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A novel of adventure, romance, and monsters...set in the dystopian world of Attack on Titan, the mega-hit manga and anime series. An original novel, with all-new characters and a new story set in the world of Attack on Titan! Fans of the series and readers alike will enjoy this immersive and engaging experience of the pop culture phenomenon and manga mega-hit. With the last A novel of adventure, romance, and monsters...set in the dystopian world of Attack on Titan, the mega-hit manga and anime series. An original novel, with all-new characters and a new story set in the world of Attack on Titan! Fans of the series and readers alike will enjoy this immersive and engaging experience of the pop culture phenomenon and manga mega-hit. With the last vestige of the human race threatened by unstoppable carnivorous giants, a brave young woman decides to defy her wealthy family and join the military to fight against humanity's enemies. But Rosalie Dumarque soon finds out that bloody sword fights with monsters aren't the only dangers faced by the Wall Rose Garrison. Can she earn the trust of her fellow soldiers, stand up to a corrupt authority, navigate a forbidden romance...and cut her way out of a titan's throat?


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A novel of adventure, romance, and monsters...set in the dystopian world of Attack on Titan, the mega-hit manga and anime series. An original novel, with all-new characters and a new story set in the world of Attack on Titan! Fans of the series and readers alike will enjoy this immersive and engaging experience of the pop culture phenomenon and manga mega-hit. With the last A novel of adventure, romance, and monsters...set in the dystopian world of Attack on Titan, the mega-hit manga and anime series. An original novel, with all-new characters and a new story set in the world of Attack on Titan! Fans of the series and readers alike will enjoy this immersive and engaging experience of the pop culture phenomenon and manga mega-hit. With the last vestige of the human race threatened by unstoppable carnivorous giants, a brave young woman decides to defy her wealthy family and join the military to fight against humanity's enemies. But Rosalie Dumarque soon finds out that bloody sword fights with monsters aren't the only dangers faced by the Wall Rose Garrison. Can she earn the trust of her fellow soldiers, stand up to a corrupt authority, navigate a forbidden romance...and cut her way out of a titan's throat?

30 review for Garrison Girl

  1. 5 out of 5

    Petrik

    ARC provided by the publisher—Quirk Books—in exchange for an honest review 2.5/5 stars As a fellow Attack on Titan fans speaking to the fans of the series, I suggest you lower your expectation for this book. I’m a huge fan of Attack on Titan (AoT). It doesn’t matter whether it’s the manga or the anime, I loved the heck out of the series. I won’t go into full details on why I love the series but let me get a few points across so I can properly explain why this book was a huge disappointment to me. A ARC provided by the publisher—Quirk Books—in exchange for an honest review 2.5/5 stars As a fellow Attack on Titan fans speaking to the fans of the series, I suggest you lower your expectation for this book. I’m a huge fan of Attack on Titan (AoT). It doesn’t matter whether it’s the manga or the anime, I loved the heck out of the series. I won’t go into full details on why I love the series but let me get a few points across so I can properly explain why this book was a huge disappointment to me. AoT has always been filled with fantastic plotlines. It was dark, bad things happen to good people, and it’s filled with unpredictable plots twist. The characters were engaging and highly memorable; it’s practically impossible for me to forget Eren, Mikasa, or Levi. The animation—especially during the action sequences—is still one of the best animations I’ve ever experienced in an anime TV show; I’ve watched hundreds of anime for me to say that. Since 2011, I’ve watched the anime from start to finish three times, I’ve read the manga from the start to the newest chapter four times; in fact, I just finished reading the newest chapter of the manga a few days ago. Garrison Girl contained none of the things that made Shingeki no Kyoji phenomenal. The problems I had with this book came from my observation that the story that Aaron’s wrote here just don’t belong in the world of AoT. Garrison Girl is pretty much a YA romance novel full of clichés and tropes that are set in the world of AoT, it provides absolutely nothing new for the main series and should be treated as a filler; I despise fillers. The story centered on Rosalie, a rich girl who came from a rich family background. She’s trying her best to blend with commoners as she wanted to join the frontline to kill titans. Upon joining, she immediately met this jerk mentor who treated her harshly and—cue suspense music—seemed to have his own mysterious reason for the harsh treatment. Hearing this, you’re probably thinking “ah this is probably her love interest” well guess what? You’re absolutely right. This is just the first of many YA cliché in this book, and trust me that the main series is far from being cliché, to say the least. It’s not all disappointing. Aaron’s prose—like always—was engaging and easy to read. Despite my criticism, you can rest assured that the quality of her prose to keep the audience engage didn’t change here. The action scenes—though very few—were good. I don’t doubt Aaron’s talent as an author. Her Hearstrikers series is still the most fun I’ve ever had in reading urban fantasy series. This is why I seriously think this book would’ve benefited so much more if Aaron tackled the background of one of the supporting characters from the main series instead of writing a brand new YA romance chick flick story with all new characters in this world. Shingeki no Kyojin is not a YA market book. It’s pretty much grimdark; there’s also absolutely no romance in it and the story is far from being predictable. I may sound more critical and harsh than my usual reviews for this one, but I can’t help. I’m sorry, Aaron. If you want to hear me praising your works, just check out my reviews for Heartstrikers. AoT is one of my favorite manga/anime and I expected so much more in this book than just a simple YA romance full of cliché. I recommend this book only if you’re really interested in reading a YA romance book with AoT setting; Garrison Girl is almost like an AoT fan fiction targeted for YA if I may be brutally honest. As always, let me remind you once again that YA and romance books in general very rarely worked for me; I thought a novel written by Rachel Aaron in the world of my beloved series would actually change that notion. It didn’t. P.S: I know I’m reading an ARC and typos are not strangers to ARC; I want to help a bit. Check the word “Solider”. Instead of "soldier", the word "solider" was used 20 times in the book. You can find this and the rest of my Adult Epic/High Fantasy & Sci-Fi reviews at BookNest

