Gifted (A Donovan Circus Novel) by Liz Long (Reviewed by Patricia)

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Title: Gifted (A Donovan Circus Novel)

    Author: Liz Long

    Published Date: January 18, 2014

    Genre:  Paranormal / Fantasy


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Even in a world of freaks, being a Firestarter is considered a dangerous Gift.

Lucy was born with the ability to create and control fire. She longs to leave the human world for one filled with Earthshakers, Transporters, and Chameleons, to name a few. When she rejoins the circus, it’s everything she hoped it could be—new friends, a potential love interest or two, and a place where she can be herself.

When troupe members begin turning up dead, however, Lucy is suspected of foul play. She must not only prove her innocence but also realize the full extent of her power. To find the real murderer, she must uncover the truth behind her father’s fiery legacy while figuring out whom to trust within her new circle. Little does she know the history of the Donovan Circus and its enemies might actually destroy the entire gifted world.

 ***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language, Sexual assault/mature themes/psychopaths and Adult Situations.

Not for young readers***

paragraph divider 18***Patricia, #NerdGirlPatricia’s Review***

I’ve never been to the circus. I lived in a small town growing up and we just didn’t have them. But the Donovan Circus is…at least in part…exactly what I expect out of the circus. Well, except for the murders. I never expected the murders.

Lucy is a firestarter. Most firestarters are men, so Lucy’s a rare commodity. She rejoins the Donovan Circus years after the death of her father and only a week or so after the death of her mother. (Her father was big in the circus when she was a child.)

She’s just starting to mostly fit in when the murders start and she’s the prime suspect. She’s new. She’s different. She’s the logical choice. She has to prove to everyone that she’s not the one killing people while trying not to end up dead herself.

This was an engaging read. I enjoyed most of the characters. It’s a very ensemble cast, which quite often means that some characters just don’t resonate while others do, but Liz Long does a good job of developing just about all of the characters. I didn’t *like* all of them, but I wasn’t supposed to. I did feel like I knew them.

Lucy was a great heroine. She’s a little insecure, a little proud, a little cocky, and a little scared. I loved her flaws and missteps as much as I loved her triumphs. There are some pretty dark themes in this book, so be warned. Just because it’s set in the circus doesn’t mean it’s light-hearted. But that’s the beauty of the book. It’s set in an environment that’s supposed to be fun. The circus is supposed to entertain. It’s fun. It was the perfect foil to the dark action.

The beginning of the book was just a tad slow for me, but it had to be. We couldn’t care about all of the characters if Ms. Long hadn’t spent those few chapters following the mundane activities of the little band that Lucy found herself in. If you start the book and wonder when it’s going to pick up, don’t worry. It’s coming and when it does, it won’t let you go.

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