Title: Gypsy Magic
Author: Tonya Royston
Publication Date: March 3, 2016
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Gracyn Pierce is starting over. She has a new home, a new boyfriend, and a new horse. Everything is perfect, or so it seems. Because Gracyn left a secret behind. In her quest to erase the memory of that night, she forces herself to study hard, her sights set on an Ivy League college.
But her attempts to stay focused are derailed when the neighbor suspected of murdering his sister returns to town. As if that isn’t enough, her senses begin to change in ways that aren’t physically possible. As hard as she tries to find an explanation, there isn’t one.
Gracyn soon learns that things are not what they appear to be. Even her sister who took her in is hiding something. Will Gracyn continue pursuing her goal of getting accepted to a top-notch university, or will the secrets of the past and present ruin her future?
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Gypsy Magic is a well-written light YA paranormal romance. It tells the story of Gracyn who has moved to Sedgewick to live with her sister for a year while she finishes her last year in high school. She soon finds out that all is not as idyllic as she had thought in this small town. Pretty soon she is caught between two guys, one of whom is suspected of killing his sister. Mystery, untold secrets, strange powers and curious happenings subtly entwine in this story to captivate and hold the reader in thrall.
The author’s writing style lends itself to easy reading , submersion and quick absorption of the details. I loved reading about Gracyn and her sister Becca, loved seeing her make friends at her new school and develop crushes on both Alex and Lucian, drawn to them both for different reasons. There is not so much of a love triangle since she is dating Alex and has only been friendly so far with Lucian but one can sense that there is an attraction there for the ‘bad boy’. All these relationships felt real as they slowly develop over the course of the book, instead of the dreaded (by me at least) insta-romance that seems to be a prerequisite for YA fiction. The teenage angst felt realistic and relatable.
Gracyn’s character is well-drawn. She has her doubts and lack confidence in some ways but is strong in other ways. She slowly develops over the course of the book and comes out of her shell, willing to try new things and create new memories. The other characters are also well-developed with their individual idiosyncracies. The plot is steady and the writing flows smoothly helped along by very fluid dialogue. The ending is satisfying, confirming some of my suspicions while revealing other surprises and twists, creating a perfect bridge for the sequel.
My only qualm is what I choose to call the over-exaggeration of expressions, where Gracyn’s jaw dropped one too often for my liking and Gracyn’s easy acceptance of all things supernatural/paranormal. I felt like she should have had way more questions or exhibit more disbelief when confronted with stuff that wasn’t the natural order of things.
All in all, Gypsy Magic was an interesting read with just enough of a paranormal element to kick it up a notch and to make it a perfect autumn read. It left me satisfied and wanting to read the sequel. I definitely recommend adding it to your TBR.