  2. 5 out of 5

    Holly (Holly Hearts Books)

    So a YA novel set in the Attack on Titan universe is exactly that. YA, with all of its cliches and romance. There’s nothing really wrong with that but reading about a brutal world originally created in manga format made the YA elements stick out like a sore thumb. We have our main character Rosalie who comes from a very noble family. Lavishly rich with dresses, parties, a HUGE estate at the very center of Wall Sina. She has it all and this lifestyle has truly made Rosalie very stuck up on a high So a YA novel set in the Attack on Titan universe is exactly that. YA, with all of its cliches and romance. There’s nothing really wrong with that but reading about a brutal world originally created in manga format made the YA elements stick out like a sore thumb. We have our main character Rosalie who comes from a very noble family. Lavishly rich with dresses, parties, a HUGE estate at the very center of Wall Sina. She has it all and this lifestyle has truly made Rosalie very stuck up on a high horse but I’ll get to that later... All she wants is to leave and fight the titans atop the Wall Rose Garrison so she defies her fathers wishes, and sets out on this quest. WHY ROSALIE IS NOT A ROSE: •I know she wants to live out her dream of becoming a solider to fight titans, but I was immediately put off by the way she yells and whines to get her way and when she meets her fellow soldiers for the first time, she says she can’t wait to teach these people how it’s really done and I’m just like, girl, you haven’t even seen a titan before. Calm yourself. •She wanted to report a veteran solider for yelling at her, she’s even offended by people who want to give her a handshake. A freaking handshake?! You kidding?! •There are many sentences of her putting on her “best fake smile”. And I understand the notion that this character is supposed to be out of touch with reality BUT MY HUFFLEPUFF SENSES WERE TRIGGERED! I think having watched the show. I know the dangers and consequences of fighting titans and seeing a newbie character acting all nonchalant about it ruffled my feathers BUT THANKFULLY.... she hardens up and started to prove her worth to me and she begins to be a better character as the plot moves forward. She becomes likeable. Unfortunately there’s really never a point in this novel when there isn’t a character you hate around. There’s always someone super obnoxious in the conversation. First it’s Rosalie, then it’s Jax, then it’s Ferdinand (her fiancé) then it’s her father. We just aren’t given a break. I was very happy and satisfied with the Titan action. It’s very fast paced and the author knows exactly what she’s talking about explaining how to dispose of them, how Titan blood effects humans and how they regenerate limbs. So I do believe in the statement that you can go into this not having read or watched the original Attack on Titan. You’re just going to be saddened and confused not knowing the why’s of this world which is why this whole book feels like a short side story. All in all my main problem with this is the characters. Even though the author did a fantastic job writing about this world, it was already established by another author so the new characters is what really should have sold it for me but they fell short.

