When Talia Lyons was just a child, her parents were murdered before her eyes. Offered a choice between accepting their fate and exacting revenge, Talia trains to become one of the country’s deadliest assassins in order to kill the man responsible for their deaths: Ian Crane. Luckily, Talia was born with a gift- the ability to read and influence the minds of others. At sixteen, Talia is poised to graduate from the McDonough School for the Talented, where she learned to control her abilities. Now there is only one obstacle standing between her and the retribution she craves… Talia herself.
Her greatest asset may also be her undoing; while a formidable weapon in the field, Talia’s talents prevent her from both shutting off the mental connection she shares with her questionable boyfriend and blocking out the thoughts of a beguiling fellow recruit. But Talia can’t afford to have the feelings and distractions of a normal teenage girl, when her life is far from normal.
She must regain the single-minded determination that has brought her this far, or it may cost Talia her life when she finally faces Crane. And even after being molded in to a weapon of war, she’ll still have to find the strength it takes to pull the trigger.
If James Bond and Sookie Stackhouse had a love child with a yearning for vengeance, her story would be TALENTED: an adventure about powerful teenagers who aren’t afraid to embrace their fears and fight for what they believe in.
*My Book Review*
DISCLAIMER: This book/eBook being reviewed was provided free of charge for an honest review.
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. There were certain parts of the book were completely riveting – and these were usually the times when Talia stumbled across something she loved or she lowered her inhibitions. I wish I could have seen more of this Talia and less of the uptight one.
The blurb of this book discusses the main character’s agenda, which is wanting to kill the person responsible for her parents murders. Unfortunately, the opportunity for this doesn’t occur until you are two thirds of the way through the book. I would have liked to see less on the schooling process and love interests of the main character and more on her need for vengeance.
And it is when Talia finally gets the chance for retaliation that this story really grabs the reader and sucks them in. If you are finding it hard to make it through the first part of this book, then I urge you to persevere, it really is worth it. Talia’s character develops and grows and we finally get to the real bones of the story – revenge!
I am giving Talented by Sophie Davis 3 out of 5 stars.
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