Sunday, 3 June 2012

BLOG TOUR!! Talented by Sophie Davis

At the Other End:

Talia Lyons is Talented.  Born after a nuclear spill, she is part of a new generation possessing special abilities; Talia can read the minds of others and manipulate their thoughts.  Whether Morphers, Light Manipulators or Telekinetics, the Talented are taught to control their abilities under the protective eye of the government- to use their Talents for good. But all Talia wants is revenge.

Talia joins the Hunters, an elite group of government operatives, hoping to one day kill Ian Crane - the man who ordered the execution of her parents.
Ever since she witnessed their brutal deaths, Talia has spent her life honing her abilities, determined to settle the score.  But she still has a lot to learn before she can ease the pain inside. Talia turns to a boy who can mimic her Talents, a boy who truly understands her inner turmoil.  But even he can’t help Talia, when she’s forced to choose between saving herself and avenging the lives of her parents.

Talented is an action-packed adventure, about a group of teenagers who aren't afraid to embrace their fears and fight for what they believe in.

First Impressions Last:

THIS. SOUNDS. AMAZING. SERIOUSLY.............enough said.

Shhh....... Don't Tell:
My parents’ deaths had been quick.  One cold metal bullet to the side of my father’s head was all it took to steal the life of the man whose lap I curled up in every night before bed so he could tell me a story; the man who brought me cold milk and warm cinnamon sugar cookies when I had nightmares; the man whose warm, dark brown eyes and toothy smile lit up the room every time my mother walked in.
My poor mother, she never stood a chance.  Before she could even reach my father, a man in black grabbed her from behind.  With one flick of his wrist, a gaping wound appeared across her throat.  The man in black tossed her carelessly next to my father’s crumpled form, like she was trash.
I was murderous.  The feelings overwhelmed me, stirring in my stomach and rising like bile in my throat; overwhelmed me.  Then the horrible, high-pitched shrieking started; it filled my ears, suffocating all of the coherent thoughts in my brain.
I am still not sure if it was the cold, calculated murder of my father, or the careless disposal of my mother –  probably both – but I felt something inside of me snap.  One minute, I was hiding in the closet with the silk of my mother’s long dresses pulled tight around my face, like curtains trying to block out the brutal scene in the bedroom.  The next, I was sitting in the outer room of our hotel suite, surrounded by broken furniture, shattered glass, and the bodies of the men in black.  They were all dead.
The blonde man carried a large gun slung over one shoulder, and several smaller ones were tucked at his waist.  An entire team of men clamored through the doorway after him.  He held up one of his hands, indicating for the men to stay back.  He approached me slowly, hesitantly.  He was greater than an arms distance away when he tentatively extended one of his large, gloved hands toward me; I had seen people do the same thing with wounded animals.
“Natalia?” he asked in a soft voice.  I couldn’t find the energy to even nod my head, I just stared blankly.  “Natalia,” he repeated.  “My name is Danbury McDonough.  Do you remember me?  I’m friends with your daddy.”  I rewarded him with another of my blank stares.  “Natalia, are you hurt?”  He took my silence as an indication that I was not.
He placed me in the back seat of the waiting vehicle. I curled into a ball as he covered me with dry blankets.  My body and mind were numb, impervious to the rain and cold.  He tucked the red and black fabric under my chin.  I was vaguely aware that the material was itchy against my skin, but I didn’t move it away.
I could hear the soft ping of the raindrops hitting the metal roof of the car, keeping perfect time with the tears leaking on to the soft leather seat and pooling underneath my cheek.  I tried to concentrate on the noise instead of the slideshow of my parents’  deaths playing on the inside of my eyelids.  I was convinced that the images, now seared into my conscious, would never fade.  The feelings I’d had in the closet were now gone, leaving me empty and hollow and tired – so tired.  I closed my swollen eyes and willed my own mind blank.

Behind the 316 Pages:

Just like the title suggests, this is one Talented book. *quietly chuckles to self*. This novel made the process seem like a natural one to write. This book flowed perfectly and never failed to keep me entertained. The start of the novel picks up quickly as we learn straight away the history of their dystopian world. What I love about the novel, is that the blurb is kind of like a starting chapter kind of thing. We read the blurb frist, then we pick up the book and straight away are continued on from the blurb into the actual novel. A brilliant and unique way to have a blurb that suits everyone and even if you don't read blurbs, or forget what it said before you pick up the book, it isn't much of a loss if you don't read it first off. It's basically an introductory paragraph that brings you into the book, this does both. It brings you into the start of the book, AND, makes you intrigued about the book, wanting to pick it up and reading it. I love how Davis made the characters act their OWN AGE. Many times have I seen countless novels have authors protray their characters as acting a completely different age to what they should be, while taking into account the characters personal experiences, it's just a little too elaborate most of the time. The novel gives you much to consider, we start thinking about things we haven't even considered in their world. I felt for all the characters and established that connection with Talia that we start to feel as she feels and act as she would act. That connection that pulls us from readers and makes us feel like we actually belong in that world and not just as someone viewing it. Fluid writing style and imagery throughout the whole book. Doesn't lack a thing. However, a little more structure on timing would be good.


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What's Next:

Caged (Talented Saga #2)
Caged (Talented Saga #2)Behind 346 Pages
At the Other End:After her brush with death at Ian Crane’s compound, Talia Lyons feels like a prisoner, confined in her childhood home. Plagued with seizures- the result of an unidentified drug injected in her neck by Crane’s men- Talia must put her dream of becoming a Hunter on hold. So when Agency Director McDonough asks Talia to go undercover at the School for the Talented, to find the spy who set the trap for her in Nevada, Talia jumps at the opportunity.

Soon she learns that her new-found freedom comes with a price- working with Donavon on a daily basis. As if that isn’t awkward enough, her former teammate, Erik, also shows up at the School. But at least Talia has the unexpected company of her best friend Penny; to not only assist her in uncovering the spy, but also to deal with the complications that the guys create.

As Talia becomes more entrenched in her assignment, she quickly learns the lengths that the Agency and Mac will go in the name of war. With Crane’s influence spreading, Talia learns that there are few Operatives without ties to the Coalition. Forced to face hard truths and dangerous conclusions, Talia realizes that it is those closest to her who are hiding the biggest secrets. As the task of finding the traitor becomes more problematic, desperation and frustration rule Talia’s world. It becomes clear that Talia can’t do this alone. But who can she trust, when everyone around her is lying

Want more of the tour? Check out these stops:

May 28 - Taking it One Page at a Time - REVIEW/Guest Post/Giveaway
May 29 - A Case of Reading Insomnia - REVIEW/Giveaway
May 30 - Memories Overtaking Me - REVIEW/Excerpt
May 31 - For the Love of Film and Novles - REVIEW/Giveaway/Interview
June 1 - Movies in My Head - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 3 - Behind a Million and One Pages - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt (<-- You Are Here)
June 5 - The Reading Fever - REVIEW/Guest Post/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 6 - Book Blogging Beauties - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 7 - Sweeping the USA - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 8 - Bookishly Devoted - REVIEW/Excerpt
June 8 - Waiting on Sunday to Drown - REVIEW/Giveaway/Guest Post
June 8 - Bookishly Devoted - REVIEW/Excerpt

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