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GOODNIGHT! It’s been awhile since I have read a book where I didn’t guess the plot almost immediately.!
Seriously, with books and movies 99% of the time I know where it is going within the first 10 minutes, or first chapter. Gifted had me on my toes the whole time! Even at the end of it I wasn’t sure what was going to happen!
Gifted is a book about Lucy, who is a powerful Firestarter. Her parents are dead, and she decides to run off to the circus.
Or rather, run BACK to the circus.
Enter a family of gifted, with Lucy’s family friend Sheffield as the patriarch.
This circus is unlike any “normal” circus, as a majority of the people working there are other gifted people, such as Delia, the Greek Runner, or Gabriel…the, well, you’ll have to read it to find out more about this intriguing, and incredibly arrogant guy.
Lucy isn’t the only Firestarter, but she’s certainly the most powerful, and also a rare female Firestarter. She is an interesting character.
She has a tight hold on her emotions, which makes her great at controlling her power. Unfortunately this power is tested throughout this book, because the crap has hit the fan, and her world and everything she knows is going down the drain.
Then, to top it all off she has two guys vying for her attention. The sweet Keegan, and fellow Firestarter, who is so gentle and kind. Then there is Gabrial, who is kind of an ass, in Lucy’s opinion.
This book is nonstop in it’s twists, turns, and action. I highly recommend it!
Geez Louise, Lucy and the gang just can’t catch a break! Poor girl is having some major nightmares right of the bat, still dealing with killing Felix, and now she’s been accosted and threatened by a giant bear. Not just her, the whole Donovan family.
So off the entourage go to a new circus to try and make allies, only to be HORRIBLY betrayed by snarky girl.
Will she ever live in peace?
I am seriously exhausted for her.
Like, I want to hide under the covers in a bed, in a bomb shelter (that’s fully stocked with everything I need), for awhile.
Then Keegan, beautiful soul that he is….well, the boys got a bit of a temper, like any Firestarter, but he is just so sweet to Lucy. He is so patient, and doesn’t push her to make a decision.
Then we have Gabriel…dude is INTENSE! And he’s in love. Poor guy refuses to feel ANYTHING for so long, and fallsd in love with the one girl who is too afraid of emotions and hurting anyone to make a decision.
Until she does.
Who gets hurt?
I’m not sure anyone will be surprised, but I have a feeling things will change in the future at some point.
I like these books. I like the family camaraderie that has developed between the gang. I like that they work together, ad support each other. I like that, yes Lucy is the heroine, and the strongest most powerful of the bunch, but she still needs the others.
There is no hierarchy.
Some might dislike her melodramatic stuff. She kind of wallows in her misery a bit, but I feel like she has the right to. Girl has been through a crap ton of stuff, and she has yet to have some peace where she can just process what the hell she’s feeling, going through, etc.
Just a note: There is a ton of cussing in this book, and the first book is hard to read at first. Or at least I thought so until I realized why Delia’s words were so proper.
Uh, DUH Kat! English isn’t her first language, and when I finally got that through my thick skull, I was able to get in the right frame of mind to read it smoothly. However, you can tell the author’s writing style really grew and she became more comfortable with her writing through the first book, and the second book reflects that well.
I highly recommend this book ,and go check out my Facebook page for a giveaway of the first book!!!!
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When I first read the synopsis for this book I was intrigued. I mean, how could I NOT be!?!?! Honey Bee’s and Greek mythology? Huh?
Poor Melaina, she comes from a long line of cursed women, her sisters (the honeybees) don’t know who she is anymore, her mother is an addict, and the next thing she knows she is supposed to be the fulfillment of some prophecy!
I thought I had a lot on my plate!
To make matter’s worse, her instincts kick in and she needs to produce an heir quick! Which means those already out of control teenage hormones are insane!
Every man she comes into contact with can’t resist her, she is in love with Sam who has also been affected by her curse, her only choice is to isolate herself.
OH! Let’s not forget her grandma’s genius (yeah right!) idea to have her mate with someone who is already terminal, because the man she DOES mate with will die anyway.
Only, the plan backfires when she meets this guy, who happens to be gay! The curse doesn’t affect him! Not only that but apparently he is the key to her breaking the curse, and…well..
she’s the key to him staying alive!
All in all I thought this was a good book, and I’d recommend it for a good, easy read! Read on for a blurb and where to buy it!
Love is honey sweet, but it comes with a fatal sting . . .
