Dark Academia/ orphanage / magical - this book had so much depth for a YA novel. I almost feel like it shouldn‘t be one. It‘s deep, well written, and causes you to 💭 ponder.
This was so atmospheric, which I loved! Definitely a slow burn story, so I would only recommend for major Schwab fans and people who don‘t mind not much happening. I adore Schwab‘s writing style, which is what made this a pick for me. Great book to get you in the Spooky Halloween mood! Olivia was a great MC, but I wish the side characters were more fleshed out.
I am loving the illustrations in this book! My eye catches in one thing then slowly sees the other details.
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It may be in the 80s outside, but it certainly feels like fall when reading an atmospheric spooky story with a kitten curled up in my lap! #monalisa #catsoflitsy
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This book is as beautifully written as it‘s external (special edition) appearance.
🥀Gorgeous atmospheric, lyrical prose;
🥀 Gothic vibes;
🥀 A wonderful protagonist on Olivia, who despite her loneliness and fear is incredibly brave and loyal;
🥀 Stunning illustrations;
🥀 Themes of family, belonging, loss, grief.
#youngadult #fantasy #gothic #specialedition
Mixed feelings. I liked the writing style and story. It started so well. But then in the middle of the story some parts were like disconnected, loose descriptions without adding depth to the story. Then, those final chapters were so good connecting the characters with the house. Are we expecting a sequel? So gothic. Olivia is in a birding school with no family. But then, one day she received a letter from an unknown uncle.⬇️
The interplay between image and word was really interesting, but I ultimately felt like the plot was a bit thin and would have liked a deeper exploration of qhy Olivia‘s family were chosen (cursed?). I think I‘m finding that V.E. Schwab generally does not solidif the rules of their worlds enough for me to really enjoy their works (see also my review of Addie LaRue)
My parents are visiting this weekend (le sigh) which is always a bit of an anxiety inducing event, BUT! My April bookish box just arrived yesterday so that is for sure the highlight of the weekend so far! 🤣📚💕 LOOK AT THAT GORGEOUS EDITION OF GALLANT! 😍 #bookishbox
I've been a fan of this author since I read her Shades of Magic trilogy. Some of her recent books have been a miss for me though, but this one is a definite pick.
It was such a fun mix of gothic horror and the supernatural to keep my geeky heart happy. Also, binging Stranger Things while reading this might have added to my appeal as well. 😁
I loved the included artwork too.
Bk5 of June & #BigJuneReadathon & Bk2 of #JoysOfJune #readathon is done! After listening to some of Chamber Of Secrets, I picked up this recent addition & ended up reading it straight through🙌It wasn‘t the best horror/fantasy I‘ve ever read but it was compelling in its own way. The setting is what sold it I think, reminded me a lot of Crimson Peaks, the movie with Tom Hiddleston. 3.5⭐️ #BookspinBingo #Booked2022 #NewIn2022
The Prior‘s didn‘t build Gallant, but they were called to it, and generations have spent their lives, and deaths protecting it, and the world, from the horror that lies behind the wall at the end of the garden. Olivia, raised as a foundling has never known a real home, but is called to Gallant by a mysterious letter. I don‘t know why some books are called YA. Far from YA myself, I loved this well written novel.
“Home is a choice”
A fun, short read with a great setup. Fantastic writing & brilliant protagonist construction. Strong atmosphere with a gothic flare & just the right amount of darkness. There was a lot to love. Unfortunately, it still fell a little short. I needed more development & a bigger, more sweeping plot. Despite how lovely the writing was & how much I enjoyed the creep factor, it only scratched the surface. Still...worth reading? Yes. I'd read it again.
This was a brilliant tale. It's Gothic with some Neil Gaiman and a little Labyrinth mixed in.
Olivia has been growing up in an orphanage until she receives a letter from her uncle, who wants her to return to the family home, Gallant.
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I‘d forgotten what books I‘d put on the sign up form and luckily had resisted all urges to buy this - as I am a complete sucker for illustrated covers with houses on them.
Thanks so much Gemma, these recipes look 🤤 especially the chocolate croissant pudding - will have to see if I can borrow a slow cooker… and Australia is just heading into winter so perfect timing for soup and mushroom wellingtons!
I was hesitant to pick up Gallant, because I‘ve had mixed feelings on V.E. Schwab‘s work in the past. But
I‘m glad I took a chance on it because I had a lot of fun reading it. It was atmospheric and spooky from the very beginning. I do think it could have been just a little bit longer though. It seemed to end too soon. But overall, it was a fun read.
A book blog said this was one of the best fantasy books this year so far…I‘m about 100 pages in and so far I completely agree.
This book is a mood more than anything else. It paints a beautiful, dark gothic locale; both with the prose and the art within the book. However, the plot and characterization is just not fully fleshed out. It drags the first two thirds of the book with vivid imagery, then rushes through the actual story the last third. Not a bad read, just meh. The book itself is gorgeous though, especially this #illumicrate edition. 3⭐️
Gallant is a haunting, atmospheric tale. It was the perfect balance of spook and intrigue. I really enjoyed it, and it‘s a clean read for all ages too. Olivia is brave and smart. I enjoyed seeing nonverbal represented too, and the frustration of others misjudging or silencing you. Overall, an excellent book! This black and white version with black stained edges is an OwlCrate exclusive.
In one word... fabulous! The prose is what captured me, the MC and the plot held me and I want more. Good vs evil is the troupe but it was presented in a unique way. I hated to finish this one. 4.5 ⭐