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Being an empath 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
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Paperback, 298 pages
Published August 19th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published August 16th 2013)
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Katy
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of thrillers that include the supernatural/paranormal
Recommended to Katy by: Becca Campbell
Y'all are receiving a sneak-peek at my review! I'll be posting it around once the book is live, and then on my blog next Tuesday.

Book Info: Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Thriller
Reading Level: New Adult
Recommended for: Fans of thrillers involving paranormal elements
Book Available: August 20, 2013
Trigger Warnings: murder, violence (esp. toward women), warning for those who are afraid of snakes and/or spiders
Animal Abuse: a bear in killed (it was attacking), snakes and spiders are used to assaul
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Nancy Steinle gummel
Empathy by Becca J. Campbell is beautifully written and described. Jena is an empathy. She is an only child and after an incident in kindergarten she was homeschooled by her mom and dad. They took her to all kinds of doctors but never decided the cause. Jena spent a couple years in high school and became friends with a few girls. Going to college in Colorado was very hard for her to do. Jena took nonlinear courses but wanted to be on her own. her first course was Philosophy. She ran out of class ...more
Laura Thomas
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read Gateway To Reality by Becca and really enjoyed it so I didn’t hesitate to join the tour and review Empath! This is quite different from her other book and it has some intriguing slants on empaths and some other abilities that the characters have in this book, a new approach and way to look at them, which I found very refreshing.

It probably wasn’t a good idea for Jade’s parents to keep her isolated while growing up. Now she’s starting college and going to her first class and she’s not y
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Sherry Fundin
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
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Merril Anil
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Simple and smooth

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness...

I delight in weaknesses, insults in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.

For when i am weak, then i am strong


First of all thank you to the "Shut up and Read community" for sharing the copy of this book with me.

Empath for me was an usual young adult potboiler with all the ingredients that makes for a good intriguing read. The plot on a broader glance follows the traditional paranormal method
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Sonja
Aug 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC REVIEW

I received an ARC for an honest review of this book, and it landed in my inbox yesterday afternoon. I was honestly conflicted on the stars I should give this book, but finally decided on a very good 3.5. I loved the originality of the story, never have I come across another with quite the same (para)normal characters. I loved how Becca switched between the POV's of the main cast who includes Jade, our heroine blessed (or as she feels) cursed with an empathic ability that is so strong s
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Georgiann Hennelly
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Jade is a college student, she is not an ordinary girl. She has the gift of Empathy she feels it is a curse at times. She picks up on other peoples feelings, she is never sure if these feelings are her,s or someone around her. She makes some new friends in college she might even have a young man in her life. Than Ethan who is a psychopath appears. He is obsessed with Jade and she is soon in danger. Jade must learn to use her
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Kayla Curry
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any one who loves paranormal beings or super humans
Shelves: paranormal, thriller
Disclaimer: I was a beta/ARC reader for this book and have been asked to provide an honest review by the author.

The cast of characters is amazing. Pure and simple. Every character has a clear personality and I could see myself really getting to know them.

The story is exciting and perfectly paced. I love the POV switches. It really keeps the story going, and it's nice to see what is going on with the other characters.

The antagonist is mysterious, creepy and one of those horror movie types that yo
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Vicki Thibeault
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC review

I was giving an opportunity to receive an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for an honest review.

I enjoyed this book and was hooked from the beginning. I found the characters to be original and intriguing. I was not able to know how the book was going to end until the end. Becca's ability to write an interesting and entertaining story is so refreshing and has me already waiting for the next book.
Andria
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was supplied to me as an advanced reader copy by the author for me to review. The first two pages drew me right into the world of Jade and the swirl of everyone's emotions that bombard her as she attempts to go to her first on site college class. She is an Empath who feels everything that everyone else feels as they are feeling it. The author supplies the reader with just enough information as the story goes on to answer a few questions which then leads the reader to create more questi ...more
Keep Calm Novel On
Aug 20, 2014 rated it liked it
*I received a copy of the eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Empath by Becca J. Campbell is a young adult paranormal novel. Jade Campbell is an empath and shares her story and her point of view. She is attending college and living on her own for the first time after a sheltered childhood. This new life is stressful for Jade but she is determined to succeed. Meeting new friends along the way that will provide the support she needs.

