Gypsy by Trisha Leigh

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.

My Review:

When I started reading Gypsy, I fully expected to be reading X-Men with a twist. Boy, was I ever wrong. Instead, I ended up reading a book about family. It was amazing and I was drawn in from the very first pages.

We start out with a motley group of teens, all with special abilities, that have been kept cloistered together at on old plantation. They have no real idea of who they are or where they come from. Their days are structured as they are tested and their abilities explored. When their lives are torn apart, they are lost in a sea of the unknown. Having been kept apart from society all their lives they are not ready for the real world when the police raid their home and place them with either their real families or foster homes. It’s a bit much to deal with – new lives, going to school for the first time in seventeen years, and just learning to blend into the norm when they are anything but.

I don’t want to say too much about the book because of spoilers, but I will say Gypsy and her friends quickly won me over. They are a family who love each other. Blood has nothing on the bonds of time and friendship and you see that in this book. The friendships that Gypsy makes along the way are just as strong and endearing.

What I adored about the book was Gypsy’s voice. It was exactly as would expect someone in her situation to sound: unsure, her thoughts and mannerisms a little off as she hasn’t been emersed in society for 17 years, and confused with a mixture of excitement. I was pulled in from the very beginning and literally couldn’t put the book down until I finished it.
I would recommend this book and this author to anyone up for a good read.

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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. Thank you for hosting! I'm glad you enjoyed the book. xo