Gypsy (The Cavy Files Series #1)

Gypsy (The Cavy Files Series #1)

by Trisha Leigh


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499201062
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/05/2014
Series: Cavy Files Series , #1
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.84(d)

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.

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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Gypsy (The Cavy Files, #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not bad has potential. I skip through multiple pages to get back to the story and for children who grew up with a logic orientated structure, they sure do deduce very slowly.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars 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. As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Books.  Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
Gypsy is described by irs author, Trisha Leigh, as "X-men meets Alias" and at the time when the genetically mutated teenagers are introduced, living in a secluded house owned by the Professor, the similarities to Marvel's sci-fi series are obvious. However, Trisha Leigh is able to free Gypsy from this label as the story progresses, writing a story which is unique and gripping. The talents the teenagers who live at Darley Hall possess range from "operational" to "inconsepuential", with three categories of "substantial", "developmental" and "unstable" inbetween. Gypsy, the story's main character, is able to see the age a person will die when she makes skin-to-skin contact with them. This talent is considered to be unuseful and she feels set apart from the group of Cavies and she even considers escaping Darley Hall. The Cavies are unprepared for the changes which discovery brings, as they are 'rescued'. Gypsy if relieved to be reunited with her the father she has never met, but finds adapting to life in the outside world confusing and noisy. We watch each Cavy deal with their new lives differently; some findinbg relationships difficult and others struggling to control their powers. Despite this they retain their 'Clubhouse', a telepathic meeting place, which is a vital link for the reader. The story crosses from sci-fi to romance and suspense, as the group reveal secrets about their biological families and reasons for being placed at Darley, as well as trying to rescue their friend who is in danger. Trisha Leigh's plot is involved and after each chapter I was eager to expose more of the story. I like the fact that each character is so individual, with strengths and weaknesses, but we are constantly asked to question who is trustworthy. Gypsy is a cleverly told story, which leaves us excited for its sequel and I can guarantee it is a book I will buy!
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
The Cavies are a group of ten sixteen- to seventeen-year-olds with genetic anomalies that give each of them a special power, such as invisibility, super-hearing, telekinesis, or the ability to teleport. The Cavies live in the slave quarters of Darley, an old plantation home in South Carolina, under the care of the Professor, the Philosopher, and the Philanthropist, who are supposedly seeking ways to control the mutant genes. The Cavies are each named according to their power and are categorized according to their level of usefulness. Gypsy's power is considered Inconsequential; just by touching someone, she can see the age at which they will die, and she is so named because of this ability to somewhat see into the future. Gypsy dreams of living in the real world, but what will happen when the Cavies are finally "rescued", and her wish actually comes true? While she may go unnoticed in the normal world, what about her fellow Cavies, including the Unstables and those with lethal powers? How will Gypsy cope when she is separated from her lifelong friends, given the new name of "Norah", and thrust into the unfamiliar world of a real father, high school, and cute boys? What happens when she falls for the guy she knows will die when he's eighteen? When the Cavies find out that one of their own is in trouble, will they be able to help her? How is it that the Cavies were all born and given up in the same place? Are their genetic mutations really an accident of nature? Are they all part of some giant government conspiracy? And just what is the true meaning of "Cavy"? The author switches between using the Cavies' old and new names, a habit which I found annoying and confusing. The writing also suffers from the overuse of (usually bad) similes and metaphors; I found it hard to tell if this was a quirk of Gypsy as the narrator, or if it was simply poor style. Be warned, the book ends on a cliffhanger and leaves many of the above questions unanswered. On the plus side, the story is interesting (if somewhat reminiscent of the television show Heroes), and I look forward to finding out what happens in the rest of this series. I received this book in return for an honest review.
