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Hush Money: A Talent Chronicles Novel [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Susan Bischoff
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24. September 2010
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 that wasn't all 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? Hush Money is recommended for readers 13 and over due to strong language.

Produktinformation

  • Taschenbuch: 192 Seiten
  • Verlag: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (24. September 2010)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1453787542
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453787540
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1 x 13,8 x 21,3 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.3 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.282.705 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Susan Bischoff is an incurable romantic with a soft-spot for superheroes, those larger-than-life characters whose supernatural abilities set them apart from everyone else. Some are loved by all and known by none, some are woefully misunderstood and mistreated by those they serve. Traditionally, the life of the super-powered being seemed to her to be one destined for loneliness, and yet so deserving of a happily ever after. The Talent Chronicles series, which tells the stories of superhuman characters in a world that fears and persecutes them, was born out of her desire for happily ever after in the superhero realm. For superhero hook-ups! Superhero Romance! Stories for those who love romantic storylines in television shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville, and the X-Men. She's been known to say, "These are stories for people who wished Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor could have worked things out." Susan lives the southern United States with her high-school sweetheart husband, a daughter, two cats, and one, big puppy. She loves most everything girly: sewing, knitting, and other needlework crafts, baking, doll collecting, shojo manga, and is particularly fond of things that are pink. Another favorite pastime is replaying the kissing scene at the end of the BBC's North and South.

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Susan Bischoff is an incurable romantic with a soft-spot for superheroes, those larger-than-life characters whose supernatural abilities set them apart from everyone else. Some are loved by all and known by none, some are woefully misunderstood and mistreated by those they serve. Traditionally, the life of the super-powered being seemed to her to be one destined for loneliness, and yet so deserving of a happily ever after. The Talent Chronicles series, which tells the stories of superhuman characters in a world that fears and persecutes them, was born out of her desire for happily ever after in the superhero realm. For superhero hook-ups! Superhero Romance! These are stories for those who love romantic storylines in television shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Smallville, and in movie series like Batman, Superman, and The X-Men. She's been known to say, "These are stories for people who wished Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor could have worked things out." Susan lives in Tennessee with her high-school sweetheart husband, a daughter, two cats, and one, big puppy. She loves most everything girly: sewing, knitting, and other needlework crafts, baking, doll collecting, shojo manga, and is particularly fond of things that are pink. Another favorite pastime is replaying the kissing scene at the end of the BBC's North and South.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Gute Idee 15. April 2012
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An Hush Money gefällt mir die Grundidee. Jugendliche mit Superkräften werden weggesperrt und versuchen deshalb ihre Fähigkeiten zu verbergen. Ich weiss, das ist nicht wirklich neu, aber dennoch eine gute Idee daraus einen Roman zu schreiben. Normalerweise kann man diese Art von Geschichten nur als Comic geniessen.

Das Buch hatte ich sehr schnell gelesen, weil ich neugierig war, was weiter passieren würde. Die grosse Begeisterung ist bei mir allerdings nicht ausgebrochen, nachdem ich das Buch zu Ende gelesen hatte.

Was eher etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig ist, ist die Erzählweise. Die Autorin wechselt zwischen den Figuren hin und her, schreibt dann aber immer in der "Ich-Form".
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Versteck dein Talent bevor es dich umbringt... 17. September 2013
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Die Idee kennt man schon - allerdings eher aus Comics und Filmen als aus Romanen: Es gibt immer mehr Jugendliche mit Superkräften wie Telekinese, unglaublicher Stärke, Röntgenblick oder der Fähigkeit, sich unsichtbar zu machen. Die Menschen haben natürlich Angst vor diesen sogenannten "Talenten", die ihnen fremd und unverständlich sind. Dementsprechend ist es für Eltern Pflicht, ihre eigenen Kinder registrieren zu lassen, wenn sie solche Fähigkeiten entwickeln. Wenn unregistrierte Talente entdeckt werden, werden sie von Regierungsbeamten abgeholt, wenn nötig mit Gewalt, und auf eine staatliche Schule geschickt, wo sie angeblich zu ihrem eigenen Besten lernen sollen, mit ihren Kräften umzugehen. Aber Gerüchte sprechen von Folter, Schlafentzug und anderen unmenschlichen Methoden...

