Review: The Empath by Erica Crouch

July 17, 2015 Book 5 ★★★★½

Review: The Empath by Erica CrouchThe Empath (Lost Locket of Lahari) by Erica Crouch
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Published by Patchwork Press on October 7th 2014
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four-half-stars

In a Victorian society fascinated by spiritualists, something wicked sinks its claws in from the other side.Odessa is a psychic; her mother, the Great Madame Elena, is a fraud. After a séance goes terribly wrong and a woman ends up dead, an evil force slips into the land of the living.Though Odessa and her mother try to outpace the rumors spreading, they can't escape the danger that has taken residence within Odessa herself. When Odessa is shouldered with the responsibility of the Great Madame Elena’s business, she starts to lose control of the spirit world, and she can’t afford to make another mistake.Asked to open the door to the other side again, Odessa witnesses a brutal murder that hints at black magic and is faced with a choice: risk her life for freedom from her mother, or go on living a life of servitude. If she goes into a trance again, will she be able to maintain control?

Okay, how is it that an 128 page e-book managed to be so completely awesome?! 

I’ve convinced myself that Erica Crouch isn’t human. It’s completely impossible to write such amazing things EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. But she does! Every. Time. It’s like she crawls into your brain and writes exactly what you want to read.

I absolutely adored this novella. Everything about it was perfection. We have Odessa, a psychic badass. She can read tarot cards and palms, do séances, speak to spirits, and many more things! She’s awesome. I loved Odessa’s personality. She started off as a subdued and shy girl, and ended up becoming an independent, fierce, and amazing person.

In fact, all the characters here are wonderfully written. They all have a purpose in the story, and are all so individual, you never have a problem identifying them in the story.

My favorite part, however, was the paranormal part. It was so eerie! I absolutely loved reading all the details.

It’s a demon […] It sings, it whispers in my ear. It touches my cheek, runs through my hair, takes hold of my waist.

Why was it so short?! I reached the last page and wanted to read so much more! I wasn’t ready to let go of Odessa’s story!

This is a book filled with mystery, magic, supernatural elements, and even *whispers* murder. Pick this up. Seriously. It’s only 128 pages, but it’ll feel like so many more! 

Rating Report
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
four-half-stars
Romance
three-half-stars
Overall: 4.4

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  • That cover just looks so awesome though! I stared at it for a moment longer than I should have….(but shhh.) It seems like there’s a lot going on and I love a relatable set of characters along with a refreshingly unique plotline. Glad you enjoyed this one so much! Awesome review.♡

  • shootingstarsmag

    That’s great you loved this one so much. Crazy it was so short and yet you STILL loved it so much – it seems like shorter stories don’t always work, so it’s nice to hear when they do.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  • Oh this one sounds fun! I’m totally adding it to my TBR, I love well rounded novellas that really pack a punch 🙂

  • Melanie Z

    The characters here sound great! Am very curious about this one now.

    Lovely review <33

  • Sometimes the best books are the shortest, but it leaves us wanting more pages!