his own. As soon as they touch, their abilities connect in a way that has not occurred in over three hundred years forming a bond that cannot be broken. Follow the trilogy:BondedSecretsBe sure to check out the other books by HK Savage:Life BloodBlood Bound...

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ISBN : 9781940202532
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Number of Pages : 367 Pages
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Empath Reviews

  • Tiffany Thordal
    2019-05-27 03:17

    Given how frequently and pathetically vampires have been portrayed in media lately, it is no wonder why I have given up on them all. Until I read Empath, that is. :-) After picking up the book I couldn't put it down. This is what Twilight SHOULD have been. Claire Martin is gifted in so many ways. Of course, she doesn't see it that way. Being an Empath is a curse, until she goes away to college and meets people just like her. They help Claire with her gift, I will not say how because I don't want to ruin. Through the process she meets Vampires... Were.. well people... and even falls in love... sort of. My point is, read this book!!!!!!!!!!! It is sooooo awesome.

  • Martine
    2019-06-11 02:26

    I loved the beginning of this book, the build up was great but I felt as soon as she met James it all started going down hill. I don't think there was enough description of them "falling in love" it was kind of go to a club and the then wake up the next day job done. I felt like I'd missed a chunk out of the story and after that I felt myself really struggling to continue with it. I couldn't really care less about the characters as I felt no connection with them. I do prefer my books with a bit more spice than this, I didn't realise it was a YA book! Shame because the story line concept was so good.

  • H.K. Savage
    2019-06-09 22:27

    This series was such fun to write. The support it has received has been tremendous. To commemorate the third edition, we've created new covers and made book 1, Empath, FREE!

  • Jodie
    2019-06-13 03:30

    Claire is ‘special’. My heart went out to her immediately. I couldn’t even imagine having to isolate myself from my family and the world. Boy, her life was tough. Poor Claire missed out on so much and my heart broke for her, and her family. Claires ‘gift’ is being able to feel the emotions of those around her, a constant buzzing in her head. Not only can she feel them, she becomes them. Stephen is a were and part of a clan that is bonded to a vampire Henry, and can tell that Claire needs help to protect herself and prevent herself being used as a weapon in the war that’s coming between vampires & humans.Stephen and his clan introduce Claire to the world of paranormal and I loved her reactions. I had a huge laugh out loud moment when she was introduced to James. They made my heart flutter. Love at first sight. It didn’t feel corny, it felt right.I enjoyed learning about each of the weres and about the vamps powers. I am in awe of Henry and am looking forward to finding out more about his background. Claire had a tougher time yet once she started training with James to shield herself. She was continually surrounded by protectors which was huge as she was so used to self imposed isolation, as she was ‘wanted’ by the baddies. She was forever on the lookout for the wannabe kidnappers. I loved Claires fearlessness but not cockiness – she was so brave even during her captivity. She panicked, but could still function enough to think of a way to save herself. Her bond with James was incredible and amazing. I’m so jealous  I was unsure of Stephens role in everything that happened throughout the book and kept expecting him to be traitor to the clan and coven. I am still not sure he is who he says, but he’s just another reason I am itching to begin the next book!So much happened in this book (never a dull moment. Action packed!) I am so happy that Claire is finally able to share touch and time with others rather than hiding away from the world. HK Savage is a phenomenal author, the descriptions weren’t noticeable as I was reading (cause I admit I am know to skim those) but I found I could picture everything as it were happening – Edinborough, Miranda, the Court, and even the family gathering. Well done!I’m going straight onto the next book “Bonded” to see what happens with The Court, Bradley & Gaston! PS Jodie - I mean - Claire & James Forever :D

