The Honor Trilogy

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The Honor Trilogy: Books One, Two, and Three by J.P Grider

Genre: YA/Fantasy/Paranormal
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Published: January 24th, 2014



WHAT WOULD YOU RISK TO SAVE THE ONES YOU LOVE?
Honor Stevens feels the pain of the people around her. She thinks she is sick, that there must be something wrong with her, until she meets Ethan.
Ethan comes to town to find the empath that he knows is there. He never counted on falling in love with her. Now that he has, he regrets telling her what she can do with her gifts. He knows that with her empathy, using her gifts could cause her death.
Storm is Ethan's morally corrupt half-brother who has a dark past. But when he meets Honor, he can't help but fall in love with her as well.
Together, they will fight to stop a group of evil empaths who are after Honor, as they also try to hide their gifts from the Government. But...
Who will make the ultimate sacrifice to save Honor?



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 Textnovel Writing Contest, with her first published book – 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 in 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 was night and day.
After writing in the Contemporary Romance genre, J.P. wanted to try her hand at the Young Adult Romance genre – the result, The Honor Trilogy.
Always looking to challenge herself, J.P. Grider is now working on writing in the New Adult Romance genre with a novel called Calling California which should release in the Fall of 2014. 


Book 1
A Touch of Honor (The Honor Trilogy #1)
Genre: YA/Fantasy/Paranormal
Publisher: Fated Hearts Publishing
Published: March 13th, 2013 
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.
 Review:

 Honor Stevens, a reclusive teen who has suffered severe pain all her life is now in the throes of her worst attack ever, in her Algebra class of all places. Then in strides Ethan Sutherland, and she has something to distract her, or perhaps I should say someone. Hot Ethan has the same blonde hair, pale skin, and violet eyes that she has. He seems to know what she's always felt, how her pain isn't due to anxiety, and even better he likes her.

J.P. Grider opens the Honor Trilogy with the powerful A Touch of Honor. Grider slams the reader right into the heart of what appears to be a monumental problem, and then eases the reader into the reason Honor doesn't look anything like her parents. The male lead, Ethan, is almost a typical moody bad boy with a big heart – almost. It turns out Ethan has come to Honor's hometown to prepare her for a person she must face, but first he has to make her understand that she can't use her power – empathy.

This young adult paranormal teen romance draws the reader into the trials and tribulations of possessing empathy by an untrained girl. How her good heart won't let her back away from helping, no matter how much it hurts her. The romance however isn't developed well, with a love, hate, love, hate, don't know how they feel back and forth that tends to be confusing.

All in all, this book is a good, light read, and I'm definitely interested in finishing the trilogy I do recommend A Touch of Honor for teen girls looking for a different type of paranormal story.  


Book 2
A Man of Honor (The Honor Trilogy #2)
Genres: YA/Fantasy/Paranormal 
Publisher: Fated Hearts Publishing
Published: September 5th, 2013 

The second book in The Honor Trilogy finds Storm contending with his feelings for his brother’s girlfriend, while formulating a plan to finish off the evil empath out for Honor’s blood, once and for all.
Storm Sutherland is still trying to ignore the fact that he’s fallen for Honor Stevens. And now that she’s gone and brought him back to life, it’s even more difficult to get her out of his mind. With Ethan and Honor still going strong, Storm battles between his impulses to win her heart, regardless of his brother’s feelings, or walk away, leaving the only girl who’d ever breathed life into him.
But before he walks away, he must find a way to stop the man who is out for Honor’s blood, the result of a two-hundred year old vengeance against her grandfather that Honor must pay.
Will Storm come up with a plan to end this war before she pays the price? 

Review:

Introduced in A Touch of Honor, the reader now gets into the head of Storm Sutherland, Ethan's half-brother. Storm is the true bad boy, the uncaring fool who just can't seem to do right, until Honor revives him. He now struggles with losing his empathic powers, but still knowing how much Honor cares for him, and he for her. But she's Ethan's girlfriend. Or is she?

Grider's second novel in The Honor Trilogy comes out swinging and never slows down. Storm is a great character, the guy you loved to hate in high school, the indifferent scofflaw who really does have a tender heart. This time the story is more about the past of empaths, rather than the now, where the Sutherland men and Honor have to fight a battle for survival. But Honor terrifies Storm. She's too goodhearted. She'll never back away from healing someone else's injuries or illnesses. She doesn't seem to care that she might kill herself healing too many people.

Woven throughout Storm's gruff exterior, and his soft interior, is his battle to stand aside, as he believes Honor loves his half-brother. This struck me as strange, not at all like a teen, yet Storm has his reasons and he eventually comes off as believable.

