I was hesitant to pick up Gallant, because I’ve had mixed feelings on V.E. Schwab’s work in the past. But I saw it at E. Shaver in Savannah, and I had to get it. I’m glad I took a chance on it because I had a lot of fun reading it. And I know it’s a little early, but it would be a perfect Halloween read. So, let’s dive into my review.
Olivia Prior has grown up in a home for girls all her life. Her mother’s journals are all she has left of her family, and even they unravel into madness. When she receives a letter that invites her to Gallant, she is determined to make it her home. Even if the residents of Gallant have no idea who sent the letter. Olivia suddenly finds herself wrapped into the family curse that her mother has tried to protect her from all along.
My Thoughts on Gallant
I loved Gallant. It was so atmospheric and spooky from the very beginning. I loved Olivia as well. She is spunky and full of grit. However, her mother warned her to stay away from Gallant. The whole story starts off by our main character making a bad decision. But later on in the story we learn that the curse isn’t something the Priors can avoid. And the questions that I had about the family curse were answered in really unique ways.
My only bit of criticism is that I wish that the shadow world had been a little more developed. It was an interesting concept, and I would have loved to learn more about it. I actually think Gallant could have been much longer and I would have still enjoyed it. It almost seemed to end too soon. But overall, it was a fun, spooky read.
My Rating: 4/5