  • Nik Morton
    2019-05-18 21:18

    Straight away, we learn that Claire Martin isn’t quite like other 19-year-old girls. She is prone to experiencing the pains, anguish and other emotions of nearby people. “… the stabbing pains in my head and wrenching in my stomach, reminding myself none of them were mine.” She’s an empath, though she keeps this fact secret. Touching anyone exacerbated the sensations and feelings she absorbed, so in order to cope, she hasn’t any close friends and she’d never been on a date. And now her problems were just beginning. She's going to Augsburg College, a small private school in Minneapolis, where she encounters Stephen Andrews and touches him – and isn’t able to snatch even a glimmer of any emotion from him. Claire’s puzzled. Moreso when it’s plain that Stephen can somehow detect Claire’s ability…At this point, where boy meets girl, you might be forgiven for believing that this was a standard romance, with the added mystery of extra sensory perception. You’d be wrong. More surprises lie in store for Claire – not least, the existence of werecats, immortality, and … the vampire James.Because the narrative is in the first person, this intimacy helps suspend disbelief and the reader feels what Claire feels. Indeed, the reader empathizes. There are several good passages that reveal just what being an empath can entail. Although this is the first in a series, it’s a self-contained story that gathers both pace and excitement as the end draws near.

  • Nancy (The Avid Reader)
    2019-05-29 00:24

    I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.Claire is a young girl that has just left home and started college. Claire has been so happy to get away from her home town, her family and everyone else. Growing up Claire never had any friends or a boyfriend. She preferred to stay off to herself. Claire is an Empath. She can feel what other people can feel. Like if they are sad, happy, scared ect... Claire likes to stay away from people and she definitely doesn't want anyone to touch her. Claire is just like any other girl; she wants to have friends and a boyfriend someone who cares about her. But she believes in her mind that this will never happen that is it not possible.Until she gets to college a meets a young man at the college that she can't feel but knows that she has an ability. He knows that she can feel other people's feelings. Stephen is a very good friend to Claire and teaches her how to block what other people are feeling. Claire likes Stephen a lot and is very grateful that he has taught her to block out other people so now she can live her life in relative peace. But Claire soon learns that Stephen has a secret that he is trying to hide from her. But ole' Claire is a pretty smart girl; she is very determined to find out what his secret if it kills her. Just as soon as Claire steps off into another world one that she has never seen much less believed in. A world that she always thought was not real. She soon learns that most of the fairy tales that she grew up with are not fake at all they are very much real. In this new world that she has discovered with the help of Stephen of course she meets a very handsome dude whom she comes to care for a great deal. But she doesn't believe that someone as nice looking as he is will ever have anything to do with here. Claire runs into a lot of danger in this new world of hers. The creatures in this new world don't like her because she is human and they want her dead. Claire has to go in hiding and have a babysitter 24/7. But Claire is a very tough chic and really loves her freedom and independence. This independence of hers could very well cost her; her life without her even knowing it. I know I say this all the time but this is one book that I have really and truly loved reading. I learnt a lot of things from this book. Most people don't think that you can learn from reading fiction books but I learn something just about everyone I read. I have learned very much from Empath and more than grateful that I got to read it and can't wait to start the second book in this trilogy. Empath may be a fictional book but I have learned a lot from it. This is one trilogy that I don't think I will ever forget I will take some of it with me almost every day. Thank you H.K. for writing the Empath trilogy. I can't wait to read Bonded and Secrets to find out more about Claire, Stephen, James, Henry and the rest of the crew. You know I like Stephen but for some reason I am having a hard time believing in him and trusting him. Something just seems off about him. Empath is one amazing book and if you have not read then all I can say is you don't know what you are missing. If you love reading books with paranormal creatures and humans with a little romance and special abilities thrown in then Empath is a book that you will totally won't to read. I highly recommend Empath to anyone who likes books of this genre. As a matter of fact I was telling a friend about Empath and she went straight away and bought ii that very moment.

  • Bamafever
    2019-05-30 20:25

    Empath is the first in a trilogy. Claire is a college student who is an Empath and very socially akward. Because of her empathic abilities she is unable to handle being around people. Her life up until she leaves for college has been very lonely. She believes she will never be able to have a normal life and definietly will not ever have friends or a love life. Well she is about to be introduced to a totally knew world for herself.Once Claire gets to school she meets Stephan. He instantly knows she is special and once he takes her home she is about to learn how special he is also. They are instantly friends and through the trilogy they remain best friends. Stephan introduces Claire to his family which are shifters and also to James and Henry. James and Claire bond immediately and so the journey begins.From the moment Claire and James met it's something at first sight. LOL Claire learns quickly James and Henry are vampires and being around the supernatural puts a hamper on her abilities and she is able to start having a normal life. Well as normal as she can being around all of these supernatural beings. What she doesn't know is that even though James helps her learn how to shield herself and find love, being in this new crowd is going to prove very harmful to herself. She must decide if the connection she has with James is going to be good or possibly get her killed.

