Talented

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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 ...
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Talented (Talented Saga #1)

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Overview

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.

If James Bond and Sookie Stackhouse had a love child with a yearning for vengeance, her story would be TALENTED: an adventure about powerful teenagers who aren't afraid to embrace their fears and fight for what they believe in.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781482008234
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/24/2013
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 1,388,769
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Sophie moved to Washington, D.C. after graduating from Penn State. When Sophie isn't writing, she enjoys stimulating the economy by hitting up the Georgetown sales, volunteering with the homeless, frequenting the neighborhood bars, hiking in Rock Creek Park, and spending time with her poodle.

Talented is Sophie's first book, but the idea has been developing since high school.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Talented is a wonderful book! The story is rich with action, has

    Talented is a wonderful book! The story is rich with action, has strong characters and is visually beautiful. I could picture everything in my mind, as if I were watching a movie. There was not too much romance, but enough to make me go "awww". The story reminded me of a futuristic X-Men story. I hope everyone gives it a fair chance and loves it as much as I do!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2013

    I received the ecopy of this book. Talented was a very good book

    I received the ecopy of this book. Talented was a very good book. I cant wait to read more from Sophie. I highly recommend it.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    Rating: 4.5 Brief Synopsis: In a futuristic setting, life on E

    Rating: 4.5

    Brief Synopsis:
    In a futuristic setting, life on Earth has turned upside down. Due to the Great Contamination - and the leaking of nuclear waste
    resulting in nuclear contamination - a generation of children with abnormalities are brought into the world.

    Some, though, are slightly weirder than others. They are the Talented. Whether Morphers, Light Manipulators or Telekinetics,
    these kids are taught to hone their abilities and make use of them under the protective eye of the government. To use their Talents for
    good.

    But all Talia wants is revenge.

    Talia joins the Hunters, in the hopes of one day killing Ian Crane - the man who had her parents killed before her eyes. But she has
    a lot to learn. With help from Hunters Erik and Henri she trains to become what she believes will help ease the pain inside.

    A thousand question run through her head: Who is she really hurting? Is Donovan, her life-long friend, her true love? Or is Erik, her
    right hand man? Is revenge a dish best served cold? And most importantly, is the government really protecting the Talented...or is
    there something sinister occurring behind the smiling facades? 
    A action-packed H.I.V.E-like adventure, about a group of teenagers who aren't afraid to embrace their fears and fight for what they
    believe. 

    My Notes:
    First things first - I loved it.
    The whole idea was so vividly put to paper, that I could immediately see it in my mind - all thoroughly explained so as to immerse the
    reader in this world so like our own and yet, so different. Talia's emotions are yours; her pain your pain, her loss yours. She never
    scrambles her words, and funnily enough - unlike most heroines - is the first to admit to be either too clingy, or too afraid. She sees her
    faults and it is that which makes her all the more real.
    The other characters are a joy to read: Erik (whom I nickname the Fire Truck 'cause his looks could set the building on fire, lol) is
    sarcastic, strong, has that relaxed graceful way of doing everything - like he was born to be brilliant - and yet underneath all the
    bravado is a really sweet and concerned guy, who's just afraid to be rejected.

    Henri's basically like Talia's stand-in Dad - there with all the curfew reminders, no-boys-allowed rules and of course the heart-felt advice
    that makes him such a loveable character.

    Donovan...well. Hmph. You'll see, that's all I'm saying for now. I like him so much better BEFORE he got so...clingy. NOT a good
    boyfriend trait.

    Penny's fantastic. She reminds me of Penny from Hairspray mixed with a really nail-polish happy, chirpy BFF of any typical teenage girl. 
    I especially love Talia, for no better reason other than she's part Italian and I love Italy and Italian food. *laughs* Jokes!!! I love her
    because she has a moral compass and a sense of struggle; she's not afraid to give it all she's got and she knows how to prioritise.(Example: Which is more important...boy troubles? Or the infiltration mission coming up? Hmm...take a guess, anyone?!)(BTW - she picks the mission, for all you smarty-pants' out there!)
    So get ready to experience a world like no other with Sophie Davis' Talented!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2013

    I could not put this book down! It was really well written and h

    I could not put this book down! It was really well written and had me hooked from the beginning. I am looking forward to reading more books from Sophie Davis!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    I liked this book. It was a light fun read and very exciting. Th

    I liked this book. It was a light fun read and very exciting. The dialogue could be a little stilted at times and at times it felt unnatural. The rest of the book was still great and the characters are fairly well rounded. I did find the two boys in the love triangle a little cheesy, as of course they are both stunningly attractive but other than that, I liked both of those characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Love this series!

    This book caught my attention right away and I really enjoyed it. It is written for young adults/teens, but I am 34 and loved the whole series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    No way

    Okay, so the book seamed good at first. But the author explains things too fast and it's hard to enjoy.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2013

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    Great Teen Read!

    The story had great character development. I loved Erik. His character was so flawed, yet he had a lot of good going on, too. Talia was stronger than she knew, tough, yet vulnerable. Definitely a great read about a dystopian society, teen angst, having to live larger than life through all of the pressures.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2015

    Best book ever

    So good and i couldnt stop reading it! I was up all night long!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2015

    Great YA

    Interesting concept. Strong characters. 280 pages
    BrynnS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2015

    Well executed

    This book will keep you on the edge of your seat!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2015

    Re:teen porn

    It is not. This book isnt ad. Sleepovers only have cuddling, and kissing. Only one part in the book is semi-innapropriate. It still isnt sex.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2014

    Excellent

    Very similar to Hunger Games and Divergent in context and main character. I just really enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2014

    Good book!

