Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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

YA, Fantasy,Paranormal
Publication.Date  March 13th, 2013
Published By:  Created Space Independent Publishing Format
WebsiteJ.P Grider 

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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 em path. 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 emphatic, 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 em-paths 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.

But I love Ethan... and I could never disappoint him by allowing him to see my feelings for Storm. Though I can't help keep him from feeling what I'm feeling for Storm. .
 When we tell 'em we dumped it, do you really think they'll be all 'oh okay, we just thought we'd ask for it. You don't have it anymore? No problem. Thanks anyway. 
He asks, and I literally feel his hurt deep in my heart. Storm is hurting and I don't want to make it worse, though I cannot explain why.  
After an abrupt end to his pacing, Ethan looks directly into my eyes, which by now I'm getting uncomfortably used to, and opens his mouth.  

         What if you could heal whomever you chose to touch?

Honor's parents have home schooled her since she was little because when she is around others, she gets very sick. Her bones actually ache. Keeping to herself is not going to work this last year of high school though. Honor quickly saves a girl from being raped because she could literally feel it happening, as if to her. They quickly become friends but still Honor is at a loss as to why she is in pain all the time. 

Ethan is always looking at Honor, he wants to talk to her, he wants to date her, but Honor can't figure out why this hot guy is so vested in her. After all everyone else thinks she is a freak. When the two finally talk, Honor quickly finds out that she is an em-path who can heal others that are sick or hurting with just a simple touch. Pretty cool right? The clincher is.... the more she heals others, the more chances are that she will die young. When she heals others, she takes on their pain and eventually her body will fail her or so Ethan claims. 

I found myself extremely caught up in this story, and the twists and turns Honor's and Ethan's lives take. The relationship they form together is real and undeniable. Until one day, Ethan's brother Storm who he can't stand, signs up for high school. Then things really heat up. Honor finds herself attracted to Storm but still feels a strong emotional connection with Ethan. She can't figure out where her feelings lie and if she really cares or if her em-path abilities are just confusing her further. 

Such a fast moving, non-stop heart pounding story of a girl who can save people from pain but then suffers the consequences of her actions. The author J. P Grider does an amazing job in this first book of a three part trilogy. Although I am only reviewing book one for this blog tour, let me just say... the rest of the series is just as good as this first installment. 

Lovers of the paranormal will eat this novel up for its true to life mix of high school with a paranormal flair. Readers who enjoy young adult will devour the love triangle that ensues with Honor, Ethan and Storm. Finally, you fantasy readers will enjoy this book for its amazing and detailed story of an em-path who can't decide between saving herself or others. 


Signed paperback copy of the whole trilogy, open to U.S. residents only AND a $50 Amazon gift card. Open to U.S. and CAN residents only.

About the Author:

J.P. Grider (1966 - ) born in Paterson, New Jersey as Julianne Pellegrino, was raised in Haledon, New Jersey, the oldest of six siblings. Her love of writing started early in her childhood, when she started writing poetry in-between homework assignments. As part of a school work program as a Journalism major in High School, J.P. Grider worked as a freelance reporter for a local newspaper, writing feature stories about exceptional high-school classmates. She studied Television Production and Film Writing at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Communications.
Two of J.P. Grider's novels have won awards in the Text novel Writing Contest, with her recently published, Unplugged (A Portrait of a Rock Star) reaching Semi-finalist position. Though Unplugged is not her first novel written, it is the first to be published. Her second novel, Maybe This Life, published Summer 2012, was actually her first attempt at writing a novel. After completing the whole manuscript, Grider decided to scrap the whole thing and rewrite Maybe This Life from scratch. In Grider's opinion, the difference between the two were night and day.

Currently, J.P. Grider is working on a Young Adult Paranormal love story and continues to work on stories in her main genre, Contemporary/Paranormal romance. 

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