  • Cat
    2019-05-27 23:41

    I'm having a difficult time verbalizing why I didn't like this book. Was it the fact that Claire never even tried to figure out how to control her powers, though she had previously tried to do research? Was it that she was in denial about paranormal populations regardless of the fact that she belongs to that group? Or was it that she passes out every other chapter? Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but she does pass out at least 4 times throughout the book. Not only does it get repetitive, it's fairly lame for a heroine.Other reasons:The plot has very little movement.The connection between Claire and James is so eerie - at least this is explained a bit towards the end of the book.Claire likes to jump to conclusions (mainly about Stephen).Speech patterns are the same, regardless of characters' ages or backgrounds.Claire always chooses the wrong information to keep to herself, putting her and others in danger.**SPOILER ALERT FOR THIS NEXT LINE ONLY** I really detested that Claire traded her v-card in so easily.Overall this book lacks action, adventure, mystery, danger, etc. I found the protagonist to be irritating - not overly irritating, just irritating enough to be disliked.

  • Heather Alexander
    2019-05-21 19:34

    Clair is an Empath, it causes her a lot of problems and all she wants is to be normal, to fit in. She heads off to college hoping that she will finally be able to at least seem normal. Alas her gift/curse will not be ignored. It is there that she meets Stephen, a boy that recognizes her as an Empath and takes her into a world of paranormal awesomeness. I loved the introduction to this previously unknown world, a world where she isn't a freak. While there, Clair meets James, a vampire with his own gifts. They have an instant and unbreakable connection that won't be ignored, but will cause all kinds of trouble for them. This book has some very delicious were's in it as well. I loved this story, it's characters are well developed, it has just the right amount of description vs interaction. I hate when a good story is ruined by 15 pages of how her hair looked. This book doesn't do that. The author knows how to balance information with character interaction. I loved the book and will be following this series like a stalker. If you are a lover of anything paranormal, you will love this.

  • C.S. Yelle
    2019-06-11 23:23

    While I don't read strictly paranormal romance as a rule, I was intrigued by the idea that the protagonist can "feel" the emotional state of those around her. Add in the vampires I imagined, not those sparkling ones, and this book took me on a very entertaining ride through the eyes of a girl who is just learning what it means to have these abilities. Now that I've finished, I am compelled to venture into the next book in the series to see where Claire is headed and what James is willing to do to keep her safe. A typical paranormal romance reader I am not, but I am definitely hooked on H.K. Savage's series and will continue to read her unique take on the world of vampires and the paranormal.

  • Robyn
    2019-06-17 19:16

    Meh...I like character development and depth and this book felt a little flat and the story line felt way to reminiscent of Twilight and other vampire-ish genre. All of a sudden Claire becomes BFF with a cat, quickly gushes over how much love and protection she feels for her family (the cats and vampires...not her actual family) and the fast forward pace of her budding relationship felt way to rushed. What I did like...that Claire wasn't a weak character always getting James in trouble. I hate when they do that to female characters. Secondly, I love a budding relationship and James fit the bill without being made to be too perfect.

  • Malot
    2019-06-14 20:41

    I was looking for books to read with characters having empathy ability as part of my research. What made me to put this down was when I've read about werecats, vampires, werewolves, and such. I'll try to finish this once I find time.My reactions were, while reading the first few chapters of this book, ugh... uhm... whatda? The writer had some gaps needed to fill to justify the sudden change of reaction/decisions of the protagonist. I can't seem to agree that a person would gladly jump in with the situation wherein she had a very opposite reaction in the first place.

  • Joan
    2019-05-21 01:15

    Just good enough to keep me readingI felt as though the author was following a formula or perhaps a checklist, including the tried and true elements for an urban fantasy starring gifted innocent human girl meeting gorgeous vampire. characters weren't well developed and the plot was predictable. I won't be reading the rest of the trilogy__so many better books, so little time.

  • Antionette
    2019-06-04 23:18

    an empathy who falls for a vampire with cat shifter friends. what more could u ask for? oh... other vampires want to kill her. but of course. loved it. on to the second book... more about their mental connection...

