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Talented (Talented Saga Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sophie Davis
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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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.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 3290 KB
    • Print Length: 354 pages
    • Publisher: Dabber & Baehr (30 Dec. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0076Y7ON4
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,561 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars A slow start but a promising ending 5 May 2013
    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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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars The editing needs work 22 April 2014
    By Angus
    Format:Kindle Edition
    The beginning of the Talented series drops you into the life of Natalia Lyons, a pledged Hunter or operator in Elite Headquarters. Among the nuclear waste stimulated mutant humans she is exceedingly gifted as a mental manipulator. This different approach to evolved humans is well crafted as a story though the coming of age romantic entanglements of Natalia and not the normal reading I would seek out.
    Talented is I think the proper length for a series volume and the reader should feel they have made a good purchase for that. Where quality ran off the rails for me was the evidence of many rewrites without a final read through. The result is an high number of missing words and miss-arranged words. I managed to parse my way through because the story was good. As this book already has a surprisingly high number of five star reviews I have no problem with giving it a three based on editing.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars In love! 26 Jan. 2014
    Talia Lyons lives in a world where nuclear pollution has meant that the current generation of kids are mostly born with "Talents", mind control...mind reading...morphing..that kind of thing. People with Talents are in a war with the coalition that thinks that Talents need to be feared and segregated, that they need to be ashamed of their Talents. When Talia and her parents are visiting the states to meet with the director of TOXIC, the agency helping Talents, her parents are murdered in front of her by the coalition leader, Ian Crane's men.

    The director of TOXIC offers her a choice....she chooses revenge. Talia goes to a school exclusively for Talents, and is taken in by the director and his wife and child. Talia spends years training to become a Hunter, and to get her revenge on Crane. 16 year old Talia is poised graduate from McDonough School for the Talented, but first she has to complete her final year living at the Elite Headquarters and going on missions with Henri and Erik, the two members of her team. Henri is convinced he can make her ability, to read and influence the minds of others, work in the field for the first time in their history. Talia's the only thing standing in her way, when a mission proves she may not be up to the life she so craves, and with her solo mission and graduation looming, she has to be on top of her game.

    Unfortunately for her, her questionable boyfriend is set to break her heart, and her gift has certainly let her down in that front, but she also feels an impossible connection to Erik. Erik's Talent is to mimic other's Talents, and when he's around Talia his thoughts and feelings are projected to her, she's not sure if what she feels is real or all him.

    Can she maintain her focus? Can she defeat Crane?
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    4.0 out of 5 stars a trips down imagination road review 29 Sept. 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I received a copy of Talented from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

    When she was 10 years old Talia saw her parents killed in front of her, and didn't know the reason why. She was then approached by a man called Mac who took her under his wing and took her to a school where her 'Talents' would be enhanced upon. After radiation poisoning the world changed completely, and some children are born with Talents, whether that is morphing into different animals, controlling minds or higher reasoning. As the only Elite Level Mind Manipulator, Talia's Talent is highly sort after, and upon joining the Hunters for her Pledge year, her last year of school, Talia joins Henri and Erik's team. Working together is difficult at first, especially when it becomes clear that Erik doesn't like Talia's boyfriend Donovan. For the first time in her life Talia finds herself making friends, and participating in Hunts brings her a new focus and sense of purpose. But not everything is as it seems and Talia's life is about to come crashing down.

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    I've read some great reviews about this book and some bad ones (and yes I know I don't normally even read reviews before reading a book) and I have to say I agree with the good reviews. This book really captured my imagination and I couldn't put it down, even though I really should have to have gotten some sleep! There were a couple of moments when the writing was a tad repetitive, but overall that didn't bother me and the strength of the story carried the book along.

    What really interested me was the way that the love interests played out.
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    Published 13 months ago by tracey dixon
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
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    Published 14 months ago by Tribalchick
    5.0 out of 5 stars TOXIC Secrets
    This series must be read in order. This is the first book.

    Natalia has had a hard life. Her parents made her hide her Talent from everyone until the fateful night when... Read more
    Published 14 months ago by Nocturnus
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good story
    Talia: hunter in training. Her ultimate end goal is to avenge the death of her parents and with the help of Erik and Henri, fellow hunters; she trains to become a hunter good... Read more
    Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly moreish book!
    It has seemed quite a while since I have read a book that I just didn't want to put down, one of those ones that you wish life would stop, just so you could keep reading and... Read more
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