Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Hush Money

Title: Hush Money
Author: Susan Bischoff
Release Date: Unknown
Publisher: Indie
Source: Author (Thanks Susan)

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 thing in their lives. For some, that need for secrecy begins to define who they are.

My Thoughts:
I didn't expect a whole lot going into this book, I'm not huge on the whole superhero thing, which is where I thought this book was going head. Man was I wrong and pleasantly surprised I might add.

Joss keeps to herself, she doesn't associate with anyone because life is just easier that way. She avoids peoples looks, doesn't go into the cafeteria at lunch and avoids all human contact that isn't her family. That is until one day when she is being bullied by Marco, who seems to have mad his life mission to make Joss miserable. The new girl Kat steps in to rescue her. The Kat vows that her and Joss are going to be friends whether Joss is up to being friends with her.

Then Dylan (Joss's Crush) starts paying attention to her and going out of his way to talk to her. The problem? He is Marco's best friend. Joss doesn't know if she can find it in her heart to trust him or not.
One thing they all have in common? They all have talents, something that they need to hide from the world, or they will be locked up and tortured, never to be seen again.

I was completely blown out of the water with this book. I was expecting it to have more of a superhero vibe, but it doesn't. These kids can't be superheros because they aren't allowed to use their powers in the fear that they will be taken away and never be heard from again. I had an honest hate for Marco, at first he seemed like a regular high school bully... then he turned just right out mean! I don't think I have ever disliked a character more than him. It made me glad that I didn't go to their school.
Dylan and Joss's relationship was very well developed. From having butterflies when they are starting to get to know each other...then the OH.MY.GOD when is it going to happen moment.

I have to say over all this book was one of the best written and most thought out books I think I have read in a while. It was unpredictable and thoroughly enjoyable. I found the deeper I got into it, the more I couldn't out it down! It was funny, at times sad and most of all KICK ASS! Joss wasn't a damsel in distress, she was the one the bad guys should be scared of! Go over and pick up a copy of Hush Money. You won't regret it!

Rating: 9.8/10


  1. Mary, thank you so much for such an awesome review! I'm really touched by what you said, and so happy just to hear you enjoyed it.

    I am currently enjoying writing the sequel, Heroes 'Til Curfew, in which Joss kicks some more ass, and I get to advance the relationship between Joss and Dylan. :is hopeless romantic:

  2. Sounds like a great book. I will have to look into it! I love the cover!!!


  3. This one sounds so good! Do you know if it will be available in print? I am still sadly ebook-reader-less. :)

  4. I have no idea, I would love to see it come to a hard copy so I could add it to my collection... its a really great book!

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