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Untalented by [Archer, Katrina]
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Length: 288 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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Untalented. Unwanted. Unbroken.

Honorable Mention, Young Adult, 2016 Library Journal Indie Ebook Awards

Saroya: Untalented, a stain on her family's honor. Orphaned and barred from the Guilds, she has nowhere to go when her Talent fails to emerge.

Loric: Brother-in-law to the king. Thwarted in his ambitions, he'd do anything to usurp the throne. And he finds just the scandal he needs when he unearths Saroya's hidden pedigree.

The Kingdom of Veyle: Where all power flows to the Talented, and where the Guilds and the Order of Adepts control the destinies of Talented and Untalented alike.

When calamity strikes the capital city, with Untalents blamed and on trial, Saroya knows that proving her Talent and parentage means saving more than just her own life. A tangle of lies hides secrets that force Saroya to choose between her future and Veyle's.

Finalist -- The Creation of Stories: Canada's Self-Publishing Awards, Young Adult Audience

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3688 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ganache Media (30 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great fantasy setting with a strong, independent heroine 17 August 2014
By Carmen - Published on
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Untalented is a great story about a young woman seeking her place in the world, a world that is not at all friendly towards her. Saroya is a fighter; she will not go quietly. She strives to capitalize on whatever meager opportunities are presented to her and creates some of her own.

I like that Saroya isn't one of those passive heroine's who happens to fall into the sights of someone popular, important or immortal and is lifted up into a higher status. No one is looking out for Saroya; she's fiesty, creative and determined to survive and thrive.

The world, Veyle, is vivid and complex. Love the canals! I enjoyed the read, and would recommend Untalented to anyone looking for a unique heroine and world.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Deep and Well Imagined World 20 October 2014
By Nicholas Kimball - Published on
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Untalented is not the typical fictional novel. There is no magic, dragons, or spaceships. There are no star crossed lovers.

What is present is a well planned and detailed world. This world breathes life into characters who, even when behaving irrationally, behave like real people.

My only complaint is that some parts seemed rushed. I was hoping for more time to be spent in some areas.

A good read and worth your time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story for both the YA and the adult audience 4 August 2014
By T. Elliott - Published on
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I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of Ms Archer's 'Untalented'. A great story for both the YA and the adult audience. If you like fantasy then you should give this a try.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 29 October 2014
By Haley Cole - Published on
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Slow to start but gets good and worth picking up.
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of potential, just fell flat for me 10 December 2014
By Danica Page - Published on
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My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

An Overview of the Novel: Saroya's world comes crashing down when she's declared an Untalented. Suddenly, she has no future. Nobody will hire her and she's bound to end up working in the mines, practically a death sentence.

No, she's determined to survive and to make something of herself. But what she didn't mean to do was to walk into a world full of deceit and power. Saroya has a past that makes her a pawn to some very powerful people and she needs to be at the top of her game if she's going to outwit them.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I honestly don't know why but I just got not get into this one. I found myself trudging through the pages, almost wanting to skim. I kept waiting for something to happen and yet I just never got drawn into the novel. That rarely happens.

I don't know if it was the writing, the characters, the setting, the plot...I'm not sure. It just fell flat for me. I think Archer has a lot of potential and I think the story had a lot of potential, but it just didn't click for me.

I think the characters were underdeveloped and the plot was too jumpy. This novel has got good ratings, but for me it wasn't one that I enjoyed.

Having said that, I would give Archer another chance. She has potential.

So why 2 stars? I didn't get drawn in to the story had to fight the urge to skim.

Warnings/Side-notes: None, suitable for readers of all ages.

The Wrap-up: A novel with potential, but one that just fell flat for me.


Danica Page