Hush Money (Talent Chronicles)

Rated 4.50/5 based on 28 reviews
Be normal, invisible. Don’t get close to anyone. Kids with psychic abilities tend to mysteriously disappear when they get noticed. Joss has spent years trying to hide. Now she has an unasked-for best friend, who is the victim of an extortion plot by the school bully, who used to like Joss, who is best friends with her long-time crush, who is actually talking to her. Life just got complicated. More
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About Susan Bischoff

I’ve got a thing for love stories and superheroes. I'm working on something I call the Talent Chronicles. This series began with my desire for more superheroes! More romance! More Superhero!Romance.

Talents are people born with supernatural abilities, trying to find their way in a world that fears and wants to control them. I like to explore how the things that make us different from each other sometimes make life difficult, and sometimes are the making of us. These stories are for people who love Buffy, wanted more romance in Heroes, and thought Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor should have worked things out.

The first Talent Chronicles novel, Hush Money, is currently available with a sequel, Heroes 'Til Curfew, coming in 2011.

A Talent Chronicles short story, Impulse Control, appears in the Kiss Me, Kill Me Anthology with several other awesome indies. That's available here on Smashwords and proceeds go to charity. The story is also available singly as a free download.

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Reviews of Hush Money (Talent Chronicles) by Susan Bischoff

paige p reviewed on April 11, 2015

I really loved this book and I though it was a great read, it was very fast paced and I enjoyed every second of it...but there some problems such as how the kids being taking away and nobody protested it, even the kids own parents where just handing them over to this "government" and never seeing them ever again, it was just not believeable to me. Other than that I really loved this book!
(reviewed 3 years after purchase)
Connie 13 reviewed on Aug. 17, 2012

First published here:

This book wasn't really what I was expecting.

When I first read the summary and started reading this book, I was expecting something different from what I got. Maybe I was missing that 'we're on the run from a horrible government organisation' feel. Instead I felt as if the characters were hiding from the local police. While this wasn't a bad thing, I didn't really got a feel for the direness of the situation these talented people were put in.

On a good note, I really liked the characterisation. They were written in a way in that I could distinguish each character by just listing their different qualities and not just their names and appearances. They were believable and I really like that. I could follow the story and the choices they made very well, and I didn't get very angry when the main characters did something (or didn't do something) that I wanted them to.

So overall, it was a very enjoyable book that I read quite quickly and couldn't put down. I didn't get bored and I wanted to keep reading. But it did lack that something that I was expecting.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Carol reviewed on July 12, 2012

Good YA story with an interesting heroine. Story is told with many points of view which are are labelled in sections to keep them straight.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
Nicole Thornton reviewed on May 28, 2012

The teenage girl lead seemed believable and the romantic development between her and the lead male seemed believable. But mostly, I enjoyed the story of their powers. Plus the lead female actually had relationships with others, not just 2 or 3 characters. It was nice to see the interactions with her family and that whatever was happening was not just about her and the boy she liked (like most of these YA supernatural stories coming out lately). Characters relationship was more realistic and well-rounded than most books. Story didn't feel too long either, but that the author ended it at the right time.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Melissa Ramsey reviewed on April 13, 2012

I absolutely love these books! I fell in love with them right away, and read the first 2 books and the novella in 1 day. They are full of intense action, romance, friendship and teen angst. I think the most amazing thing about them is there are so many characters in this world and they are all interesting people that have their own identity - no one is typecast. I would love to read novella's about any one of them. I also love Dylan who doesn't have the greatest Talent, but is brave and hot anyways. Everyone who enjoys teen books should read these!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Tahlia Newland reviewed on Oct. 21, 2011

I just loved this. It was the perfect read for me, not too heavy, not too light, a great story, good characterisation and a stunning ending, what more could you want?
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Kitana Black reviewed on Oct. 1, 2011
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This series is my new addiction! Could not put it down-immediately started reading the next book. The MC voice is funny and smart. There's humor, romance, and excitement. Extremely well written. I'm so glad I happened upon this site, and then this author!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Lisa Lawler reviewed on June 19, 2011

(This is a copy of my review from Goodreads)

Loved it, loved it, LOVED it!
I was gripped by the story right from the start, completely immersed in the story world, deeply interested in the characters, and the romance element is just perfect.
I can barely wait for the the second book in the series, and I've just seen there's a 0.5 in the series, Impulse Control, so I much check that out!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Elmira Kotsidou reviewed on April 29, 2011

I liked the setting. The story was great and it had me guessing all the time. And Marco a Talent? I totally didn't see it coming.
Although I have to say, I didn't like Joss much in the begining, I later came to understand her actions.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Tanya Contois reviewed on April 15, 2011

I really enjoyed reading Hush Money because I was a lot like Joss when I was in high school,doing everything possible to be invisible and to remain under the radar of the bullies but I didn't have the power to move things with just my mind and a flick of my finger.I was happy that Joss found a friend in Kat and the other girls who she was able to be herself with towards the end of the book.Throughout the book I was rooting for Joss and Dylan to get together and for Marco and Jeff to finally get exactly what they deserved.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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