Hush Money (Talent Chronicles)

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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 ...

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Overview

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?

Hush Money is recommended for readers 13 and over due to strong language.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453787540
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 9/24/2010
  • Series: Talent Chronicles
  • Pages: 194
  • Sales rank: 949,602
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

    Three cheers for Superhero romance!

    You remember the early seasons of Smallville, back when Clark was mooning over Lana, they were all still in high school, and every week was an episode about stopping some isolated problem and the important thing was keeping his secret? If you're like me and really miss those days, Hush Money is absolutely for you. In a market that's positively flooded with stories about teen vampires or fairies, Bischoff provides a refreshing and absolutely believable world about teenagers with superpowers. Chloe Sullivan would have plenty of fodder for her Wall of Weird--in the best possible way!

    In this debut novel, heroine Joss must come to question the deeply ingrained secret keeping behavior she's always lived by in order to do the right thing and help a friend who's being blackmailed by the class bully. Joss was so three-dimensional, I swear she had a locker next to mine in high school. She shared my disgust of the pink and girly, and she has this great crush on borderline bad-boy Dylan (who is exactly the right mix of rebellious and nice guy). I can't wait to see what Joss and her friends get up to in the next installment!

    An absolute must read from this up and comer in the YA genre.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    MUST READ. seriously. if you loved Heroes (the tv show) then this series will definitely spark your interest!

    I love this series. It's so intersting, the idea of people with Talents. I love how creative Susan Bischoff is with her writing. Joss is a very relatable character. As for the critics concerned with the language, I can say one thing; any young adult/teenager who goes to school hears WAY worse. I think the way she used the language made the book more real than most sugarcoated young adult novels. It's a very entertaining read and I definitely recommend it to any reader!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2011

    waste of money

    I can't believe they sale this as a teen book. I didn't even finish the book because of the language. It's too bad they don't give ratings to books like they do movies. If you use that kind of language in a movie it would be rated "r". I would hope that people with a literary background would have a better vocabulary than this. I know I would not let my teenage daughter read this. So disappointed!

    5 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2010

    Excellent YA debut!

    I just finished Hush Money and am totally jonesing for the next book already! Loved this book. The main character, Joss, is snarky, strong, insecure, and protective-all things that make her a realistic heroine. I enjoyed her voice and also reading things from Dylan's (her crush) point of view. The back and forth between the two really kept the story moving. The action sequences were written well-easy to imagine and quite exciting! I can't wait to find out more about all of the characters and how they use their super powers. Great debut!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Great book

    I really liked this book. It took me about 20 pages to get into it. It has a weird beggining,but other then that it was really good. It has action and romance. I loved the book

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    Its a good very teeny bopper book.

    I liked this...the idea of having talents seems cool. I'd loved to see how these talents develope over time.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Good

    Enjoyable read, exciting and adventurous and funny and all that good stuff. One thing i was confused about was *spoiler alert* when the NIAC agents are in Kat's house and all the Talents try to escape. Maybe the author was trying to portray the craziness of the moment but it only succeeded in confusing the heck out of me. Overall though it was a fun read and ill be looking into the second book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Very catchy, fast-paced, believable, intriguing. A plane/car tri

    Very catchy, fast-paced, believable, intriguing. A plane/car trip/weekend read that will make anything boring to sit through fly by very fast!

    Good editing too (self-pub'd book). Worth muuuch more than $0.99. Loved it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Good book

    Ok i LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!! I love how i finally found a book that has people with powers yet romance. BUT i dont think all that cursing and other STUFF is not neccesary. I am just in elementary school so i dont need that information yet!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Super Read!

    I really liked this book! It veered a little off the paranormal path into super hero territory, but I enjoyed it! The struggle the main character has to go trough, torn between what she has been taught all her life and what she feels once she meets a new group of friends is heart wrenching at times!

    I liked this book so well, I read it in one night & if I didn't have to work tomorrow, I'd stay up & read the second one as well!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Amazingggg

    MUST READ!!!! Its an amazing action filled book thats fast paced and i loved jees cant wait to read the next book!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    surprise

    I got this free and wasn't expecting much, I was pleasantly surprised though and am looking forward to the next. Good read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

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    Fun Quick Read

    Set in a world where people with special abilities are detained by the government never to be seen and heard from again, the Talent Chronicles has a lot of promise. Hush Money starts off following the duel perspectives of our young would be couple. Loner, Joss who was trained and conditioned to blend in, keep her head down, and look the other way, has been getting by isolating herself and only trusting her family. Semi delinquent, Dylan finds himself in one bad situation after another, and it's escalating, courtesy of his best friend Marco, but all he wants is out, and Joss. It seems like everyone has a secret (or talent) to hide in a place where one slip, or mistrust in the wrong person can get you sent away, but Joss, Dylan, and others are going to need to come together before the end, if they are to have any chance in the future. Full of talented teenagers reminiscent of X-Men, they are only just beginning to see the value of banding together against the NIAC (National Institute of Ability Control).

    Hush money was a fun quick read. But I don't think the full potential of this idea has been met. I wanted more. Only the basic most simple storyline was resolved in this first book and I hope the author really takes the time to fully develop the more complex threads she has established in this book. I believe the Talent Chronicles could become a great mix of YA romance, and a comic book Bourne Identity, with our superhero teenagers trying to solve the NIAC's mysteries while fighting not to be taken, and experimented on. Only the next installments will tell how far Bischoff can push it to the next level.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    suprisingly enjoyed

    I was actually surprised by this book. It sort of snuck up on me and I really liked the characters as a whole. It was a bit shallow at times, but I still really enjoyed it and will be reading the next one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    This book is great

    I loved everything about this book. It was completly different, in a good way. I was tired of all the same cliche book but this was just a breath if fresh air

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    I really liked hush money, but i thought it was very slow in the beginning, and i almost gave up on it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Great!

    I love the book it has the trouble us teens go through everyday with more crap added! The only thing i hated is how they leave u hanging at the end..... and how it says The End.... overall good book with cuse words... the say f**k a lot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

    MY FAVORITE BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!

    I loved this book soooo much but at some parts it was very romantic which isnt my favorite but i love the whole superhero concept the action was great my favorite person would have to be...... all the people with talents I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    ehh

    this book was iffy the idea was quite different but i din see too much elaboration or emoton between the characterss. also the part were theyre truing to escape the writings all over the place so it doest mae sense at first. i have. feeling te author xould have done a lot netter than what they already did

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    bad

    i did not like this book it was just werid.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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