Book Review: Gypsy by Trisha Leigh


About the Book:

Gypsy (The Cavy Files, #1) by Trisha Leigh

Genre: YA Paranormal

Published May 13th, 2014






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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.



This is one of the most highly addictive books I’ve read in awhile. This likens to the X-Men from comic books and movies with a huge twist. These mutants, the Cavies, were created as opposed to being born with powers. Well, that may not necessarily be true. I do not really know the whole scoop of the back story to the book. I am left in the dark as much as the Cavies are.

This book shows what happens when mutants are put back into society. They thought of, by the public, as rescued. However, the Cavies do not necessarily think that. They don’t know what to think. Even the reader is held clueless. Trisha keeps you guessing at what is going to happen next. For some of the characters you know there fate due to the power of the main character Norah, aka Gypsy.

But can she change the fate of those she sees in her visions. I intend to find out when the second book in this series comes out. This book felt like a comic book, to me, in prose form. There is action everywhere you look and reminded me of the X-Men and how their “adjustment” to society leaves a lot to be desired.




I highly recommend this book if you like the X-Men!


meet 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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