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Hush Money (Talent Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Bischoff
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They call their abilities Talents, and that’s what they call themselves as well. Talents are people born with supernatural powers, feared by the population at large. Possession of an “unregistered ability” has become illegal, and those who are discovered are forcibly removed to government-run research facilities. They do not return.

And so the Talents try, as best they can, to keep their abilities secret–some more successfully than others. For some, keeping that secret begins to define who they are. That’s where Hush Money begins…

Be normal, invisible. Don’t get close to anyone. Those are the rules to live by for seventeen-year-old Joss. She spent years as an outsider, hoping to hide what she is, until the new girl, Kat, decides she’s friend material. Kat doesn’t realize her mistake when she stands up for Joss against Marco, a guy who’s been giving Joss a hard time since freshman year. Joss is horrified when these heroics lead to the reveal of Kat’s Talent. Now she has an unasked-for best friend, who is the victim of an extortion plot by the school bully, who used to like Joss. And if all that weren’t complicated enough, Dylan, Joss’s long-time crush, is finally starting to talk to her. But as Marco’s best friend, can Dylan be trusted at all? Can Joss keep her secret and still save her friend? And what’s more important, staying safe or doing what’s right?

Hush Money is a novel of approximately 50,000 words, and is rated PG-13 for strong language and one suggestive scene. It is recommended that parents read the sample provided by their retailer before purchasing this book for tweens/younger teens.






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Susan Bischoff is an incurable romantic with a soft-spot for superheroes, those larger-than-life characters whose supernatural abilities set them apart from everyone else. Some are loved by all and known by none, some are woefully misunderstood and mistreated by those they serve. Traditionally, the life of the super-powered being seemed to her to be one destined for loneliness, and yet so deserving of a happily ever after. The Talent Chronicles series, which tells the stories of superhuman characters in a world that fears and persecutes them, was born out of her desire for happily ever after in the superhero realm. For superhero hook-ups! Superhero Romance! These are stories for those who love romantic storylines in television shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Smallville, and in movie series like Batman, Superman, and The X-Men. She's been known to say, "These are stories for people who wished Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor could have worked things out." Susan lives in Tennessee with her high-school sweetheart husband, a daughter, two cats, and one, big puppy. She loves most everything girly: sewing, knitting, and other needlework crafts, baking, doll collecting, shojo manga, and is particularly fond of things that are pink. Another favorite pastime is replaying the kissing scene at the end of the BBC's North and South.

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  • Language: English
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Quick Read September 21, 2010
By Kale
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Set in a world where people with special abilities are detained by the government never to be seen and heard from again, the Talent Chronicles has a lot of promise. Hush Money starts off following the duel perspectives of our young would be couple. Loner, Joss who was trained and conditioned to blend in, keep her head down, and look the other way, has been getting by isolating herself and only trusting her family. Semi delinquent, Dylan finds himself in one bad situation after another, and it's escalating, courtesy of his best friend Marco, but all he wants is out, and Joss. It seems like everyone has a secret (or talent) to hide in a place where one slip, or mistrust in the wrong person can get you sent away, but Joss, Dylan, and others are going to need to come together before the end, if they are to have any chance in the future. Full of talented teenagers reminiscent of X-Men, they are only just beginning to see the value of banding together against the NIAC (National Institute of Ability Control).

Hush money was a fun quick read. But I don't think the full potential of this idea has been met. I wanted more. Only the basic most simple storyline was resolved in this first book and I hope the author really takes the time to fully develop the more complex threads she has established in this book. I believe the Talent Chronicles could become a great mix of YA romance, and a comic book Bourne Identity, with our superhero teenagers trying to solve the NIAC's mysteries while fighting not to be taken, and experimented on. Only the next installments will tell how far Bischoff can push it to the next level.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! August 5, 2010
By Alex
Format:Kindle Edition
When I started reading this book it was with the intention of reading for 15 to 30 minutes before going to bed. I couldn't stop reading until I had finished it.

I liked how the characters were introduced and how each detail of the plot was revealed throughout the book. The fast pace of the storyline didn't allow me to get bored for even a second.

Overall it was a very enjoyable read.

If you are into young adult fiction with a good mix of action and plot... and a touch of romance thrown in for good measure, then this book is worth your time!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Big Buildup for Nothing February 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ugh! What a dissappointment! This book was absolutely incredible right up until the end.

When I read the words 'the end'--which, yes, it actually does say--I actually thought it was kidding because it hadn't even begun to address really any of the major issues--but it didn't leave enough left for a sequel! This book would have been a million times better if the author had taken the time to write another fifty pages or so.

The storyline, plot, buildup, and overall telling of this story was great. It went at what I felt was the perfect pace, and there was no weird varience in the main character's personality. There was an amazing plot buildup that made it all but impossible to put down as it built up to the climax, then...nothing. It's like the author just ran out of steam and rushed through the climax and ending to the point where the climax was all but nonexistant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky June 30, 2013
Format:Paperback
Finding great reads on Barnes and Noble's NOOKbook deals page is like finding money in last season's purse. I love it! Hush Money is my latest hidden gem.