  3. 5 out of 5

    rin (lorenzo)

    i guess this is the big case of it-is-not-you-it-is-me. i didn't hate this book but i also didn't love it. what i did enjoy is the setting. i mean it's set in the snk world, it covers the events after fall of shiganshina arc and the battle of trost district arc (the story itself is about trost district's garrison). i enjoyed references, character's little cameo and the whole POV outsider thing. i can't say how people who are not into snk will find it though, it is a little infodumpy at times, bu i guess this is the big case of it-is-not-you-it-is-me. i didn't hate this book but i also didn't love it. what i did enjoy is the setting. i mean it's set in the snk world, it covers the events after fall of shiganshina arc and the battle of trost district arc (the story itself is about trost district's garrison). i enjoyed references, character's little cameo and the whole POV outsider thing. i can't say how people who are not into snk will find it though, it is a little infodumpy at times, but i think it might make ppl more confused than understanding. anyway, as i said, that was the only thing that i enjoyed. i felt really indifferent towards everything else. the plot is a very big cliche. a noble girl in arranged engagement with the wedding coming soon wants to join the army for 6 months before the wedding, her father doesn't let her but she's too stubborn, so he sends her to the front line, where the training would be the hardest, so she runs back home, except she doesnt. she arrives there and there's this dude who's the sergeant of their squad and he's surprisingly almost the same age as her and of course he hates her bc she's a noble. she starts her service there and realizes that it's not what she expected. the dude hates her even more now. blablabla. she asks the dude to train her blablabla. blablabla. they fall in love blablabbla. her father tries to bring her home in any ways possible blablabla. her fiance is the worst blablabla. and blablabla and blablabla. not disclosing the whole plot here. listen, it's just. so tropy. so cliche. it's so basic. of course, some people might enjoy it, but i did not. i have nothing against cliches, there are a lot of classic ones, but i like when authors put some creativity into them. here it's some basic plot wrapped up in the snk universe. it's not bad, it's not good, it's just mediocre for me. honestly, i didn't really care for the characters. they're, too, very basic and mediocre for me, there's nothing outstanding, nothing i would remember about them. i liked them, but i absolutely didnt care what happens to them. i didn't like the romance too, it felt so unnesessary and out of place, i wish this novel was romanceless. so, what can i say. if you like snk, you might like this book or at least enjoy the snk related part (there's some fun titan fighting scenes). if you don't know anything about snk, you also might enjoy it, but it also might be very confusing. my final rating is 5 out of 10 because it's neither here nor there. I've received the arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. p.s. damn though, i want to reread the manga now bc i dropped it somewhere in the middle but im so lazy ://

  4. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    Garrison Girl is the first novel set in the world of Attack on Titan - and judging from the reviews, I was fortunate in being a newcomer to the series. While I've seen one of the movies, I basically had enough knowledge to know that giant, human-shaped titans have attacked humanity, driving them back to live behind huge stone walls, desperately defending their last refuge. Definitely there was no recognition of places or people. I thought this novel was great - it's entertaining, and fast-paced. Garrison Girl is the first novel set in the world of Attack on Titan - and judging from the reviews, I was fortunate in being a newcomer to the series. While I've seen one of the movies, I basically had enough knowledge to know that giant, human-shaped titans have attacked humanity, driving them back to live behind huge stone walls, desperately defending their last refuge. Definitely there was no recognition of places or people. I thought this novel was great - it's entertaining, and fast-paced. There's enough information for newbies like me, while not overwhelming the reader with infodumps. I did feel like some of the - for lack of a better word - wierdness of the series was probably missing. The vacant stares and just-subtly-wrong-humanity of the titans was much subdued in text from what the movie managed to portray. It's still, overall, a very promising start to what could be a very entertaining series. Thank you to the publisher and to Netgalley for providing a free copy in return for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Thiago d'Evecque

