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Friday, August 27, 2010

Hush Money Book Review

Hush Money (Talent Chronicles)

Title: Hush Money
Series: Talent Chronicles
Author: Susan Bischoff

Official Summary
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. For Talents, keeping their secret is the most important thing in their lives. For some, that need for secrecy begins to define who they are.

That’s how it is for Joss, a high school girl who does everything in her power to go unnoticed. She's incredibly bright, but strives to maintain grades that are good yet not too good. She doesn't participate in school activities, keeps quiet in class, eats by herself. Despite her longtime crush on Dylan, she wouldn't even think about trying to talk to him. Joss doesn't make friends of any kind, because friends can draw attention, friends can make you slip up, friends can make things complicated.

When new girl, Kat, steps in to rescue Joss from an uncomfortable situation with Marco, the class jerk, she doesn’t realize what she’s getting into, and it blows up in her face. Joss finds herself torn between a desire to do the right thing, to find some way to help a girl who was kind to her; and her need to mind her own business and fade into. For the first time, Joss begins to question the way she operates, and starts to long for connections with other people--especially a connection with Dylan, who's finally starting to talk to her.

But what's up with Dylan's sudden interest? As Marco’s best friend, can he be trusted at all?
It's bad enough when a girl's got to worry about friends, boys, over-protective dads, and shoes that pinch, but when you throw in blackmail, government agents with guns, and really annoying little sisters...that's just about too much to handle, even for a girl with an ass-kicking superpower.

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My Review
Hush Money is the debut novel from author Susan Bischoff. I had the pleasure of interviewing her, click here to read our Q&A with Susan, and of reading her novel. This is a fantasy YA series that grabs your attention from the very first page. It is filled with an array of interesting characters that makes you want to be them, hate them, or just root for them to come out on top! This is the story of Talents. Talents are people with powers, and they are subject to government capture if they are discovered. This is why they hide their talents and try to stay under the radar, at least that's what Joss does. She is the heroine in this novel whose main focus in life is to go unnoticed. She is a Talent and she doesn't want anyone to know. If people find out what you are, the government comes and sends you to State school to conduct "research" on you - who wants that? Her plan worked until the day Kat came into her life. All of a sudden she finds herself with friends, a potential love interest, the target of a deadly threat, and in the middle of a  government official vs Talents show down that is out of this world! This book has everything I love in a YA novel: mystery, love, danger, excitement, and a kick ass heroine who can't quite figure out just how kick ass she really is! This book is a must read! It is truly all kinds of awesomeness. If you want an exciting YA fantasy novel that grabs you from the intro and leaves you wanting more, then this is the book for you!

This book is rated 4 fangs:


Have you read this book? If not, Are you running to put it in your TBR pile?! What did you think? Who is your favorite character? I must admit that I adore Joss, but love Kat. She is so "in your face" and spunky!

Let's hear your thoughts!


Susan Bischoff said...

Thank you so much for everything you've done. I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed the book!

Danielle said...

Sounds good!

Dana said...

Great review. loved the interview and now the review has got me really excited to read it!

Jennifer (An Abundance of Books) said...

Great review. I hadn't heard of this book, but I think I might be picking it up.

Thanks for stopping by my blog for the Hop & Follow!

Eternal Night said...

You won an award here at my blog.

Doug Stephens said...

Good review. Almost makes we want to read it. Almost :)

Paromantasy said...

Thanks all for the wonderful feedback. It is a great read. You will not be disappointed!

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