Melaina Maris needs wings to fly the gap between loving Sam and her family’s ancient curse that forces carnal love and then kills the male lovers. She won’t let the same fate that killed her father befall another. She refuses to allow her goddess-created bloodline to continue. But there’s no easy way out, especially after the curse turns her into the Honey Queen—savior to honey bees—intensifying her charms.
To help her fulfill the curse’s demands in the least harmful way, her grandmother takes her to mate with terminally ill Boyd. But Boyd’s gay. And an expert in mythology. Instead of having sex, Melaina learns how she might summon the goddess who created the first ancestor bee-charmer and cursed her bloodline. Melaina’s magic—tears to save honey bees from endangerment—could be enough to persuade the goddess to end the curse. But an unexpected discovery soon changes that hope,spinning Melaina into a swarm of love, friendship and death.
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Alright! First, I just want to give a shout out to Stormy Smith and Regan Claire, they are AH-MAZING (I refuse to use the word amaze-balls…I just don’t get it, but they are that too)!!!!!!! They have both been instrumental in helping me make this blog successful. Y’all, they are amazing, and have made me feel like not just a street team member (yeah, I know you are jealous), but part of a community that supports and grows together.
Just gives me warm fuzzies all over.
Alright! ENOUGH MUSHY STUFF! Let’s get right to the interview with Dove and Cash from Gathering Water shall we? It was such a blast, and the friendship these two have is just so amazing.
Do not eat or drink anything prior to reading this interview, and probably you might need to go pee first too. They are that funny (at least I think so)!
Alright Dove and Cash, I am so SO excited to have you both here to chat with! I know y’all have been friends for a long time, I bet you have some good dirt on each other, care to share?
Cash: Dirt? No dirt. Nothing to share…
Dove: That’s a lie.
Cash: Of course it’s a lie, but some secrets are sacred. I guess we can tell her how we became friends. It was second grade and we were in the same class. One day at recess I was racing some of the other kids and winning by a long shot–
Dove: Because you were cheating by using your abilities.
Cash: I didn’t have good control of my abilities back then, and would use them by accident when things got emotional!
Dove: And Cash got emotional a lot. Anyway, he lost control of his speed and tripped, breaking his wrist in the fall. One of the other kids had run to get our teacher, and I’d just learned about joint breaks from my dad, so I figured I could help out before the grownup got there.
Cash: Well, he definitely healed my wrist, but the doofus used too much of his own energy to do it, and by the time the teacher got back, I was fine but Dove was passed out on the grass. When he came back to school the next day, I told him that I knew what he’d done for me, and he told me he knew why I always won in footraces, and a friendship was formed.
*laughing* Oh my gosh, you both are too much! Let’s talk a bit about Della. It must have been quite the shock learning she even existed, let alone had shown up to claim your grandma’s house. Was she anything like you expected?
Cash: Considering I went into my grandma’s house that day expecting to evict a squatter, and ended up being rammed in the nads by a before unknown cousin, I’d say “shock” was an understatement. Really, it was pretty cool finding out about her. Dad was really starting to crack down on me, because of the whole responsibility to mankind thing we have as leaders in the war. I would have been representing both families by myself, where we’d always had two leaders before, so not having that hanging over my shoulders is awesome. Della, well, she’s so closed off half the time, you don’t really know what to expect. I know that Aunt Gabby was so full of life, I even remember her a little; mostly just her laugh when she used to take me for ice-cream. Mom said that she used to draw people to her, like a moth to flame. Della doesn’t realize it, but I think she has that same quality. The more she opens up, the brighter she seems to get.
Dove: Actually, that’s really accurate. Her aura literally gets brighter whenever she actually relaxes and lets loose, it’s fascinating.
Every time I picture that scene I crack up *stops giggling and clears throat* sorry Cash, I am sure that was pretty painful. Cash, her powers are pretty cool, are you even a little bit jealous of how deep her Well is?
Cash: I mean, I guess. But we all have our own strengths, you know? Really, I’m more jealous by her Shielding abilities than how much her Well can hold. I can’t Shield worth crap, and there she is, naturally Shielding her entire life. Just, er, don’t tell her I said that.
Yeah, her shielding abilities are pretty amazing. Which brings us to why she has had to develop such a strong shield. Both of you were present (unbeknownst to Della) when she had that panic attack in her room. I cannot imagine how horrifying her past has been, what has it been like for both of you when you get these glimpses into her past?
Dove: It was a total shock to me. I figured that her childhood wasn’t full of happy memories, but I had no idea the extent. She keeps everything so hidden, I’m still surprised she opened up that much. I felt pretty terrible about it, but it explained so much.