    Não funcionou pra mim. O formato da história não se justifica no mundo de AoT. Romance bobinho e personagens desinteressantes com titãs no pano de fundo. Uma pena, porque a Rachel Aaron consegue escrever fantasias incríveis.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ari ☾

    I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks for granting my wish! 3.5 Stars This is just gonna be a short quick review. Garrison Girl follows Rosalie, a rich girl with noble blood, into the wall Garrison. She faces hardships of being accepted because of her money. The Garrison is full of commoners. This takes place during the event of the anime actually. It takes place after the first time the colossal titan appeared and during his second attack. The b I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks for granting my wish! 3.5 Stars This is just gonna be a short quick review. Garrison Girl follows Rosalie, a rich girl with noble blood, into the wall Garrison. She faces hardships of being accepted because of her money. The Garrison is full of commoners. This takes place during the event of the anime actually. It takes place after the first time the colossal titan appeared and during his second attack. The book was very will written and the romance was actually quite believable. It was just a little boring. Nothing about it really kept it going. But even though it was quite slow, it was a nice read. The end was the only fast part, it was full of emotion, something I think the start of the book was lacking. I also LOVED when it brought up characters from the actual manga/anime. I was freakinngg out. And Eren made an appearance! He was a titan, but he was still there! Overall. Nice read, would recommend if you loved Attack on Titan and are looking for a different look at the world.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn

    You don't have to know anything about the Attack on Titan series (I didn't) to enjoy racing through this book. It's been a while since I felt compelled to read a book this quickly. I felt the same way with Rachel Bach's (a pen name of Aaron's) Paradox series ("Fortune's Pawn" etc). Rosalie's world is surrounded by walls. She's part of the noble class, so she lives in the innermost wall, most protected from the titans that live outside the walls and eat people. Rosalie is engaged to marry a rich m You don't have to know anything about the Attack on Titan series (I didn't) to enjoy racing through this book. It's been a while since I felt compelled to read a book this quickly. I felt the same way with Rachel Bach's (a pen name of Aaron's) Paradox series ("Fortune's Pawn" etc). Rosalie's world is surrounded by walls. She's part of the noble class, so she lives in the innermost wall, most protected from the titans that live outside the walls and eat people. Rosalie is engaged to marry a rich man she barely knows, an advantageous match for both families. While she's waiting for her wedding, she he begs her father, high up in the military himself, to let her use her military academy training to make a difference by fighting the titans at the outermost wall. There she's assigned to Squad 13, an unlucky squad that needs replacing because its members so often end up dead. The leader of Squad 13, Jax, has a lot of attitude and doesn't appreciate a rich girl coming in like she knows everything. He quickly shows her just how little she knows. This was a fun, action packed book set in an interesting world. I had to suspend disbelief a bit at times during the last third of the book, when the pacing got a little ridiculous, but the ending left me excited for the sequel.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    First and foremost I would like to thank NetGalley, Rachel Aaron, and Quirk Books for the opportunity to read this splendid novel in advance for an honest review. Garrison Girl, by Rachel Aaron, is a fast-paced, action-packed young adult novel set in the world of the popular anime and manga series, Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin). This book is about a (pretty spoiled) rich girl, Rosalie Dumarque, who has lived inside Wall Sina her entire life. She’s engaged to a man with lots of money, her fa First and foremost I would like to thank NetGalley, Rachel Aaron, and Quirk Books for the opportunity to read this splendid novel in advance for an honest review. Garrison Girl, by Rachel Aaron, is a fast-paced, action-packed young adult novel set in the world of the popular anime and manga series, Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin). This book is about a (pretty spoiled) rich girl, Rosalie Dumarque, who has lived inside Wall Sina her entire life. She’s engaged to a man with lots of money, her father is a military man, and her life is dresses and parties. After her experience in the Royal Military Academy, she knows she wants more. After making a deal with her father, Rosalie is permitted to temporarily join the garrison at Wall Rose. Manning the wall and keeping titans at bay is their job. Rosalie’s Squad 13 members include little medic Willow, engineer Emmett, and crude, ruthless Sergeant Jackson Cunningham (Jax for short). Squads are meant to be made of five people, so it doesn’t help that Rosalie’s squad is a man short, but Jax is a ruthless leader with strange rumors for baggage. Numerous times, Jax has lost squad-mates on top of the wall. Mysteriously. Rumors of a titan he calls the Gobbler are heavy among the Garrison, and Rosalie and her squad get to learn about this terror first hand. Rosalie consistently has to balance her life at the Garrison with her past and current strains of being a Dumarque, all while trying to save the world, and perhaps even push out to make the world of humanity bigger again. Something I disliked: There were a few inconsistencies in very minor plot points that had me questioning the writing. For example, one of the higher up said that Jax wanted to keep Rosalie in the squad as punishment (after a little slip-up), and when Rosalie addresses this to Jax, it’s saying Brigitte kept her in the squad, and not Jax. And there’s no questioning it. So that was odd. Another I had a slight qualm with is the Gobbler. I think this titan is unique and interesting. It’s an aberrant type (abnormal, deviating from the usual titan way of moving or acting). This titan has very long arms and legs and seems to only come out in blizzard-type weather. And with its long legs, it can actually jump up to the top of the wall. I like this idea, but it also seems a bit unrealistic. Then it has me wondering, what would make it only come out in harsh winter weather? And if it can jump onto the wall and off safely, why not go into the city? I loved the idea of the Gobbler, but wish it was explored just a bit more. Maybe it will have its own story one day… For the most part, this novel was fantastically written and moved quickly. It was hard to put down, for sure! It ties into the world of Attack on Titan perfectly. While reading, I felt like I was watching a full-length feature. Being familiar with the anime, it was easy to picture, but there was great detail on the cities, walls, titans, Corps, gear, uniforms–everything to make the picture clear, and even descriptive enough that a person who hasn’t seen the show or read the manga can enjoy this cook too. I also liked the romance aspect of it. It’s decently subtle and sprinkled in just right, but it’s not something I was expecting from an Attack on Titan novel. It was a pleasant surprise! Of course, it’s not Attack on Titan without a few casualties too… All in all, a fantastic edition to the universe of Attack on Titan and a highly recommended young adult read!

