(Book Review) The Gifted and The Damned by Dana Michelle Burnett

(Book Review) The Gifted and The Damned by Dana Michelle Burnett
March 24, 2015 CuteCoco

Sunday seems to be the right day to retreat into a good book, delicious food and quietness. With two boys in the house none of those are achievable before 9pm. So when the chance broke through I did nothing but to embrace. And there I was drew myself in the entangled love between Ruby, Archer, Melani, Andrew and Poe. The world of the gifted, werewolves and vampires caught me in an instant.

the gifted and the damned

What would you do if you were born to a family of the gifted and be the only one who cannot craft? Except the charm that can make everyone do what you say, you are practically a siren. Ruby has to live with this fact for the rest of her life. She grew into a rebel and a rule-breaker, not the kind of fact that impress anyone in her witches circle in Corydon Indiana but it was the least she cared. All her care in the world was for Archer.

Ruby’s world crumbled when after his visit to Chicago, Archer returned with a girl he claimed to be his fiance, Melani. As hard Ruby tried to play cool, her broken heart plunged her into a mistake of one night stand with Andrew, the brother of Archer’s fiancé, on the night Archer announced that he was going to marry Melani.

As the story unfolded, the vampires have started the war and things turned ugly very fast.

What happened next? What would Ruby say when Archer asked her to take care of his fiancé while he was gone to the battlefield fighting off the damned? Will the vampire invasion succeed? When Poe came into the picture, what sort of love life Ruby would live in?

Dana has successfully taken me to travel the journey on every page, as if I were in there. Although the real battle is never really described directly but the impression of it is enough to make me feel the dark thin air that covers the life of the gifted and the werewolves. I could feel the gloomy surroundings and I could even smell blood. This book brought back triple long-lasting pleasure sensations of Harry Potter, Twilight and True Blood combined.

Unfortunately, even though the title of this book suggests a strong connection between the gifted and the damned, Dana was never really explore that part so deeply that the damned was only showed in a flash of scary shadow ready to fed on the victim and then disappeared. There are also unanswered questions that still linger in my mind for example why Poe was disowned by his family, how Archer found his fiancé and be in love with her while he was also strongly in love with Ruby, what happened with the vampire who attacked Andrew in Corydon and a lot more.

Having said that, I am still excited to read that the subtitle is book one, which means there will be more and I hope I can find all the answer there. Meanwhile, The Gifted and The Damned is surely a worthwhile treat.



Dana Michelle Burnett spends most of her life writing short stories and sharing them with family and friends. Her short story John Lennon and The Chicken Holocaust was included in The Best of Foliate Oak 2006. She now lives in Southern Indiana with her diva dancing daughter and an assortment of pets.



The Gifted and The Damned comes out on 7 April 2015. It is now available for pre-order.

You can connect with Dana on her website www.DanaMichelleBurnett.com or on kindle.


Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book for this review purpose. All opinions are 100% mine. 

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Comments (2)

  1. Theresa 6 years ago

    This sounds like a steamy read. One I would love to get lost in on a quiet Sunday night too!

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      CuteCoco 6 years ago

      oh indeed! Quite steamy haha..

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