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Hush Money (Talent Chronicles #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,081 Ratings  ·  291 Reviews
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. For Talents, keeping their secret is the most important thin ...more
Kindle Edition, 194 pages
Published August 3rd 2010
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Jillian -always aspiring-
Jan 22, 2011 Jillian -always aspiring- rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of The Candidates
Let it be known that I thought I would really like this book. I was excited when I downloaded it. I rushed to start it and hoped that it would be a great read from an indie author. I was expecting to be wowed and engrossed. . .but, well, my reading experience was far different than I had expected.

Sometimes it's hard to form my thoughts about a book into words for a review. My thoughts and feelings can be all over the place with certain books. Such is the case with Hush Money -- a book about Tale
Susan Bischoff
Aug 23, 2010 Susan Bischoff rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves teen paranormal. Books like Twilight, shows like Buffy.
This is my book and I love it. So I gave it lots of stars. Sue me. I hope you'll like it too.
Aug 25, 2010 Leena rated it really liked it
When I first started reading Hush Money I was wondering what the title was about. As I continued to read everything clicked and began to fully understand the story. I loved the chemistry between Joss and Dylan and all the other characters. I also really liked how it was written in both their point of views. I really enjoyed reading this book because I read a couple chapters a day and at night before I went to sleep I couldn't stop thinking about a book. I would definitely suggest this book to an ...more
Paige Prince
Sep 15, 2010 Paige Prince rated it really liked it
I’ve been in kind of a reading slump lately. No, really. I haven’t been able to get into a book and have had to force myself through them for a couple of months now. It’s not the books I’ve been reading, because they’ve all been good, but I just haven’t been yanked into a story and kept there.

Until Hush Money.

From the very first sentence, I was drawn in and I literally couldn’t put the book down. Even knowing that I had to get up at the crack of dawn the next day, I stayed up until 2am reading t
Stacey Benefiel
Aug 06, 2010 Stacey Benefiel rated it it was amazing
I just finished Hush Money and am totally jonesing for the next book already! Loved this book. The main character, Joss, is snarky, strong, insecure, and protective-all things that make her a realistic heroine. I enjoyed her voice and also reading things from Dylan's (her crush) point of view. The back and forth between the two really kept the story moving. The action sequences were written well-easy to imagine and quite exciting! I can't wait to find out more about all of the characters and how ...more
Kait Nolan
Aug 05, 2010 Kait Nolan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You remember the early seasons of Smallville, back when Clark was mooning over Lana, they were all still in high school, and every week was an episode about stopping some isolated problem and the important thing was keeping his secret? If you're like me and really miss those days, Hush Money is absolutely for you. In a market that's positively flooded with stories about teen vampires or fairies, Bischoff provides a refreshing and absolutely believable world about teenagers with superpowers. Chlo ...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
3.5 stars. I was sort of nervous to read this book. It seems like every single time I go into a story with excitement because the premise seems different from all of the other current offerings, I'm often let down. Thankfully, this did not happen for me - big surprise!

Although, I do have a complaint to get out of the way first. The first half of the book seemed like it took forever to get moving. I was waiting to see kids on superpower crack! Instead, I got a lot of : it appears he likes her but
Feb 16, 2014 Glory rated it liked it
Ну, наверное, даже с плюсом))
Проглотила за вечер, объем небольшой. И с одной стороны это хорошо, а с другой... может, потому и не хватило мне чего-то.
Достаточно интересно и жизненно описаны взаимоотношения подростков. Дружба из страха, стремление во всем быть середнячком, лишь бы тебя не заметили и не раскрыли твой секрет... Талантов в этом мире боятся, а сами Таланты боятся мира и того, куда их заберут, если узнают о способностях.
В общем, все неплохо и достаточно атмосферно.
Но несколько скомкан
Jun 03, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it

Hush Money starts off with Joss back in school after the “disappearance” of a classmate, Krista. Everyone knows Krista was taken away because of her Talent, but nobody wants to talk about it. Nobody ever likes to talk about Talents. Joss has been trained to be invisible, to blend in as much as possible. She avoids speaking in general and she doesn’t have any friends. But Kat, another student in Joss’s year, is determined to change this. And once Kat starts talking to Joss, other people begi
Reena Jacobs
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Page one, this book transported me back to grade school and kept me there. Ms. Bischoff captured the details exactly–the insecurities, the joys, the trials. Talk about reminiscing.