Ethan Black shares his point of view in a sep
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Kaitlin G
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Becca Campbell did a great job with this book. I thought this was a bit of a change for a book. To start with the main character that isn't used to a gift is a new one for me to read. Jade trying to cope with being an impasse was a new one for me. Most book have characters that already know the gift. I'm torn in this book though. I wanted to love it, but I didn't know how. I thought the story was smooth to read. The love triangle was a fell off for me. I really wanted Jade and Cam to be together ...more
J.C. Morrows
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, faves
I have read other books by Becca and this is by far the best. She has an amazing talent for writing human emotion!

This is a superbly written story. The reader is immediately pulled into Jade's world and it's difficult to drag yourself out. The characters are realistic and colorful. I found myself feeling along with Jade and rooting for her too!

I also appreciate how well Becca roots God into the story and the character's lives. He's there but not overwhelming.
A dynamite beginning to this serie
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Stéphanie
I was attracted to EMPATH by the original concept of supernatural “powers” that are viewed as flaws instead of gifts by the characters. The majority of paranormal books in general concentrate on using special abilities for some greater good or to help others, but in this book, the main character Jade tries to ignore her ability as much as possible. Ever since she can remember, she’s had the ability to feel other people’s emotions and while that sounds interesting, it has forced Jade to live a sh ...more
Rinji
From the moment I picked up this book I was looking forward to an interesting paranormal book.

I loved Becca’s writing style from the beginning; however there were a few things that kept bothering me. Becca introduced us to Jade, the Empath; Ethan, a man with supper hearing and who can see in the dark; and Logan, a teacher at Jade’s college.

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Kathleen Dupré
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another winner from Becca J. Campbell! In her latest series, Flawed, her usual flare for suspense and the manipulation of reality manifests itself in the forms of five unique and gripping characters, all of whom possess a certain “flaw” that enhances their life experience—and not always for the better. In Empath, the riveting first installment to the series, we are introduced to Jade, a young woman plagued by the distinctive problem of being highly sensitive to the feelings and emotions of other ...more
Jess
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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
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Maria
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
From my blog, Reading the Alphabet

On the surface, knowing what people are feeling at any given moment sounds pretty neat. Wonder what your date is feeling about you? Easy! Wonder if your boss is in a happy enough mood to discuss that raise? Doable! Only for Jade, empathy doesn’t work like that. It is not some party trick. She not only knows what people are feeling, she feels it to such an extent that they overpower her own emotions. It has been near debilitating for her entire life, so much so t
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Justin
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Becca has a new book out called Empath. She sent me an advance copy in exchange for the review and I was glad to do it. I have to admit that I got into this book with a bit of apprehension because Becca told me that it was so different from her other ones, this one a bit of a romance. Now, for me, I guess I am just a romantic because, the story didn't seem like a romance. Sure, there were elements of romantical ties but it didn't read like a Harlequin romance so I didn't notice. The story itself ...more
Kaci
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I requested Empath on the cover and concept alone—that was all I’d seen and all I needed to see. The first of Campbell’s Flawed series, Empath focuses on the downside of having superpowers, and how often they can create more emotional trauma than handy trick. (It’s not technically a superhero story, but several of the characters have supernatural abilities that would hold their own well in the superhero genre.)


The story begins with Jade, an empath whose ability renders her defenseless in the fac
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Michele
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I loved this book! Oh wait, first a disclaimer, I received an advanced reading copy of this book from Becca Campbell for an honest review.

Ok, now, I LOVED this book! There is so much to say about this book but I don't want to give anything away!

