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Monday, January 21, 2013

Book Review of Gifted: A Donovan Circus Novel by Liz Long

Gifted (A Donovan Circus Novel #1) by Liz Long 
Genre: New Adult (Paranormal/Fantasy Romance)
Date Published: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Self

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.

Gifted is the first Donovan Circus Novel by Liz Long. This story had humor, action, romance, mystery... everything I like to find in a story. Lucy is a wonderful character. She's strong and independent with a funny temper. She is looking for a sense of family, and when she finds it she is loyal to a fault. Her character is well built, and you feel like you really know who she is as a person. Her love interests, Keegan and Gabriel couldn't be more different from each other. Keegan is a sweetheart while Gabriel is the bad boy. Of course, I fell for the bad boy. I'm really looking forward to reading future books in this series, and I'm a little nervous too. The author stated on her website: "I plan for each book to be stand-alone; while certain characters and settings will remain the same, the story/plot will be different, including additions (or subtractions–gasp!) of new characters." I get very attached to characters. I am excited about meeting new characters and going new places though. This is a book I highly recommend! Gifted enveloped me within its pages so completely, I felt like I was the one who ran away with the circus.

Gifted: A Donovan Circus Novel by Liz Long was provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.

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Liz Long has been writing stories since she could spell the word "unicorn" (second grade). She fears a zombie apocalypse, though admits it would give her good reason to stay inside and write more. She is a proud graduate of Longwood University with a degree in English. Gifted is her debut title, the first in the Donovan Circus series. She lives in Roanoke, VA with her husband Jason and their Jack Russell terror, Fisher.

To learn more about Liz Long and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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