  • Misty Perry
    2019-05-27 01:39

    Better then antisapatedLoved the book. After I found out there were were animals and vampires in it I nearly stopped reading. But I figured I would give it a chance. I'm glad I did I couldn't put it down until I had finished it!

  • Alyson M Turner
    2019-06-08 23:38

    Wow!Just wow! What an awesome book.. can't wait to read the next .....I'm not really into vampires ,but I love the whole twist of werewolves,empath, and vampires.

  • Jacinda Buchmann
    2019-05-27 01:22

    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!

  • Nancy Sutphin
    2019-06-15 23:42

    Different Take on the Paranormal I truly loved this book. I enjoyed the interactions between the characters and also between the different paranormal types. I am very interested in reading the remainder of the series.

  • Amber Jones
    2019-05-30 02:30

    Claire Martin, having struggled all her life with an ultra-heightened emotional sense of those around her, just finished high school and cannot wait to go away to college, even if it is just across town. Her ability has left her socially impaired and intolerant of those around her. Away at school, the emotional “noise” of others is muffled and after meeting a few special people, she is taught how to handle her “curse”, as she calls it.There is something different here. Something else is going on, right there under the surface. It’s almost like a sub-plot. Our main character can’t figure it out. I couldn’t figure it out either, not until the end. And did I try! I kept guessing and wondering. I love a good mystery, especially one that I cannot figure out halfway through the book. This had a great mysterious element to it.This Twilight-esque story has some of the same mythological rules and properties as other paranormal stories I have read. There are a lot of similarities, but, make no mistake, this is not Twilight. The main character has graduated high school, she is born with a supernatural ability, and there are the cats. Yes, the cats. I grew up with dogs but became a cat person as an adult. So, I just love that instead of werewolves, we have cats. I laughed when James suggested she could have her cat come and stay if she was uncomfortable. Somehow the same kind of joke did not seem as funny in New Moon (if you read that series). I mean, there’s a reason dogs are called lapdogs and not cats, right?Some readers do not read the descriptions in books at all. I do. I like to try to picture tales unfolding in my mind as I read. Perhaps this is why I am such a slow reader. I was rewarded in this book: James’ décor in his family room is my family room. Like, to a tee. The only difference is I have photos and personal knick-knacks. Weird, right? How could I not get a kick out of that?If there is one negative thing I have to say, it would be not about what is written, but what is not written. We see things from Claire’s point of view. I felt her emotions and reasoning were well developed. Yet, there were parts that felt, not disjointed, but left out and missing. There was, for example, the build-up of being an empath, the struggle of being in the same room as other people and the difficulty of simply touching another person. And then, Claire has her first kiss. Ever. The kiss was barely mentioned in one sentence. I had to read that part a couple of times to be sure it really happened. I understand wanting to keep the book PG13 (something I did appreciate), but I really felt that kiss was missing. Another, we see her meeting a friend and then the next time the character is mentioned, they are the best of friends. I wondered when they started hanging out, what they did together, and the meshing of the personalities. They happened, just in the background. I chalk it up to creative license on behalf of the author. These sorts of things really, truly did not bother me as a reader. I guess I was just thirsty for more is all. Sigh.This book had action, romance, mystery, and most of it occurring in a room that looks like my own family room .