  9. 5 out of 5

    S.J. Higbee

    Aaron is accomplished at dropping us into a situation and giving us all the necessary details as we go along, so that rather tedious opening info-dump is out of character. I’m guessing it was a stipulation by the publishers, it certainly feels that way… Once that is out of the way, this one picks up the pace. We are largely in the viewpoint of Rosalie, who has been raised to honour the military tradition of her noble family and is determined to do more than marry and continue the bloodline. I lov Aaron is accomplished at dropping us into a situation and giving us all the necessary details as we go along, so that rather tedious opening info-dump is out of character. I’m guessing it was a stipulation by the publishers, it certainly feels that way… Once that is out of the way, this one picks up the pace. We are largely in the viewpoint of Rosalie, who has been raised to honour the military tradition of her noble family and is determined to do more than marry and continue the bloodline. I love the setting of the wall and the steampunk feel to the gizmos that assists the soldiers in the insanely dangerous business of killing the titans. Any other wound the monsters suffer from, they can regenerate – doubtless fuelled by all the human flesh they keep gobbling at any available opportunity. Rosalie has first to surmount the hurdle of being accepted by her fellow soldiers as she appears in an immaculate dress uniform and far too much luggage, whereas most of her comrades in arms are desperate refugees who watched their friends and family eaten. It makes for a rocky start… I like her idealism and determination to do her duty. It would have been all too easy to make her some heroic, adrenaline-fuelled protagonist who excelled when alongside her poor, commoner companions – and I’m very glad Aaron resisted the urge to do so. The action scenes are well written, with plenty going on. While I realised early on there would be a romantic thread, it doesn’t impact too much on the gritted struggle to keep the titans at bay. I like Jax, but my favourite supporting characters are Willow and Emmet, who are part of Rosalie’s team. They are a lovely pair of warm-hearted characters with a tragic backstory, who I really cared about. I had sort of guessed how the climax and denouement would pan out – and I was utterly wrong. It was far more gritty and shocking. The story was wrapped up satisfactorily, but I was left with a lot of questions about the titans, which the book raises but doesn’t remotely answer. I guess that’s okay – it is, after all, the first in the series. Will I be interested in reading more of this world? Absolutely. The world ravaged by ravenous giants makes for page-turning adventures. Recommended for fans of action fantasy with plenty of fighting and a side-order of romance. 8/10

