I debated for a little while whether I wanted to make this a 3 or a 4. I really think this book is a 3.5 right in the middle.
GIFTED is set in a world where there are two groups of people, humans, and gifted. Our main character Lucy is from the latter. Lucy is a bad ass fire wielding young adult learning to control her powers AND her emotions. When her mother passes she returns to her old life with a gifted group of people at the Donovan Circus. Right off the bat this plot is set up for some good stuff! I’m a big fan of powers, superheroes and the like, so if you are too, don’t be afraid to give this book a whirl!
Now for my feelings on this book, I’m first going to explain why the lower than average rating for myself. GIFTED was a decent read, and definitely gripped me through the second half. From the point of view of a writer, this book started off a bit slower, with questionable writing at times. I could definitely see the writing improve as the book went on, but there were still times where scenes dragged, were over explained or character dialogue went too long. I also had a hard time connecting with Lucy as a character and didn’t enjoy her POV too much until around chapter 5-6, which is very strange for me. If I had not already bought the book and had just borrowed from a friend, I may not have kept reading. BUT I am glad I did.
There is a certain scene in the book at a bar, where if you can get to it, you know this is the point where the story picks up and you’re good to go for the rest of the book! WAIT FOR THAT POINT! It will be worth it. After this (between chapter 5-8 somewhere I think) the book gets very interesting, we get a feel for the plot, the characters and the stakes. I can definitely see the bigger picture in this world and am glad that Ms. Long didn’t make this a one off. I can see this being a great series and I do look forward to reading the rest.
I understand the struggles of a writer, and I know how hard it is to write a book and put it out there for consumption, as well as self-pub and edit everything yourself, so given all of this, I think Ms. Long did a great job and I’m sure she has only improved from here! I will be buying BURNED as soon as I’m done with this review! If you haven’t bought GIFTED yet, what are you waiting for?!