Jazzie More than 1 year ago
My rating is actually 3.5 stars This was definitely a different read! Interesting enough to keep me reading. I found it to be a good start for the first book in a series about teens with unique, some even dangerous, abilities. I also enjoyed the storyline which included a good dose of mystery and suspense. However, I felt that the pace of the story was slow. As the truths of who and what they are unravels, Gypsy and her friends have more questions that needs answers, especially when they find out that their "home" wasn't a "home" at all. Gypsy finds herself the "leader" of this group of finding answers that will reveal more about what they are. Gypsy and her friends realizes that they really didn't know much about their "caretakers" at all. In the search for answers, there are others who doesn't want them to least, not yet. Although the story kept me reading, the pace of it was slow. At times, I felt that, at various part, the book dragged. I love details, but sometimes, too much details made the story slow in pace. Plus, the characters felt flat. I wasn't convinced of their sense of being lost after they were "rescued" or their feeling of not belonging with normal people. On the up side, I really enjoyed how the author described the ease and difficulty of the Cavy children reintegrating with society...especially Gypsy. Since the story is told through Gypsy's point of view, there is a more personal feel of not fitting in with "normal" people. We even get a feel for Gypsy's frustration and feelings in trusting her new friends, especially for Jude and Dane. Gypsy has a difficult time figuring out what she feels for these boys in her life. The innocence and naiveté of these Cavy children is obvious throughout the book. As they learn more about what happened to them, the more they learn about themselves. As they embark on searching for more answers, the mystery of their "abilities" origin comes to light, but not without the dangers that lie ahead of them. Complete with unknown variables and secrets, Gypsy is an interesting read filled with mystery, suspense, and paranormal twist. As the mystery unravels, answers will be found as well as more questions and secrets. If you enjoy cliffhangers, then there's definitely a cliffhanger to be had at the end of this first book in The Cavy Files. This is definitely written for fans of paranormal mystery/suspense thrillers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me say that since I got an ARC the writing was still rough around the edges but it started off pretty good. The book sort of reminds me of a more everyday X-Men with some genetic mutations and their abilities but with normal kids. It starts right smack in the lives they have always known. Then they are yanked right out of the lives they have always known and were content with and thrown in a whole new life. I find that it's a very real situation. It's the idea that you never knew what you had till it's gone and I get that with this story. However, I feel that the execution right after they left wasn't real enough for me. The characters were too smart and not traumatic enough for me which isn't a terrible thing because I wouldn't want to read about them dwelling on their misery and the past. Unfortunately, I didn't find their reactions too believable either. I think that could have been worked on a little more but it was acceptable for me. I really liked the characters. They were all unique and had a personality. I had no problem seeing them in my mind. I liked Gypsy, even though she's not as special as her companions she still puts her best foot forward to make the best of the current situation. She even gets some hot boys interested in her without trying and Gypsy is humble enough that I don't mind. The pacing was ok, I felt like it could have been sped up a little but I'm also used to faster paced books. I found myself skimming ahead at some parts. I do want to mention that the author did a lovely job describing the southern landscapes and with the dialogue of the characters. I enjoyed some of the witty quips between the characters. Unfortunately, I could predict a few of the threads of the story. Although, I wasn't certain my hunches were true until they actually happened but I had a feeling they were the ones behind it. I was right for the most part but didn't really see the ending coming which was good but abrupt. I was so excited when I got there that wanted to see more of what would happen but was devastated to see that was the end. I also feel like once we reached the climax of the story we didn't get any new information that hadn't already been shared in the middle of the story until the last sentence of the book. Overall, I enjoyed the story and if you like X-Men or like supernatural powers or abilities I think you'll enjoy this book! There are some good elements that I think you'll like if you like a little mystery and slow building stories.
skizzles22 More than 1 year ago
Gypsy reminded me a lot of X-Men and I loved that. It was a great sci-fi/paranormal story with likable characters, strong friendships, and a smidge of normal among the unique. I loved Gypsy's voice! She's a very endearing character who only wants some normalcy in her life amid the supernatural. Out of all the Cavies, she's the one who dreams most of a world outside the Darley Hall, a life not filled with constant testing and people who have abilities that range from mild to deadly. And Gypsy's ability is the most mild of all. It's pretty much nothing, and Gypsy has resented that fact her whole life. She doesn't feel like she truly belongs with the Cavies, and when the chance comes for her to experience normal, she grabs onto it with both hands and won't let go. All of the Cavies are thrown into a chaotic world that they don't know how to navigate. But they still have each other; a bond was formed between all of them so long ago that life without each other seems impossible to comprehend. Gypsy struggles with this, and struggles with her secret feelings of happiness at being able to attend a normal school and have a relationship with her dad. Some of the other Cavies resent the ease with which she navigates this world that she doesn't know at all. But Gypsy won't let them ruin her newfound happiness, even if she loves them all dearly. The other Cavies are important people to her; more than friends, they're her family. And she'll have to constantly choose between them and this new life.  