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Empath: The Flawed Series Book One
     

Empath: The Flawed Series Book One

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by Becca J. Campbell, Steven Novak (Illustrator)
 
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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781492204695
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
08/19/2013
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

Meet the Author

An avid lover of stories that tiptoe the line between fantasy and reality (even when they plunge off one side or the other), Becca J. Campbell looks for new angles on bridging the gap between the two. She holds a special place in her heart for any story that involves superpowers or time travel. Her passion is defying the limits of her own creativity.

Becca's journey into writing began as many of her other creative endeavors do - by daring herself to try something new. The question "what if I wrote a novel?" and some hastily scribbled notes on a church handout were the inspirations that jump-started her first book. Since then, she has written half a dozen additional novels and several shorter works.

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Empath: The Flawed Series Book One 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
SherryF 4 days ago
Empath by Becca Campbell hooked me from the opening pages. I was quickly drawn into Jade’s world and the characters became my friends too…most of them. Jade walked into the classroom and it confirmed her reason for online classes. The feelings bombarded her…anger, attraction, excitement. She struggled to maintain a calm appearance. Were they her feelings, or someone else’s? ‘She believed in God…Why had he given her this FLAW?’ Everything changed for her when she met Logan. He calmed her. Logan, is a professor at the college she was attending and he is a loner, for reasons of his own. He knew he should stay away from her, but we know how that goes. Becca Campbell’s writing drew me to him immediately. There is something special about him and I was as drawn to him as Jade was. She wondered…is he special too, is this the beginning of something wonderful for her, could she have a relationship? Ethan…Becca draws a vivid picture of him in my mind. I do love a good villain and Ethan fits that picture perfectly. He is a psychopath, feels no fear and has powers of his own. He collects snakes and they are his tools of torture. Serial killers collect trophies and his are especially heinous. His thoughts and fantasies are EVIL, and they are about Jade. He MUST have her. Cam, poor Cam. He has a huge crush on Jade and I wonder what will become of him. Since a snowboarding accident, he has blackouts that cause a sense of deja vu. I love that Becca describes his senses in depth…every sight, sound and smell, no matter how small. Jade has more friends with unique powers of their own and they all hold a special place in her world. Why were they chosen? Maybe they weren’t FLAWS. Maybe they were gifts. When Jade meets ‘Bigfoot’ I was not surprised. I expected it and had hoped it would happen. I think I know his name. Will I be right? We will have to wait and see. I like how the romance is slow developing, subtle. Do you remember your first love…the butterflies in your stomach, the heat of a blush rising to the surface of your face, the excitement of even a glimpse of him/her, the teasing and playfulness of a conversation? It reads like real life and that makes the story even more believable. The triangle is not really a triangle, but Cam feels like it is. I guess you can tell I fell in love with the characters. They may be young, but the danger surrounds them as they go about the normal business of life. I usually write more about the action in a novel and the characters just happen to be in the way. Not so with Empath. I am now heavily involved in their lives and will see it through to the end. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Empath by Becca Cambell.
Faerie-bookworm More than 1 year ago
Title: Empath Author: Becca J Campbell Genre: NA Paranormal Romance Format: Ebook Pages: 298 Rating: 4 Heat: 1 Thoughts: I really enjoyed this story. All the different special abilities, some new to me, were interesting. Hopefully as the series progresses we learn more about how these abilities manifest since for some they are born with it while others get it after some sort of accident. I liked the characters and the different ways that they embraced or hid their abilities, the struggles of why they can do what they do and the wondering about the purpose behind it. A great story of learning to accept who you are and using what you consider a weakness as a strength. I look forward to reading more of this series. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
Jade Edwards is taking her first college classes. It's really special because she's also an empath. She has a difficult time in groups because they project their feelings on to her. Jade makes friends right away. She's excited to see what the future will hold for her. If only she can figure out who will be in her future. Warm and heartfelt, this book will make you look at others in a new way. The writing is spectacular and the characters well defined and unique. I love that Jade takes things slow while getting to know herself. The way the characters grow and learn to trust each other is something that makes this book even more fantastic. You need to get this series for your library and tell others to get their copies. I can't wait to read more of Becca J. Campbell's work. I found no issues. I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it touched my heart. ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
MarigoldDD More than 1 year ago
Becca J Campbell has rolled a lot of genres into this one book, and she's done it extraordinarily well. The ‘flawed’ concept was a fresh take on gifted people, and each character had intriguing abnormalities that hindered more than helped them . This is NOT your average paranormal romance!  The writing was comfortably paced from multiple perspectives, so the reader gets an insight into all the major players. The romance was appropriately romantic without being saccharine (so it’s my kind of romance), and the antagonist was well-developed into a three-dimensional nut-job. This book has a lot of self-discovery, a lot of rocky starts, and a lot of heart-to-hearts. Basically, I found a lot to enjoy in this book. I will be reading the sequel.
