Synopsis: 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.
Talented by Sophie Davis was an August read for The Book Cove book club.
This book has been on my TBR list since I first heard of Sophie Davis in preparation for BookCon 2014. I thoroughly enjoy YA and the synopsis had me intrigued. Once I cracked open the book, I was hooked! I love to be thrown into the story head first and let the world-building fill in around the action. The middle third of the book had some slow spots but picked up again for the last third. The romance thread through the plot had some snags and left you wanting the sequel for more. I found Talia to be relatable. Her interactions with her Hunter group (Henri and Erik) were my favorite passages. The heart-pumping action had me holding my breath at times. Sophie Davis’ ability to develop crystal-clear imagery put the reader directly in Talia’s world. With such wonderful description, I was disappointed in the book cover. The model, while beautiful, does not match Talia’s image or personality (she would never wear those shoes). One noticeable hindrance to plot rhythm was the repetition. There were times when I was reminded of a serial story. As if a few chapters were released at a time and the reader needed reminding exactly what TOXIC was or that Talia was special. Sophie Davis left plenty of dangling plot threads to pull the reader into the sequel, Caged.