Thursday, May 15, 2014

Burned by Liz Long [Review]
Burned (Donovan Circus #2) by Liz Long
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: January 20, 2014

Donovan Circus
1. Gifted
2. Burned - Paperback | Kindle

Liz Long
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
“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?
Thoughts on Burned: I'm not going to pull any punches here - I don't like who Lucy ended up with. This is more because I think she chose the person who was convenient rather than the one who *ahem* set her on fire. But... BUT since Lucy's story looks like it's far from over, I can hold out hope that she'll come to her senses and go for the person she has real chemistry with.

Hope is a glorious thing, is it not?

Also, point to me for making a fire-related pun in the first paragraph!

Beyond Lucy's relationship issues, once again, she finds herself in the middle of something that affects all the gifted. Here's what I keep coming back to - part of me feels like she needs to push harder for answers because I don't think she has the entire story. Yes, I think she's fighting on the side she's supposed to be fighting on, but people *cough*Sheffield*cough* keep brushing aside her TOTALLY VALID questions and telling her they'll "talk later." Dude. No. Get some answers. Figure things out.

Go make out with the hot guy again.

*sly grin*

The other thing I want to touch on is that while Lucy will kill when she needs to (when her friends are put in MORTAL PERIL or she has no other option), she occasionally gets all "I don't want to hurt anyone" and then she lets someone WHO BETRAYED HER AND HER TROUPE go. No. NO. BAD IDEA. These are the types of things that come back to haunt you later, Lucy. HAVEN'T YOU EVER SEEN A SCARY MOVIE/READ A SCARY BOOK? KILL THEM ALL AND THEN KICK THEM ONCE THEY'RE DOWN TO MAKE SURE THEY'RE REALLY DEAD.

All in all, this was a fun book and I'm holding out hope that Lucy will see the light and go after the guy I want her to be with. All while protecting the Donovan Circus and killing bad guys. *nods*

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