The people in Bischoff's world are just like us except for one thing: some people have Talents. Talents are something people can do supernaturally that no one else can do. Examples are superhuman strength, invisibility, mind control, and the ability to shoot fire from your eyes. Reading back over that list, it's kind of Superman-ish. Each person with a Talent only has one ability, and most keep their Talents a secret, because people with Talents are taken away by the government for the safety of everyone else. How Talents came to exist is not explained (something I would have liked to know).

The concept of Talents reminded me of Kristin Cashore's Graceling, but not so much that it kept me from enjoying the story. The addition of the Talents is what makes this story so great. The other elements of the story are common enough in YA: a loner main character, the new friend, the enemy/bully, and the love interest. Bischoff handles these elements well and ties everything together to make a great story. The story is written in the first person point-of-view of both Joss and Dylan. The chapters alternated between the two main characters: something that can feel jumpy but was handled well.

I would recommend Hush Money to fans of YA and fans of dystopia. I'm looking forward to the rest of this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So intense, it left me exhausted July 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Page one, this book transported me back to grade school and kept me there. Ms. Bischoff captured the details exactly-the insecurities, the joys, the trials. Talk about reminiscing.

After a few pages, I didn't want to put this book down. Only sanity telling me I should sleep at some point before the kids started to wake in 2 hours got me in the bed. Then I forced myself to knock out my daily word count goals before picking it up again. This was the type of book that made me want to write... not just write but come up with a rockin' storyline. Cause Hush Money definitely had one.

I'm going to let you all in on a little secret. I absolutely hate knowing there's information to be had, but for some reason the author choose to withhold it. Thank you, Ms. Bischoff for not doing that to me. All the information was right there when I needed it. No teasing lines like, "I'll tell you later"or "we don't have time to talk right now." No. When the hero/heroine found out information, I got it too. I loved it. Why do I mention this? Because there was one particular chapter which ending on a cliff hanger. I was sure Ms. Bischoff was going to pull one of those stunts where I'd have to wait 12 chapters before the reveal. But no! I flipped... okay... not really flipped because it's an eBook, but I hit the next page and everything was unraveled in the next few paragraphs. I didn't even have time to get irritated. My gosh, you're good!

So what about the characters? Joss, I loved. She reminded me so much of my oldest daughter. Invisible, but not quite. Because really, being the unnoticed one in high school is enough to make you stand out. Odd how that works. That was Joss. That's my daughter. But there was more to her Joss--hidden, scared, alone... flawed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars DECENT
Characters had layers, decent plot. Would be better if it was longer, took out some of the unnecessary dialog and had all the chronicles in one book.
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hush Money
5 Stars: I absolutely loved Hush Money! The characters and secrets caught my attention. I couldn't stop reading to find out who is who and why they are doing these things. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Fangs, Claws and Demon YA Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
This is a really cool story showing how hard it is for Joss and other talents to watch out for the people trying to get rid of all talents. This story really is about survival
Published 8 months ago by Genesis McClutchie
4.0 out of 5 stars Teenagers turn superheroes
The main conflict of Hush Money reminded me of The Incredibles, or even X-Men. Those who are born with special abilities, called Talents, are feared. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nicole H
5.0 out of 5 stars Hush money
Awesome book I loved it. Joss is the heroine who is unsure if she wants to be. And dylan is the hero afraid to be one. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Heather Levine
5.0 out of 5 stars Ebook Hush Money
This book is a good suspense and action book for fans of talents. I enjoyed this book. The author kept you in suspense. I would recommend this for teens to adults.
Published 15 months ago by J.M. Coggins
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
I'm usually more of a fantasy reader myself, so this was a breath of fresh air for me. The setting and tone of this was great, and I really got - especially through Joss - how... Read more
Published 16 months ago by MetallicBlueGuitar
3.0 out of 5 stars If you like the Hunger Games
I found this book to be quite exciting with the secrets and the blackmailing, but found that some parts were just kind of slow to me. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Arianna
4.0 out of 5 stars Hush money
A decent superhero book. Especially for the price. Quick read
And oddly addicting. Definitely a promising series. Looking forward to more from the author
Published 18 months ago by Brendan J Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This was one of the better young superhero novels I've read recently. A well balanced and entertaining story. The only downside was its a little short for my taste but still good.
Published 18 months ago by chris tacha
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Susan Bischoff is an incurable romantic with a soft-spot for superheroes, those larger-than-life characters whose supernatural abilities set them apart from everyone else. Some are loved by all and known by none, some are woefully misunderstood and mistreated by those they serve. Traditionally, the life of the super-powered being seemed to her to be one destined for loneliness, and yet so deserving of a happily ever after.

The Talent Chronicles series, which tells the stories of superhuman characters in a world that fears and persecutes them, was born out of her desire for happily ever after in the superhero realm. For superhero hook-ups! Superhero Romance! These are stories for those who love romantic storylines in television shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Smallville, and in movie series like Batman, Superman, and The X-Men. She's been known to say, "These are stories for people who wished Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor could have worked things out."

Susan lives in Tennessee with her high-school sweetheart husband, a daughter, two cats, and one, big puppy. She loves most everything girly: sewing, knitting, and other needlework crafts, baking, doll collecting, shojo manga, and is particularly fond of things that are pink. Another favorite pastime is replaying the kissing scene at the end of the BBC's North and South.

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