Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance Fiction
Publisher: Floebe Publishing
Date of Publication: January 30, 2015
Number of pages: 197
Word Count: 46,170
At age 17, Carmel founds herself in a mental institution thanks to an ice dagger, and a woman who apparently isn't human. After being rescued and arriving at the H.o.T, House of Talents. A house where no one is entirely human. She learns that she's Talented and has the ability to control Water and Ice.
At the H.o.T, Carmel learns to control her Talent, makes new friends, a few enemies, and begins to fall head over heels for a handsome guy. Who has a few secrets of his own. Carmel begins to realize that many people want her dead because of who she is. However she has no idea why. Can she figure it out or will she die. Look inside to find out.
Available at Amazon and BN
I really enjoyed this book. It's got a fresh and unique story line with a good plot. It's definitely interesting and it kept me intrigued. I definitely liked some of the characters. And I really liked the little twist at the end. And I may also have a few critiques. Lol
Carmel is our leading lady. She had a crappy life, no ways to go around it. She grew up in foster care and her most recent stay landed her in a mental institution at 17. She's really smart, had a gift, and had learned to keep to herself. It takes her a bit to discover that she's gifted, or Talented. I like the idea of how this became to be, a lot. But no secrets. It's a little magic :) on the event of her tragic demise- lookie my big words lol- she is rescued from the mental institution by a group of kids her age. Those kids will become her friends and mentors to help her figure herself out. And she will get to live at HoT, the house of talented.
I loved all the talents in the different characters. It's amazing what some of them are! And who each talent belongs to. I loved her new friends, including the married couple that are her teachers. But not everyone is nice or good.
Here's my complaint. While the story is great, the characters are likable, the editing needs some help. I love a lot of dialogue. I don't love when I don't know who says what in the dialogue. If there's "talking" I actually want to have a name at the end of a sentence. Not different characters contributing to the "talking" but I'm not sure who actually said which sentences. No worries, it didn't hinder my love for the story, but I really want to read book two, because it's gunna be even cooler than this one. And hopefully, these little things are easily fixed. I know, amazing that my expensive college education actually works outside of my career lol but I was always a big stickler for grammar and structure hahaha I totally could have been a teacher instead because of it :)
So with that said, I think this is a really fun book! I'm seriously looking forward to where Devon, flora, Carmel, and our cool group of talented are going to go from here. If you like some mystery surrounding some very awesome supernatural abilities, dive in. And I have a feeling this is just the surface. There's gunna be even more greatness to come :) 4.5 PAWS!!
About the Author:
Desy Smith was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She wrote her first book when she was thirteen years old, because she ran out of books to read inside her home. She loves reading books as much as she loves writing her own. Desiree also loves food and sweets, if she’s not reading, she’s probably eating a cupcake or two.
She published her first book The Talented under a publishing company she started Floebe Publishing. Desy writes to provide an escape for anyone who wants to live in a fantasy world, and not worry about the trouble of everyday life. She also writes to inspire. This is Desy’s first novel, and she plans to release the second part of The Talented series during late summer.
The Talented will be a five part series. Currently she is working on another story, which she hopes to release in the fall.
The giveaway for this book is listed here--> http://bewitchingbooktours.blogspot.com/2015/04/now-on-tour-talented-by-desy-smith.html