Friday, June 8, 2012

Talented by Sophie Davis


Young Adult

Title: Talented

Author: Sophie Davis

Date Published: January 2012

Synopsis:  Talia Lyons is Talented.  Born after a nuclear spill, she is part of a new generation possessing 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.

Talia joins the Hunters, an elite group of government operatives, hoping to one day kill Ian Crane - the man who ordered the execution of her parents.  Ever since she witnessed their brutal deaths, Talia has spent her life honing her abilities, determined to settle the score.  But she still has a lot to learn before she can ease the pain inside. Talia turns to a boy who can mimic her Talents, a boy who truly understands her inner turmoil.  But even he can’t help Talia, when she’s forced to choose between saving herself and avenging the lives of her parents.

Talented is an action-packed adventure, about a group of teenagers who aren't afraid to embrace their fears and fight for what they believe in.

Review:  I love, love, loved, Talented by Sophie Davis.  Talia Lyons has a special talent - which is useful - because she plans to hunt down and kill the people that killer her family.  She attends a special school for those kids that have "talent" and joins an elite team called the "hunters" as a way to take out thos in opposition.  As a child she was taken in by one of her family's friends and raised along with their son, honing her talent.  Their son, Donovan, is Talia's love interest and best friend.  Tension heats up when Talia is accepted as a hunter and forms a connection with her team member Erik. 

They dystopian world that Sopie Jordon paints is unlike any other that I've read so far.  I found that her words painted a picture and really gave a glimpse into Talia's world.  I really enjoyed Talia's character - getting to know her, and watching her grow as a person as she made new friends and adapted to her life as a hunter.  I enjoyed her banter with her teammate Erik.  I was distrustful of Donovon in the beginning - I dislike male characters that are jealous and controling.

I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series.  Dystopian is a newer genre for me - and Talented is one of the better ones I've read so far.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*

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