  • Jennifer Snarr
    2019-06-02 03:12

    This book was a mixture of like and dislike for me. I stuck with it until the end and by the end I felt invested in the characters so I appreciate that... however, I felt like there were so many missed opportunities by the author to link the reader in even more. For instance, the first training session between James and Claire was long and emotionally intense. Why not spread some of those sessions out and develop that intensity more slowly. We saw one session and then read an abrupt sentence that the next week continued much in the same way. Why not end the first night after Claire surprised James with her strength. Send her away after that leaving her confused and wondering what it means. The next session let her have her breakthrough... I just think it would have put the intensity on a simmer which is more believable in my opinion than the 0 to 60 in two seconds flat pace depicted.SPOILER ALERT:The tension was building on Claire's side with no reveal at all from James until suddenly they are in bed together. It was so abrupt and deprived the reader of the stuff most of us love above all else... that first kiss moment... the reactions to that, etc. I felt cheated by the influence Gina played in James and Claire's hook up. Until that point, the reader suspected, but did not know, where James stood on everything. It was unrealistic (at least I would hope) to think a girl who had never even kissed a guy before would sleep with him immediately. Let me clarify that I am not a traditional romance book reader, so when I say I felt deprived, I am not meaning I wanted clumsy descriptions of sex... I mean I wanted more details about how their connection was developing and progressing. If the author was primarily trying to avoid a graphic sex scene I'm good with that, but there was no need to avoid what happened after the kiss. Did they talk? Show the reader everything up until they sleep together... that's the stuff I was missing.I would argue the same in Edinburgh with The Court. That was an intriguing (albeit vaguely familiar) concept but I wanted The Court to talk more about these historical "psychic bonds" and what do they mean? Why are they so rare? What does that mean for their future? Why leave Henry to have to research this when these ancient vampires clearly know right? About halfway through I was not sure if I wanted to read more of the trilogy. At this point I'm still on the fence, but I'm curious enough that I probably will read the next one. I'm just hoping that the author slows down the pace a little in the next book to give the reader more character and relationship development.

  • Fab Fun & Tantalizing Reads
    2019-05-29 23:32

    Claire is ���special���. My heart went out to her immediately. I couldn���t even imagine having to isolate myself from my family and the world. Boy, her life was tough. Poor Claire missed out on so much and my heart broke for her, and her family. Claires ���gift��� is being able to feel the emotions of those around her, a constant buzzing in her head. Not only can she feel them, she becomes them. Stephen is a were and part of a clan that is bonded to a vampire Henry, and can tell that Claire needs help to protect herself and prevent herself being used as a weapon in the war that���s coming between vampires & humans.Stephen and his clan introduce Claire to the world of paranormal and I loved her reactions. I had a huge laugh out loud moment when she was introduced to James. They made my heart flutter. Love at first sight. It didn���t feel corny, it felt right.I enjoyed learning about each of the weres and about the vamps powers. I am in awe of Henry and am looking forward to finding out more about his background. Claire had a tougher time yet once she started training with James to shield herself. She was continually surrounded by protectors which was huge as she was so used to self imposed isolation, as she was ���wanted��� by the baddies. She was forever on the lookout for the wannabe kidnappers. I loved Claires fearlessness but not cockiness ��� she was so brave even during her captivity. She panicked, but could still function enough to think of a way to save herself. Her bond with James was incredible and amazing. I���m so jealous ��� I was unsure of Stephens role in everything that happened throughout the book and kept expecting him to be traitor to the clan and coven. I am still not sure he is who he says, but he���s just another reason I am itching to begin the next book!So much happened in this book (never a dull moment. Action packed!) I am so happy that Claire is finally able to share touch and time with others rather than hiding away from the world. HK Savage is a phenomenal author, the descriptions weren���t noticeable as I was reading (cause I admit I am know to skim those) but I found I could picture everything as it were happening ��� Edinborough, Miranda, the Court, and even the family gathering. Well done!I���m going straight onto the next book ���Bonded��� to see what happens with The Court, Bradley & Gaston! PS Jodie - I mean - Claire & James Forever :D

  • Clarice
    2019-06-08 02:42

    Claire had lived most of her life not touching people, avoiding almost everyone, including her parents. She could feel the feelings and thoughts of others so much that they could take over and become her own at the moment. Touching people made this worse. In order to try and get away from it all, she decides to move away from home and go to college. She was never exactly the daughter that her mother had wanted. Instead she was socially awkward and didn't like to be around anyone really. It was the only way to calm the noise in her head. Upon moving to the dorms though, she meets Stephen. He immediately pegs her gift and asks her to look up a book about it in the library. She knows Stephen must be different because she cannot get a read on him like she can everyone else. Through some persuasion, Claire meets the rest of his family only to find out that they are were cats. They turn into what looks like a huge mountain lion that has tremendous power. And they tell her they can help with getting her gift under control. But even they don't know what type of power she has. Through Stephen's family, Claire meets James and Henry who are vampires. Henry is the man over the library that Claire works at and James starts helping her get her abilities under control. Being an empath that can channel is very difficult to manage. In no time at all she forms a bond with James and they become almost inseparable. The bad news? Her life is constantly in danger because of what she is and who she associates with. A rival group of vampires is trying to move into the area and their master is brutal. Claire has to wonder whether James will be able to keep her alive and is there any way she can really help in this fight? A very interesting read! It started out kind of slow, but once you get into it, it's hard to get out! Claire is no ordinary girl and has had to shun everyone around her so when she starts getting control of her abilities, she starts being able to start actually living. She experiences new things and a deep love that develops very fast. She can finally be around her family and touch them, hug them, without feeling all of the pain and such. And after such a long time, James is finally starting to feel some human emotions again. The two of them are strangely tied. Their connection is undeniable and you keep seeing more and more of Claire's ability pop up throughout the book. But one of the big surprises for me was about the connection they share. It was surprising!

