04 June 2014

Title: Gypsy (The Cavy Files, #1)
Author: Trisha Leigh
Publisher: (May 13th, 2014)
Genre: YA Paranormal
From: the Author
Format: eARC
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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 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: 4 Stars - Gypsy, is the first title in the in author Trisha Leigh’s new series called The Cavy Files. What do you get when you mix teens that grew up together under vastly different rules and circumstances from the rest of the world, teens who have special talents and teens who have formed a family within each other on the property they’ve known their whole life? You get The Cavy Files!

I wasn’t sure what to expect other than other books from this author have been awesome and that’s what I did in fact feel during and after reading. It’s a title that’s well written with characters and plot that are filled with paranormal twists and turns set in a mystery that’s a lot larger than just one title can contain.

You’ll meet a cast of ten teens that all have a variety of genetic mutations, producing all different types of charaters. Gypsy the main character has dreams of a normal life because her talent doesn’t cause harm to anyone other than her own psyche. She just knows she could fit in with everyone else in the world and when everyone finds themselves living a life outside the property they’ve known their whole life, she’s the only one excited about it.

They are somewhat naive to the world… okay a lot naive to the world and with each day that passes more and more trouble comes their way. There’s nowhere to turn except to each other and to try to find out who exactly they should trust. Who won’t use them for what they can do with their talents and who will be there in the end when everything comes crashing down around them.

There’s tons of mystery and intrigue and while this is classed as a paranormal story I’d almost say that there’s a bit of a sci-fi spin on this story too. I liked the characters’ and while they were just your normal teens, they were so much more as well, all while trying to find their way in a world they know pretty much nothing about. It’s hard when you’ve been shielded your entire life.

The other Cavies have such different personalities just as they each have such different genetic mutations that have given them crazy talents they are just starting to learn about. I enjoyed how Leigh was able to write characters such as these and I was fascinated from beginning to end!

And that ending? Okay, shocking! What the heck was THAT? I gasped and I made some random comment out loud that I won’t repeat here but yeah… it’s a cliffhanger to say the least! While there was a ton of answers that Leigh gives readers along the way there’s enough to still keep you guessing for what’s to come.

At the end of the book I was extremely excited for what’s to come. Leigh has written a great YA story with enough twists and turns and genetic mutations to keep readers of YA on the edge of their seat and happy from start to finish. I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen next to Gypsy and her cavy friends! I highly recommend this title to all fans of YA paranormal. Happy Reading!

About the Author:

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 Gypsy Review Tour, Lisa!!!


  2. I love the idea of a bunch of misfit kids banding together! I can't wait to read it!

  3. This book looks and sounds awesome thanks for the great giveaway!

  4. this looks awesome! Thanks for sharing:)

  5. I already have GYPSY on my reading list. Sounds fantastic.

  6. Oh this sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing. Love that cover.

  7. Sounds really good! thanks for the giveaway


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