Friday, August 29, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Gypsy by Trisha Leigh

Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Gypsy, the first book in The Cavy Files Series, by Trisha Leigh!

Young Adult Paranormal/Science Fiction
Romantic Thriller
The Cavy Files, #1
Publish Date:
May 13, 2014

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.



**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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*My Thoughts*

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

This was definitely a different read! Interesting enough to keep me reading. I found it to be a good start for the first book in a series about teens with unique, some even dangerous, abilities. I also enjoyed the storyline which included a good dose of mystery and suspense. However, I felt that the pace of the story was slow.

As the truths of who and what they are unravels, Gypsy and her friends have more questions that needs answers, especially when they find out that their "home" wasn't a "home" at all. Gypsy finds herself the "leader" of this group of finding answers that will reveal more about what they are. Gypsy and her friends realizes that they really didn't know much about their "caretakers" at all. In the search for answers, there are others who doesn't want them to least, not yet.

Although the story kept me reading, the pace of it was slow. At times, I felt that, at various part, the book dragged. I love details, but sometimes, too much details made the story slow in pace. Plus, the characters felt flat. I wasn't convinced of their sense of being lost after they were "rescued" or their feeling of not belonging with normal people. On the up side, I really enjoyed how the author described the ease and difficulty of the Cavy children reintegrating with society...especially Gypsy. Since the story is told through Gypsy's point of view, there is a more personal feel of not fitting in with "normal" people. We even get a feel for Gypsy's frustration and feelings in trusting her new friends, especially for Jude and Dane. Gypsy has a difficult time figuring out what she feels for these boys in her life.

The innocence and naiveté of these Cavy children is obvious throughout the book. As they learn more about what happened to them, the more they learn about themselves. As they embark on searching for more answers, the mystery of their "abilities" origin comes to light, but not without the dangers that lie ahead of them.

Complete with unknown variables and secrets, Gypsy is an interesting read filled with mystery, suspense, and paranormal twist. As the mystery unravels, answers will be found as well as more questions and secrets. If you enjoy cliffhangers, then there's definitely a cliffhanger to be had at the end of this first book in The Cavy Files. This is definitely written for fans of paranormal mystery/suspense thrillers.

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  1. Glad you liked it even if you had some issues with the pacing and characters. It sounds like a fun x-men like story though! Great review!

    1. Thanks! I've actually found this issue when I read some 'first books in a series', but in the end, I enjoyed it! Yes, it does have that X-Men feel too it...hahaha!! I am looking forward to reading the next book...I would love to see where they go from here! :)