I loved the other Cavies! They each had their own unique personalities, combined with their extraordinary abilities. Mole was my favorite; a strong, silent, and intelligent guy who has been Gypsy's best friend since they were kids. I also loved Haint; the invisible girl who doesn't show vulnerability. The twins, Reaper, and even Pollyanna. I liked them all, and their relationships with each other were very complex. Their lives so intertwined through years of shared secrecy and close proximity. It's hard for them to separate from each other, and even harder when one of their own is in trouble. Gypsy also meets characters at her new high school, but honestly, I didn't care for them much. I was more interested in the other Cavies. I also disliked the whole "love square" going on between Gypsy, Jude, Dane, and Mole (my personal choice). Gypsy didn't fall into insta-love with any of them, but there was a bit of drama, enough jealousy and male testosterone to make me think that the romance was being forced.  The book was very slow-paced, and in the beginning, I felt like I was forcing myself through it. But that quickly changed as the mysteries behind the Cavies, their guardians, and what happened to Flicker start to surface. The story-line is balanced with Gypsy's new life and amateur sleuthing to uncover all the secrets surrounding their births. Where the story-line went proved to be very interesting, and I can't wait to see where the sequel goes!  Gypsy was a unique take on supernatural abilities and the secrecy behind government dealings. I loved the Cavies, and I want more of them! :)
MarkedByBooks More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from the very beginning. Trisha Leigh's writing style is completely perfect, with that nice, contemporary feel to it, quick-flowing dialogue, and subtle moments of complete beauty in her writing. Oh, those gorgeous extended metaphors! I'm tingly all over just thinking about them. I REALLY liked Gypsy, which is strange for me because after a while, the main character usually starts to piss me off. Except for maybe once, Gypsy didn't have a problem with that. She's intelligent, perceptive, humble, kind, and very reflective, which to me sounds like the foundation for a perfect narrator. And to make it even better, she's not consumed by the love interest(s). The fact that I even have to put that "s" in parentheses is pretty awesome. Don't get me wrong, I love me a good romance, and when it never happens, it does always seem to be the one thing I'm waiting for, but I do NOT think it should be so prominent that I completely forget what the plot of the book is. And the thing that upsets me more than pretty much anything else in a book is when the main character forgets that too. Romance ADDS to a story, but unless I know going in that the genre of this book is specifically romantic something or another, I do not want it to be the single most prominent thing that I'm reading about. Gypsy's very good at keeping all of this in perspective. The biggest Heck yeah! moment I had in this book was when she said that she absolutely could not get involved with this person because there were too many reasons why it was a bad idea. This was at the time after the Cavies found out about the "one of their own" who had been held captive by the government and after her gift revealed some very crucial information about that specific suitor. Some heroines would go into a ten page long lament about how much she loves him and how their feelings for each other are just so strong that she simply can't hold back anymore, but Gypsy doesn't. She's got it together and still realizes that all of the reasons why not are still completely valid and that she has much more important things to worry about (such as, you know, two very shady groups of individuals trying to potentially destroy her family) than whether or not a boy likes her. Then again, there is one exception: Mole. Throughout the entire book, I felt like I was clawing my way through the pages, searching for more Mole, and then latching on like a rabid dog as soon as I found him. I ADORE Mole. He was one of the reasons I decided to read this book. A quote from him opens the novel, and he was such a bright and shining star that I knew I couldn't go on without him. He's a completely perfect character, and I wanted so much more of him. The only negative I have about Mole's entire presence in this book is that there isn't nearly enough of him, but I can say that about all of the Cavies. I want so much more of each and every one of them, and it's KILLING me that I can find very little information about the sequel. ESPECIALLY because of that killer cliffhanger. The events right at the end with Haint's realization sped up my heart rate to almost dangerous levels, and I'm pretty sure it flat-lined when I looked down and saw that it was the last page. I am DYING right now. I need more Cavy Files! Taylor
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
This is the first young adult novel in a while that I'm really excited about -- the book I tell everyone to read. I didn't think it was possible to have a truly fresh take on young adult paranormal, but Trisha Leigh has done just that with Gypsy. The characters are fresh and unique, the plot was completely unpredictable, and the ending left me wanting more. I'm just sad I'm discovering it now and not in a few years when the entire series is already written and I can binge read it the way I watched LOST on Netflix. Now I have to wait. And I hate waiting. Plot I want to say the plot is the best part of this book, but it's only half the story. It's a great half, though. There are a lot of surprises, plenty of intrigue, and lots of mystery. Gypsy's particular genetic mutation isn't one she finds useful and in some ways, it makes it difficult for her to form deep friendships, but when she and the other Cavies are liberated from testing and granted "normal" lives, her gift once again interferes. As she works on building a relationship with her father, falls for the hot guy at school, and befriends another new kid, she learns more about herself and her friends than any of them knew and it changes everything from how they see themselves to who they can and cannot trust. Characters The characters are the other half of this perfect equation. Gypsy, also known as Norah and her other Cavies are not your typical young adult characters. Not even your typical paranormal characters. They're beautifully flawed, perfectly imperfect, deep, complex and intense. About the only thing I can say about this book that isn't utter and complete praise is that between their Cavy names and their real names, I had a tough time keeping them straight. I'll probably make myself a scorecard to keep track before the second book in the series comes out. Bottom Line One of the best young adult books I've read lately. It's thoroughly engaging, well written, unique and impossible to put down.