Talent Chronicles #1
Published August 4th 2010
They call their abilities Talents, and that's what they call themselves as well. Talents are people born with supernatural powers, feared by the population at large. Possession of an "unregistered ability" has become illegal, and those who are discovered are forcibly removed to government-run research facilities. They do not return. And so the Talents try, as best they can, to keep their abilities secret-some more successfully than others. For some, keeping that secret begins to define who they are. That's where Hush Money begins...
Be normal, invisible. Don't get close to anyone.
Those are the rules to live by for seventeen-year-old Joss. She spent years as an outsider, hoping to hide what she is, until the new girl, Kat, decides she's friend material. Kat doesn't realize her mistake when she stands up for Joss against Marco, a guy who's been giving Joss a hard time since freshman year. Joss is horrified when these heroics lead to the reveal of Kat's Talent.
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. And if that wasn't all complicated enough, Dylan, Joss's long-time crush, is finally starting to talk to her. But as Marco's best friend, can Dylan be trusted at all? Can Joss keep her secret and still save her friend? And what's more important, staying safe or doing what's right?
Read an Excerpt!
Hush Money follows the life of Joss, a quiet high schooler with a secret. She's a Talent.
Joss has spent her whole life pretending to be normal, to go unnoticed, to stay safe. With special training from her ex-military father on hand-to-hand combat and using her Talent for protection, Joss felt she was ready anything. But when she begins to gain friends and their lives are endangered, Joss needs to decide if worth possibly exposing herself to save them or leave them high and dry.
I love the way that Bischoff writes. It flows at a good pace and the characters feel real. they have hopes and dreams, flaws and weakness, they feel fear and courage, and there relationships with others are realistic and have depth.
My favourite part of this novel is the developing relationship between Joss and Dylan. I think that its really sweet that Joss has liked Dylan for almost her whole life - and that he has, too! The only think that really stood between them was Marco and Joss's rules to not get close to anyone. But those things seem to fade into the background as Joss inadvertently begins to gain friends and a wedge is driven between Dylan and Marco's friendship. It's so cute how protective Dylan is of Joss and she of him, and how it never seems to cross over to the creepy side of things. A great feat for Bischoff.
The other aspect that I really love is the whole 'Talent' concept. I think that it is awesome how these kids all have these amazing abilities and secretly use and train with them behind the governments back. It's like, 'Oh, you want to take us away and put us in your 'special' schools to use us how you see fit? Well, stuff that. I'm gonna live and use my Talent right under your nose and never let you know about it!' Oh, snap! xD
4 out of 5