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- Hush Money (Talent Chronicles)
on Sep. 15, 2010
I’ve been in kind of a reading slump lately. No, really. I haven’t been able to get into a book and have had to force myself through them for a couple of months now. It’s not the books I’ve been reading, because they’ve all been good, but I just haven’t been yanked into a story and kept there.
Until Hush Money.
From the very first sentence, I was drawn in and I literally couldn’t put the book down. Even knowing that I had to get up at the crack of dawn the next day, I stayed up until 2am reading this book.
Susan Bischoff creates a world where people are afraid to stand out in any way for fear of being carted off to special government schools. There are certain people who were born with special Talents, and the government wants to use them for their own purposes.
Joss is one such kid. Ever since she witnessed her best friend being dragged away years before, she’s terrified someone will discover her ability and the same fate will fall on her. So, when the guy she’s been crushing on for ages (Dylan) finally decides to take an interest in her, she’s understandably suspicious.
I loved Joss’s internal dialogue. She’s funny and sarcastic, smart, and remarkably grown up for someone who’s still in high school. She takes care of her little sister and helps out her parents with their store, even while she bemoans the fact that she can’t act like a normal kid because her father is too scared that she’ll draw too much attention to herself if she makes friends.
So, when someone at school decides to befriend her, it throws her world for a loop. Add in that Dylan is suddenly showing an interest in her, and everything is turned upside down.
Because Dylan is suddenly talking to her, his best friend Marco (who happens to be the biggest douchebag I’ve ever seen in my lief) decides to start picking on her. I kept ranting at my Kindle (sorry, Paige!) because I wanted someone to do something about him.
I didn’t like how Dylan caved to Marco’s demands or how Joss decided to take care of it the way that she did… but in order for the book to move forward and for the end to happen the way it was supposed to (which I loved), it had to be done. I guess I just wanted the HEA already. What can I say? I’m impatient. :)
Hush Money is the first installment of Susan Bischoff’s series The Talent Chronicles. I’m eagerly anticipating the next book in the series, since I’m dying to know what happens with Joss and Dylan, as well as all the other Talents introduced in the book.