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With over Twelve Million pages read in Kindle Unlimited and Half a Million worldwide downloads, readers are raving about this #1 Bestselling Dystopian Romance:
"X-Men meets Divergent in a new way." "Intoxicatingly good."

Block out thoughts.
Talia Lyons has one goal at the McDonough School for the Talented: learn to use her Talent as a Mental Manipulator to kill the man who
Paperback, 386 pages
Published January 11th 2012 by Dabber & Baehr
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Jennifer (The Nightly Book Owl)
Actual rating: 1.5

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This review can also be read at The Nightly Book Owl.

TOXIC is an agency within the government that utilizes each child's unique ability in the most advantageous way.

I’m sorry. I thought I was supposed to be reading a book about a kickass assassin out for revenge against the man responsible for the death of her parents - not a soap opera. There was just so many things wrong with this novel and that’s with ign
Booknut 101
In a futuristic setting, life on Earth has turned upside down.

Due to the Great Contamination - and the leaking of nuclear waste resulting in nuclear contamination - a generation of children with abnormalities are brought into the world. Some, though, are slightly weirder than others.

They are the Talented.

Whether Morphers, Light Manipulators or Telekinetics, these kids are taught to hone their abilities and make use of them under the protective eye of the government. To use their Talents for goo
NAT.orious reads ☾
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
4 ★★★★✩, that are way more special than MC thinks she is
This book is for you if… the descirption "science-fiction x young adult crossover a la x-men meets divergent" sounds tempting enough to give this a try. The heroine is exhausting, though, but it was worth it in my opinion.

A visual description of me after finishing this book:

I honestly didn't think Talented would manage to suck me in quite as much as it did. I checked out many reviews before starting the first audiobook a
Chelsea ✨Arielle’s Nebular Ally and Team Acrux✨
*2.5 Stars*

**ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

So...I was really excited about this one. I got it on my Ipad and immediately put it in front of other ARCs to read...but it just didn't work for me. It didn't seem to be bad at first, and as a whole, the story actually was pretty well thought out and fun. But as the dialogue started to drag and I began to lose interest (rather quickly), I started to realize that perhaps this was not A) What I was in the mood for and B)
Bèbè ✦ RANT  ✦
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it

SUMMARY.The world that the story takes place was affected by Great Contamination over a hundred years before she was born. It started with natural disasters that destroyed many small cities and devastated large industrial nations. After the disaster the world has been contaminated from nuclear reactors that were buried deep in the Earth’s surface and started to leak. The eco-system was destroyed and there were come consequences.

Horses were born with horns, fish with th
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. I give this book 2.5 stars.

Talented by Sophie Davis is a Paranormal/dystopian YA of sorts that stars Talia, a girl with the Talent of telekinesis and telepathy, who has been recruited to become a Hunter. This will allow her to avenge the death of her parents by the nebulous organization, Toxic. At the same time, she has a bit of a romantic conundrum where she has a long time relationship with Donovan but is attracted to her te
Talia was part of a happy, loving family. Their family travels to do research on the effects the nuclear meltdown had on world’s population. Many people were born with unique powers, after the nuclear disaster, these powers are referred to as talents. Conflicts and revolutions started over these talented individuals. It seems that power is in controlling the powerful. Her family, unfortunately, was deemed a threat in this conflict. A team is sent out to eliminate them, Talia does survives but on ...more
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Actual rating - 1.5

Talented was a really hard book to get through.
I put it down at 75% because i couldn't take any more.
I had to force myself to finish it 8 hours later, and it took chocolate to make it tolerable.

I was bored from the first chapter.
Even when there was a bit of action, i was still bored.

The characters were rubbish.
I didn't like any of them, but Talia was defiantly the one i liked least.

Overall, rubbish.
Jan 27, 2014 rated it did not like it

Publisher: Indie Linked
Publishing Date: January 2014
ISBN: 9781618429940
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 1.2/5.0

Publisher Description: If Sookie and 007 had a love child with a yearning for vengeance, her story would be TALENTED.

