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Chasing Power (Hidden Talents Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 302 pages Series: Hidden Talents (Book 1)

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  • File Size: 587 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Publisher: VIE Books; 2 edition (July 19, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 19, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DLPYS4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,179 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Genevieve Pearson is a contestant on TBS's King of the Nerds! Check it out Thursdays at 10 PM.

Having collected action figures and comic books from a young age, Genevieve always dreamed of being an action hero. When she grew up, she decided writing about them would be the next best thing.

She now divides her time between Southern California and the Pacific Northwest. She hopes one day to have a room big enough to show off all of her Batman toys.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By joe on August 11, 2011
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Chasing Power (Hidden Talents) could be categorized as young adult fantasy, young adult romance, urban fantasy, or even science fiction. The product description captures the premise well, so I won't try to do better. The book is peppered with a good dose of action, a strong romantic plot, and some mystery elements as the central plot, which is essentially a road trip story, moves the tale forward. It feels like the first book in a series. Though the story has a satisfying ending, there are some things left unresolved, and it feels like it's only the beginning for the protagonist.

The book does a few things really well. The prose is great. If you like that super-subjective, put-you-into-the-head-of-the-character type writing, you'll dig the way this book is written. It's sharp and clever and sassy without dwelling too long setting scenes or describing situations.

The pace is also really good. A lot of books, even Y/A, seem to bog down at various times (or throughout), but Chasing Power (Hidden Talents) keeps things moving nicely. There's a bit of repetitiveness in the middle of the book -- it's a road trip story, and they kind of tend to do that -- but the story has enough dramatic tension and throws enough in the way of the protagonist that things stay interesting.

The character work is good. The protagonist, Samantha, is likeable and relateable. She has a weird life that's getting weirder, but she still feels real. It would be nice if there was a little bit more of the love interest's backstory, and the villains aren't really characterized at all, but other than that the characterization is solid.

As stated, the plot is basically a road trip run-to-safety story mixed with a romance plot and some mystery.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lynn on June 30, 2012
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This book is pretty awesome. I can't wait for/really hope there's a sequel. Most of all, I'd say I was struck by the author's writing style (really snappy and sucks you in). Usually, I'm more of a YA sci-fi/fantasy fan and this kinda skirts the YA line/feels older, but I didn't mind because the characters, especially the main character, are all so appealing. More than worth the price.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J.L. D. on June 24, 2012
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Chasing Power( Hidden Talents) by Genevieve Pearson

I really loved this book. It's even better now that some of the stylistic formatting errors have been corrected. Most of that is Kindle issues and trying to get the format of the original to come out right on the Kindle.

Chasing Power grabbed my interest and kept it most the way through to the end. It took a while before I started seeing elements of something new or surprising beyond common plot elements. Some of the sequence of events were predictable such as Harry being thrown off from his protective guard duty by an attractive females uncanny attention to someone like Harry. Eventually though the author , Genevieve Pearson, shows her stuff as she begins to throw in a few twists to the plot.

I really enjoyed the main character, Samantha, and her distrust of the others. Of course it's only fair that she doesn't trust Lane, Al, and Harry while she views them as her kidnappers. It is often difficult to come down from that kidnapper trope and twist it around without having to address Stockholm Syndrome and run afoul of those who think a kidnapper is a kidnapper is a kidnapper. All black and white no greys. Samantha has trust issues. I think that this was all handled well and the subsequent miscommunication because of mistrust is quite believable adding much to the story. The realization of the reality of everything and the general way that the kidnappers treat Sam are helpful in turning that event one hundred and eighty. It's handled as well as the rest of the story.

As mentioned there were issues in my original copy which had formatting problems along with style issues in dialogue that sometimes made conversations difficult to decode and as I have mentioned those have been fixed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Singley on January 16, 2012
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This book will waste no time in sucking you into the world the author has created. The action is fast paced and only rarely slows down until you are fully vested in the characters themselves. I actually found myself wanting to put off other things to read just a bit more of this, and enjoyed every moment of it. Definitely an author worth watching for, and I would love to read more of this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 16, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Its an exciting adventure with impeccable pacing and a slow-burning romance - all set in an authentic, fascinating world.

Every character, from the main characters to the sidekicks and side characters, were well-wrought and unique individuals. Pearson used the alternating pov well to keep the narrative interesting and to release information at a perfect nail-biting tempo.

It was refreshing for me to read a male love interest who wasn't a jerk. If you don't read a lot of YA urban fantasy, this may seem like a strange statement to you, but its definitely a problem in the sub-genre. Similarly, I thought Sam was a strong heroine who was just flawed enough - she's not a typical damsel in distress, but she's not invincible and always right either.

I'm not completely without criticism, however. Two plot points bothered me. Almost the entire book is a road trip, trying to get to the shelter of the N.T.U. while another organization is hunting Sam. I couldn't figure out why the N.T.U. wouldn't send people out to help them, considering they were in contact with them the whole time and the N.T.U. sent people out at another point for clean up purposes. The other point is why their contact at the N.T.U. suddenly, of her own accord, decides to join them to " help" them with nothing in particular. The only reason I could see for this was to make Sam jealous and act rashly, causing a pretty pivotal plot point. I basically forced myself to put these things from my mind so that I could continue to enjoy the story for what it was.

I also had trouble accepting how little the characters' injuries affected them.
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