After a few pages, I didn’t want to put this book down. Only sanity telling me I should sleep at some point before the kids started to wake in 2 hours got me in the bed. Then I forced myself to knock out my daily word count goals before picking i
Imogen Rose
Sep 15, 2010 Imogen Rose rated it it was amazing
For Fairview High School students, Joss and Dylan, living with a secret has become second nature. In fact, it’s a way of life for a number of families in their town. They hide their individual secrets, their Talent (special powers), from the National Institute of Ability Control (NIAC), which seems to sequester children with Talents at a special State school, where goodness knows what goes on! High school politics and keeping one’s Talent hidden seems to be an impossible task.

Susan Bischoff tak
beedee ( astounding dreams )
Aug 23, 2010 beedee ( astounding dreams ) rated it it was amazing
Oh, my gosh! Oh, my gosh! Oh, my gosh! O_O I promise I don't have an echolalia. I just couldn't help it! The book was enthralling and never failed to give me palpitations from excitement, the thrill!!! I so loved it. I'm recommending it to people who love mystery, supernatural stuff, romance. Oh, everyone! There.

Can I just stop and only say IT'S TOTALLY AMAZING!?!

Seriously, it is so amazing my heart's still pounding hard just by thinking about it and looking at the book's cover. It's a book for
Lauralynn Elliott
Aug 20, 2010 Lauralynn Elliott rated it it was amazing
I don't read a lot of YA books. They have to be really special to keep my attention. This one was good! I could relate to the characters, even though they were young enough to be my kids. Susan Bischoff did a great job building those characters. And the action scenes...VERY believable. The only complaint I have is that it left me wanting more. :) I would recommend this book to young adults and not so young adults.
The BookWhisperer
Oct 24, 2010 The BookWhisperer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
Hush Money is the introduction of a very original new series about teenage superhumans. While in a world where talents are know; our characters are still not accepted and in many cases feared leaving these them in hiding. When unexpected events bring several of our characters together they find theirselves having to use their abilities to survive. This is a story of surprise and unveiling that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Bischoff has created a strong cast for this book that inc ...more
May 12, 2011 Katja rated it really liked it
Think about Heroes goes high school and you got a pretty good image what the book is like.

The story shifts telling the story from both Joss’s and Dylan’s point of view.

Jocelyn, Joss, is a young girl trying to live her life not getting noticed, since if someone would discover she has a Talent, she would be transfered to a prison like state school – it’s made pretty clear, that it’s anything but pleasant there.

Making the loneliness a life style choice Joss tries to stay out of trouble, but it sure
Nov 13, 2010 Shannon rated it it was amazing
*** Before I begin this review, let me just insist that you jump over to Amazon and purchase this e-book. It is currently on special for .89 and was one of the more delicious finds of the year. ***

I'm giving this gal five stars because I think she's got a great little novel here.

From what I can deduce, it seems Bischoff has published HUSH MONEY herself. This knowledge is a bit surprising when you consider the gorgeous cover and the very engaging voice she tells her story in. I sincerely hope he
Sep 03, 2010 A.M. rated it really liked it
Hush Money is the very promising debut of Susan Bischoff‘s Talent Chronicles series, a YA urban fantasy series that — rather refreshingly — avoids any mention of vampires or sparkling (because teens are interested in more than just blood-sucking).

High school girl Joss has done everything in her power to go unnoticed. She eats alone, carefully controls her grades, and doesn’t even think about talking to her crush. Because Joss has a terrible secret: she’s has a Talent… and kids with psychic abili
Mar 11, 2012 Justine rated it liked it
This book is about Joss, a high school student, who has to keep a secret, she has a Talent.
The people with Talents, once exposed are usually turned into theNational institutes for ability control or NIAC for short. Is is a government agency that supposedly helps kids control their Talents. But there are lots of horror stories going around that is it like a prison where they experiment and torture the children to find out what makes them tick.

