Sunday, March 24, 2013

Review: Sophie Davis' Talented

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When Talia Lyons was just a child, her parents were murdered before her eyes. Offered a choice between accepting their fate and exacting revenge, Talia trains to become one of the country’s deadliest assassins in order to kill the man responsible for their deaths: Ian Crane. Luckily, Talia was born with a gift- the ability to read and influence the minds of others. At sixteen, Talia is poised to graduate from the McDonough School for the Talented, where she learned to control her abilities. Now there is only one obstacle standing between her and the retribution she craves... Talia herself.

Her greatest asset may also be her undoing; while a formidable weapon in the field, Talia’s talents prevent her from both shutting off the mental connection she shares with her questionable boyfriend and blocking out the thoughts of a beguiling fellow recruit. But Talia can’t afford to have the feelings and distractions of a normal teenage girl, when her life is far from normal.

She must regain the single-minded determination that has brought her this far, or it may cost Talia her life when she finally faces Crane. And even after being molded in to a weapon of war, she’ll still have to find the strength it takes to pull the trigger.

If James Bond and Sookie Stackhouse had a love child with a yearning for vengeance, her story would be TALENTED: an adventure about powerful teenagers who aren’t afraid to embrace their fears and fight for what they believe in.

Genre: NA (or Dark YA) Dystopian/Urban Fantasy
Publisher Type: Indie
My Rating: *  *  *  *

My Review:

This book is just so freakin' cool!!!  Just go now and pick up your own copy .... but then come back so we can chat!!!

I absolutely love the creativity of the Talented world and the plot has such great twists and turns!!!!  There's tons of suspense, great characters with much yummy chemistry!  I will warn you that this book takes some time to really take off.  Honestly, the first 20% had me worried.  Dystopian novels do have a great deal of world building needed, but combine that with too much "telling, not showing," and you're off to a slow start.  but once this book picks up, man, it's tough to put down!  By the end of the book, your jaw is dropped and you're stuck with one word ... "wow!"  Now that ending is indeed a huge (but not completely inconclusive) cliff hanger, so you may just wanna go ahead and grab the next two books in the series while you're at it, cuz the end just left me begging for more.

Cover Art:
What an incredibly awesome cover.  I wanted to read Talented from the cover alone.  It's got "kick a$$ heroine" written all over it!!!  Though I will complain that our mc has majorly curly hair and the cover model does not (pet peeve of mine).  The next two books in the series have fabulous covers as well (and book 2 gives us some of that wild curl)..... lookie!

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