Today on the blog I have a special review post of Trisha Leigh’s YA paranormal Gypsy. After you’ve checked out the book, be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post!
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.
Rating – 4 out of 5 stars
Lacking a truly useful psychic gift, Gypsy has never felt like she fit in with the other Cavies, a group of teenagers with genetic mutations who are kept away from the rest of the world as they master their powers. When their secret plantation, the only home they’ve ever known, is found out and they are forced to live normal lives, Gyspy sees it as an opportunity. Meeting her biological father for the first time, enrolling in a swanky private school, and making normal friends, Gyspy finds herself attracting positive attention and begins to feel like she might have a place in the world. But life as a Cavy isn’t so easily ignored. From being chased by strange people to finding out one of her fellow Cavies has gone missing, Gyspy and the other Cavies must come together to unravel the mystery of what they are and who is after them.
The southern setting of Trisha Leigh’s Gypsy truly popped. I could really picture the old plantation the Cavies lived on and the Charleston streets as Gyspy walked through them. The beginning started off just a bit slow, but after the initial getting used to the world and how it worked, the mystery began unraveling and the pace of the story started flowing. Gypsy’s self-conscious feelings about not fitting in with either the life of the genetically mutated or the non-mutated kids at school is a feeling I think we’ve all had at one time or another (though minus the mutation part!). The sweet love story didn’t take away from the wonderful intrigue of the mystery, and in fact often added to it. And the ending will keep any reader waiting for the next installment!
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.