Author: Liz Long
Source: eARC for review
"Maybe I had to accept that the Donovan Circus no longer felt like home." Lucy might've beaten Alex the Chameleon, but the cost of his defeat was too much to bear. After losing a beloved member, Sheffield Donovan temporarily disbands the show. Abandoned by the ringmaster and her friends, Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of their ruined circus - and defend it against those waiting for the opportunity to strike. During one of these attempts, Lucy learns of Augustus Rivers, the leader of his so-called gifted mafia. When Lucy is offered a chance to infiltrate the Rivers' household, she jumps at the opportunity to seek vengeance on the mastermind. Augustus instead surprises everyone by proposing that the powerful female Firestarter work for him. It's everything the Donovan Circus isn't, an offer Lucy finds more enticing than she ever expected. With the Donovan Circus in shambles and the gifted world on the cusp of war, can Lucy Sullivan figure out who she's meant to be? Or will her fire destroy everything they've built?
Everyone is returning back to the Donovan Circus from a much needed break. Everyone was stunned with the death of their friend and needed time to regroup and mourn. Everyone but Lucy that is. Left to pick up the pieces and take care of things, Lucy hasn't had a chance to mourn, let alone think back on all that has happened in the short time since she joined the Donovan family. As everything piles on her shoulders and a new threat emerges, Lucy may have had all she can take. Will the choices she make be for the good of her family? Or will it bring them down once and for all?
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I wasn't surprised with it being an excellent read...I knew that going in that it would be. (Because I just absolutely adore this series.) But I was surprised at all that happens. So. Much. Happens. I expected lulls, but then realized half way through there wasn't any. Everything that happens was packed with punches, twists and some "whoa, did that really just happened?" moments. So yes, very pleased with every single chapter and every single event.
And once again I was blown the freak away by the ending. Well, the whole last part of the book. Long knew what to do to grab the readers already gotten attention. I was definitely digging this new twist and love how it got the story catapulting to a great ending.
Who is ready for more of this series? This chick! 5 Bring on the War Stars!
Liz Long is a ridiculously proud graduate of Longwood University with a BA in English. Her inspiration comes from action and thriller genres and she spends entirely too much time watching superhero movies. Her fabulous day job as a social media editor includes writing for a publishing company in Roanoke, VA.
Her first book, Gifted, is the first book in the Donovan Circus series, where superpowers meets the circus. Burned is the second adventure. Her standalone book Witch Hearts, is a story about a serial killer hunting witches for their powers. Her newest book A Reaper Made is an NA Paranormal tale of a Reaper using magic to save her family from demons. All titles are available at Amazon on Kindle and paperback, Barnes & Noble for Nook, and iBooks.