Hush Money (Talent Chronicles)

Hush Money (Talent Chronicles)

by Susan Bischoff


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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)

About 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. 488 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.
lyricaltwin on LibraryThing 22 days ago
This book was so-so. I didn't really understand it. If the author hadn't left as many loose ends in this, I wouldn't have minded. But to be honest, you need to solve SOME things before you end the book. You can't just leave everything for the sequel. Still, it was okay.
dukesangel002 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
I'm normally not one for shorter books. I always feel that there isn't enough time to develop the characters, build the world, create relationships, ect. Well, Susan Bischoff has blown my theory out of the water! This book was just as amazing as any full length novel. Each character was rich, and vibrant, and just bounced off the page. The world she created, of talents that had to hide themselves from the world so they didn't get caught, was entertaining and very easy to relate to. Each character was just like you or me, only they have to hide a secret bigger that the ones we might have to hide, because their freedom depends on it.Joss was a great main character, she was scared and insecure, but also full of inner-strength, and she really grew into herself as the book progressed. Marco was a great bully, one of the ones that you love to hate! Kat was a quirky individual that reminded me of a few of my friends. Dylan was a great male lead/love interest. He wasn't the stereotypical perfect male that we see a lot in YA. He was flawed, and struggled to be a good guy, but sometimes made some very bad mistakes. He was also sweet and strong, and their relationship blossomed at a very realistic rate.Overall, this was a fantastic read! Action packed and suspenseful from the first page to the very last. I loved all the different powers that were displayed! I can't wait to see where Susan Bischoff takes this series next! It's going to be an amazing ride and I plan to read it as soon as I can possibly get my hands on it! I recommend this one to any YA, paranormal, or super-hero lover (and who doesn't love super-heroes???)!
Piper3 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Joss has no friends, no extracurricular activates, and even keeps her grades average. Joss has been trained to blend in. Standing out in this town will sure lead to being taken away by the NIAC to a state school. Joss is a talent; that is she can move things with her mind. Anyone with a special ability is called a talent, and anyone caught using a talent will be taken away never to return. Everything is running smoothly for joss until she gets an unwanted best-friend Kat. Kat ends up getting blackmailed by the biggest bully in school, Marco. Joss has to decide wither she¿s going to help Kat or leave her to fend for herself. Joss already knows the dangers friends can bring and Marco¿s already after Joss for rejecting him years ago. To make matters more complicated Joss¿ long time crush Dylan has started talking to her. But Dylan¿s best friend is Macro and Joss doesn¿t know if she can trust him. Will Marco win and get Kat hauled off by the NIAC? Is Dylan trust worthy? Will NIAC find out Joss¿ secret? I was rather impressed by this book. In fact I absolutely loved it! Susan Bischoff can write a wicked story of superhero¿s and romance. I wish the book didn¿t end so abruptly but since this is just the first book (of hopefully many) I was ok with it. I¿m dying for the second book and hope that Susan Bischoff is busy at work writing it.
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Awsome! I really want this book...
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