Review for Gypsy (The Cavy Files #1) 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:

I was immediately drawn into Gypsy's world. I loved the idea that her superpower, so to speak, was the most inconsequential of the group (and am wondering if this will turn out not to be the case in the sequel!). This gives Gypsy the unique ability to fit in quickly with the outside world. Turns out she has a supportive father to take her in, and quickly makes friends at her high school. Yet at the end of the day, Gypsy is different, and she will do anything for her fellow Cavies. 

Gypsy is a fully dimensional character, and I sympathized with her. Despite her Xmen-esque origins, she's a teenage girl at heart, and there's plenty she has to deal with: high school, her first crush on a boy, figuring out how her new life works. She wants to be that average teenage girl, but it's not the life she's going to be able to lead.

I also liked the full cast of Cavies, as well as Gypsy's school friends. Both Jude and Dane Kim are great characters, complex and interesting. I am wondering why Jude ended up at the facility where Flicker was kept. There's secrets that he must be keeping! I also suspect there's more to Dane than what meets the eye.

I'm looking forward to reading the next installment! 

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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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