The description of this book sounded too mysterious and decadent to ignore! As far as YA novels goes, it is delightful to come across something that isn’t fantasy, sci-fi, apocalyptic or really morbid, these days! I enjoyed this book immensely. Read on for my review, a guest post from the author about her writing experience and a giveaway!!
“The stone in her chest had gotten large again, and the cadence was dissonant and loud — fortissimo — even clashing, suggesting a child’s terror. She didn’t need to write down the notes; she knew them be heart now — each note, each phrase, and each movement.” – The Cadence of Gypsies
About the Book
On her 18th birthday Carolina Lovel learned that she was adopted and was given a letter written by her birth mother in an unknown language. After years of research she travels to Italy on a mission to find the truth about her past. Carolina is accompanied by three extremely gifted but mischievous students the FIGs from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women. In an effort to help their favorite teacher, the FIGs will have to use their special abilities to decipher the Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious document in the world, and the one thing that is strangely similar to what Carolina was given. Their search will take them into the mystical world of gypsy tradition and magic, more exciting and dangerous than any of them could have imagined.
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The Cadence of Gypsies by Barbara Casey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Cadence of Gypsies is a lovely book!
This book is just as much about the teacher, Carolina, as it is about her three high school students that she takes on a trip to Italy. All four grew up not knowing their biological parents, with many questions about where they came from and how they fit in. This makes them their own little family unit, and they create a unique and interesting set of characters to follow.
The story seamlessly blends intellectual mystery, in the study of a peculiar manuscript, with emotional intrigue, in the questions about the pasts of these characters. I was invested in both aspects of the story equally and was rooting for the characters to reach their academic goals just as much as I wanted them to reach their personal goals.
Barbara Casey tells the story using the language of music, math and linguistics, the three intellectual specialties of the students, who call themselves the F.I,G.s (Females of Intellectual Genius). It makes for a beautiful prose style, that is easy to follow for a younger reader, but still very mature.
For me, I was drawn more to Carolina, the teacher in the story, and thought that the book really belonged to her rather than her students, making me think that an older audience, maybe 18-20, is more the target for this book. Regardless, I would recommend it to anyone looking for something with strong female protagonists and a thoughtful, mysterious, romantic plot.
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