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V. E. Schwab
AN INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA KIRKUS BEST BOOKA USA TODAY BESTSELLERA NATIONAL INDIE BESTSELLER“A bone-chilling standalone . . . which fuses Shirley Jackson’s gothic horror sensibilities with the warmth and dark whimsy of Neil Gaiman.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)“Gripping worldbuilding, well-rounded characters, and fantastic horror.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Unsettling and intriguing.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)Everything casts a shadow. Even the world we live in. And as with every shadow, there is a place where it must touch. A seam, where the shadow meets its source.#1 New York Times–bestselling author V. E. Schwab weaves a dark and original tale about the place where the world meets its shadow, and the young woman beckoned by both sides. The Secret Garden meets Crimson Peak in this stand-alone novel perfect for readers of Holly Black and Neil Gaiman.Olivia Prior has grown up in Merilance School for Girls, and all she has of her past is her mother’s journal—which seems to unravel into madness. Then, a letter invites Olivia to come home to Gallant. Yet when Olivia arrives, no one is expecting her. But Olivia is not about to leave the first place that feels like home; it doesn’t matter if her cousin Matthew is hostile, or if she sees half-formed ghouls haunting the hallways.Olivia knows that Gallant is hiding secrets, and she is determined to uncover them. When she crosses a ruined wall at just the right moment, Olivia finds herself in a place that is Gallant—but not. The manor is crumbling, the ghouls are solid, and a mysterious figure rules over all. Now Olivia sees what has unraveled generations of her family, and where her father may have come from.Olivia has always wanted to belong somewhere, but will she take her place as a Prior, protecting our world against the Master of the House? Or will she take her place beside him?New York Times–bestselling author V. E. Schwab crafts a vivid and lush novel that grapples with the demons that are often locked behind closed doors. An eerie, stand-alone saga about life, death, and the young woman beckoned by both. Readers of Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, Melissa Albert, and Garth Nix will quickly lose themselves in this novel with crossover appeal for all ages.
V. E. Schwab
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"This was a quick read. I like VE Schwab and I feel as if all her stuff is different. It is a stand alone book that has a bit of creepiness and mystery. Overall I liked it. I liked that there was no love story and that the "ghouls" were somewhat creepy but weren't bad. They were just a part of living and dying. "
"I loved the imagery that V. E Schwab creates with their writing but I felt like the ending just fell flat and I would have liked even more backstory on her parents and maybe even previous Priors. There's also a huge comparison to be made between this book and Coraline. A very quick read and I definitely will be reading other things by this author! "
"This is a beautiful, a little spooky, sad story. I've never read V. Schwab books before, so it was a pleasure to discover her writing style: it's very poetic. I liked the way she portrayed the main character; it's not often I see fantasy heroines like her, and, although I prefer my books to have at least some romance, I wasn't upset there was none in Gallant. The only thing I'm a little upset about - or just sad, perhaps - is the ending. It feels very bittersweet to me. I wanted the story to have at least some hope in it, but there's none, not in my understanding, at least. This is a beautiful story, but be prepared for sadness that comes with it."
"Another book down, this one is kind of hard to explain but basically this book is about an orphan. All she has is a journal of her mother and then she receives a letter telling her to "come home" to Gallant where she finds out she's not as alone as she thought. I think this book is amazing, it was a pretty quick read for me because I couldn't wait to see where the story went. It includes demons, secrets, ghouls/ ghosts. It's not a horror I think but it does have things that go "bump in the night". I definitely recommend this book to anyone that finds secrets, a lost past, an alternate world, and ghosts interesting"