Empath Trilogy Reviews Blast for @HKSavage

Empath Trilogy # 1
By- H.K. Savage
Genre- YA Paranormal Romance
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. 

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.
Mama’s Thoughts:
This was such an awesome take on supernaturally gifted folks, and especially vampires.  I always appreciate when a writer can bring something new to the paranormal romance game, and H.K. Savage has done this rather successfully with Empath.  Although there were certainly some similarities to other ya pnr books, I didn’t find this to be too repetitive or just a carbon copy of a story we’ve already been told.  With a scintillating blend of coming of age story and supernatural adventure with a dash of love, Empath has me hooked!  I’ll take the next book now please:)
4 stars for this strong beginning!  Free arc provided for my honest review, which is here freely given.
Empath Trilogy #2
By- H.K. Savage
Genre- YA Paranormal Romance
The bad guys are licking their wounds leaving Claire and James to enjoy what promises to be a merry Christmas. Until a traitor among them delivers 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, and 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.
Mama’s Thoughts:
We continue Claire’s journey, and learn more about James and his own struggles.  Sometimes striking a balance between worlds proves impossible and one wins over another.  It is this struggle which carries a good deal of the middle of the series, something which can sometimes mean boredom and meandering, lost characters not offering much in the way of answers.  While I would have liked to see a bit more plot movement, I did in fact enjoy gleaning more about our lovely couple and those who they have mistakenly trusted.  Another strong supernatural romance with mystery, Bonded keeps the momentum going to earn 4 stars as well.  Another free copy was provided for honest review.
Empath Trilogy #3
By- H.K. Savage
Genre-YA Paranormal Romance
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.
Mama’s Thoughts:
At first I wanted to agree with others that the book was just missing something.  That for a trilogy closer it wasn’t quite strong enough.  But something else bugged me.  The truth of the matter is, the series not only has a healthy dose of compelling content, but also originality.  What it still needs is a good once over with a content editor, things could flow more smoothly and all the errors sprinkled throughout the three books could be accounted for.  This would raise review ratings and greatly improve reader enjoyment.  That being said, I still recommend reading the series, and it’s one that must be read in order.  This final piece, Secrets, has many dark turns that make you stay on the edge of your seat (or bed, or floor, wherever you read.)  Although I was just a bit let down by the somewhat lackluster ending (final third of the third book actually) I was not left feeling like I wasted my time.  Nor for that matter was I upset, there is only room for improvement.  I hope to see more from this author, she is fantastic at building a world in which I’d like to escape!  3.5 stars for the finale, another free review copy for my honest opinion.
About the Author-
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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