Empath Trilogy by H.K. Savage || Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway

Empath Trilogy Tour

EmpathTitle: Empath

Author: H.K. Savage

Series: Empath Trilogy #1

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

My Rating:  ★★★½

All she wanted was to disappear…

Claire Martin is a young woman with the unwanted talent of empathy. She’s lived her entire life as a slave to a constant barrage of emotions that weren’t hers. Leaving for 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.

Empath is book one in the Empath Trilogy, a series following the adventures of an alliance of vampires and Weres working together to halt a war between the races while James and Claire explore their identity blurring bond. A bond which pits the natures of human against vampire leading them both to question who they are and what they ultimately want while they work together to protect the human world from decimation.

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 level

What 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 detail

Overall a great read with a few flaws but also enough substance to make me want to read the sequel.

BondedTitle: Bonded

Author: H.K. Savage

Series: Empath Trilogy #2

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

My Rating:  ★★★★

The bad guys are licking their wounds leaving Claire and James to enjoy what promises to be a merry Christmas. Only a traitor among them sends Stephen and Claire into enemy hands.

Past lovers, obligations and rivalries compete, all the while the bond between Claire and James grows and Claire is pulled further toward the vampire side. James is growing dependent upon her to feed his humanity until the boundary that separates them is no longer clear.

A potential husband and a job working for the Court threaten to take Claire’s newfound control over her life from her and stick her firmly under someone else’s thumb. She must try to keep her wits about herself enough to figure out what she wants before the ability to decide is gone forever, and try not to get any of her loved ones killed in the process.

With the semester finished, Claire officially moves into James’ place to spend the holidays. Claire and James’ relationship is on full force as they explore their bond. This book has lots more action and things going on than Empath.

What I liked:

  • The action – So many things happened in this book. There were kidnappings, fights, emotional breakdowns, and so much more
  • Character development – Claire matured a great deal in this book, she just came off as much more selfless, sure of herself and her love for James. She was also a total bad-ass in this book
  • The fast pace – This book moved way faster and smoother than the previous one. There’s a very obvious improvement on the author’s part
  • The bond between James and Claire – The readers are just much more privy to the details of the bond. Also, this bond saved them numerous times

What I did not like:

  • Lack of sexual tension – There was just no “sizzle” between Claire and James
  • There were just some parts that I couldn’t understand, at least not immediately. Suddenly Claire is mad at Stephen, then Stephen is mad at Claire. The characters’ reactions to things were just a little too big and much (only sometimes)

I enjoyed this book much more than the first ’cause it was fast moving and it wasn’t draggy. I found the kidnappings and the characters’ attempts to break free and to save each other really interesting and it just added a lot more emotion and intensity to the book.

SecretsTitle: Secrets

Author: H.K. Savage

Series: Empath Trilogy #3

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

My Rating: ★★★★

Paris, everyone is together and forgets for one night about the looming threat of war between the races for a wedding. But no sooner are their vows exchanged than the newlyweds are called upon to serve the Court.

Stateside, an old photograph turns up with a member of the vampire’s Court and several other men linked to an organization called Nightshade Holdings, LLC. More digging reveals how deep Nightshade’s influence extends and just how deeply the Court itself is involved in the plot to start an interspecies war.

Love is found, old friends die and a greater enemy than any thought possible is revealed. It will take everything for the clan and the vampires to stop the war before it is too late.

The Court with their excellent timing, took it upon themselves to call on James and Claire right after their big moment to run an “errand”. Let me tell you, Claire just gets more bad-ass with each book.

What I liked:

  • The wedding – I absolutely loved the surprise wedding James planned. It was just such a sweet gesture I found myself melting
  • The happy ending – It was satisfying and a great conclusion to the trilogy
  • So much more that I am unable to explain without spoiling it!

What I did not like:

  • The ending – Yes, I know I am contradicting myself here, just hear me out, kay? While the ending was satisfying I just felt like it could have been a bit more, you know?

This is without a doubt the most interesting book in the trilogy. Although there were highs and lows throughout the trilogy, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole reading experience and look forward to reading more of the author’s work.














Author Bio

HK lives in the frozen hinterlands of the far North. The long, cold months provide ample opportunity to hunker down with her computer and create adventures far more enticing than scraping ice and getting frostbite.

Between books HK reads voraciously. Anything with a good plot and compelling characters are her broad parameters. One is as likely to catch her with a copy of Don Quixote as with the latest Kristen Ashley.

When not writing or wowing the corporate world by day, HK practices martial arts, plays with her dogs and matches wits with her teen. Next winter she intends to brush up on her Spanish and escape the cold for somewhere more tropical.






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