QUICK TAKE: I liked it! It's CORALINE meets THE SECRET GARDEN, though I wish there was a bit more character and world-building. As it is now, it felt more like a novella to me and was missing some of the scope of Schwab's previous books. That being said, if you're a fan of the author and genre, there's a lot to like about this one, and I'm a huge fan of any book with a dangerous garden.
Wow. Wow. Wow.
Once again Victoria Schwab's writing and characters have left me speechless. The world building of Gallant and Merilance sucked me right in and I didn't want to put the book down. Everyone of all ages will love this book. Olivia, the main character, has a special place in my heart.
Thank you NetGalley for sending me an arc for an honest review.
I will never love another book the way I do this one. Once again, schwab has yet again left me speechless with her writing and her characters. this book sucked me in so quick and I could not wait to pick it up again every time I set it down. please please please read this book when it comes out because it will not disappoint.
A complex and dazzling story that catches your attention like no other! Olivia is an incredible main character, not only is she realistic, she is funny and achingly relatable as she searches for a place where people are waiting. Grace's journal entries add a layer of terrifying immersion too that makes the grief and sorrow even more heartwrenching. One of my favorite books of the year hands down, am going to pre-order asap!
I received this book for free for an honest review from netgalley #netgalley
Wow that an epic ride! This is a new to me author and it was everything I expected from an author of this caliber.
First off, thank you for allowing me to read this ARC. I love Victoria Schwab so much I would probably even read a manifesto to the chicken sandwich if she wrote it, and I’d still delight in doing so.
I genuinely loved this book. I read it in an approximate 10 hour time frame. I couldn’t put it down. I loved the world building of Gallant - and Gallant parallel. I loved Olivia. I loved the journal aspect and the constant mystery of figuring out exactly what happened to mom and dad. I even loved the crappy orphanage scenes.
I did feel as if Matthew’s death was abrupt and I was really hoping we could bring Thomas back instead, but perhaps there will be a sequel? Perhaps? More ghouls with Olivia? A ghoul army? A girl can dream.
Overall this book did not disappoint for me. I’d love to write a formal review closer to the pub day for my local paper. Though I am sad I finished it and can’t live within the gate of Gallant any longer, I can’t wait until this graces the world.