Hush Money (Talent Chronicles)

Hush Money (Talent Chronicles)

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by Susan Bischoff
     
 

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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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781453787540
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
09/24/2010
Series:
Talent Chronicles
Pages:
194
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)

Meet the Author

Susan Bischoff is an incurable romantic with a soft-spot for superheroes, those larger-than-life characters whose supernatural abilities set them apart from everyone else. Some are loved by all and known by none, some are woefully misunderstood and mistreated by those they serve. Traditionally, the life of the super-powered being seemed to her to be one destined for loneliness, and yet so deserving of a happily ever after.

The Talent Chronicles series, which tells the stories of superhuman characters in a world that fears and persecutes them, was born out of her desire for happily ever after in the superhero realm. For superhero hook-ups! Superhero Romance! These are stories for those who love romantic storylines in television shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Smallville, and in movie series like Batman, Superman, and The X-Men. She's been known to say, "These are stories for people who wished Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor could have worked things out."

Susan lives in Tennessee with her high-school sweetheart husband, a daughter, two cats, and one, big puppy. She loves most everything girly: sewing, knitting, and other needlework crafts, baking, doll collecting, shojo manga, and is particularly fond of things that are pink. Another favorite pastime is replaying the kissing scene at the end of the BBC's North and South.

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Hush Money: A Talent Chronicles Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 485 reviews.
StaceyWallaceBenefiel More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MUST READ!!!! Its an amazing action filled book thats fast paced and i loved jees cant wait to read the next book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this free and wasn't expecting much, I was pleasantly surprised though and am looking forward to the next. Good read!
Unwasted_Words More than 1 year ago
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.
Emmay_78 More than 1 year ago
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.
Maria Castaneda More than 1 year ago
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
Mike Kircher More than 1 year ago
I really liked hush money, but i thought it was very slow in the beginning, and i almost gave up on it.
jorolle1 More than 1 year ago
I liked this...the idea of having talents seems cool. I'd loved to see how these talents develope over time.
Susan Galliher More than 1 year ago
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.
Sue Cudworth More than 1 year ago
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!!!
AM-Harte More than 1 year ago
Hush Money is the very promising debut of Susan Bischoff's Talent Chronicles series, a YA urban fantasy series that - rather refreshingly - avoids any mention of vampires or sparkling (because teens are interested in more than just blood-sucking). High school girl Joss has done everything in her power to go unnoticed. She eats alone, carefully controls her grades, and doesn't even think about talking to her crush. Because Joss has a terrible secret: she's has a Talent. and kids with psychic abilities tend to mysteriously disappear. Then new girl Kat joins the school, and puts herself into harm's way whilst rescuing Joss from the school bully. In a world in which psychic abilities are punishable by imprisonment, Joss must choose between keeping her secret and doing what's right to save a friend. Susan Bischoff has played her cards right: she has managed to write a captivating, engaging tale perfect for teens as well as all of us who. errr. aren't quite teens any more. In a YA market over-saturated with the same old stories, Hush Money is a breath of fresh air and more besides: it is a fast-paced, engaging introduction to the Talent Chronicles series which will leave you hungry for the sequel. What truly sets Hush Money apart from its contemporaries are the characters. You've got the high school loneliness and angst of early Smallville, the large crew of cool X-men like-powers, but most importantly you have teenagers who are three-dimensional believable people. Joss and her crush Dylan are the protagonists, with the story alternating between their points of view, but the strong character depth extends beyond the main players, creating a fully-fleshed setting which you'll enjoy sinking into. Furthermore, there is none of this "we were destined to be together" malarkey - in true awkward teen style, the romance is light-hearted, bumbling, and achingly sweet. The plot had a good mixture of high school drama and larger overpowering (governmental) threat, and while the issue is partially resolved, Susan Bischoff has planted many small seeds which will lead to a gripping, addictive series. After all, while Hush Money is dedicated to introducing the characters, world and dangers, the novel hints that there will be far more at stake in times to come. My only nitpick? While I enjoyed the alternating points of view - particularly because they were so distinct, and true to each character - the initial few pages felt a little forced. Joss' use of 'like' felt a little contrived, a little "trying too hard to be a teenager". but either the voice improved, or the story sucked me in soon after, because it didn't bother me throughout the rest of the novel. Overall, Hush Money is just the tip of what might become a very huge iceberg. Be careful if you skim past this novel, because even with the smallest scratch you might find yourself sinking right in. That's where you'll find me, waiting for the sequel.
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Awsome! I really want this book...
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I really enjoyed the story and plan on reading the 2nd book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good book. A little slow in the beginning so I didn't read it as fast as I would have. Glad I stuck with it cuz it picked up in the second half and we see some cool Talents. Ended a little abruptly, there are exerpts from other authors in the back which is what threw me off. Still, looking forward to the next book.
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