Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Book Review: Gypsy (Book 1 of The Cavy Files)

I've got an interesting review for you guys! This is Gypsy by Trisha Leigh! I was fortunate enough to score an ARC to read but before we get there, check out the little synopsis below first! Don't forget to check out the other reviews and the giveaway below!

Genre: YA Paranormal
Published May 13th, 2014

Where to find Gypsy:
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.

The Review:


Let me say that since I got an ARC the writing was still rough around the edges but it started off pretty good. The book sort of reminds me of a more everyday X-Men with some genetic mutations and their abilities but with normal kids.

It starts right smack in the lives they have always known. Then they are yanked right out of the lives they have always known and were content with and thrown in a whole new life. I find that it's a very real situation. It's the idea that you never knew what you had till it's gone and I get that with this story. However, I feel that the execution right after they left wasn't real enough for me.

The characters were too smart and not traumatic enough for me which isn't a terrible thing because I wouldn't want to read about them dwelling on their misery and the past. Unfortunately, I didn't find their reactions too believable either. I think that could have been worked on a little more but it was acceptable for me.

I really liked the characters. They were all unique and had a personality. I had no problem seeing them in my mind. I liked Gypsy, even though she's not as special as her companions she still puts her best foot forward to make the best of the current situation. She even gets some hot boys interested in her without trying and Gypsy is humble enough that I don't mind.

The pacing was ok, I felt like it could have been sped up a little but I'm also used to faster paced books. I found myself skimming ahead at some parts. I do want to mention that the author did a lovely job describing the southern landscapes and with the dialogue of the characters. I enjoyed some of the witty quips between the characters.

Unfortunately, I could predict a few of the threads of the story. Although, I wasn't certain my hunches were true until they actually happened but I had a feeling they were the ones behind it. I was right for the most part but didn't really see the ending coming which was good but abrupt. I was so excited when I got there that wanted to see more of what would happen but was devastated to see that was the end. I also feel like once we reached the climax of the story we didn't get any new information that hadn't already been shared in the middle of the story until the last sentence of the book.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and if you like X-Men or like supernatural powers or abilities I think you'll enjoy this book! There are some good elements that I think you'll like if you like a little mystery and slow building stories.

3 out of 5 rating for me!

(An ARC was provided for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)

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.



Ya Reads said...

Great review! Thanks for being on the Gypsy Review Tour!!!


Tammy Hall said...

I don't generally read the reviews as I don't want them to tarnish my thoughts on a book however, I did read yours and enjoyed your thoughts on Gypsy! Your review was well written and I respct your honesty! Thank you for sharing!

Aisazia said...

I'm glad it was helpful for you! I try my best. I always go in with a positive outlook on the book and go from there. :) Thanks for the comment!

Aisazia said...

Thanks for having me! :D