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Talented (Talented Saga Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sophie Davis
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Book Description

Block it out.
Impossible for Talia Lyons. When you’re a Mind Manipulator, it’s hard enough to block the thoughts of others, let alone your own.

Block it out.
The pounding, siren-ready world Talia inhabits as she trains with her fellow Hunters. The physical demands. The emotional toll.

Block it out.
The secrets that Talia’s boyfriend is hiding. Talia’s unbidden feelings of frustration and annoyance toward her teammate, the Casanova of the compound. The wondering why she cares what he thinks.

Block him out.
Ian Crane. The man behind the bloodshed marring Talia’s memories of her murdered parents. The man she’s determined to kill.

Block it all out. Focus.

Talented is an emotionally raw, Dystopian Romance about the life of a girl with extraordinary psychic powers, and what happens when a heart is torn between love and rage.


Product Details

  • File Size: 3227 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Dabber & Baehr (December 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076Y7ON4
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,733 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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60 of 67 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good For Romance Fans July 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not totally sure how to review this book. It was a pretty quick read, with a good amount of action and lots of romance. It probably just wasn't the book I was in the mood for, or expected it to be.

The main problem of this book, in my opinion, is its main focus on relationships. I'm the type of person who wants lots of action and excitement in books, not a teenager wondering what she should do with her boyfriend, especially in a book centered around missions and "Talents". Don't get me wrong - I'm a huuuuge fan of romance - in fact, most of the time it is my guilty pleasure! (I am a hormonal teenager after all.) There were lots of sweet moments, but again, it just wasn't what I was looking for.

As for characters, I found that they were just "okay". Each character had distinct strengths and weaknesses, although I found that most of the characters fell kind of flat. And for those of you who are sick of love triangles, this book is not for you.

The up side is that there was a good amount of action and magical-power-ness (erm. Not a word, but still) I loved learning about "Cryptos" and various Talents that TOXIC trained, as well as the Hunters and various missions they had to carry out. The missions Talia, Henry, and Erik had to carry out were also filled with suspense and action, as well as, ahem, magical-power-ness. The amount of politics was also actually a plus for me - it includes some aspects of today that are certainly realistic enough to continue on towards the future. My only complaint concerning this is probably also concerning my personal tastes -

SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER
I found that the mystery and mysterious "bad things" involving TOXIC to be very straightforward and simple to figure out.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love talented August 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I love Talented! :)

Here's a bit of the synopsis...
"Talia Lyons is Talented. Born after a nuclear spill, she is part of a new generation that possesses special abilities; Talia can read the minds of others and manipulate their thoughts. Whether Morphers, Light Manipulators or Telekinetics, the Talented are taught to control their abilities under the protective eye of the government- to use their Talents for good. But all Talia wants is revenge."

I don't really read dystopian books, but I find myself enjoying them more & more when I read them, & this one is no exception.

The book is staged in a world much like ours, but where politics are much different (and not explained all that much), & some children grow up with a wealth of different "talents". This book strangely reminds me of a short story I wrote as a kid, where all the kids have magical abilities, including the one Talia Lyons (the main character in Talented) has, the ability to not only read people's thoughts, but manipulate them as well.

The only thing I wasn't crazy about, was there are quite a few storylines in the book that are rather predictable, at least to me, but it didn't make the book any more enjoyable or fun to read. It is a young adult book, after all. I can't wait to read the next book.

There are some minor typos, words missing or written in the wrong order, but nothing major. I usually won't read books if they aren't edited well, but this one only has a few & they don't occur (or at least I didn't see any) until the latter half of the book.

