Gypsy (The Cavy Files #1)
written by Trisha Leigh
published by Trisha Leigh
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: I couldn’t put it down. Leigh’s writing is refreshing – her imagery is endearing, her characters are a wonderful mess, and her timing is darn near perfect. I’ll admit I was expecting a limp retelling of the X-Men, so I was pleasantly surprised when Leigh blended shades of well-known stories (X-Men, Twilight, The Young Inventors Guild) into a vibrant new tale.
The plot isn’t unpredictable, but I didn’t mind. Actually, I’m pretty sure I can see where the series is headed (or at least what Norah’s going to be up to in the near future), and for once I don’t mind a bit. I know what’s going to happen, and I’m still seriously excited to keep reading the series.
Would I recommend it: Absolutely.
About the book – 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.
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 90s-00s.
Her family is made up of farmers and/or almost rock stars from Iowa, people who are 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.