Talent (The Talents Book 1) by Annie B. Matthews

I rarely read young adult novels, but this one really caught my imagination.
This is an excellent book with a very original premise. The heroine has started at a new school, and finds she is very attracted to a boy in his final year. She has always been intuitive about people’s feelings, but discord in the family brings that talent into the forefront and she finds she has special abilities, as does the boy she is attracted to and his family. She has to adjust to these changes in her life, which is difficult, but then more dangerous difficulties arise that can pull them all apart. Fortunately, with her strengths, and the strengths of family and friends, there is a happy conclusion.
The premise of the book, that some people have special mental talents, was well thought out. There were no holes in the basic world definition, which made it easy for me to suspend disbelief and go along with the heroine as she learns about her talents and the talents of others.
This book was great because the characters are so very real. I was totally able to relate to the heroine, and her thoughts and actions made complete sense. She was dealing with adjusting to a whole new reality, where people have special talents, and with finding love for the first time in her life. The hero, friends and family members were also well-developed characters. Sometimes they frustrated her (and the reader) and sometimes more understanding of their history brought insight and understanding.
The story also had a mystery to be solved, action, suspense and danger. I liked it very much. I think it would be totally readable for 13 and above, but was still very enjoyable for an adult.

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Blurb:

Libby didn’t expect to have her perfectly planned life uprooted half way through Sixth Form.
Starting a new school is the least of her worries, however, even though the natives aren’t too friendly and the boy she has an instant crush on looks at her as though she’s his worst enemy.
With her parents acting strangely, Libby starts to think that their big move might tear the family apart.
Then her mum disappears and Libby finds herself thrust into a world she never dreamed existed.

It turns out that no one is ever what they seem.

A young adult paranormal novel.

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