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.
Every once in a while you need to broaden your horizons as a reader. Not only genre wise, but author wise. I think that’s why I read so many Indie authors. There are a lot of hidden gems out there people – I find them all the time. Liz Long and her Donovan Circus series is my latest.
Gifted is the first book in the series and it does a wonderful job of introducing this unique world to readers. Lucy’s POV is the perfect way to do it because she’s a part of Gifted world, but has been separated from it for several years. She has a lot to learn and come to terms with – about the world she belongs to and herself. It makes the back story a lot more interesting and isn’t forced or awkward.
The characters in Gifted are fun with very distinct personalities and not just filler. They all bring an extra dimension to the story and I loved them all (with the exception of the ones that I was supposed to hate 😉 ) Readers were also left wondering about the loyalties of more than one character that kept things more than interesting. There was plenty of action, twists, turns, magic, a touch of violence and just a little bit of romance… pretty much something for everyone.
Gifted didn’t necessarily end in a cliff hanger, but there is definitely much more to the story. Luckily I have Burned, the next book in the series, ready and waiting. I can’t wait to see what Liz Long has in store for this group of characters. Oh, and just a little warning. If you’re not a fan of love triangles…. yeah, there is one. They don’t bother me as long as they’re not driven by teenage angst (those drive me nuts!) I know that some of my blogging buddies avoid them at all costs – so consider yourselves warned.