    Strong main hero, and just a over all good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2014

    Love the series

    Great read for teens

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  • Posted September 25, 2014

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    I was first told about the book by my sister. I admit it took me

    I was first told about the book by my sister. I admit it took me awhile to read it. I seemed to always read the first two chapters then stop. I finally had the time to actually read it and I have to say that I really really liked it. I really like all the characters especially Penny.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

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    5 BIG FAT stars! An AMAZING and Talented author! I loved this b

    5 BIG FAT stars!

    An AMAZING and Talented author! I loved this book – it was part fast paced with a ton of action and adventures, as well as part love story. **Please note there may be some spoilers in the content below**

    Natalia Lyons, or Talia for short, is a Talent – she has a special ability due to the “Great Contamination” over a hundred years prior that caused a lot of natural disasters – which lead to a nuclear contamination. The result was the Talented who have special abilities such as Morphing, Light Manipulation, Viewers, Telekinesis, or the rarest type of Talent – a Mimic which can take on any Talent from someone around them. Talia is Telepathy, but a very exceptional one referred to as an advanced Mind Manipulator.

    Since her parents were murdered right before her eyes when she ten years old, she has wanted to hone her skills, especially when the director of the McDonough School for the Talented – Danbury McDonough, aka Mac, and his family – take her in and adopt her as a part of their family. And now Talia is a Pledge to the Hunters (aka Spies) through the “Talented Organization of Exceptionally Interesting Citizens or TOXIC, so she can take revenge on those who tore her family apart and killed her parents – whom she believes is another group of Talents called the Coalition who is lead by Ian Crane.

    Beside her through her training is her boyfriend, Donavon – who is also the son of Mac, as well as her team mates Henri and Erik. As her training progresses, she and her team build a strong working bond. Using Erik’s morphing skills along with Talia’s telepathy skills, the three of them are able to communicate without uttering a word out loud, which comes in very handy while running missions. Throughout her training, Talia feels Donavon slowly pulling away from her, but she tries to maintain their bond. Then she meets Penny, who is a Pledge for the “BRAINS” or Cryptos. They become fast friends, which Talia likes as the only other friends she has are her boyfriend and her two team mates. Once Talia and her team go on their first mission, it quickly goes from bad to worse when Talia is seriously injured. Erik helps her – using his mimicking talent – by taking the pain away while Henri tends to the wound. From that moment on, Talia and Erik share a special bond.

    Upon returning their compound, things between Talia and Donavon become even more strained. When he leaves for a mission of his own, Talia is feeling the pressure of their relationship, but knows there are more important things at stake. While he is gone, Talia starts feeling things like jealousy regarding Erik, but again, she quick tries to dismiss them, but the keep nagging at her in the back of her mind. But when Donavon’s betrayal hits too close to Talia’s heart and she finds him with another girl in his bed, she explodes and blows up his cabin.

    Mac then sends Talia and her team on several missions, but she walks around like she is in a fog that just won’t lift – so she throws herself into her training and preparations. As her skills and confidence build – as well as her feelings for Erik. Finally, she is called to Mac’s office to complete her “Solo mission”, which is basically like their graduation – and it isn’t just any solo mission…she is to infiltrate the compound of Ian Crane himself. Just as her relationship with Erik starts to bloom, she is off to Las Vegas for her mission. But when she runs into trouble and comes face to face with Ian Crane himself, Talia is injured and forced to make a quick getaway. Lucky for Talia, she is able to activate her tracker before she blacks out. The TOXIC operatives – Donavon in particular – finds her and she is rushed to the awaiting plane. But when Donavon finds a letter from Erik to Talia he gave her right before her mission that explains how he came to be with TOXIC and about his family, it’s anyone’s guess on how Donavon will react – will he give the note to his father, or back to Talia and keep Erik’s secrets safe?

    I just LOVED this book! Talia is strong and smart, and while she is a flawed human despite her abilities, she is real. And I thought that the “love triangle” was brought around well – Erik seems too hot for words! Can’t wait to see what happens next in this amazing series!  Highly recommend :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Pretty good

    Im a reader and yes I understand the fact that she is 16 and very inappropriate, but to be honest, its pretty much every teenagers dream. I mean you have to admit, you would Love to be able to drink alchohol that causes no hangovers, sleep in the same bed with a boy who doesnt really pressure you but keeps the offer held high, and be able to control things with just a thought. I will read the rest of the series. See what happens. Some of it was a little wierd, but like i said its pretty much any teenagers dream. So i dont know about reading it if your old enough to drink or if you are a science lover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    teen porn

    this isn't sci fi. it's teen porn. inappropriate porn at that. the main character is 16 and drinks alcohol with the approval of adults, and has inappropriate boy sleep overs. the book was free, and worth every penny.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    Yuck

    This had cussing and the characters had very bad and kind of disgusting backgrounds and actions. I didn't even finish this book because of these reasons. The plot sounded good but how they put it together was not.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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