Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Xpresso Book Tour Blog Tour for Gypsy by Trisha Leigh!!

Hey there everyone! Today I'm taking part in the Blog Tour for Gypsy by Trisha Leigh, organized by Xpresso Book Tours!

I will be sharing my review & a Blog Tour wide giveaway, so click HERE for the full tour schedule! But before that, let's get you some more information about the book & author, shall we?

Gypsy by Trisha Leigh
(The Cavy Files #1)
Publication date: May 13th 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Synopsis: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.


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.


When I saw Gypsy's summary I thought it sounded really fascinating, so when I got the chance to get a copy for review and be part of the blog tour, I jumped at it. And boy am I glad that I did!

Gypsy not only had a great pace and kept you engaged no matter if we're reading action scenes or character development scenes. The book managed to surprise me from the start, we begin as Gypsy in at the orphanage/school where she's always lived with other 9 kids with special abilities. There's a certain Professor X School sort of file to it, but rather more secret and a little more seedy. But all of a sudden things change, and the Cavies are taken away from the only place than they've known and even if Gypsy sees it as a chance to forget about her useless ability and to feel normal, it isn't as easy for the rest of the Cavies.

We get very little information at first on who where the Professor and the rest of the people at the Cavies only home, and once they're back to the families they didn't know they had it's when the Cavies realize things have just started for them. They need to get back into regular society, they find enemies or potential allies and don't know who to trust, so in the end it's Cavies first and foremost, their bonds stronger than any others.

I was surprised on how easy it was to connect with Gypsy and her struggles with the changes from being insignificant and unimportant to have a chance to be normal and attend high school, which was such a big deal for her! I loved how her being happy in her new life didn't mean she forgot about the Cavies or the questions they were trying to answer.

There's plenty of science, a bit about conspiracies about government agencies, plenty of hidden secrets by the government, the families... When you turn the page you are waiting for the next shoe to drop and then we get to the final showdown, think that things will calm down and YAY no cliffhanger and then BAM! one heck of an awful cliffhanger right there! I'm now dying to get my hands on book 2!! Very well deserved 4.5 stars to this mix of science fiction with paranormal!


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  1. Why haven't I heard of this one before Pili?! IT SOUND AWESOME! And right up my alley? SciFi and the paranormal? Yes please:) Glad Gypsy was easy to really connect to, that's the most important thing in any story for me. If I can't connect with the characters, no matter how brilliant the world or plot, the book will never be one to wind up on my shelf of favorites. Really looking forward to this one now!

    1. Well, Jenny, I'm really happy to be able to discover some books for you too!! =D
      I cannot wait to hear what you'd think of this one!

  2. Ohh, even a vague resemblance to X-men is enough to grab my attention. I'm a huge fan, I tell you. The fact that it's accompanied by excellent character growth only convinces me further that I need to read this asap. I'm looking forward to it.

    1. It was a great discovery for me too, Maja! And yeah, I kept on getting a similar X-Men vibe without it being obvious or rip-off-ish!

  3. If I had to choose a superpower this is probably the last one I would want. What a dreary life O_O It sounds like Gypsy is easy to connect to, too, which is awesome and would make it easier to put myself in her shoes. The mystery and secrets also sounds like it keeps things really moving. Plus the x-men like vibe makes me curious in itself! Great review, Pili!

    1. Thanks Giselle, it really was a great book! And I agree, Gypsy's super power is one I'd never want!

  4. Great review, Pili! I really liked this book, though I personally thought the middle part of the book was much too slow. And I agree, that cliffhanger... WOW! I need to know what happens!!

    1. I didn't mind the slower part as much cause I enjoyed seeing how the Cavies adapted differently to the more "normal" setting! And yeah, sequel, we need it now!

  5. Beautiful review, Pili! Saturday's my turn to review this beauty! 4.5 stars? I totally trust your opinion, so I think that I'll love this beauty, too! The concept sounds gorgeous, and so do the characters! Thank you for your review, I now know what I'm in for!

    1. I do hope you'll love it Michelle! Cannot wait to read your review!

  6. Haven't heard of this one, but I love the typography on the cover :D GITANA!! ^_^

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  7. Aw, yay :D I'm glad you loved this book Pili. <3 Great review :) And awesome blog tour post. I do like the cover :D Thank you for sharing about it. <3


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