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    I nearly DNF this book so many times but the end was worth it. For the first two-thirds of the book, I absolutely despise Rosalie, our main character (rich girl realizes she's privileged), thinking she was so much better than everyone else just because she was noble, had a better background. I still didn't like her at the end, but she grew up a little for me to accept her. But it is hard to like a book when you don't like the protagonist. I was glad to be back in the SNK universe (even with diffe I nearly DNF this book so many times but the end was worth it. For the first two-thirds of the book, I absolutely despise Rosalie, our main character (rich girl realizes she's privileged), thinking she was so much better than everyone else just because she was noble, had a better background. I still didn't like her at the end, but she grew up a little for me to accept her. But it is hard to like a book when you don't like the protagonist. I was glad to be back in the SNK universe (even with different characters) but except for that, it was nothing like the manga. It felt too much like a typical YA romance book, which isn't at all the SNK vibe. I mean, right when we met the dude we know he's gonna be her love interest and that's just a big no for me. But the end connected with some parts of the manga which was nice to read about. I also think there may be some parts of the universe a little confusing for those who have not read/watch SNK.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    The novel is a little like The Cinder Spires Series from Jim Butcher: Steam Punk-esque. It is based on a famous Manga story, and maybe Japanese sensibilities are ok with not knowing some basic parts of world building, but I wasn't. I want the story to give clues to what Titans are, where they came from, what happened to the rest of humanity around the world, is this a localized threat, etc. I wanted someone to realize that if the colossus titan was the only thing in a field one moment, then the The novel is a little like The Cinder Spires Series from Jim Butcher: Steam Punk-esque. It is based on a famous Manga story, and maybe Japanese sensibilities are ok with not knowing some basic parts of world building, but I wasn't. I want the story to give clues to what Titans are, where they came from, what happened to the rest of humanity around the world, is this a localized threat, etc. I wanted someone to realize that if the colossus titan was the only thing in a field one moment, then the next moment there were tons of smaller titans, that maybe the colossus was what happened when the smaller titans merged together. I liked the action of this book, and the spunky heroine, but I wanted more mystery-solving. I think that might be coming up in the book after this one, though.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Having not knowing anything about the series this was inspired by, I have to say I did enjoyed this book with all the action and humour.. I would rate this 3.5 stars out of 5.. a great fantasy story that is fast paced and very easy to read..

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Great story within the AoT universe, I very much enjoyed it! I can't wait to read any future offerings within this storyline, should there be any! If anyone reading this is an Attack on Titan fan, I highly recommend reading this!