Teen girls will love the bad boy Storm, far more than the moody Ethan. I recommend this book as a lighthearted romp for teens. 



Book 3
A Heart of Honor (The Honor Trilogy #3)
Genre: YA/Fantasy/Paranormal
 Publisher: Fated Hearts Publishing

Published: December 25th, 2013 

Chapter Six Excerpt from A Man of Honor
Honor’s skin is so pale that I swear I can see the violet from her eyes breaking through beneath her fragile eyelids. Her breath is shallow, and her sleep appears restless. If I were a normal empath, I’d touch her and make it all better. But since I’m a defective one, I’d end up killing her. I wonder why Ethan doesn’t just make her better. He’s certainly capable. Now my blood is starting boil. Honor can be cured with a single touch by her boyfriend, yet she’s here in the hospital, suffering from pain and exhaustion. My breathing picks up its pace, and I feel the need to break something. Preferably Ethan’s head. But since he’s not here at the moment, I stand up to leave and go outside before I find something to break. I never reach the door. Something rustles behind me.
“Storm?”
When I hear her call my name, I can’t help but close my eyes and smile. Turning around, I see her soft pink lips turned up at the corners.
“Princess,” I whisper, choking out the words. It hurts so much to see her like this and know I can’t help.
“It’s early,” she says, implying I probably shouldn’t be here.
“Yeah.”
I pull the chair up next to her bed, sit, and take her hand for just a second.
“Shouldn’t you be like sleeping or something?” she asks, reaching out to touch my hand again after I’d pulled it away. But I set them on my lap.
She frowns…but only briefly.
“Nah,” I respond. “I don’t need sleep. Sleep’s for wusses.”
Honor tries to laugh, but I can tell it takes more energy than she has.
“Honor, sweetheart, why do you do this to yourself? Look what helping somebody else does to you.”
She sighs, but says nothing.
“You gotta learn to let their pain go. Please, angel. It kills me to see you like this.”
After a slow blink, she opens her mouth. “She was hurting. She was depressed and…I think she was having thoughts of suicide.”
“Who? The girl in the bathroom?”
“Yeah,” she whispers.
“Wait. You could tell what she was thinking?”
“Well, not exactly, but I kind of felt what she was thinking.”
“And you thought you could take away her sadness?”
Honor nods.
“But…you fainted. I don’t get it.”
“Me neither. I got, like, so sad that my heart really hurt. I actually wanted…to die.”
My heart stops a beat. “What?”
“After I touched her…I wanted to die.” Honor leans her head into her shoulder.
There was nothing either one of us could think of to say after that. We sit there silent until Honor whispers my name again.
“What is it, princess?”
“It must be terrible to feel so helpless that you want to die.”
“Yeah, it is.”
Honor doesn’t say anything, but I’m sure she’s feeling what I’m thinking. I’ve been there before. After I killed Summer.
While Honor slips back to sleep, I gently toss my feet on the edge of her bed and relish in the sweet sound of her steady breathing. Then I close my own eyes, slink back into the chair, and concentrate on figuring out how to put my new plan into action.
***
Sleep must have found me as well, because the sound of Ethan’s voice startles me awake.
“I asked you a question,” he says in a loud whisper.
“Excuse me? You can’t be talking to me.”
“Um, yeah…I am.”
Remaining in my reclined position, so as to piss him off a little more, I stare him down.
“Why are you here, Storm?”
I shrug my shoulders. “Same reason you are, I guess.” I try keeping my voice low.
“She’s not your girlfriend, she’s mine.”
“I never claimed she was. You just must be really threatened by me to keep repeating that.”
“Go to hell,” Ethan commands.
“Yeah, yeah.” I put my feet on the floor and sit up. “You really have to come up with a new line. Go to hell is gettin’ a bit old.” Still keeping my voice down, I look to the bed and see that Honor is still sleeping. My heart is screaming “Stay with her, don’t leave,” but my head knows better. Ethan deserves some time alone with her, if only for Honor’s sake.
I inconspicuously blow my sleeping angel a kiss with my fingertips and walk out. Ethan doesn’t need a good-bye from me.

Giveaway:
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.
  








Comments

J.P. Grider said…
Thank you so much for your review of A Touch of Honor. I really appreciate it your taking the time to read it. :)
Great review!! Thanks for being on the tour!!

-Nichole
J.P. Grider said…
Thank you also for the review of A Man of Honor. I hadn't noticed it before. I so appreciate it.
teena3940 said…
Great review. Thanks for sharing it with us!!