  • OpenBookSociety.com
    2019-06-12 19:16

    Brought to you by OBS reviewer DawnSpoilers!I LOVE THIS SERIES!!! I’m having a lot of fun reading it.I had difficulty getting into the book because it seemed too informational at the beginning. But I was wrong. I later realized how important the informational foundation became to the story.Claire is an empath and her life has been difficult and lonely. Imagine not being able to be close with or touch people because you could be overwhelmed with their emotions.Savage perfectly portrays the difficulties involved with being a teenage empath. Claire is well defined, she is a brave young woman. She expands her life by going to college, which could have been a disaster. She struggles to cope on a daily basis, but she sticks with it. She refuses to give up and hide from the world despite being almost constantly over stimulated by those around her.Claire first meets Stephen at school. He realizes what she is and he takes steps to help her learn to control the emotions. He sets out to help her build walls within her mind so that she can shut it off.This is where James comes in. I’m in love with James. I can’t help it! He is gentlemanly, sensitive, almost too perfect.Initially, I was disappointed that Claire became so dependent on James. I dislike when a character just hands the reigns over to a man. By the end of the book, it finally clicked. She depends on James for more than just her safety.Claire is able, for the first time in her life, to have peace. Peace of mind is invaluable to Claire.Yes, Claire is dependent on James for her safety but he is equally dependent on her because of the gifts she brings to his life. He does not shy away from feeling human emotion through Claire after years of not feeling much at all. They complement one another. He becomes more human with her. And the peace of mind she gains through him opens up a whole new world of possibilities for Claire. It’s a very mutually beneficial relationship.Stephen and the clan accept her, she feels truly loved and care for with them. I enjoyed the vampire council as well. There are some fun and different characters peppered throughout the book.The sex scenes are not graphic at all. I was actually hoping for some smut. LOLOver all, Empath is a really good book. I recommend it with 4 out of 5 stars. I’m off to read the next book in the series, Bonded.http://openbooksociety.com/article/em...

  • A.D. Trosper
    2019-06-07 21:37

    This was a pretty good book. I enjoyed the concept of the story and the way the vampires retained many of the myths about them. I also liked the psychic main character and her connection to James. I also enjoyed that the author didn't feel the need to go into pages of explicit detail for the love scenes.There were a few things that bothered me. Where Claire seemed to have so much potential with her powers, she rarely put them to use and was rarely proactive when it came to her situation. And she spent too much time feeling 'average' and too much time needing to hear James reassure her about his love. Also, her friendship with Stephen was nice and I enjoyed that particular relationship in the book. It's a shame that friendship wasn't given more page time. After she moved in with James, although Stephen was around off and on, the friendship seemed to just disappear and Claire rarely spoke to him. When they went to the Court, the meeting begins with James bringing up what is happening back in the States, things get derailed a bit with the discussion of his relationship and then the meeting ends without any further talk of the problem they are facing. It seemed like there were a couple of pages missing or something.The showdown at the end was kind of a disappointment. I kept expecting Claire to blast them with her psychic power and do something, anything. However she didn't. And despite the fact that just a few days earlier wounds that would have taken weeks to heal were healing in mere days, she still ends up in the hospital and the doctors never remark on how fast she is healing. Or did the quick healing somehow short circuit? I'm not sure and it left me kind of confused. The book was pretty clean as far as editing errors, however the formatting could have been better. There are no paragraph indents and there were times when two paragraphs weren't separated and it occasionally made it difficult to tell who was speaking. In the end, though the above issues bothered me, I still enjoyed the story over all. Perhaps Claire will grow more in the next book which I do intend to read. I appreciated that where James has a past, he isn't the whiny, brooding type and there was never any of the "I'm too dangerous for you to be with." kind of thing.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-27 22:23

