Thursday, July 5, 2012

Hush Money Review

Hush 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. Those are the rules to live by for seventeen-year-old Joss. She spent years as an outsider, hoping to hide what she is, until the new girl, Kat, decides she’s friend material. Kat doesn’t realize her mistake when she stands up for Joss against Marco, a guy who’s been giving Joss a hard time since freshman year. Joss is horrified when these heroics lead to the reveal of Kat’s Talent. Now she has an unasked-for best friend, who is the victim of an extortion plot by the school bully, who used to like Joss. And if all that weren’t complicated enough, Dylan, Joss’s long-time crush, is finally starting to talk to her. But as Marco’s best friend, can Dylan be trusted at all? Can Joss keep her secret and still save her friend? And what’s more important, staying safe or doing what’s right?

I loved this concept! The book was well written, captivating, and entertaining. I was enthralled with the balance of super hero and paranormal, survival and romance. The characters were extraordinary, as they did not it the mold of what has now become a recurring theme in YA reads- a brooding love interest, a feisty heroine, a suspicious villain, and a perky best friend. Instead, we watch Joss come into her own, and Dylan is filled with smiles. You are given an inside scoop from both parties, and the perspectives tie in nicely. I absolutely loved this read, but the love stops here. I'd absolutely recommend Hush Money, but the rest of the series was a major disappointment.  

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