  14. 4 out of 5

    thebookiv

    Absolutely loved this read! I am a huge fan of Attack on Titan and I found this story very enjoyable. It's light and fun and written with a younger audience in mind as it is a light novel. But it satisfies, and is a great little read while waiting for Shingeki no Kyojin Season 3!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    A new story set in the world of Attack on Titan. Never played the game but I could sure read a few more stories by Ms. Aaron with these characters! Loved it!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    I won this ARC in a Goodreads Giveaway and this is my first book by the author and the first book in the Attack On Titan series. I'll start by saying I am not a fan of the anime series Attack On Titan. I'll admit to never giving the series a chance because of the art. If the series is as well written as this book was I need to reconsider watching the series. This book had everything I love in a book: 1) Good Flow - This is an easy read that I had a problem putting down. 2) Good Story - A simple tale I won this ARC in a Goodreads Giveaway and this is my first book by the author and the first book in the Attack On Titan series. I'll start by saying I am not a fan of the anime series Attack On Titan. I'll admit to never giving the series a chance because of the art. If the series is as well written as this book was I need to reconsider watching the series. This book had everything I love in a book: 1) Good Flow - This is an easy read that I had a problem putting down. 2) Good Story - A simple tale of someone that wants to make a difference in the world and trys to be better. 3) Great Characters - I liked all of the characters you are supposed to like and loathed the ones you're not supposed to like. 4) Action - Great battles! I walked around the house reading because I couldn't put it down in some spots. Of course all of these things only happen because the writer is good. I would not hesitate in picking up another book by this author and I may consider watching the anime series to see if it's as good as this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: A compelling story, exciting action and TITANS make this YA novel a whole lot of fun! I had so much fun with this book, and I have to thank Quirk Books for bringing it to my attention, because I had never heard of it until it was pitched to me. And this review might be a little strange, because you will get the perspective of I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: A compelling story, exciting action and TITANS make this YA novel a whole lot of fun! I had so much fun with this book, and I have to thank Quirk Books for bringing it to my attention, because I had never heard of it until it was pitched to me. And this review might be a little strange, because you will get the perspective of someone who had no idea what Attack on Titan was until I started reading! I know, hiding under a rock and all that. I'm not a follower of anime or a reader of manga so the story—about a small group of humans surviving inside a walled city while man-eating giants wander around outside the walls, trying to find a way in—was completely new to me. Garrison Girl is clearly geared toward the young adult crowd, not only because of the ages of the characters, but because you'll be able to check off a bunch of YA tropes as you read. But despite some predictable beats in the story, I was completely taken with Rachel Aaron's accessible writing style, her relatable characters, and an exciting, action-packed adventure that almost seemed a little too short. Sixteen-year-old Rosalie Dumarque is the pampered daughter of the noble Dumarque family, who are fortunate enough to live in the inner sanctum behind Wall Sina, the safest place to be after the Titans took over most of the world, leaving only a small, walled area that the giants have not yet breached. Rosalie is facing an arranged marriage when she turns seventeen, but until then, her greatest wish is to leave home and join the Wall Rose Garrison, fighters who protect the outer-most wall, Wall Rose, from the Titans who continue to try to break into the humans' sanctuary. She's just graduated with honors from the Royal Military Academy, and she knows she's ready to fight Titans and do something meaningful with the scant time she has left before she marries and becomes nothing more than a pretty object for the rest of her life. Her father vehemently opposes her decision to join the Garrison, but in the end, Rosalie gets her way and heads off to join the other recruits. When she arrives, she's met with derision from her fellow soldiers. Her gleaming white Military Academy uniform and haughty attitude don't win her any points with the scruffy bunch of teens who have also been assigned to the Trost Gate Garrison, and when she meets Sergeant Jackson "Jax" Cunningham, the man she'll be serving under, she immediately gets off on the wrong foot. But little by little, Rosalie gets to know her fellow soldiers and they realize that they must work together and learn to trust each other in order to survive. Because life on the Wall is dangerous, and the Titans are just waiting for them to make a mistake. . . In the front of the book are two very handy graphics: first, a size comparison chart that shows the different types of Titans standing next to a human, with the 50 meter high Wall Rose used as a measuring stick. If the average human is 1.7 meters tall, and the smallest Titan is 7 meters tall (the giant Colossus Titan is 60!!), you can begin to image how much trouble the poor humans are in. On the next page is a layout of the human territory, which is woefully small compared to the ground that the Titans now claim. There is a brief introduction to the Titan universe—smoothly woven into the story, by the way—that explains how the outermost wall, Wall Maria, was breached and destroyed by the Titans, and how all the refugees that weren't killed and eaten by the enemy have fled to the inner walls of Wall Rose. Because of the length of the book, we don't get a lot of time to get to know the characters on a really deep level, but honestly, I came for the Titan action and that's what I got! From the moment that Rosalie sees her first, in-the-flesh Titan, we're thrown into a world full of danger. The Garrison soldiers are trained to use "vertical maneuvering gear," a complicated set of ropes, hooks and pulleys that allows soldiers to scale the tall walls and even make their way up the bodies of the Titans in order to fight them. Rosalie and her friends must learn to use their equipment really well or they could easily die while trying to kill or escape a Titan. The fact that the Garrison equipment is old and falling apart simply makes the stakes even higher, and the job more dangerous. The Titans themselves are pretty terrifying. Even the short ones loom above the humans, and although they're described as being stupid creatures who can't really reason or think beyond their appetite for human flesh, Aaron gives them some cool touches like having carrion breath (which announces their presence) and their creepy ability to regenerate body parts, even their heads. There's only one real way to kill a Titan and she describes it in delightfully gory detail. And despite the YA classification, the author doesn't pull any punches when it comes to putting her characters in grave danger. Not everyone gets out alive, that's all I'm saying. There are some sweet human moments interspersed with the violence, which I appreciated. And yes, there is a romance (I did warn you that this was YA!) of the "hate to love" variety, but it ended up being more of a friendship-to-lovers romance that I found completely satisfying. The ending opens up the story to even more possibilities, as Rosalie and Jax are given a new mission. Clearly there's plenty of source material to use in future installments, and I for one will be waiting eagerly for Rosalie's next adventure. Big thanks to the publisher for supplying a review copy.This review originally appeared on Books, Bones & Buffy