Cash: I knew she had some serious baggage from her past. Her Shielding is proof of that; you don’t create a literal defense mechanism that strong just for the hell of it. But it sucks that it was that bad. I still haven’t told dad, because I’m afraid he’d go out to California and kill every single one of her foster parents for letting something like that happen. It really floored me at first how she would say something devastating as if it were the most natural thing in the world, like having no family, and it’s clear that she’s never had anyone else to rely on or trust.
It’s so great that she has been able to discover what it’s like to have someone to trust, family and friends to rely on. I have really enjoyed that part of her journey. Dove, you are almost always present when Della has a breakdown, what is that like for you?
Cash: Yeah, Dove. Why are you always making my cousin cry?
Dove: Hey, it’s not my fault! I just have good timing. Or bad timing. Or something.
Cash: Yeah, Dove is like the crying-girl whisperer.
Dove: Well, I’ve had a ton of practice comforting the trail of tears that follows you around.
Cash: I can’t help that girls find me irresistible.
Dove: Yeah, you little heartbreaker. Anyway, It’s really humbling to see such a powerful person lose themselves in their emotion like that. She holds herself up so firmly all the time, I think that it’s getting to be too much with all that’s been happening. I’m just glad she lets me be there for her, and hope I’m never the reason she breaks down like that.
Wow…that is just…sooo…..*sigh*…ahem…Dove, it took you FOREVER to finally ask her out! Tell me, what is your favorite thing about her?
Dove: *laughs * Seriously? I don’t know. I guess those moments when she’s not guarding herself. It’s always with something so small, like when we go outside and she automatically raises her face to the sun and absorbs the warmth. It’s how she is affected by nature, I guess. Most people take it for granted, but the only time I see her really relaxed is when she’s surrounded by it.
Cash: Because she’s surrounded by her elements, dude, and elements equal power for her.
Dove: Naw, it’s different, Cash. You can’t see it. I can see Nature, and I can see how it affects her… and how she affects it. It’s like she is life. And life is beautiful…
Cash: I’m going to go throw up now.
*hands Cash a trashcan*
Sorry, Cash, but I just have to ask Dove some more questions about him and Della. I am just dying to know, was there a specific moment you knew you wanted to date her?
Cash: Do I actually have to be here for this?
Dove: Shut your trap. I don’t know what I’m supposed to say here. Of course, I was interested as soon as I saw her. But the first time I saw her she was at the beach in a bathing suit and she’s h–
Cash: I will literally kill you if you finish that sentence.
Dove: Hah. Well, despite the fact that I found her… ahem, attractive, she was Cash’s cousin, so strictly friend-zone at first. We’d been hanging for a while, the three of us, and one day after helping out at the house she grabbed my arm when I was going to leave. It was the first time she touched me, at all. She’s really careful about that, and I hadn’t realized it until that moment. And that made me realize that I liked her touching me. After the night I healed her, and I found out why she was so resistant, the idea was pretty firmly rooted that I wanted to be more than friends.
Cash, how do you feel about their pending date?
Cash: I’m all ‘whatever’ about it.
Dove: Well, you did sucker punch me in the face when you found out.
Cash: Of course I did. You deserved it, too. But it’s all good, now. I mean, I’ll definitely kill him if he hurts her and all that jazz.
Dove: You could try. I seem to remember breaking your nose that night.
Cash: Well, so-rry I don’t have magical healing abilities that help me cheat in a fair fight.
Dove: sucker-punching is, by definition, not fighting fair. Besides, I healed you too after you calmed down.
Cash: And then we toasted to our health by sharing a couple brewskies. I don’t wanna see them playing tonsil hockey or anything, but other than that I’m okay with it.
Okay, let’s change the subject. Della’s description of the base where y’all met the Elfennol was amazing. Cash, what was your impression of the base?
Cash: Man, it was awesome! I’ve basically been waiting for that day my entire life. Dad had told me about it probably a million times when I was a kid, but nothing could have prepared me for it. We were in a cave in the ocean, a gigantic cave at that, but I would have had a hard time telling you we weren’t at the surface and under the sunshine. There was so much green, and pretty much anything that wasn’t made out of stone was made out of vines or ivy or moss or something naturish like that. Oh, and the actual stonework! Let me tell you, to look at them you’d never think any Elfennol had an ounce of artistic talent. They’re too… stiff to be artists, or that’s what I thought. Going there, and being surrounded by things they created definitely proved me wrong. I guess still waters run deep, or something.
Anything else you would like to share with my readers?
Cash: Only that the next installment in our journey will go down in November. Shiz will really hit the fan!
Well, boys it has been fun! Thanks for chatting! Can’t wait to see what you are up to in November!
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