Heroes 'Til Curfew
Talent Chronicles #2
Published September 16th 2011
In the world of the Talent Chronicles, kids with supernatural abilities, Talents, are taken away to government-run research facilities from which they do not return. In this sequel to Hush Money, Joss finds herself mired deep in “he likes me, he likes me not” territory as Dylan wonders how he could possibly impress a girl who can toss dumpsters around with her brain.
While they’ve been dancing awkwardly around their feelings for each other, the government’s undercover agent has been turning in more Talents than ever, creating the perfect climate of fear for Marco to draw scared Talents to his cause.
Marco’s plotting revenge against Dylan, the best friend who betrayed him, and Joss, the girl they fought over. He’s the one behind the crime wave that’s threatening Fairview’s businesses, including Joss’s family’s store, and drawing even more government attention in their direction.
As Joss and Dylan explore their feelings for each other and begin to discover how much they have in common, they have a decision to make. Is it worth risking each other and their freedom to play the heroes and stand up for what’s right?
Higher stakes, bigger action, new superpowers, more romance and surprises await in this second volume of the Talent Chronicles series.
In the sequel to Hush Money, Joss now has a group of friends, a complicated almost-relationship with Dylan, a truce with Marco - though how long that will last, weighs heavily on her, and the knowledge that one of their own might be the governments undercover agent. But there is no turning back to the quiet girl that keeps to herself now, not with so many looking to Joss as their leader in the fight an against the government.
Bischoff hs done a wonderful job with this sequel, keeping me on the edge of my seat the entire book. This is one of those novels that, even though it has paranormal aspects, feels real. Take Joss's and Dylan's relationship for example. Even though they both care greatly for one another, they fight, feel insecure within the relationship, keep secrets for one another, and think they're not good enough for the other. These are all things that every teenager feels or does at one point or another, and I love that Bischoff adds these in rather than making their relationship all shinney and perfect.
The character that I found most interesting and complex is Marco. He's been betrayed by is best friend, had is advances shot down by Joss and then got schooled by her in a fight - repeatedly. Things never seem to go well for him, from his mum in a mental hospital, a father that doesn't seem to care, and all his plans to gain power and furtune never going according to plan. Don't get me wrong, he is a horrible human being. It's just that Bischoff gives a really good insight as to why he is the way he is. And as far as bad guys go, he is a good bad guy ... If you know what I mean. xD
Heroes 'Til Curfew takes the Talent Chronicles world to bigger and better places. Bischoff took a massive step forward with this novel, doubling the length and jamming it packed with high action, heart pounding moments that make you hold your breath, and throws in an incredibly sweet and meaningful relationship that leaves you envious of their love.
5 out of 5