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.
Like mind reading? Like a chick who doesn't take crap from any one and can fight! Well then you would love to read about Talia and her team of hunters. I found myself engaged with the story from page one. I really loved how Talia was described and how when her emotions get the best of her well you best watch out! I have never read a book like this before. Yes, I have read books that deal with powers of the mind, but nothing like this. But it isn't all mind bending within the story. It is more along the lines of some people can morph some are really really smart. And they are all going to a special school just for them. Kind of like X-men how they had a school that they could go to because they were "different". Their main goal well that is something you have to read because I feel as though I would be giving so much away.
Now Talia's team mates are Eric and Henri, and let me say I LOVE the way Eric and Talia joke around. It is one of those relationships that they can be a smart-ass to each other and not worry about hurting each others feelings.
Now Talia is involved with the head honcho's son Donovan and Talia is determined to prove that she is not receiving special care and that she can handle her own in situations. Talia is set to graduate and become a full fledged hunter but what will her assignment be? Can she even carry it out? Heck what is up with her boy issues? And how much power does Talia actually hold within herself?
For all these answers and for an even more awesome read you have GOT to get this book and not only fall in love with the characters but the story line!
This author has a way to make you love and hate characters all at the same time, she writes them with such skill that you can feel and understand in a way what they are going through.