Saturday, 27 July 2013

A Touch of Honor (The Honor Trilogy #1) by J.P. Grider

A Touch of Honor
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Honor hurts…all the time. The doctors say she’s fine – it’s all in her head. But Honor feels pain. What she doesn’t know is…it’s not her pain– it’s everyone else’s.
Seventeen year-old Honor Stevens is not an ordinary teenager. Sure, she looks like one on the outside…but on the inside, there’s a whole world of pain going on. Honor is an empath. That means she can feel other people’s pain – like that of the girl who is about to be raped in the woods, or the girl who is dying of cancer, or her mom…who is suffering a heart attack. What she doesn’t know is what Ethan Sutherland comes to town to tell her – she can save these people. But at what cost? For every life Honor saves, she knocks years off her own.
When Ethan comes looking for her, he isn’t counting on falling in love. Now that he has, he wishes he hadn’t told her about her abilities. Though he tries his best to talk her out of saving every soul, Ethan loses the battle – Honor’s too nice for her own good.
Then there’s the matter of Ethan’s estranged, morally corrupt half-brother, Storm – he loves Honor too. And because Honor is intrinsically empathic, she’s aware of Storm’s softer side and begins falling for him as well.
When the two brothers are forced to work together against a group of evil empaths who are after Honor, they need to put their differences aside and focus on saving the one girl they both love.
A Touch of Honor is a paranormal love story of a different kind. In a world gone mad with vampires and werewolves, A Touch of Honor tugs at the heartstrings with a girl out to heal the world…one person at a time.

A Touch of Honor by J.P. Grider

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

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17-year-old Honor has had a constant headache for months, and she’s about to find out that it’s because she’s an empath – and she feels other people’s pain.
What does being an empath mean though? Can she really heal people with her hands? And what will happen if she does?

This was an okay paranormal story, but aspects of it were just not good.

I’m a little bit torn over this one, because while I thought it held promise, there was also parts of this that were just ridiculous.

Honor was a girl who couldn’t bear to see others suffer, and wanted to take away people’s pain, even when it meant sacrificing her own health and life in the process. I thought this was quite noble, but unfortunately it is also a bit stupid. Why cut years off your own life to save the life of someone who has made your life a living hell for so long?

The romance in this book was okay, although Honor went from thinking that Ethan was some crazy stalker, to having a crush on him really quickly. It was literally ‘Go away. You crazy stalker.’, and then the next day ‘I was starting to develop a massive crush on Ethan.’ Other than him comforting her briefly over a sick teacher, very little had actually happened between them between her telling him that he was a stalker, and her suddenly liking him! This was all just a bit sudden for me.

There were also some lines in this book that were just bizarre, I mean really;

"Ethan" I quaver; I'm so on the verge of tears right now. He knows I'm a loner.

WHAT?! How is being called a loner a good thing?

"My head throbs, my bones ache, my chest hurts"....."It's all good though."

WHAT?! Is she a masochist?

"Honor," Ethan presses. "Go. Touch her. Heal her."


"He just killed her? How?"
"With his bare hand."
"Oh my gosh. Can't you call the cops now?"
"It was seven years ago. There was never any case. Our family tended to live under the radar. My parents didn't want anyone to find out about us."

What? So they just let him kill their daughter and then covered it up?

This book did hold promise for me, but the execution was just off, and although I thought the story was slightly better in places, I still found it a bit difficult to look past stuff like this:
"We sort of buried the dead bodies under some brush. Hopefully they'll stay hidden for a while."

I think a different author or a more experienced author could have probably made this storyline work, and this book could have been good, but in its current state, it’s just not there yet.
Overall; an okay paranormal story, but it has its flaws.
5 out of 10.

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