    I couldn't decide between 2 stars and 3. So for the first time in my life, I decided to be nice.The book started out and I was pleasantly surprised. The writing seemed good, not great, but solid. And the little bit of plot I was introduced to seemed interesting. But everything went downhill for me really quickly. (view spoiler)[I want to punch Stephen in the face. I don't care for that character at all. And the scene where he brings her home to meet his family is the most tedious thing. The entire conversation is just everyone talking in circles about this family secret and, my God, will someone just spit it out already before I go out of my mi--- werecats, you're all werecats. Okay.Okay?Maybe... Maybe let's go back to talking in vague circles about this secret because I don't really think--  okay, and there are vampires. Okay. Let me just wrap my head around this. I suppose it's no worse than werewolves vs. vampires, really. Except for some reason it really is. I can't do it. I can't make this make sense to me.This book lulls me into a false sense of security every few chapters. The writing seems to get a little better and then--bam! What are commas? Here's a five line run on sentence that doesn't make any sense because I didn't stick a little bitty comma in. But let me thank my two editors and two "clean up artists" in the acknowledgements! That's 4 people that don't understand what a comma is though it's kind of their job! Ermehgerd.Also, James. Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, whateverrrrrrrrrrr. There's also some awkward bits in there toward the end that I could have done without.I don't like the way the characters talk. It doesn't sound or flow like natural conversation to me, and everyone sounds the same. This book would also benefit from being condensed. I noticed that the characters often say the same things, in the same conversation, but in slightly different ways. This isn't a school paper that needs to be ten pages long, this is a book. You don't have to do that here.Honestly though, I'm still unable to wrap my mind around werecats. I don't know why. But at least the vampires don't sparkle in the sun while whining about being killers. For that reason alone this deserves all the stars. (hide spoiler)]So, for me, this books starts off good, gets bad, gets better, gets bad, gets better, and then ends. *jazz hands*

  • Wendi
    2019-05-25 00:39

    "Claire Martin is an empath. She’s lived her entire life as a slave to a constant barrage of emotions that weren't hers. Off to college she hopes simply to blend with the crowd where she can best hide her curse. Within her first few weeks at school Claire meets Stephen Andrews, a boy with a secret of his own, instantly recognizes Claire for what she is. It is through Stephen's aid that Claire meets James, a vampire with a talent of his own. As soon as they touch, their abilities connect in a way that has not occurred in over three hundred years forming a bond that cannot be broken."Well, as long as you look past the things that are pretty similar to the Twilight series (girl who feels out of place in the world meets vampire boy who changes her world, etc.) then it is a fun, no thinking, just pure relaxation kind of book. And at least HK Savage didn't shy away from his characters having sex (thank God - I hated all that abstinence porn in the Twilight series, especially just how kissing almost drove Edward into insanity every single time). Just take this as it is: a supernatural romance trilogy that's kind of fun. The characters are not necessarily fleshed out or unique in anyway. Neither are the relationships. There is still the patronizing feeling towards Claire - oh you're just a tiny human girl we must protect you from all the big bad things in the world; and then because, I believe, the author gets that it's patronizing and tries to make up for it, Claire's responses are always over the top defiant or just plain stupid. That's a lot of negative there but really, this is my Spring Break read. It's my brain candy. I was interested in the empath part as I am a Highly Sensitive Person and in the Gallup StrengthsQuest empathy is my highest strength. I understand the feeling of absorbing the emotions and energy of the people around me and how draining or uplifting it can be. That's about as close to empathy and being an HSP as the book gets; after that brief information it's all supernatural abilities and what not. It would have been interesting to read about an empath sans vampires (and were-animals...Claire's best friend is a were-cat...Jacob Black anyone?)Final reaction: If you go in with no expectations you'll probably enjoy this book.

