Review: Gypsy by Trisha Leigh (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Posted August 25th, 2014 in Blog Tour, book review / 28 comments

Review: Gypsy by Trisha Leigh (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Review: Gypsy by Trisha Leigh (Blog Tour & Giveaway)Gypsy by Trisha Leigh
Publisher: Self-Published on May 13, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, YA, Young Adult
Pages: 376
Format: Paperback
Source: Blog Tour
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: three-half-stars

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.

At A Glance

The pacing was slow but the story was interesting.

The Good

Gypsy is very X-Men-esque: mutant teenagers with special powers. But Gypsy is a little softer. There isn’t a whole bunch of action, but the mystery was great. I really liked getting to know all the characters and their powers.

Gypsy is considered inconsequential in her world of ‘freaks.’ Her power of seeing the age someone will die when she touches them is pretty useless, but that’s why she is so interesting. Because when these kids are thrown into normal society, it’s Gypsy who shines. She doesn’t have to worry about accidently killing someone with fire or turning invisible during a class. She can almost live a normal life. But their are bad people who won’t allow these teens to live life on the outside. I felt bad for Gypsy because she really did find a life during her small time of freedom. She had a great dad, good friends, and even a potential boyfriend. But it seems like everyone is out to ruin her happiness in some way or another. It was a nice change up to read about the non-superhero, the non-kickass heroine. Gypsy was normal in a world of crazy. And she handled it well.

I loved how the mystery was revealed slowly, piece by piece. I never knew who the true bad guys were, at one point I trusted no one. The best part was seeing these talented kids stick with each other like a family. They were always there for each other, even when they bickered. I am excited to see what the next book has to offer, especially with that cliffhanger ending.

The Bad

There was so much description and so much inner ramblings that this book slowed down way too often. I started skipping parts just to get on with it. I’d say one-fourth of this book could be cut and it would be the better for it. The pacing really took a hit and never picked up.

The Snuggly

Guess what? No love-triangle. Isn’t that great? Nope, it’s not great, because we get a love-square instead. Get this, Gypsy was interested in not two but THREE guys. And these guys liked her in return. Wow, way to standout Gypsy. Except she didn’t standout. If not for her simple power, she is pretty much as average as can be. I didn’t see what any of them saw in her.

No sex, just a little kissing.

Final Thoughts

Definitely not perfect, but a fun read nonetheless. If you can get past the pacing, you will enjoy the story and characters. Recommended.


“Change is never simple, Norah, no matter where you came from. But every place is just a place. They’re not all that different.”


“Dear Mr. Producer, I’ve been kept away from normal society my entire life, with nothing to show me how it really is except your movies. Now I’m outside and I am a little lost sheep. PS: You failed.”

About Trisha Leigh

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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28 Responses to “Review: Gypsy by Trisha Leigh (Blog Tour & Giveaway)”

  1. Melliane

    Ah yes it’s always a little difficult for me to have so many descriptions and the slow part is sometimes annoying but in a whole it sounds like a nice book. It’s the first time I hear about this one too.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Honestly, this book is better if you skim in some areas, I guess that’s bad but true.

  2. Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    Similar to X-men? Say no more! At least the story somewhat made up for the slow pacing, but I agree that lengthy descriptions can get tedious after a while. However, they are kind of expected from first installments, so I usually give authors a pass on that one. Wonderful review!

  3. Giselle

    This sounds like a good classic paranormal read and I like the X-Men-like vibe! I like how much of a great group dynamic they seem to have, and yay for no triangle! 🙂

  4. Carrie

    Love that cover! … and OMG Jennifer I love what you and Ashley did with your new design. I particularly love the font. It matches the creepiness to perfection. … and don’t even get me started on your social media icons. It’s all so awesome! Love it.

  5. Manisha

    That is a great cover.The name on the book makes you think of the gypsies but it is interesting that it the protagonist’s name! She sounds intriguing. No love triangles, Yay! XD


    • Jennifer Bielman

      It was a nice twist to have a heroine who was not a badass. They all can’t be fighting machines.

  6. Christy

    Omg, Jennifer! I haven’t seen your blog since you moved (I just got my computer fixed today after 2 weeks). It looks great! And welcome to self-hosting. 🙂

    Anyway, this book sounds interesting and a little different. Haha – c’mon, a love-square can be fun.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Thank you so much. Ugh, I hate when computers are stupid.

      No, noooooo, love-squares are never good!!

  7. Olivia

    Wow, three guys is an awful lot in my opinion! It definitely is something a bit more original I guess. One thing that is important is always to balance out the description and rambly bits, and I guess that is the only downer. I have never seen X-men, so I think this would be an interesting read for me!

    • Jennifer Bielman

      What!!!!!??? Never seen X-men? You must rectify this situation now! lol.

  8. Red Iza

    I’ve read tons of XIXth century classics, so I’m used to lengthy descriptions lol ! I loved X-men and this book looks good 🙂

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