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Gypsy Magic (The Gypsy Magic Trilogy) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 3, 2016
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"Each time I sat down with this book, the chapters would speed by, and it pained me to have to put it down and tend to my other duties. I loved Gracyn and could easily relate to her and her situation. Suspense was always lurking in the background of the story and kept me guessing about what had happened in the past and what was yet to come." Onlinebookclub.org
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Her attempts to stay focused are derailed when the neighbor suspected of murdering his sister returns to town. Not only that, but he’ll be sitting right next to her in art class. As if that isn’t stressful enough, Gracyn begins to change in ways that shouldn’t be possible and there seems to be no explanation. It doesn’t take her long to learn that things in Sedgewick are not what they seem to be and even the sister who opened her home has secrets.
Should Gracyn continue to pursue her goal of getting accepted to MIT or will the secrets plaguing her past and stalking her present ruin her future?
3.5 Stars (I wish Amazon allowed half star ratings!)
This book was ok, but I found myself starting to skim after about the fourth chapter up until Lucian found Gracyn in the woods (Chapter 19) with only a few stops along the way. There were a number of reasons for this, not the least of which was Ms. Royston’s insistence on repeating the same pieces of information every other paragraph. I didn’t feel the need to be so continually reminded that 1) Gracyn had a bad experience with horses when she was a child and 2) Sam’s stepdad did something awful. My struggle to get and stay immersed in the story made the occasional editorial issue that much more distracting and I feel that Gypsy Magic would benefit from another round of editing. I came across a number of passages where the wrong word is used; kitchens have alcoves, not enclaves and pitchforks have tines, not spokes. Oddities like that tend to catch my attention more and more lately.
If you’ve read any of my other reviews, you know that strong, well-developed, complex characters make or break a story for me. In this case, I was a little disappointed. I felt fairly indifferent towards Gracyn for most of this book and I found her hard to relate to a lot of the time. She jumps to weird, irrational conclusions and is reluctant to talk about the simplest things. Her reactions also feel out of proportion to the event she is reacting to and that started to grate on me after awhile. (She did get better as the story progressed, though.)
That being said, this is the first book in a trilogy and very much devoted to the setup of place, time, and players. And in spite of my struggle to like Gracyn, I did like the other teens quite a bit. I think Celeste was my favorite; she reminded my quite a bit of a friend I had in college whom I love dearly. I was intrigued by Lucian from the jump and I’m curious to see where things go with him in the next two books. Also, even though ‘magic’ is part of the title, the way it manifested was pleasantly unexpected.
With the world-building out of the way, I have high hopes for the remaining two books, especially considering how Gypsy Magic ended! After devouring one novel after another since I was a very young child, I’ve become fairly adept at predicting plot outcomes. I typically know what’s about to happen, who did the deed, and who’s going to save the day. Not this time, and that was refreshing.
Bottom line: While I feel this book struggled to get off the ground, it’s a promising start to an interesting YA series. I’d recommend this for anyone who loves to see the intricate development of relationships—both person-to-person and between people and animals—and also for anyone who loves a good plot twist. I will definitely be watching for Book 2.
Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock.
However, in other ways things are not so great. Horses, which deeply frightens Gracyn, live on the land. Her next door neighbor is accused of the murder that took place two years prior. The strangest of all is when unusual, and unexplainable, things begin to happen to Gracyn. The question lies – will Gracyn continue on the path to a great college or will the untold secrets prevent her from pursuing her dream?
I will admit, the cover drew me in. It’s beautiful and I love that there is a clear connection between Gracyn and a horse (later we learn she is named Gypsy). It’s sweet and inviting.Towards the beginning of the novel, I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy reading it. For one main reason, I felt Gracyn’s thoughts were very repetitive. She seemed to be constantly worried about what her new guy interest would think of her if he finds out that she was smart. Since he was in a rock band, it worried her that he would lose interest quickly. This could easily be explained by this character’s age and immaturity level. Then, there were times when her worries were repeated several times. However, even with this, Gracyn is a likable character, along with her sister, Becca.
The story began to pick up once the next door neighbor, Lucian, came into play. His character, though can be creepy at times, is alluring. There was something about him that had me hooked, and I loved reading every scene that he was included. Though never committed to the crime, many believe Lucian had murdered his own sister. With this, the author cleverly adds an air of mystery to the text since the case still has not been solved even though two years has passed.
Though Ms. Royston did give several hints along the way, the reader doesn’t truly find out what makes Gracyn so different from her peers until towards the end of the book. I liked the slow buildup because so often the protagonists in paranormal reads are thrown into an unnatural world towards the beginning. Sometimes, it feels too rushed for me. I preferred getting to know Gracyn some before being introduced to her uniqueness.
I would recommend this read to those who enjoy Young Adult reads. Also, to those who enjoy a slow buildup on the paranormal aspect of the book.
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But the ending left me a little disappointed. I still don't know who the killer is😩
Love the story and characters and cannot wait to see what happens next with Gracyn.Read more