Official Review: Grimoires of the Galère

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any crime, thriller, mystery or horror books or series.
Forum rules
Authors and publishers are not able to post replies in the review topics.
Post Reply
User avatar
lavellan
Posts: 551
Joined: 25 Dec 2017, 17:40
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 36
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 58
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-lavellan.html
Latest Review: The Isotoner Ordeal by Christopher Leibig

Official Review: Grimoires of the Galère

Post by lavellan » 13 Aug 2019, 09:22

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Grimoires of the Galère" by T. L. Woodliff.]
Book Cover
3 out of 4 stars
Share This Review


What do witchcraft, friendship, and a mysterious disappearance all have in common? These themes and more are covered in T. L. Woodliff’s Grimoires of the Galère. Right off the bat, we are introduced to our main cast: the members of the galère. The attribute that ties them together is their affinity for witchcraft. However, they aren’t your stereotypical, pointy-hat-wearing witches; instead, the galère focuses their time on positive energies and connecting as a group. A major shift occurs one night while they are gathered together. A woman is abducted outside the nearby Lincoln house. This event triggers the galère to discover their own elemental powers and use them to help solve the mystery of her disappearance.

I would have to say that my favorite aspect was the distinctiveness of each member’s personality and abilities. For instance, Crystal, the oldest member, is the most reasonable one and exudes a matronly energy over the group. However, she isn’t afraid to be honest. Amber, the youngest member, seems to be fun-loving and carefree at first. Overtime, we see that there is more to her character and that she possesses wisdom beyond her years. This brings me to another aspect that I really enjoyed; the members are close friends despite their differences in age. The members’ ages ranged from twenty-two to forty-five. Not many books or forms of media highlight friendship between people who are not in the same age group. I found this to be a refreshing addition. The novel also contained beautiful illustrations that looked similar to tarot cards. I always enjoy artwork, so their presence was a welcome inclusion.

In terms of improvements, I was a bit confused at the beginning of the book. It opened with the galère discussing the success of a past case they had. The way that the discussion was phrased implied that the reader should have previous knowledge concerning the case. However, this is the first book in the series, so there is no way that a reader would know anything about it. Another aspect that was initially overwhelming for me was the inclusion of magical terms. I’m not very familiar with energies and tarot card readings, so some of the topics were beyond me. On the other hand, I got the hang of it as the novel progressed. Additionally, the book may be meant to appeal more to people who are already familiar with or practice witchcraft, so this wouldn’t be an issue for them.

Unfortunately, Grimoires of the Galère contained a sizeable number of errors. While they weren’t severe enough to take away from the overall readability of the novel, there were enough to indicate that it still needs to undergo more editing. One example that I noted was the use of “shown” instead of “shone.”

Overall, I rate Grimoires of the Galère 3 out of 4 stars. T. L. Woodliff does a splendid job of keeping the book’s cast distinct and charming while still crafting an interesting plot. However, the number of grammatical errors prevents me from giving it a higher rating. Audiences who are intrigued by or practice witchcraft would be most interested in this book. By the same token, very conservative or religious readers may be offended by the book’s emphasis on rituals, such as tarot card readings.

******
Grimoires of the Galère
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon

User avatar
Michelle Fred
Posts: 427
Joined: 19 Mar 2019, 05:19
Favorite Book: Sugar & Spice
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 35
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-michelle-fred.html
Latest Review: The Spirit of Want by William H. Coles

Post by Michelle Fred » 14 Aug 2019, 07:42

The plot drew in which is ironic because witchcraft is a big deal where I am from, and I don't mean that in a good way. I like multi-layered characters, I'm thrilled the book has that and more, Amber has a new fan.

User avatar
OuKoyoo
Posts: 178
Joined: 20 Jul 2019, 17:01
2019 Reading Goal: 40
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 7
Currently Reading: The Barnyard Buddies Meet a Newcomer
Bookshelf Size: 24
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-oukoyoo.html
Latest Review: Do I Need a Will or a Trust by Taylor Willingham

Post by OuKoyoo » 14 Aug 2019, 21:06

I have heard about witch craft and there are is a lot that I need to understand about it. This book addresses the issue; therefore, I think I should spare some time and read the book. I believe the book will add to what I understand about witchcraft. Thank you for the review, it is a great one.

User avatar
jasmine-louise
Posts: 71
Joined: 11 Aug 2019, 02:03
2019 Reading Goal: 30
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 116
Currently Reading: The Book of God
Bookshelf Size: 49
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-jasmine-louise.html
Latest Review: Undead Redhead by Jen Frankel

Post by jasmine-louise » 15 Aug 2019, 02:21

I saw this book and was like nah not my thing, however; from what you wrote i might have to go get a copy , it sounds good :D

User avatar
DD129
Posts: 204
Joined: 29 Jun 2019, 08:41
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 11
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-dd129.html
Latest Review: The Message? by Avam Hale

Post by DD129 » 17 Aug 2019, 11:14

The cover is appealing and the story sounds interesting. I'm particularly curious about the "elemental powers" you mentioned. It's sad that the errors took away from the book's characters and plot. Great review!

Post Reply

Return to “Crime, Thrillers, Mystery and Horror Books”