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Talented (Talented Saga Book 1) by [Davis, Sophie]
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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
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,608 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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 reading. Well, this is one of those books for me. I absolutely loved it. The actual story was quite unique which was superb, well written and although I think there was a couple of editing mistakes (spelling and maybe the wrong word here and there - although being British this might have been the problem), it certainly didn't detract from the book. I liked how Sophie, put in such detail to describe what TOXIC was about, the different levels and people and their roles. She didn't expect you to learn all this on the go, it was there near the beginning of the book narrated by Tal. I found this a really good way of including it. I think there is some predictability within the story, although you haven't reached that bit yet, I am finding myself wondering if Mac is as good hearted as he seems, or maybe is he the bad guy, not Crane. Obviously i don't know yet, and maybe it is the twist or not, but it seems like that is where it is heading. I do prefer books that this kind of jumps out and really surprises you but at the same time I think it is an incredibly difficult thing to achieve and very rarely does that happen to me.
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.
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