First, Jade is a young woman that is an empath. This means she can feel other people's feelings. Only, she has no choice, they are forced upon her wether she wants them or not. She has led a sheltered life, her parents always trying to protect her from t
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H.J. Stephens
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

The idea of this book is an interesting one, though perhaps one that has been done many times before. When I first began reading, I was preparing myself for another superhero ability book where the hero/heroine becomes an indestructible superhuman. Though I don't mind reading that kind of book, I was pleasantly surprised with how this book differed from that.
Jade is not a superhero; she has fears, concerns and insecurities and all
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Faith C.
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal).

What an interesting book! I requested to review this book because I always enjoy reading about a main character that has some type of special “power”. Add to that the fact that empathy has always been one that intrigues me and I knew I just had to read this!

The main character of this book, Jade, has the gift of empathy. She is having a difficult time adjusting to living in the real world; imagine sitt
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Sheri
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Empath (Flawed, #1) by Becca J. Campbell

Jade, a college student is not an ordinary young lady. She has a gift of empathy, at times she feels it is a curse. She can pick up on other peoples feelings, so much that she is not certain of her own feelings. She often wonders if they are (the emotions) of those around her.

Now in college she makes some new friends, possibly even a young man in her life. Then Ethan, a psychopath appears. He is obsessed with beautiful Jade, and soon she is in danger. Jade
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Merissa
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Received an ARC copy from the author in exchange for a review**

The story of Jade in Empath has left me reeling. I want more.
The idea is so original, that I was immediately interested in receiving a copy for review, and was so thankful when the author sent it to me. So far, I haven't read books about empathic powers, and I've got to say, it's a really good idea that Becca J. Campbell portrayed really well.
The plot wasn't too fast or too slow, it moved along at an average pace, and picked up at
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Leigh
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, reviewed
I was given the privilege by the author to review the ARC version of Empath.

Empath is an interesting story told from two points of view, Jade and Ethan. I will admit that at times this was confusing, but the author did a good job bringing it together in the end.

Jade has lived a sheltered life because of her special ability. She is an Empath who is continently barraged by others' emotions. This makes it difficult when Jade starts classes at college. Will Jade be able to cope? Ethan has his own h
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Sarah
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jade wants to be normal. She wants to feel her own feelings but instead she is constantly bombarded by the emotions of others. Her sheltered childhood has left her unprepared for life as a college student and daily interaction with people, including the boy that likes her and the professor that she wishes did.
While she is busy with her own challenges, someone is stalking her. Someone that has deep secrets and will stop at nothing to get what he most desires.
I received an advanced reader copy
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Ramona Plant
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy when I come across a book that sets itself apart from others. This is a fun story about people discovering and more importantly dealing with their gifts. The plot is rather intriguing and has a good overall pace. The story is split between the main characters.

I admit in this one I was always looking forward to hear more of Ethan. For some reason he intrigued me the most, even though he is the villain. Logan was probably my second favorite in this book. Jade was a little flat at fi
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Meredith Richardson
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-books
Romantic and suspenseful with a supernatural twist!!

This book was about a young woman named Jade who was trying to live a normal life while hiding a secret, she's an empath. Jade is not only able to feel others emotions but they can consume her own. Becca's groundbreaking novel is both entertaining and suspenseful. She takes her readers on a wild ride as you are introduced to a whole cast of amazing characters who each have their own unique and abnormal ability.

I think one of the most interestin
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Bobbi
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Growing up isolated from the outside world because of a gift/curse that Jade has no control over had to have been hard, especially when she finally goes out on her own into the real world. She starts to learn things about herself that she would've never known if she wouldn't have gotten out of the isolation of her protective parents. She finally meets Logan who can control his own feelings to where Jade is able to feel her own, only to be left alone all over again. She finds Cam, Josh, and Chloe ...more
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Becca writes New Adult (college age) fiction that's typically Urban Fantasy but often ranges anywhere from Science Fiction to Thrillers. Her writing typically involves a bit of the fantastical with an emphasis on relationships. She is addicted to thinking up cool, super-human abilities and the tragic downsides that go along with them.

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