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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gypsy (The Cavy Files #1)

Trisha Leigh Website

Book Details: Written by Trisha Leigh. Published May 13th, 2014. 376 Pages. You can purchase a copy today at Amazon / B&N
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult.
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21519379-gypsy?ac=1

Official Synopsis: Inconsequential: not important or significant. Synonyms: insignificant, unimportant, nonessential, irrelevant.

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 thmutation, 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.

My Thoughts: Very intriguing story line!! I could not stop reading once everything picked up.  It was a little slow for me personally in the beginning that's the only reason for the four star review, but once the plot develops there is not setting this book down!  I love the main character, "Gypsy" or Norah, the way she pieces together information and sees the world differently than others makes you appreciate the things you unknowingly take for granted. Really, I love all the characters, the author does a great job making you feel connected with each and every one of them while worring for not only their safety but their emotional welfare. My heart breaks for Norah and Jude I just want everything to work out for them, Jude seems like such a caring and understanding guy!! Great start to this series and with an ending like that I am excited for more!

Favorite quotes:
  • "The morning sunlight still lingers around the front of the house, making this space dim, but motes of dust twirl and waltz like members of a royal court on the pale, reaching sunbeams."
  • "His smile sticks in my heart the way a fishhook can lodge in a finger."
  • "The fresh smell of him falls around me like snowflakes-soft and cool as it melts against my skin."

Author Bio: 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. Thanks for being on the tour, Jessica! This sounds like a very good read with great characters, too! :)

  2. Thank you it is!! Can't wait for more!