  • Dani Shaw
    2019-06-07 19:18

    What a great book

  • Raven Reviewer
    2019-05-25 22:14

    Claire Martin, having struggled all her life with an ultra-heightened emotional sense of those around her, just finished high school and cannot wait to go away to college, even if it is just across town. Her ability has left her socially impaired and intolerant of those around her. Away at school, the emotional “noise” of others is muffled and after meeting a few special people, she is taught how to handle her “curse”, as she calls it.There is something different here. Something else is going on, right there under the surface. It’s almost like a sub-plot. Our main character can’t figure it out. I couldn’t figure it out either, not until the end. And did I try! I kept guessing and wondering. I love a good mystery, especially one that I cannot figure out halfway through the book. This had a great mysterious element to it.This Twilight-esque story has some of the same mythological rules and properties as other paranormal stories I have read. There are a lot of similarities, but, make no mistake, this is not Twilight. The main character has graduated high school, she is born with a supernatural ability, and there are the cats. Yes, the cats. I grew up with dogs but became a cat person as an adult. So, I just love that instead of werewolves, we have cats. I laughed when James suggested she could have her cat come and stay if she was uncomfortable. Somehow the same kind of joke did not seem as funny in New Moon (if you read that series). I mean, there’s a reason dogs are called lapdogs and not cats, right?Some readers do not read the descriptions in books at all. I do. I like to try to picture tales unfolding in my mind as I read. Perhaps this is why I am such a slow reader. I was rewarded in this book: James’ décor in his family room is my family room. Like, to a tee. The only difference is I have photos and personal knick-knacks. Weird, right? How could I not get a kick out of that?If there is one negative thing I have to say, it would be not about what is written, but what is not written. We see things from For full review, go to: http://ravenreviewer.tumblr.com/post/...

  • Tasha
    2019-05-26 19:32

    **3.5 star rating**From the get go we learn that Claire Martin has the unique ability to experience the emotions of other people. Yes, I mean experience, as in she feels the emotions on a level almost like they were her own. Which she finds very inconvenient and uncomfortable, and I don’t blame her. I cannot begin to imagine how difficult it must be to be bombarded by other people’s emotions 24/7. Because of this “curse” Claire’s never dreamt of having a boyfriend, needless to say fantasize about her dream wedding like normal teens. That is until she meets Stephen the werecat, who then introduces her to James the vampire. James who shields his feelings so she can only feel hers and be at peace. Thanks to James she dares to dream of a life with love, happiness, physical touch and most importantly James.What I liked:•The concept of the story line•The similarities to Twilight – I am not judging or mocking or anything. I honestly liked that it reminded me of Twilight yet was so different•James – He cared deeply about her and seemed like a good guy vampire•The bond between James and Claire – This is a bond that allows them to feel each other on a different levelWhat I did not like:•The slow pace of the book – It just took some time for the story to pick up and get somewhere, but I must admit once it did I was hooked•The vagueness – Make no mistake this book did have loads of descriptions but some parts it just fell short. Like when Claire meets and befriends Heidi there wasn’t much explanation as to how the suddenly became best friends. Also, when Claire has her first kiss, there isn’t really an elaboration on her experience. Maybe it’s just me but I would have liked a little more detailOverall a great read with a few flaws but also enough substance to make me want to read the sequel.

  • Sara
    2019-06-12 02:15

    Ok, so I really liked, this book, although I don't usually read vampire-type books, so I don't have a lot to compare it to. And I will say it took me a long time to read this, but ONLY because my husband decided to "clean" the house, which basically means he rounds up all of my books and puts them away in some random place, forcing me to scour the house for them (in case you can't tell, we are sorely lacking a bookshelf at the moment).As for Empath, I thought it was great. I read the Twilight series, which was ok, but very unrealistic (come on, you're in high school and suddenly willing to marry some random dude with a creepy family and your parents are ok with that??? whatever). This book, however, was a nice change of pace. I liked the fact that the main character, Claire, was actually an adult dealing with real life, rather than an angsty teenager (I've been there, done that, don't need to relive it). Also, this being a writer who is local to me, it was fun actually knowing the places that are in the book and being able to picture them as they really are, not just how I think they should be. It was also quite nice to have the story move over to Europe for a while, its a nice change of pace and adds an element of glamour to the story. When I think old vampires, I think Europe, but that could just be me. The connction between Claire and James is really great, there are a host of emotions: love, anger, humor. It feels like a real relationship. I realize I'm not giving much away here about the storyline and all that, but I think this is a great book and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys the paranormal genre. So grab a copy and read it for yourself, you won't be disappointed.