Thursday, January 6, 2011

Hush Money by Susan Bischoff

As soon as I knew I was getting a Kindle for Christmas, I started looking at cheap and free ebooks. This one is $0.99 at Amazon...not quite free, but as far as I'm concerned, well worth the money. 

They call their abilities Talents, and that’s what they call themselves as well. Talents are people born with supernatural powers, feared by the population at large. Possession of an “unregistered ability” has become illegal, and those who are discovered are forcibly removed to government-run research facilities. They do not return.

And so the Talents try, as best they can, to keep their abilities secret–some more successfully than others. For some, keeping that secret begins to define who they are. That’s where Hush Money begins…

Be normal, invisible. Don’t get close to anyone.


All in all, this book was fairly enjoyable. It was a light, fun read. The characters are entertaining, and the plot moves quickly. The narration is easy to read, and Joss is sassy and fun.

However, it is very obviously a YA novel. The scope of the novel is very small, taking place in a fairly small town. We don't really find out much about the Talents on a national or global scale, which I would have found interesting. Also, the climax of the book was not so climactic...I expected a bit more after the build up of the rest of the novel.

Was it worth 99 cents? Yes. The time I put into reading it? Yes. Will I buy sequels? Yes. However, I would not recommend expecting too much out of this book...it was fun but not revolutionary. I think this would make a good beach read, or would be a nice way to relax when you're horribly busy or stressed out.

Bottom Line
Overall Rating: 3 / 5
Buy or Try? Buy...it's only 99 cents
More? 1 / ?   Heroes Til Curfew being released 2011
Content
Plot: 3 / 5
Setting: 2 / 5
Characters: 3 / 5
Style
Pace: Fast
Descriptiveness: Prose
Fantasy factor: Magical Realism

Amazon.com link

2 comments:

maischeph said...

Might have to give this one a try. I got a Kindle for Christmas too :-P Loving it.

Escapist said...

Yeah me too...this one was really fun :) I'm working on Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by HP Mallory now...also 99 cents :D

 
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