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Talented (Talented Saga Book 1) by [Davis, Sophie]
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  • File Size: 3290 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Dabber & Baehr (December 30, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 30, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076Y7ON4
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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 -

I found that the mystery and mysterious "bad things" involving TOXIC to be very straightforward and simple to figure out.
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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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A Trickster Eric Novels review

I read Talented as part of a GoodReads group. It's marketed as a science fiction intrigue but the main focus is a love triangle. My review will be split into five categories: plot, characters, world building, polish, and overall. Be warned that there may be spoilers but I will do my best to avoid them.

1. Plot

The start is good: an attack on Elite Headquarters that turns out to be a mere hazing to the pledge hunters carried out by the full fledged hunters. Its dramatic and exciting and it pulled me in. The next scene is a tender moment for Natalia (the protagonist) and Donavon (her boyfriend). This is also good because it transitions nicely from the reveal and allows for teasing from her teammates, setting up a sibling-like dynamic with them.

The first seven chapters are great. There's swift character develop, plenty of non-intrusive world building, some romance between Natalia and Donavon, and comedy relief from Erik. The next seven chapters drag. There is no more world building, Natalia's relationship with Donavon takes up more screen time, and a lot of nothing goes on before the first mission begins.

The first mission itself wasn't bad. A new team with a pledge team member isn't going to get the most exciting mission. This is realistic and reasonable; a good choice. Erik's actions at the end are surprising and provide a Chekhov's gun for later use.

It's after the first mission that I have issues with this book. The plot dissolves into relationship drama and anything involving The Coalition ( the bad guys) slips into the background. Their next missions aren't developed in the slightest. 'went off without a hitch' is their entirety.
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