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy science fiction reads that have to do with kids and special abilities/powers, etc. After reading and loving Leigh Ann Kopans' One and Two, Leigh Ann actually gave Trisha my name to be a potential reviewer and I'm really glad she did! I thought Gypsy was a really fun read and wow did it get intense! Pacing: I did find some parts to be a bit slower than others, but Trisha really does do a great job of explaining everything to us. Sometimes science fiction books can be really overwhelming information wise, but I didn't feel that here. We find out early on about what Gypsy can do, as well as some of her fellow Cavies she lives with. The mystery behind how they came to be genetically different is really prevalent and I cannot wait to find out more! Storyline: Gypsy is a girl who has the ability to touch another human and see the age at which they will die. Talk about creepy! And really morbid. She's labeled as inconsequential, because her ability isn't a destructive one, or really one that holds much use. However, when the estate where the Cavies live is raided, Gypsy finally has a chance to be normal- something she's always wanted to be. Because her power is what it is and she doesn't feel particularly useful, she's excited at the prospect of a normal life and going to school. However, as nice as it is to finally have a home of her own and a new start, Gypsy cannot just escape from her life as a Cavy. There are forces at work out there she doesn't even realize exist- forces that could threaten Gypsy and her fellow Cavies.... Characters: I really liked Gypsy. She is sweet and while her power may be considered inconsequential at first, it will change into something much more potent and potentially life changing. Gypsy also really takes charge and is seen as a leader by the other Cavies. She is protective and loyal and she has to make choices based on the good of everyone, even when others may disagree. Jude is another favorite character of mine. He is a boy Gypsy meets on the first day of school and accidentally touches, thus finding out his age of death. He is friendly and while Gypsy knows she should steer clear of him, he's pretty persistent. He really likes Gypsy, but she keeps him at arm's length. I can't say much more about him without spoilers, but I do love this boy and I am on his team for sure. :) Gypsy is extremely loyal to her fellow Cavies and it's really cool that they have their own way of communication with one another. Not only does it keep them connected as to what's going on, but they also need one another. They have grown up like brothers and sisters, so to tear them away from each other would have been awful. Gypsy does make new friendships and I enjoyed seeing those- especially with Mayra and Jude. They make her feel welcome in a new school and also gave her a chance to see what it was like to just be normal. Gypsy's father is also a great character and I am so glad he embraced her and took her in without hesitation. He doesn't know about her being genetically different, but he is really looking forward to the chance at being a father. Final Thoughts: I felt like this was a good start to the series and I'm really looking forward to seeing where Leigh takes it next. Gypsy has quite a bit thrown at her in terms of boys, friends, the other Cavies, as well as all the other unknown factors. Things are not black and white and they will have to decide who can be trusted and who just wants to exploit them and use them for their own gain.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Trisha Leigh.) 17-year-old Gypsy lives with a group of other kids who are collectively called Cavies. Each has a genetic mutation that gives them a special talent, although Gypsy’s is thought of as ‘Inconsequential’ – knowing what age someone is going to die doesn’t seem all that great compared to the ability to teleport, turn invisible, or kill someone just by thinking about it. But then Gypsy’s home is raided by police, and she finds herself in the real world living with her biological father, no longer surrounded by the only family she has ever known. Can Gypsy learn to live with her ability in the real world? And are the Cavies safe without the guidance and supervision they had at their former home? Having loved Trisha Leigh’s ‘The Last Year’ series I was ecstatic to get my hands on a copy of Gypsy early, and was crossing fingers, toes, and anything else available that this would be just as good, and success! I totally was! I really liked Gypsy, she couldn’t replace Althea in my heart, but she made a place all of her own. I loved her quiet strength and her loyalty, the way she cared about those close to her, and put time into helping them to the best of her ability. I loved how she found ways to do things important without having what everybody else classified as a useful power, and tried to adapt to new situations the best she could. The storyline in this was quite slow paced, but it was so good! I loved the little twists and turns, and the detail in the story, and liked that it was able to surprise me! The tension and anticipation were done well, and I wanted desperately to find out what was going on! I loved the sci-fi angle to this, as well as the family feeling of the group of cavies, which sort of reminded me of the camaraderie of ‘The Secret Circle’, and this author’s style of writing certainly holds magic for me. If I had one negative point though it would be that I found it a little difficult to keep track of who had what special power at times, even with the nick-names! There was some romance, and even the hint of a love triangle, but the romance wasn’t the main storyline, and Gypsy obviously had somewhat of a problem in that area because of her pesky little skill of knowing what age someone is going to die. Obviously not the first thing you want to know about a potential boyfriend – especially if the number turns out to be bad. I couldn’t help but keep wishing that a certain person would kiss her though, even knowing what that would mean. The ending to this was pretty good, although we were left lacking a lot of answers, and with a bit of a cliff-hanger. I really can’t wait to find out what happens to Gypsy and the rest of the cavies next! The sequel to this is definitely going to be one of my most anticipated new releases this year! Overall; brilliant fantasy/paranormal/sci-fi YA novel, read it! 9 out of 10.