`Gifted' is a fast-paced, easy-to-read story about a circus full of people with various talents - some can read minds, some can teleport, some can start fires with their hands and so forth. This on its own makes it interesting to read as we have a taste of the world of fantasy, a world in which people can do super-human things, in much the same way as the TV series "Heroes' offered us.
However, there is more to the story than that - there is the villain who threatens those in the circus, and there is a love story, or love triangle actually, between the protagonist (a firestarter) and two of the men in the circus. These all add another dimension or layer to the story. Furthermore, the author cleverly ends the story in such a way as to leave the reader guessing about the direction which the love affair will take, and this adds a further element to the novel.
Although the story is firmly placed in the world of make-believe, this does not mean it is completely removed from reality - the emotions that the protagonist experiences are real enough and realistically described and there are also some grim reminders of the harshness of reality (such as an attempted rape) so the story is not all happy fantasy and magic; reality creeps in as well.
Some might say the novel lacks depth - certainly there are elements which could be discussed in greater detail and the plot skips along at a brisk pace. It could have been slowed down somewhat, allowing other aspects of the book, particularly characterization, to be developed in greater detail. However, it depends on what the reader is looking for in a novel. If the reader is looking for a quick and enjoyable read with a bit of everything (fantasy, love, thriller) then this will satisfy that need; if the reader is looking for a weighty tome with a deep consideration of the human psyche, then this is not the book to choose. It's all up to the reader and so this novel will suit some but not all, and isn't that the way with all books ....
Loved, loved, loved this book! Am about to download the next and I can't promise I won't finish before its bedtime. I love reading, I adore finding new 'great' authors. I'm sincerely looking forward to the next instalment