Review: Wow, Sookie huh? That should create of flood of readership. This reads more like if two retarded baboons had a manifestation of frenetic copulation their story would be TALENTED…. The cover art looks like a magicians assistant in a
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I loved Talented! I enjoyed the whole storyline, the idea of the Talented and how they ended up where they are now and how they were "created". I felt like it was a pretty unique background story. I also liked reading about the types of Talented and what their abilities are. I liked the kind of love triangle that was going on and I loved all of the sexual tension. Talented flowed really smoothly and it made for a quick en
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved it!
I've read so many good books lately, but this one will surely remain in my mind,
It sucked me in and I read it quickly, eating up the book.
It's got such a good plot and although some of it was predictable a lot of it wasnt.
I quickly fell for Erik and knew there was something up with Donavon from the beginning.
I loved that there were mimics, shale shifters, telekinetics, mind readers/influencers, brains and medics.
All sorts of people and that was real fresh.
I can't wait to read the
A nuclear disaster causes the Great Contamination and special abilities in the children. Called, “Talents,” they are often feared for the abilities they possess. When young Talia’s parents are murdered while investigating the nuclear fallout, she is taken in by one the heads of an elite government unit that trains the talents, for Sophie, her abilities make her an excellent “hunter.” We are invited to follow Talia’s life as she learns to maneuver the ins and outs of training, life as a talent an ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: downloaded for free from
This book just bored me. I didn't care about the characters, I didn't care about what happened to them, I nearly choked to death on the info dumps, and almost every page I had to force myself to read, and became overly interested in playing temple run 2 instead.

The main character Talia was super-special, and spent most of her time playing tease with her boyfriend, where she would get half-naked, rile him up, and then refuse to have sex with h
Sorry Netgalley, I can't do it, I tried. DNFing this at a measly 2%. To be fair, I was warned, but I gave it a try anyway. If I had to read about her "considerable mental ability" or "mental focus" one more time, I was liable to throw my phone. 5 times in two pages is excessive and the abundance of over descriptive adjectives and similes are rarely a good sign of what was to come. I have way more interesting things to read.

I received an arc copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an ho
Dec 05, 2016 added it
Shelves: young-adult, dnf
I've lost count of how many times I've tried to finish this book and I just can't seem to do it. I also pick it up, read a couple of pages, get frustrated and put it back down. After not picking this up for over a year I thought today would be the day. NOPE. NOPE. NOPE!

This is such a boring read.
Shayna Varadeaux
I received this book in exchange for an honest review via Lovers of Paranormal Group! :)

I love Natalia! She is a very relatable character.
The entire cast is well thought out and described well too.
You really get pulled into Hunter's Village.
I was happy, sad, mad and hurt right along with Talia. My fingernails suffered on her missions!
I love the plot and the twists as well. I cannot wait to read Caged!
Her mission with Henri and Erik was awesome!
Especially what Erik does for her... Just amazi
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ebook: Talented
Author: Sophie Davis
Fiction, Paranormal,
This review may contain spoilers
Summary: 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 gradu
Whitney Atkinson
3.75ish stars
video review coming!
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, 2012, kindle
great writing
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to keep this short because I have a migraine right now and the ending of this book didn't do a thing to help it. Let's just say I'm glad I got this book when it was Free on amazon.

This book was going to get a 3 star rating until I read that ending with what I am deeming the sorriest excuse for a 'cliffhanger' that I've ever read in my life.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. From the very beginning of the book, there was something off about the writing that I couldn't pinpoint until last
Brian Wilkerson
Jun 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
A Trickster Eric Novels Review

"Talented" has a great opening hook. Its not easy to write a panicked introduction with first person but Miss. Davis pulls it off. Then she seamlessly transitions into a calmer atmosphere and more day-to-day routine for the protagonist, Natalia. For the first seven chapters I had to tell myself, "put it down, you've been reading too long." Those chapters had amusing character development, training scenes to avert "Instant Expert" and interesting world building. All
April (Aprilius Maximus)
I was given a copy of Talented to review by Sophie Davis and her PA Justine so thank you so much ladies for providing me with this copy!
All of my reviews are spoiler free (unless stated otherwise) so you can go ahead and read my review!