Die 17-jährige Joss ist ein Talent, und bisher hat sie es mit Hilfe ihrer Eltern geschafft, sich nicht zu verraten. Von klein auf hat sie gelernt, sich unauffällig zu verhalten. Freunde erlaubt ihr Vater ihr nicht - zu groß ist die Gefahr, dass Joss sich ihnen gegenüber verplappert oder anderweitig ihr Talent enthüllt. Ihre Noten sind stets durchschnittlich, ihre Kleidung unauffällig... Das Leben ist ziemlich trist und langweilig für das Mädchen.

All das ändert sich, als Kat, eine neue Mitschülerin, beschließt, sich mit Joss anzufreunden - wenn nötig auch gegen deren Willen. Als sie Joss gegen einen Jungen beisteht, der sie schon seit Jahren peinigt, verrät Kat ausversehen ihr eigenes Talent, und damit nimmt Alles seinen Anfang...

Pro:
Die Charaktere haben mir größtenteils gut gefallen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Leben ist hart 2. Dezember 2011
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Eines der ersten Kindle-Bücher die ich gekauft habe.
Als Leser von Supeman, Spider-Man und Co hat mich das Thema natürlich genauso gereizt wie der Preis.
Joss wil auf keinen Fall auffallen, weder in der Schule, noch in ihrer Freizeit.
Und sie hat einen guten Grund dafür, denn sie ist ein Talent.
Nicht so tragisch, schliesslich gibt es noch mehrere Talente an ihrer Schule, das Problem ist nur das Talente die entdeckt werden auf Nimmerwiedersehen in einer speziellen staatlichen Schule verschwinden.
Als ob das nicht reicht um sich, als Talent, zu verstecken, sind einige Talente der Meinung das ihre Fähigkeiten auch besondere Belohnungen verdienen, sprich sie nehmen sich wss sie wollen. was bedeuten kann das alle Talente enteckt werden.

Buch: gut geschrieben und flüssig zu lesen.
Charaktere gut beschrieben, Entwicklung derselben noch längst nicht abgeschlossen.
Macht neugierig auf Fortsetzungen.

Nach dem lesen, habe ich gleich die anderen Bände der Serie gekauft.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Fun Quick Read 22. September 2010
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Set in a world where people with special abilities are detained by the government never to be seen and heard from again, the Talent Chronicles has a lot of promise. Hush Money starts off following the duel perspectives of our young would be couple. Loner, Joss who was trained and conditioned to blend in, keep her head down, and look the other way, has been getting by isolating herself and only trusting her family. Semi delinquent, Dylan finds himself in one bad situation after another, and it's escalating, courtesy of his best friend Marco, but all he wants is out, and Joss. It seems like everyone has a secret (or talent) to hide in a place where one slip, or mistrust in the wrong person can get you sent away, but Joss, Dylan, and others are going to need to come together before the end, if they are to have any chance in the future. Full of talented teenagers reminiscent of X-Men, they are only just beginning to see the value of banding together against the NIAC (National Institute of Ability Control).

Hush money was a fun quick read. But I don't think the full potential of this idea has been met. I wanted more. Only the basic most simple storyline was resolved in this first book and I hope the author really takes the time to fully develop the more complex threads she has established in this book. I believe the Talent Chronicles could become a great mix of YA romance, and a comic book Bourne Identity, with our superhero teenagers trying to solve the NIAC's mysteries while fighting not to be taken, and experimented on. Only the next installments will tell how far Bischoff can push it to the next level.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great read! 5. August 2010
Von Alex - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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When I started reading this book it was with the intention of reading for 15 to 30 minutes before going to bed. I couldn't stop reading until I had finished it.

I liked how the characters were introduced and how each detail of the plot was revealed throughout the book. The fast pace of the storyline didn't allow me to get bored for even a second.

Overall it was a very enjoyable read.

If you are into young adult fiction with a good mix of action and plot... and a touch of romance thrown in for good measure, then this book is worth your time!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Big Buildup for Nothing 8. Februar 2011
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Ugh! What a dissappointment! This book was absolutely incredible right up until the end.

When I read the words 'the end'--which, yes, it actually does say--I actually thought it was kidding because it hadn't even begun to address really any of the major issues--but it didn't leave enough left for a sequel! This book would have been a million times better if the author had taken the time to write another fifty pages or so.