Joss usually keeps to herself for fear of letting it s
Sep 27, 2010 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Be normal, invisible. Don’t get close to anyone. Kids with psychic abilities tend to mysteriously disappear when they get noticed. Joss has spent years trying to hide. 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, who is best friends with her long-time crush, who is actually talking to her. Life just got more complicated.
In her first novel, Susan Bischoff brings us this original beauty about common kids with terrifying
V.J. Chambers
Jan 06, 2011 V.J. Chambers rated it it was amazing
Hush Money is one of those brilliant indie finds that just makes you happy. It's a nifty mash up of superheroes, teen fiction, and romance. I fairly flew through it, and found it absolutely wonderful. Just the right bits of angst, tension, and some pretty fun action scenes.

There are two really fun things going on here. One is the fact that even though the characters are superheroes, with superhero powers, everything's pretty understated. No capes or masks or anything silly. The end result is th
Sep 20, 2010 Zoe rated it did not like it
Shelves: will-not-finish, ya, ebook
Hush Money starts out with an interesting premise for a world setting, and then promptly kills my interest with constant character stereotyping and inconsistent character behavior.

Joss is a girl with a secret, a Talent. As the story opens the government has taken someone else from their school. The government should do this kind of pick up every week at Fairview, because Joss' school is Talent Freakin Central. Everybody Joss knows has a Talent, which is funny, because in spite of all the Talent
Dec 05, 2010 Soleil rated it really liked it
While most girls were brought up on Barbies, and My Little Pony, my favorite toy was an old blanket that I’d turned into a cape and took on many of my imaginative escapades. I’ve always loved the Superhero mythos, and while I would never EVER want the comic book industry to go under, I do wish that some of it lent itself more to novels.

Luckily it seems some authors feel the same way I do and that, on top of Lynn Viehl’s fantastic Kyndred series for adults, we also have an exciting new series for
Kait Nolan
Aug 05, 2010 Kait Nolan rated it it was amazing
You remember the early seasons of Smallville, back when Clark was mooning over Lana, they were all still in high school, and every week was an episode about stopping some isolated problem and the important thing was keeping his secret? If you're like me and really miss those days, Hush Money is absolutely for you. In a market that's positively flooded with stories about teen vampires or fairies, Bischoff provides a refreshing and absolutely believable world about teenagers with superpowers. Chlo ...more
Samantha Young
I read a review somewhere that Hush Money was Roswell meets Smallville. I think that’s such an apt description; and as a massive Roswell fan I got really excited about reading this book.

It TOTALLY lived up to my expectations. Susan Bischoff is an excellent YA writer, and I’m pretty surprised this novel hasn’t been picked up by a traditional publisher. The characters are so well developed, their voices realistic and likeable, and the development of the relationships between them is nicely-paced.
Jocelyn (Joss) is a Talent. That means she has supernatural abilities. But having these powers has become illegal. That's why all of those who have been discovered are taken away by force to some government-run research facility. Yeah, its as fun as it sounds. The Talents there are treated like lab rats, and not too nicely. That is why it is important for Joss and her family to keep her (and her sisters) powers a secret.

That is also why its important to her to not stand out in a crowd. She does
Sep 08, 2010 Nan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free via a coupon from Susan Bischoff. The one condition of the coupon was that I agreed to review the book.

I don't think I'm a part of this book's target audience. What I mean by that is this--Hush Money will be popular with its target audience. However, the book didn't work for me. I'm a 34 year-old doctoral student working on a dissertation on 19th-century British Gothic fiction, so my standards are a little different from most of the people who will read this book.

Jessica (Just So Jessica)
Sep 07, 2010 Jessica (Just So Jessica) rated it really liked it
Welcome to the world of "Talents". In this story, just like real life, being different in high school is not a good thing. But these kids are not different in the same way as real life high school kids that are singled out because of their clothes or car. These kids have powers. And if the wrong people find out about their power they get hauled off to a government institute where they are never heard from again. Well, that is until some of these "Talents" don't want to take it anymore.
Just thin
Aug 22, 2010 Mei rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teenagers
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There are things that are never spoken about in Joss's town, and when Kristadisappears, she is just one more missing face that will never return. Joss knows how easy it is todisappear, 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
Zoe and the Edge
3.5 Stars
Kids with powers get taken away by the government. Joss is telekinetic. Her sweet father is very strict because he's scared to death she'll be found out. He teaches Joss to not get close to people to keep her secret safe. But he also trains her in her ability so she can protect herself.

Dad’s whole life was about protecting me.

In an attempt to follow her father's instructions at laying low, she allows everyone to step on her and push her around so as not to cause a scene or draw attent
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