Hidden Talents

Rated 4.17/5 based on 6 reviews

Talents: Born with physical and psychic abilities beyond understanding, these flawed forces of nature burn desperate paths through their own shadowy world ruled by sex, power, and madness.

Meet Ken, Jin, Sky, Mark, Lip, and Dylan. Driven by powers and desires beyond their control, these strange and beautiful men live by their own definitions of survival... More
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Words: 15,810
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476073033
About Claire Cray

Claire Cray specializes in M/M romance and stories of an offbeat nature. Her tales feature intelligent characters, a vivid sense of atmosphere, and a (sometimes twisted) sense of humor. Born in a strange little village in the Pacific Northwest, Claire was raised on rain, trees, and spooky stories. An addiction to misadventure has carried her from the backwoods of Oregon to Portland, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and New York, where she currently resides.

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Review by: Sadie S. Forsythe on Oct. 26, 2014 :
3.5: I would have given this a 4 if it was a whole story. Can I just state up front how much I HATE serialised novellas? (I didn't know going in that this was one.)

The book started stronger than it finished. It began with one predominate POV and then, about half way through, added new POVs into the mix. This was both jarring and, I think, weakened the story, as the reader had no real connection to those characters yet.

This was exacerbated by the narrator's tendency to casually throw in information that the reader hadn't yet been given. For example, at one point Jin had twice asked another character for his name and been given a fake one in response. Then in the next paragraph that character was referred to by his true name. I was confused on two fronts, who was this new character suddenly introduced and then, once I figured out that it was the same character Jin was asking for a name, I was left wondering when Jin figured it out. This sort of thing happened more than once. I understand that Jin is a telepath and he's likely supposed to have read this information from the person's mind, but the reader isn't and it's confusing.

Late in the novella the plot also started to expand and the reader was given a lot of history that felt very baseless and confusing. I felt as if I had missed a first book somewhere. Then it just randomly ended. I can't even call it a cliffhanger as there is no single event left uncompleted. It really just felt like I had read the first few chapters of a book and then set it aside for the night.

Where it ended felt completely random. As the author has written at least seven novellas in the series, I cannot for the life of me figure out why it was broken up so and not just a novel. If it wasn't permafree I'd call it a scam to make more money and I'd be really P.O.ed if I'd paid for something that felt so halfhearted.

Having said all that, the writing is good. Jin has a pleasantly sarcastic voice and personality (even if he does skate the edge of too irreverent to believe). Sky and Ken have an interesting history and I like that the author isn't afraid to allow trauma to have happened to children. Don't get me wrong, I don't want any child to have to suffer, but a lot of authors are afraid to go there and it's unrealistic. Children who grow up in abusive environments get abused. Pretending otherwise (even by virtue of refusing to cast an author's eye in that direction) is a weakness in my opinion.

I'm not sure what I think of the Mike/Dylan/Jen portion of the story, however. I think that's where things started falling apart for me. It felt tacked on and the reader is just told this, this and this happened in the past. Meh.

All in all, I'm looking forward to the next instalment and I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I could see the series going either way, either getting really good or spiralling into such a weakly supported tangle as to become unreadable.
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Review by: aobibliophile on March 21, 2013 :
the first chapter pulled me in but things got confusing after that. there was so much going on and lots of details to take note of that i felt lost every now and then. still, i was impressed with the quality of the writing. i wish, though, that there were a better and simpler way of presenting the storyline and the different characters.
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Review by: mind enhanced on Jan. 21, 2013 :
I really enjoyed it. Its different from the usual books I read but itvkept me wanting to finish it so I got the rest of the series.
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Review by: Trix on Nov. 21, 2012 :
I'd gladly give this 5 stars if it weren't for the length. The story left me with more questions than the answers it provided. And it was frustrating to stop just when things were getting more interesting.

I could not fully understand their abilities. Each character had a brief moment in the spotlight. Definitely not enough to completely portray them but enough to pique my interest. Enough to make me care for each.
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Review by: Jess341 on Nov. 13, 2012 :
I completely LOVED this book and the other 2 that go with it. The story was well written and I'd love to seem more with these characters. I'll have to read some more works by this writer and hope to be as enthralled by them as this one.
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Review by: Lyra Drake on Nov. 05, 2012 :
First, I really, really, really liked this book. It and it's sequel are one of those boos that I run back to read again and obsessively wait for the next sequel. I'm not entirely sure why this is the case, but it is nevertheless. I liked that the characters were weird, broken, and yet somehow still appealing.

My only complaint is that this book feels like it fell out of a larger book. I'm very hopeful that the author will continue writing so that this is improved.
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