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on Oct. 05, 2011 :
Never have I come across a character so thoroughly despicable as Marco. He is truly evil and scary. I was absorbed in the story, pulse pounding and riveted, unable to stop reading until the very end. And what an end! Spoiler alert: the bad people get their comeuppance. It's a very satifying read, and hats off to Ms. Bischoff for providing YA fans with a cool new series.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Sep. 21, 2011 :
Wow! Talk about a roller coaster of a read!! I was turning e-pages long after I should have been in bed; I was breathless with anxiety; I was biting my nails in anticipation; and I was open-mouthed with horror at one particular scene that I nearly couldn't even read, THAT was how gut-wrenching and evocative and REAL the writing was.
I have no other way to describe the feelings I had while reading this. Book 1 was phenomenal; Book 2 reaches even higher on the scale of my recommended reads.
The stakes are even higher now for our protagonists so Book 3 is going to be even more tense, I imagine.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
V. J. Chambers
on Sep. 14, 2011 :
Susan Bischoff is one of the best indie YA authors out there. From her snappy Whedon-esque dialogue to her to-die-for characterizations, she’s a winner.
The second installment of The Talent Chronicles doesn’t disappoint. Joss and Dylan get closer and much kissing ensues. (Bischoff commits the sin of letting teenagers sleep chastely in the same bed, which I think is unrealistic, but what do I know? Anyway, I didn’t care, because I BELIEVED it. It helps that Dylan isn’t lots older than Joss–do you hear that Myer and Caine? Do you?) The angst piles up, as the two misread each other’s intentions–but not in a stupid, romcom way either. In a this-is-totally-the-way-teenagers-actually-think way.
Heroes ‘Till Curfew finds the two struggling to sort through their complicated feelings for each other while Marco and the gang mount attack after attack on the Talents. Additionally, we learn more about both Joss’s and Dylan’s screwed-up parental situations.
The book rushes towards a tense climax involving the threat of rape (absolutely horrific, btw) and burning buildings. It left me tense and flipping pages like a fiend.
I think Bischoff’s strength is that she really knows how to plot a story like nobody’s business. She balances all the elements–romance, action, etc–perfectly, and she makes it look easy. A story like that would read well no matter what she did. But her characterization is spot on too. And add in that snappy dialogue… (“Have you ever thought of me as more than a friend?” Long kiss. “Nope. Never.”) …she thrusts her book into the stratosphere.
This book is highly, highly recommended.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Sep. 01, 2011 :
In this much anticipated sequel to Bischoff's Hush Money we finally get exactly what we've been waiting for--MOAR JOSS AND DYLAN! The whole he likes me, he likes me not finally comes to fruition against a backdrop of more evil plotting by Marco, which makes him a villain you more than love to hate--you want to destroy. If you thought he was awful in Hush Money, you ain't seen nothin' yet. Bischoff unwaveringly ups the stakes for all the Talents in Fairview who all want to mobilize--and want Joss to lead them. As I read this book I laughed, I cried, and I changed my mind about fifty times about what kind of Talent *I* want because she kept introducing new cool ones. This is a must read for fans of superhero romance.
(reviewed the day of purchase)