Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Gypsy by Trisha Leigh Blog Tour and Review

Release Date: 05/13/14
378 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
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.

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My Review!

I got hooked on the idea of this book through the synopsis, and when a blog tour was organizing, I wanted to be part of it! Gypsy reminded me a lot of X-Men and I loved that. It was a great sci-fi/paranormal story with likable characters, strong friendships, and a smidge of normal among the unique.

Rating: 4 Stars!

I loved Gypsy's voice! She's a very endearing character who only wants some normalcy in her life amid the supernatural. Out of all the Cavies, she's the one who dreams most of a world outside the Darley Hall, a life not filled with constant testing and people who have abilities that range from mild to deadly. And Gypsy's ability is the most mild of all. It's pretty much nothing, and Gypsy has resented that fact her whole life. She doesn't feel like she truly belongs with the Cavies, and when the chance comes for her to experience normal, she grabs onto it with both hands and won't let go.

All of the Cavies are thrown into a chaotic world that they don't know how to navigate. But they still have each other; a bond was formed between all of them so long ago that life without each other seems impossible to comprehend. Gypsy struggles with this, and struggles with her secret feelings of happiness at being able to attend a normal school and have a relationship with her dad. Some of the other Cavies resent the ease with which she navigates this world that she doesn't know at all. But Gypsy won't let them ruin her newfound happiness, even if she loves them all dearly. The other Cavies are important people to her; more than friends, they're her family. And she'll have to constantly choose between them and this new life. 

I loved the other Cavies! They each had their own unique personalities, combined with their extraordinary abilities. Mole was my favorite; a strong, silent, and intelligent guy who has been Gypsy's best friend since they were kids. I also loved Haint; the invisible girl who doesn't show vulnerability. The twins, Reaper, and even Pollyanna. I liked them all, and their relationships with each other were very complex. Their lives so intertwined through years of shared secrecy and close proximity. It's hard for them to separate from each other, and even harder when one of their own is in trouble.

Gypsy also meets characters at her new high school, but honestly, I didn't care for them much. I was more interested in the other Cavies. I also disliked the whole "love square" going on between Gypsy, Jude, Dane, and Mole (my personal choice). Gypsy didn't fall into insta-love with any of them, but there was a bit of drama, enough jealousy and male testosterone to make me think that the romance was being forced. 

The book was very slow-paced, and in the beginning, I felt like I was forcing myself through it. But that quickly changed as the mysteries behind the Cavies, their guardians, and what happened to Flicker start to surface. The story-line is balanced with Gypsy's new life and amateur sleuthing to uncover all the secrets surrounding their births. Where the story-line went proved to be very interesting, and I can't wait to see where the sequel goes! 

Gypsy was a unique take on supernatural abilities and the secrecy behind government dealings. I loved the Cavies, and I want more of them! :)


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.

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  1. I feel so ashamed....ah because I didn't subscribe to this book tour. It's your fault for writing such a great honest review. ;)) I think I would've liked the MC. Just the slow-pacing that bugs me a bit but, as you said, it gets better, so guess it'll be OK. I just reconsidered the book, thanks to you, Holly! :D

    Lola @Seeing Night Reviews

    1. Aw, thank you so much!!! Compliments like that always brighten my day. I'm glad I could change your mind! :)

  2. Thank you for reading and reviewing, Holly! I'm glad you enjoyed the Cavies! :)

    1. You're so welcome! I can't wait for the sequel. :)

  3. I haven't seen much about Gypsy, however now I am very excited to add it to my to-read list! The Cavies sound wonderful and Gypsy herself seems pretty cool. Although, a love square sounds like it could aggravate me. Despite that, the book sounds really fun with it's friendships and paranormalcy. Thanks for the review! Now I'm pretty excited to read Gypsy when I get the chance :)

    1. Yay! So glad I can give you a new book to add to your TBR list. And the book was so much fun! I hope you get the chance to read it soon. :)


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