REVIEW by Ginny: Gifted (A Donovan Circus Novel #1) by Liz Long (@LizCLong , @puretextuality)
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.
Lucy can control fire and is socially awkward (partially) because of it.
It was love at first sight.
(I’m going for the most lines in a review, can you tell? I think there’s an award and a prize. I hope it’s tickets to a circus)
Lucy’s mother has just died and… Ok, I’m just going to put this out there. Lucy does bottle things up. Remember though that she’s a gifted with the ability to cause and control fire. Now I’m not an expert, but one would imagine that if she let her emotions run wild, bad things would happen. Bad fire related things. For example, if she went to pieces over the loss of her mother and the injustice of being alone in the world, well I would imagine that the world would burn.
Anyways, after the death of her mother and having lost her father years before, she turns to the only family she remembers, The Donovan Circus. A place where the term “circus freak” is not just an adorable figure of speech. She meets her roommate Delia, a spunky Greek runner who lives life in the fast lane. No really, she moves really REALLY fast. Delia has a kind heart, and a group of friends she’s more than willing to force upon our poor shy little Lucy. Included are Brooklyn, Bianca, Finley, and fellow Firestarters Nicholas and Keegan. Apparently Keegan is dreamy, sweet, dependable, and all those stand up traits you’re supposed to root for.
So obviously I was instantly bored with him.
Then we meet Gabriel, the asshole, who was such a bad boy wrong option character that I’m assuming that “T.N.T.” by AC/DC was playing constantly while he was around. He even smoked. (No motorcycle though, ironically that was Keegan’s thing.) Where Keegan is nice and safe, it’s Gabriel’s touch that lights her fire. (pun intended)
Though, really, the romance was more like the second string plot used only to enhance the major story. That being the murder, mystery, and mayhem. Who can Lucy trust? What aren’t people telling her? Should she just have stayed home and adopted 37 cats?
Yeah, totally not telling you anything. You’ll just have to read it and find out for yourself.
There was something about the dialogue that irked me. Specifically the dialogue between Lucy and Gabriel. I want to say it’s because it was all circular and maddening, but I’m pretty sure that’s a lie. Really I think it’s because in the back of my head there was a little voice that kept yelling “THERE ARE FAR MORE ENTERTAINING THINGS YOU CAN BE DOING WITH YOUR MOUTH RIGHT NOW THAT’S NOT FLAPPING YOUR FUCKING JAW!”
So yeah, I might be Team Gabriel.
I’m giving “Gifted” 4 stars. It was fun, it was spunky, and I can’t wait to see what Ms. Long goes with her world next.