Micula More than 1 year ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from LOP (Lovers of the Paranormal) Jade is a new college student and like most, she's concerned about her grades and friends. However Jade has a secret, she's an empath whose emotions are directed by those around her. Seeking an escape from her first day, she runs into Logan, one of her professors. Logan's calmness soothes Jade and he helps her with her work. Making new friends, she starts to become happier in her life. However there is a serial killer at large and he won't stop until Jade is his. I enjoyed Empath, it was very well written and I loved reading about Jade's abilities. I thought the descriptions of Jade's powers were quite intense and I enjoyed the characterization of her friends. The parts of the book that dealt with the killer were extremely well written and there was a decent racheting up of tension throughout the book. The only issue I had with the book revolved about the romance. I wasn't quite sold on the main pairing, mainly because there didn't seem to be enough time for them to get to know each other. It felt as though the characters were together, because that's what the author had planned, I felt that there should have been more interaction between the two. But that aside, I really enjoyed the book and will definitely check out the second in the series.
Cuppateabigbook More than 1 year ago
How It Made Me Feel:I was immensely surprised with this book from the very beginning. From the first sentence, the author drew me into her world and I stayed there until the last period on the last page. I didn't even want it to end! I was hooked, I was emotional, I was eager to get back to the book when something else came up. Becca J. Campbell wove a great storyline with some very detailed characters and set up the start of a series that I, for one, will want to finish. Jade and Logan are two characters that I really enjoyed and loved the way their relationship grew and changed. It was never stagnant and definitely kept me interested. This was not a topic I was familiar with, but I loved the delivery, the story line, and the characters. What I Thought Worked:I greatly enjoyed that the book kept me interested from the get go. There wasn't a moment from when I started reading to when I was finished that I thought, " Well, you know, this part isn't interesting, maybe I shouldn't finish it." I never felt that. I loved how fast paced it was but still kept everything neat and tidy and easy to connect. I also enjoyed the depth of character the author had for Logan and Jade. They were extremely dimensional characters for such short development in the amount of pages of the book. Logan was easy to relate to and I found myself a fan of his character as soon as he was introduced.  What I Thought Didn't Work:Honestly, there wasn't too much in the book that I really did not enjoy. If anything, I wish Cam's character had been a bit more consistent. During some of the readings, it seemed like he was a dimmer version of himself that we had met earlier in the book. But it wasn't anything that distracted me from the overall storyline.  Why It Got That Rating:I really loved this book. I could relate to the characters, I was enthused and hooked from the beginning, and I was able to read it and be transported into her story. This is definitely a book I would love to add to my physical bookshelf and have the chance to read over and over. Who Would I Recommend To:I would recommend to anyone who loves urban fantasy. It was a great story with a great background. Last Impressions/Remarks:Though I just finished this book, I'm ready to read it again and enjoy the writing and the characters. It left an impression on me that won't soon go away and I am impressed. :)
Crazypuce More than 1 year ago
Empath takes you on a journey of never stagnant emotion as you follow the main character, Jade, through her discovery of the real world. She is an Empath, she can feel the emotion of the people around her and they are so strong inside of her that they screen her own feelings. At first, being so close to Jade is a bit disconcerting because the feelings change every single time a person approach her or enters the room. Then, as relationships develop with other people, it becomes easier for her to cope and for the reader to be caught in the story. There is a lot going on in this book so you'll never get bored reading it. The characters are well developed with enough background information on them to help you relate. I like the development of Jade through the story and how she changed from seeing her "flaw" as a curse, then as something that can give her powers. There is also a bad guy in the story of course and you've got to love how bad he is even though I'm still a bit wondering about his motives. *** Spoiler alert **** I really feel sorry for Cam and I don't like Logan all that much. Somehow I wonder why Jade chose the guy she barely know. I mean I can understand that it's comfortable for her to be with someone when she doesn't have to feel his feelings, but at the same time I'm not sure that's enough for a relationship. Cam seemed a lot more interesting to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed EMPATH.  It was a cleanly written, well put together story.  Very creative and great characters.  Becca Campbell certainly has a knack for conveying feelings in her work.  There were several times throughout the book that I could feel exactly what she was describing.   Becca Campbell was able to do this without getting too wordy and without telling the reader what they should feel.  I certainly appreciated her ability to do that.  The character description were the same way.  It was easy to get a good visualization of the characters without having  to read long, drawn out, overly worded descriptions.  That is a quality that is often hard to find in a writer. I enjoyed the story quite a bit.  I was impressed with how clean the story was without lacking.  I am always impressed when an author can convey a good story without having to push the limits.   It is a story that was told in a way that allowed your imagination to take it to a the reader's comfort level.  I really appreciated her incorporation of faith into the story.  The only thing that I didn't particularly care for was the number of gifts/gifted.  I was hoping to see some sort of revelation that tied these gifted ones together to make more sense of the amount of gifts.  I would have like to have seen Cam put register a little bit more regarding the incident in the cave.   The gifts of the others took away from Jade a little bit and I didn't particularly care for that.  Other than that, I found it to be a really great read. I would not be afraid to recommend this book to any of my friends or to any of their children.