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The Gypsy Pearl (Book 1: Caren)

4.68  ·  Rating Details ·  28 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The creature caught my arm with superhuman strength. Sharp nails popped from the tips of its fingers like retractable claws. In a flash, the creature slashed my right shoulder. Holding a tiny white ball between its thumb and forefinger, it spoke with a gravelly voice. “No one steals a gypsy pearl!”
“I didn’t steal anything!”
With a violent shove, the creature crammed the b
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Kindle Edition, 219 pages
Published December 6th 2013 by London Books
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Rich Weatherly
Dec 11, 2013 Rich Weatherly rated it it was amazing
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A YA Science Fiction Adventure, suitable for children of all ages.

Lia London’s, The Gypsy Pearl (Book 1: Caren) offers readers a fast paced, entertaining science fiction, fantasy adventure that is targeted for young readers. It meets these criteria and then some. While my last statement is true, it is in many ways like Walt Disney movies that were billed as suitable to “children of all ages.” This is a book I can unquestionably recommend to any member of my family.

The story, while set at an un
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Lydia Aswolf
Mar 06, 2014 Lydia Aswolf rated it it was amazing
Caz is not happy. She doesn't like living on a space station. Her sister irritates her. Her Dad is beneath talking to because the only thing he cares about is following the rules.

Caz is sick of following the rules. She's sick of the space station that has stifled her freedom for her entire life. Caz would much prefer to be somewhere else...anywhere would do, anywhere at all. If asked, her preference would be somewhere she could explore, the surface of some exotic, large planet that would take he
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Cynthia Port
Sep 25, 2014 Cynthia Port rated it really liked it
Here's what I love about this book - the reader gets to figure things out. Author London combines masterful pacing with main characters lost in a new world, to slowly reveal her story. For example, Caz doesn't even notice that she is developing powers; we get to see other people's reactions to Caz, which lets us figure it out even before Caz does. Same with the Fanep. It's clear to the reader that they are intelligent creatures, even while the human characters are assuming the opposite. This ...more
Michelle Isenhoff
Jun 16, 2014 Michelle Isenhoff rated it it was amazing
Okay, I wrote up a fantistic review for this one right after I read it and promptly lost it. A few weeks later, I wrote this one. I feel like it doesn't quite do it justice. But the book was an easy five stars.

Caz doesn’t mean to get in trouble, but trouble always seems to find her. When a choice of punishments includes a penal institution on the Surface, she jumps at the chance. She’s always hated life on the Arxon, an Interplanetary City Station and has dreamed of visiting the Surface. This is
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Dianne Astle
Jun 08, 2014 Dianne Astle rated it it was amazing
The Gypsy Pearl was a very enjoyable read. It was quick moving and action packed. Lia London quickly drew me in with this tale of a 14 year old girl who lives on a space station.

Caz is bored and longs to visit the surface of the three worlds that the space station visits in its cycle. She constantly gets into trouble in her search for something more. Cas is accused of having no respect for authority, trespassing in areas where she doesn’t belong, and being disruptive in school. Fights with othe
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Diane Rapp
Sep 09, 2015 Diane Rapp rated it it was amazing
A YA story that would appeal to anyone

This YA sci-fantasy grabbed my attention on the first page and kept my interest throughout. Caz is a compelling character, daring, curious, and ready for adventure. This is the first book in a trilogy but it should contain a warning: You'll get addicted to the story and want to finish the whole trilogy. It's like potato chips, you can't just eat one.

Caz might be a young girl but the challenges she faces are universal. She learns to make friends, overcomes da
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Steve
Jan 09, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it
A quiet, unassuming story that captures the imagination.
I found myself surprised at how quickly I was drawn to Caz (the lead character). She seemed to be doing nothing but making bad decisions while living in a space station-like city and having to pay the piper for them. She was completely unrepentant. Only when we are introduced to other characters she meets on her way to a prison on the surface of the world of Caren does it begin to appear that there is more to this simple story of a teen reb
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Onisha Ellis
Dec 29, 2013 Onisha Ellis rated it it was amazing
Caz Artemus lives in a slow-moving Inter-planetary City Station and she is bored. She gazes into the universe and dreams of what it would be like to live on “the surface” There is so much that Caz wants to know and experience but everyone treats her like a trouble-maker and even her sister Felly despairs of Caz ever learning to be a good citizen and fit in. An encounter with a gypsy’s pet fanep changes everything for Caz.

Even though Gypsy Pearl is written towards the YA genre I easily identified
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Katy
I feel like I've done more than read a book--I've gone on a journey to an incredible place and experienced strange and wonderful events with a cast of fascinating people, both familiar and alien. The writing is superb; the characters are so real you can hear their voices and feel their pain; the setting is painted masterfully with all five senses. This story will resonate for a long, long time, and I eagerly await the next in the series to find out what happens next to Caz & company.
Gina
Dec 18, 2013 Gina rated it it was amazing
A magnificent tale of a young, troubled girl who leaves her boring, cloistered life in a space shuttle and finds her destiny on the planet of Caren with the help of a ragtag group of gypsies, a mysterious creature named King, and the special pearl meant to be hers. With imaginative worldbuilding, a riveting plot, and emotional twists, The Gypsy Pearl is a futuristic YA that will leave you breathless and eager for more.
Valerie
Jul 06, 2014 Valerie rated it it was amazing
Great book! Can't wait to read the second book in the series! Very well written sci-fi. One of my new favorite authors!
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