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Talented has been one of my favorite reads that we’ve done as a group so far. I found the plot to be interesting and the action to be thrilling. There were a few things I found difficult to take in this book, particularly the occasional info-dump and the main character’s overwhelmingly childish personality but all in all, I give this book four out of five stars.
So, my main issue with this book is the main character Talia. I felt she whined way more than she should have and was extremely needy. I do understand that a lot of this was because of her past and her age but I still felt it went above and beyond the average teenage girl. Furthermore, I felt that, as a girl who has devoted her life to avenging her parents’ death, she sure seemed to get distracted from her goal easily. She seemed so boy crazy with her obsession with Donovan in the beginning (and basically even all the way to the end since, as Erik said, she was always comparing everything with Erik to her relationship with Donovan) and then Erik after “the incident.” She’s supposed to be training to be a hunter. Even she knows she’s not supposed to let her emotional connections interfere with her missions. Yet, they do. I don’t think I would have minded her character faults as much if there had been some major character development with her throughout the book but, to my disappointment, there wasn’t.
The rest of the book however was entertaining, well written save for a few repetitions and the occasion info-dump (like the one that occurs right after the opening scene,) fast-paced, and had an awesome cast of characters (Talia not included.) I loved that the book opened with a scene of pandemonium and action. It dragged me as the reader into the world immediately as I, like Talia, tried to figure out what the heck was going on. I thought Penny was the most interesting and fun character around. Despite being a bit of a side character, I found the depth of her character development intriguing and I just plain liked her. I want her to be my friend! Even Donovan was well written because he was designed to be an unlikable character and he was exactly that. This book was fun and I look forward to continuing the series.