I received a review copy of this book for free.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun February 19, 2013
Format:Paperback
"Talented" by Sophie Davis is the first in a series. It is set in a futuristic world where due to a series of natural and human disasters a large proportion of "infected" newborns are talented, psychically and telepathically gifted as you will.
In this world they are used by an agency to spy and hunt against the enemies confederation.
The main character of this book is Natalia, or Tal, who is in a training group with two boys in particular, while having a romance with another. As their agency work leads them to bigger things a love triangle unfolds and Natalia encounters a few surprises and twists along the way.
Like most first instalments of a series this book is setting the scene for the next few books and Davis does a great job at establishing her characters. Particularly the second part of the book is very compelling to read and fast paced and the ending keeps us hungry for more.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE TALENTED June 28, 2013
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I absolutely LOVED this book! There is a great mix of action, suspense, and romance. I fell in love with Erik from the beginning, never actually liked Talia's boyfriend Donavon (which is a good thing I suppose). I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a paranormal romance, with some action as well. Only problem I had, is I found some of the situations a bit predictable, but wasn't that much of a problem because I still loved the book regardless. I couldn't stop reading this book, it was so hard to put down (which I only did when I HAD too.)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A slow start but a promising ending May 4, 2013
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I'm going to start off by saying that I think the genuine young adult audience will love Talented by Sophie Davis. There's action, romance, creative world building and plenty of gorgeous clothes! The older audience who like to read the YA genre, may find it a little trying though.

The books starts with a really interesting twist on how Talia, the main character, and all the other people become `talented' in this novel. The use of a common event that could occur in our world, yet twists it to suit the world building required in Talented is great. I also loved the fact that these talented individuals were ostracised rather than their magic talents be rejoiced in by the general community. There is an honesty that runs true with this philosophy. Having to have all children tested for talents also added a really great element of paranoia to the dystopian world.

There are moments when there is a LOT of back story discussed at the start of this book. It's just one of those things that occurs with novels that involve a different world to the one we live in. While large chunks of back story at the start of a novel can be mind-numbing, Davis manages to keep the reader on track with her interesting prose - most of the time.

I found this book could have done with one more go over by a line editor There were occasions when whole paragraphs involved sentences beginning with the same word (ie. `I') as well as the same words being repeated in close proximity to each other. There were also plenty of instances where the author over-explained situations.

While there are plenty of beautifully flowery descriptives throughout this book, at times, I found myself scanning through all the flowers to find the actual story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written. Characters not well developed and the plot ...
Poorly written. Characters not well developed and the plot doesn't make sense. Character has an ability, but she uses it at the wrong times for things that make no sense.
Published 9 hours ago by Alfred Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm hooked!!
Wow, what a page turner, the characters are so well developed I felt as if I was a fly on the wall,, suspense, thrills and a bit of romance, just an awesome read!!
Published 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars worth your time
Interesting concept enjoyed the characters.
Published 4 days ago by jeff kuchak
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
The book has a great plot, it's not very predictable, and it was not to short like some books. I am very impressed with the author! :)
Published 13 days ago by Mags
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series.
I will admit that it took me way too long to finish this book with my busy schedule but boy am I glad I did. The more I read the better it got. Read more
Published 14 days ago by TaChelle McPheeters
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed it! It had a lot of clever ideas ...
I have to say the only reason I gave this 4 stars is that the end was more of a preclude to the next chapter which is in an entirely different book. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Ginia
1.0 out of 5 stars The saga that sags
This is a much-abridged version of the complete review as it appears ([...]) at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Great easy read! The characters were draw you in, and you just can't get enough. If you like love triangles, romance, action,adventure and suspense. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Teresa Niehenke
5.0 out of 5 stars this series has gotten my attention.
First of all, I like a good series. This is a good first book and I'm looking forward to the next. I cannot comprehend where the author gets her ideas! Read more
Published 21 days ago by Jennifer Szendi-horvath
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read reminds us to be careful who you trust.
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More About the Author

"Sophie Davis" is the pseudonym for two best friends, roommates, and now writing partners. The pair met at Penn State's Dickinson School of Law in 2005 and instantly bonded over their love of great books and bad horror movies. After they graduated, when one longed for the ability to read minds so she wouldn't have to study for the bar exam, a Saga was born. When the Talented Saga went on to be an internationally bestselling series, the girls decided to throw caution to the wind and follow their shared life-long dream of being writers.

The duo currently lives in Washington, D.C. with a poodle and a rescued mutt. The pups are their faithful companions--with frequent social media appearances--as the girls navigate the world of Indie Publishing.
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