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Originally published on June 6th, 2014. Re-posted for our TBT Review!
~Published: February 7th, 2012
~Length: 281 Pages
~Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Romance, Dystopian, Urban Fantasy
Block it out. Impossible for Talia Lyons. When you’re a Mind Manipulator, it’s hard enough to block the thoughts of others, let alone your own.
Block it out. The pounding, siren-ready world Talia inhabits as she trains with her fellow Hunters, the country's top-secret covert operatives. The physical demands. The emotional toll.
Block it out. The secrets that Talia’s boyfriend is hiding. Talia’s unbidden feelings of frustration and annoyance toward her teammate, the Casanova of the compound. The wondering why she cares what he thinks.
Block him out. Ian Crane. The man behind the bloodshed marring Talia’s memories of her murdered parents. The man she’s determined to kill.
Block it all out. Focus.
Talented is an emotionally raw dystopian romance, about the life of a girl with extraordinary psychic powers, and what happens when a heart is torn between love and rage.
~ 5/5 Roses ~
Set in the not-so-distant future, this dystopian novel lays out a world changed from chemical spills. The effects not only changed the land, but the humans as well. With everyone having special abilities and the country stuck in a Civil War, what is there to do but fight?
Even among gifted and Talented people, Talia is special. With strong mental abilities, she is being trained as a weapon to fight the rebels and bring an end to the Civil War- but is she on the right side?
Fighting to avenge her parent's murder, Talia focuses on one thing: training. The desires to get stronger, become a spy, and kill the rebel leader who killed her family fill her mind. With her best friend/boyfriend, Donavon, by her side, everything is going according to plan.
Until he betrays her trust, and breaks her heart.
Trying to keep her world from crumbling, she trains harder, goes on more missions, and relies on her new friend, Penny, and her team-mates. Especially the strong and always-there-for-her Erik.
Surprises and uncovered lies start popping up everywhere, and nothing is what it seems. Can Talia sort out the lies, and follow her heart? Or will orders rule her actions, and keep her from the truth, and love?
I recommend this book to any YA fan, esp those who enjoy action packed books with strong female leads.
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