Firstly, I LOVED the concept of this book. A group of people born with powers after some crazy nuclear thing go to a special school to harness their talents and go on missions it was just so BADASS! Talia watched her parents being murdered at a young age and has m
**This book was given to me for an honest review**

Oh, wow! I'm still reeling from this phenomenal and stunning story! Seriously people I am in complete fan girl mode! Where the heck has this masterpiece been hiding?!?!


Okay, I think I'm good now, no more fan girling! So, this is a fearsome, awe-inspiring, breath taking book. It literally has everything in it you could possibly crave. Sophie Davis paints a beautiful and tragic world, with such descriptive and poetic writing y
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, review
When I first started reading Talented I wasn't sure what to expect. I'll admit, I took a look at the cover and wasn't sure (it had a different cover last week, I swear!!). I know, that makes me a horrible person, judging books by the cover, but it happens and you all know you do it! The cover of a book is the first thing that attracts more people to it. That being said, I like this new cover a lot more! I look at it and it makes me wonder what the story could be about. The thing that made me dec ...more
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I got Talented because it was being offered for free on Amazon and it sounded really good. We are introduced to Talia at her training facility working on becoming an Agent in the Hunters group. The Hunters are in charge of finding information and people that are against the government and Talents. They work for an organization called TOXIC, the Talented Organization of Exceptionally Interesting Citizens. There is a man named Ian Crane who is the President of the Coalition of rebels against Talen ...more
~ Rose ~ ☯Desert Rose❀
My Review
5 Roses

Exciting, action-packed, full of surprises, amazing characters, and wonderful writing. These are just a few words to describe this fantastic book.

Set in the not-so-distant future, this dystopian novel lays out a world changed from chemical spills. The effects not only changed the land, but the humans as well- with everyone having special abilities and the country stuck in a Civil War, what is there to do but fight?

Even among gifted and Talented people, Talia is special. With strong mental abili
Ray Bliss
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Talented (Talented Saga #1) by Sophie Davis.

I really enjoyed this book even though the story is a little predictable and finished it in a couple days. It had good world building and a great cast of characters. There is a love story throughout the book between Talia, Erik and Donovan and some of the boneheaded choices they all make due to this I found believable. There were a couple places where the editing could have been better but overall it didn’t detract from the story. Talented refers to hu
Andrea Heltsley
I will be the first to admit, I am not really a huge fan of dystopian style books. I actually won this book on a blog giveaway and thank goodness! It was flippin awesome!

The story had great character development. I loved Erik. His character was so flawed but clearly a bad boy with a soft spot for Talia. Henri added a great dynamic to the group and kept it from being too intense.

This is another book about a supernatural school, but it was done with little focus on school like activities and more
Wanda Hartzenberg
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Ok, so this is a YA book with a love triangle. Nice dialogue with suspense and a fast plot etc.
None of which is what I want to share with you.
This is what made this book a 5 * read for me. You have Eric, Talia and Henri in a team. Eric is a hot guy, the envy of others and woman will fall over themselves to gain his attention.
Talia is our main protagonist and she is nice and has a temper to boot. None of which has anything to do with what I want to say.
Here is Henri. He is a gay man in a place an
Casey Keen
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Author of twenty-six books in six series, Sophie Davis is a pseudonym for best friends turned co-authors. The pair met in law school and instantly bonded over their love of great books and bad horror movies. When one longed for the ability to read minds so she wouldn't have to study for the bar exam, they created a dystopian world with superpowers that spans nine books.

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Other books in the series

Talented Saga (8 books)
  • Caged (Talented Saga, #2)
  • Hunted (Talented Saga, #3)
  • Created (Talented Saga, #4)
  • Exiled: Kenly's Story (Talented Saga, #5)
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  • Privileged (Talented Saga, #7)
  • Fated (Talented Saga #8)

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