Talented by Sophie Davis
the first book in the Talented saga
published on January 11th 2012 (self-published)
paranormal | fantasy | romance
When Talia Lyons was just a child, her parents were murdered before her eyes. Offered a choice between accepting their fate and exacting revenge, Talia trains to become one of the country’s deadliest assassins in order to kill the man responsible for their deaths: Ian Crane. Luckily, Talia was born with a gift- the ability to read and influence the minds of others. At sixteen, Talia is poised to graduate from the McDonough School for the Talented, where she learned to control her abilities. Now there is only one obstacle standing between her and the retribution she craves… Talia herself.
Her greatest asset may also be her undoing; while a formidable weapon in the field, Talia’s talents prevent her from both shutting off the mental connection she shares with her questionable boyfriend and blocking out the thoughts of a beguiling fellow recruit. But Talia can’t afford to have the feelings and distractions of a normal teenage girl, when her life is far from normal.
She must regain the single-minded determination that has brought her this far, or it may cost Talia her life when she finally faces Crane. And even after being molded in to a weapon of war, she’ll still have to find the strength it takes to pull the trigger.
I’m a sucker for stories with super power stuffs, so it didn’t really surprise me that I enjoyed this book. There were some things that were wrong with it, but all in all, it was a pretty good read.
The plot, although great, has some plot holes. Like, if she was as powerful as the author describes her to be, why didn’t she know that her boyfriend was cheating on her? Or why didn’t she just kill Ian?
The characters were well developed, and only mildly irritating (which, in my book, is great). Talia, our main protagonist, has both good and bad sides. The good side is she was kinda badass, what with the moving stuff with her mind and and all that jazz. The bad side is that she thinks that everything is about her. I mean, seriously, when two men fight, do you automatically think that they fought over you? *insert eye roll here*
[Mild-ish spoilers begin here!] Donavon, I thought at first, was sweet and caring, but he turned out to be a cheating bastard. Erik was really, really sweet! Especially when he took away Talia’s pain (don’t understand how they did that, by the way)! He’s kinda bipolar at times, though.
When I first started the book, I was relieved to find that Talia was already in a relationship, thinking that there won’t be an insta-love moment. Obviously, I was mistaken. The romance between Erik and Talia was cute though, before Talia ruined it with her childishness. I mean, how many men will deny sex from a drunk girl? [End spoilers.]
The writing was a little over-descriptive, but it was manageable. A bit boring at times, but pretty okay overall.
All in all, it is pretty much worth reading, if you can overlook Talia’s slightly annoying and childish attitude.