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Gifted Paperback – April 25, 2012
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover," illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Learn more
About the Author
Liz Long has been writing fantasy 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 as long she wanted. 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, visit her website: www.lizclong.wordpress.com
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From a Reader's Perspective:
I both loved and hated the main character, Lucy. She was spunky, smart, a bit weak at first, and someone I'd love to hang out with in real life. A couple of her tendencies irritated me at the beginning of the book, but once I realized where her actions were stemming from, they were a little more acceptable. Best of all, despite her being gifted, I could identify with her on a human level. Huge points to the author for that.
Pacing was awesome, and I was able to finish this read in two sittings. Yeah, I was left wanting more, but not because there was a cliffhanger. It all stemmed from the awesome on the pages. Totally geeked out.
Long's descriptions are rich and vivid, but they don't go on and on about each detail. She allows you to paint the scene in your mind by giving you nuggets to build on. My favorite kind of writing is when I don't have to skip pages to avoid getting bogged down. Needless to say, world-building was amazing.
But let's talk about the plot! Up until the villain revealed themselves, I had no clue who it was. What fun I had trying to figure it out, though.
My favorite character was certainly Lucy, but I also loved Brooklyn (she's so passive-aggressive awesome), Delia, and Bianca. I won't ruin the awesome by sharing what they can all do, but it's super cool. Their dialogue felt so natural, too.
Oh, and the action! Yes, there's plenty of that. You get to see all the abilities at work constantly. I loved it.
From an Editor's Perspective:
There were no plot holes, and the flow and pacing were amazing, but the commas were kind of everywhere they shouldn't be and not where they should. So, I'll give half a star for editing.
1 Star for creating a complex main character with layers I had to peel back
1 Star for description and world-building
1 Star for keeping the answer to the mystery elusive
1 Star for all the action
.5 Star for editing
-.5 Star for fairy-like commas that flitted hither and yon
Overall, 4.5 out of 5 stars. Everyone who's ever read one of my reviews knows I round up, not down, so this book gets a five click. Recommended for those who love books about paranormal abilities.
I liked the plot and the way nothing was too predictable. A few curve balls, a bit of right assumptions, but nothing too obvious. I liked the characters and their closeness, though they came off a lot younger than the early twenties they were. Cigarettes and alcohol hinted at how old they all were before it was confirmed in the lines, and although I would have liked to see a bit of maturity in their characters, it was still nice to see them so young. Not young in terms of naivete, but young in the sense that they weren't too jaded or serious.
Lucy was an interesting character but not one I could get into at first. I liked her feisty attitude but her constant hold on her emotions made things more than frustrating at more than one point. It's not a problem so much as an irate thing as a reader because I have to watch her suffer with a problem before she finally gets a release. I guess that means the author actually did a good job at putting me through what she did.
The bad guys were just horrible (in a good way) and I really wish she'd burned them longer. Grr. The writing was pretty good, though the dialogue was a bit long at times, especially when something crazy happened. I'd find myself skimming to keep the quick flow of the story. Slowing down to take in all the talking would sometimes slow down the climax for me, so it's more of a personal thing on my part.
I'd recommend this book because it's exciting and I love the way the circus life was made in this. It's a new type of urban fantasy, it kept me entertained, and though I hate love-triangles, I didn't mind it too much because she wasn't really committed to either one.
NOTE: This book is currently free on Amazon!!
Let me first say that I was mesmerized by the cover. Simple yes, but it drew me in! Who doesn't think of Drew Berrymore when you see a flame coming from a pretty girl's hand?
Lucy our main character is a former Donovan circus family member, but left with her parents when the longed for a more normal life. She wanted that life back, especially when her parents dead and she needed a sense of belonging. The Donovan Circus was where her family lived before and her father was the MAIN ATTRACTION!
As a fire-starter Lucy can both create and control fire. Where else can she hone her skills and be with of other gifted individuals than a circus?? BUT a special traveling circus with other "gifted" individuals like herself.
Lucy is a strong protagonist with a true spark (haha) for life. She is a spirited individual that grows as the story progresses. AND THEN THE PLOT THICKENS with murders that all point to her! To stir the plot a little more, she is in the middle of two love interests!! To make THE SITUATION MORE INTERESTING, she has the feels for BOTH of them.
This book was well written with tons of action and twists BUT there is a lot of curse words. Which I don't mind since I tend to have a sailors mouth but if you don't mind that then proceed with your usual zeal for reading. I did want to put that out there.
I will be continuing with this series! I would like to see how Long's writing progresses! 4 stars and a tip of the Nerd Girl hat!!
*This book was done in conjunction with Nerd Girl
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