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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Book Review: Burned by Liz Long

Burned (A Donovan Circus Novel #2) by Liz Long 
Genre: New Adult (Paranormal/Fantasy Romance)
Date Published: December 15, 2013
Publisher: Self

“Tell Sheffield that Medved is hunting him…the Bear is coming.”

Nearly a month after Lucy Sullivan saved the Donovan Circus from certain death, she discovers that Dr. Felix Hardy wasn’t the only bad guy around. When Lucy is attacked on home ground, Sheffield Donovan reveals that there are bigger foes in their world, gifted that use their powers to kill others – including her own family, as she learns from her ringmaster mentor. Medved, a Russian thug and powerful Shapeshifter, is intent on outing the gifted world and will stop at nothing to succeed.

In order to survive, Lucy and her friends must travel to another show, the Grayson Circus, for help. The uneasy alliance with owner Albert Grayson comes with potential new friends and dark secrets about their competition, including a troublemaker named Mel and an old flame of Lucy’s father. Lucy must also contend with her feelings about Keegan and Gabriel, as well as learn how to contain her rampant emotions or risk setting the entire place ablaze.

Will Lucy be able to save the Donovan Circus again? Or will Medved and his men slaughter everyone in their path on the way to gifted domination?

Burned is the second Donovan Circus novel by Liz Long. You would think after killing a major enemy and saving people, Lucy would be a hero and she is, but there are still those who doubt her loyalties and fear her ability. It seems that fight was only the beginning too. There are more threats on the horizon. It's never easy for poor Lucy. When she is sent to the Grayson Circus to convince them to join forces, we are introduced to more characters. Some I liked. I liked. Others? Not so much. Through some of these characters, she learned more about her history. I have to say, I knew who the bad guys were from the start, but that didn't ruin my enjoyment of the story. The love triangle is tense and at times awkward. She strings the guys along for a while. I feel bad for them. Like book one, I'm still rooting for Gabriel. Lucy makes some decisions and does something that really disappointed me. Nope. I'm not telling! The first half of the story flowed a little slowly, but once things started going, they didn't stop. It was hard to put the book down. Plus, there were a couple surprises thrown in too. Things seem to be building up to a major war between the Gifted. I think things are about to get crazier. Is that possible? I think it is.

Burned by Liz Long  was kindly 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 GoodreadsFacebook and Twitter.


  1. Thank you so, so much for taking the time to read and review!! I'm glad you enjoyed it :) And YES - things are definitely about to get crazier ;)

    1. Thank you for allowing me to!

      Woo hoo!! I can't wait!! :oD


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