- 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
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,608 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Talented (Talented Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 7 in Talented Saga (7 Book Series)
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Having said that I simply cannot wait to get the next book, I am on tenterhooks. The characters are very well written, so much so that you either love them or hate them, or sometimes you switch it about as you can't really decide. Oh and Penny, really not sure about her, I think she is going to prove an interesting character in the later books. She seems a bit too good to be true! Definitely read this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm currently reading Created, the 4th book in the series. I was suffering from a "book hangover" and could not get into anything I read, I'd given a number of books... Read morePublished 8 months ago by ahsatwhale
Who to trust everyone seems to have an hidden agenda, great book really enjoyed this book and will be reading the rest in the series if they continue to be the. GoodPublished 14 months ago by magicmyst
Amazing story line and well written this story kept me gripped the whole way through - I can't wait to read more!Published 18 months ago by firesprite85
Talia is Talented - she has special abilities as a mind manipulater - and is honing her skills as a Pledge, eager to graduate as a Hunter. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Claire Hill
Wonderfully book, great story...
Had to download the next book....
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