Sunday, August 22, 2010

Hush Money - Susan Bischoff

Hush Money (Talent Chronicles)Hush Money (Talent Chronicles)

There are things that are never spoken about in Joss's town, and when Krista disappears, she is just one more missing face that will never return. Joss knows how easy it is to disappear, her childhood friend was taken when they were five after a mysterious house fire. Since then, she has taken ever precaution to avoid attention of let anyone close enough to discover her secrets. If it comes to light that she has a Talent, she is as good as dead.

I found this story to be entertaining, though definitely written for the teenage crowd. It has a great pace, and held my attention long after I was supposed to be asleep. While the characters were occasionally put into adult situations, they were only lightly touched upon and were not explored in any depth or provided any real consequences to the characters. The chapters alternated between the views of Joss and Dylan, providing some insight into the characters, but also making them come off a bit stereotypical and flat. However, I thought that they did show potential for growth as the series continues. The developing romantic relationship between Joss and Dylan was great and really made me want to keep reading.

My Recommendation

This was a fun read, and is great for teenage fans of urban fantasy. I give it a 4/5 - Wait for a sale/coupon.

***FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***


Anonymous said...

I think it's worth noting that your rating scale pricing thing doesn't really apply here. The book is 99 cents! What kind of coupon are you expecting for that? Or do you expect all books to be free?

I found it to be well-written and edited, better than much of what I've seen out of New York lately. 5/5 myself.

Anonymous said...

Mei- Thanks so much for reading the book, and for your thoughtful review. That it kept you from other things (like sleep!) is a tremendous compliment, and I really appreciate it, and the time you've spent on me.

@babyphobic, thanks for your kind words as well! I'm always happy to hear when someone else has enjoyed my work.

Mei said...

@babyphobic, I completely agree about the $0.99. This book is a steal at that price! I actually don't take the price of the book into account in my reviews, it's just my established rating system. :)

@Susan, I can't wait to read the next one! I can only imagine the trials they have ahead of them.