The storyline, plot, buildup, and overall telling of this story was great. It went at what I felt was the perfect pace, and there was no weird varience in the main character's personality. There was an amazing plot buildup that made it all but impossible to put down as it built up to the climax, then...nothing. It's like the author just ran out of steam and rushed through the climax and ending to the point where the climax was all but nonexistant.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Quirky 30. Juni 2013
Von Kelli of I'd So Rather Be Reading - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Finding great reads on Barnes and Noble's NOOKbook deals page is like finding money in last season's purse. I love it! Hush Money is my latest hidden gem.

The people in Bischoff's world are just like us except for one thing: some people have Talents. Talents are something people can do supernaturally that no one else can do. Examples are superhuman strength, invisibility, mind control, and the ability to shoot fire from your eyes. Reading back over that list, it's kind of Superman-ish. Each person with a Talent only has one ability, and most keep their Talents a secret, because people with Talents are taken away by the government for the safety of everyone else. How Talents came to exist is not explained (something I would have liked to know).

The concept of Talents reminded me of Kristin Cashore's Graceling, but not so much that it kept me from enjoying the story. The addition of the Talents is what makes this story so great. The other elements of the story are common enough in YA: a loner main character, the new friend, the enemy/bully, and the love interest. Bischoff handles these elements well and ties everything together to make a great story. The story is written in the first person point-of-view of both Joss and Dylan. The chapters alternated between the two main characters: something that can feel jumpy but was handled well.

I would recommend Hush Money to fans of YA and fans of dystopia. I'm looking forward to the rest of this series.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen So intense, it left me exhausted 13. Juli 2012
Von Reena Jacobs - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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 it up again. This was the type of book that made me want to write... not just write but come up with a rockin' storyline. Cause Hush Money definitely had one.

I'm going to let you all in on a little secret. I absolutely hate knowing there's information to be had, but for some reason the author choose to withhold it. Thank you, Ms. Bischoff for not doing that to me. All the information was right there when I needed it. No teasing lines like, "I'll tell you later"or "we don't have time to talk right now." No. When the hero/heroine found out information, I got it too. I loved it. Why do I mention this? Because there was one particular chapter which ending on a cliff hanger. I was sure Ms. Bischoff was going to pull one of those stunts where I'd have to wait 12 chapters before the reveal. But no! I flipped... okay... not really flipped because it's an eBook, but I hit the next page and everything was unraveled in the next few paragraphs. I didn't even have time to get irritated. My gosh, you're good!

So what about the characters? Joss, I loved. She reminded me so much of my oldest daughter. Invisible, but not quite. Because really, being the unnoticed one in high school is enough to make you stand out. Odd how that works. That was Joss. That's my daughter. But there was more to her Joss--hidden, scared, alone... flawed. At one point I remember thinking it was so sad to watch bad things to happen to others and let people do bad things to you because you're afraid. She had so much room for personal growth. I loved watching her blossom.

Dylan, well it took me a while to warm up to him. He spent a lot of time rehashing/examining prior events. Yes, I felt for the predicament he was in, but not really for him. Once he really got into the action and made choices, I really got into the boy. He became a real hero rather than just a secondary character with a few scenes in his POV.

Even the villains were great. I don't know their whole story, but Ms. Bischoff wrote them in a way that had me wondering what got these folks to this point. Sure they were wicked and troublesome (yeah, understatement there), but they had a three dimensional kind of feel to them. Take Marco, for instance. He was villain enough to be a major problem. A real bully as Kat called him. Yet he was also purposeful in his actions.

The only thing I found lacking was the matter of character physical descriptions. Other than who was taller than whom and Kat being black (I think), I didn't know too much about what they all looked like. For instance, I gave Marco a buff build. But he was a teenager, and I doubt he'd have the time to bulk up to be the incredible hulk. I also started off all the guys as tall. But then I remembered, the average height for a female is about 5'4', so most guys would be taller than the girls even if they'd only hit 5'8'.

So plot. There were times in the book, I thought there was no way this work could stay this good. No way Bischoff could keep the momentum going. Somewhere it's going to crash and burn. I didn't want it to happen, but it was inevitable. And then I hit the end, still running at full speed.

With Hush Money, I never knew what would happen next, so I just kept turning the pages. Pretty much each scene ended on an `OMG! I can't believe that just happened' moment. Then we get to the place where a lot of books have what folks call "the saggy middle." In the case of Hush Money, this was where all hell broke loose. I didn't even have time for a breather. This book was super fast pace and so intense, it left me exhausted. The only thing I hated about the plot was not being able to read it fast enough.

I really wished someone would make a movie out of this one. Cause really, this book defied The Laws of the Universe. Yeah, I stole that line.
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