Saturday, June 7, 2014

Gypsy by Trisha Leigh Blog Tour + Review

Gypsy (The Cavy Files, #1) by Trisha Leigh
Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: May 13th, 2014
Inconsequential: not important or significant.
Synonyms: insignificant, unimportant, nonessential, irrelevant
Synopsis: In the world of genetic mutation, Gypsy’s talent of knowing a person’s age of death is considered a failure. Her peers, the other Cavies, have powers that range from curdling a blood still in the vein to being able to overhear a conversation taking place three miles away, but when they’re taken from the sanctuary where they grew up and forced into the real world, Gypsy, with her all-but-invisible gift, is the one with the advantage.
The only one who’s safe, if the world finds out what they can do.
When the Cavies are attacked and inoculated with an unidentified virus, that illusion is shattered. Whatever was attached to the virus causes their abilities to change. Grow. In some cases, to escape their control.
Gypsy dreamed of normal high school, normal friends, a normal life, for years. Instead, the Cavies are sucked under a sea of government intrigue, weaponized genetic mutation, and crushing secrets that will reframe everything they’ve ever been told about how their “talents” came to be in the first place.
When they find out one of their own has been appropriated by the government, mistreated and forced to run dangerous missions, their desire for information becomes a pressing need. With only a series of guesses about their origins, the path to the truth becomes quickly littered with friends, enemies, and in the end, the Cavies ability to trust anyone at all.

Review: I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, but I wish I could have had more time to really focus on everything that was going on. As I was reading this book, it was the last week of school (so my students were crazy), and I was studying for me GRE. Needless to say, my mind was a bit elsewhere for the majority of the week. Despite that, I still enjoyed this book very, very much. I had not read anything by Trisha Leigh before, but everything that I read made me sure I was not going to regret choosing to read this book. I was right, too. I really enjoyed the writing. I felt that it was smooth and clean, and that is something that I appreciate with writing. Along with that, Leigh created a wonderful story, giving me a book I did not want to put down.

I really liked the idea of some of the characters having special abilities. I guess with X-Men releasing kind of recently, it made me think a bit of that as well. I thought that the Cavies made a wonderful family for one another, even if most of them did not believe that Gypsy had an ability that was worth anything; being able to know what age everyone would die. Still, I did struggle a bit to keep up with which ability which character had. Like I said, my focus was a bit off, though. It was upsetting when their home was intruded by the police and they were separated, leaving me fearing what was going to happen to all of the characters we were introduced to.

I do not want to give too much of this book away as I believe that it is something any fantasy reader would love. It was a wonderful read, and it always left me wondering what was going to happen next. Then the ending, the cliffhanger ending. I am a fan of cliffhangers, if I'm being honest, which I know probably makes me strange. I'm okay with that, though. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I cannot wait for the next book in the series. I would highly recommend this book to others.

Rating: 5.0/5.0


Trisha Leigh is a product of the Midwest, which means it’s pop, not soda, garage sales, not tag sales, and you guys as opposed to y’all. Most of the time. She’s been writing seriously for five years now, and has published 4 young adult novels and 4 new adult novels (under her pen name Lyla Payne). Her favorite things, in no particular order, include: reading, Game of Thrones, Hershey’s kisses, reading, her dogs (Yoda and Jilly), summer, movies, reading, Jude Law, coffee, and rewatching WB series from the 90’s-00’s.
Her family is made up of farmers and/or almost rock stars from Iowa, people who numerous, loud, full of love, and the kind of people that make the world better. Trisha tries her best to honor them, and the lessons they’ve taught, through characters and stories—made up, of course, but true enough in their way.
Trisha is the author of THE LAST YEAR series and the WHITMAN UNIVERSITY books. She’s represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
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1 comment:

  1. Sounds like an interesting book. I certainly like the X-Men-esque story lines and/or people with special abilities. I think I just might give this book a go.


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