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    As a long-time devotee of the Attack on Titan series who has watched and read pretty much everything related to it, my interest was quickly piqued when I found out that an English YA novel set in this universe was coming out. Since this is a YA novel by a different writer, I wasn't expecting it to fully capture the same grim and darkly philosophical nature of the original canon series, and in my experience reading it, I felt that my expectations were largely correct. I found Garrison Girl to be f As a long-time devotee of the Attack on Titan series who has watched and read pretty much everything related to it, my interest was quickly piqued when I found out that an English YA novel set in this universe was coming out. Since this is a YA novel by a different writer, I wasn't expecting it to fully capture the same grim and darkly philosophical nature of the original canon series, and in my experience reading it, I felt that my expectations were largely correct. I found Garrison Girl to be first and foremost a YA novel. It is for this reason that I did not really mind the fact that it has its share of cliches, in contrast to the original series which is known for twisting and deconstructing various shonen tropes. It's also due to this that I am glad that Aaron chose to focus on an original cast of characters in the least seen military branch in of series, because that makes it easier to separate this story from the main AOT story, while also expanding upon the actions that goes on in the AOT world before and during the events of the Trost arc. As for the story itself, I thought that it was an enjoyable quick read in general. Rosalie Dumarque's adventure in the military was well-written, nicely-organized and fast-paced, with very well-described action sequences that made it easy for me to imagine what was going on. However, while I enjoyed reading the story on the whole, I admittedly was not overly impressed with any of the original characters ^^; As for the romance aspect of this story, while I did not mind it because it's almost to be expected from a YA fantasy novel, it did feel a bit unnecessary (although it does have its cute moments and I REALLY loved to shoutout to the Count of Monte Cristo since that's my favorite French classic novel!) This basically sums up my thoughts on Garrison Girl. I think that it might be a bit more appealing to fans of the YA genre in comparison to AOT fans who love the original series for its grittiness, but I would recommend it in general as an action-packed, quick read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gemma

    I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I've never actually read or watched Attack on Titan but I'd read that you don't necessarily need to be familiar with the series to enjoy this novel. I agree with that to some extent but I also think that a previous knowledge of the series may have enhanced the reading experience. Here are my thoughts... What I liked • The writing was fun and engaging. It made me want to pick it up and read. It was also very easy to rea I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I've never actually read or watched Attack on Titan but I'd read that you don't necessarily need to be familiar with the series to enjoy this novel. I agree with that to some extent but I also think that a previous knowledge of the series may have enhanced the reading experience. Here are my thoughts... What I liked • The writing was fun and engaging. It made me want to pick it up and read. It was also very easy to read so the story went by quite quickly. • The action scenes were particularly well written. Again they were engaging and fast paced but didn't lack on the details. • Rosalie's character development was pretty good. I didn't really like her to begin with but over the course of the novel I liked how determined she became. What I didn't like • Although the writing was easy to read parts of the plot did feel a little bit disjointed at times. The pacing seemed a little off and we seemed to take fairly large jumps forward in time. I think this novel would of benefited from being a bit longer to enable to author to rectify this. • There were lots of dislikeable characters. I'm not opposed to characters like this but I do prefer a redemption arc storyline. • I didn't like the romance. It felt rushed and lacking in depth and development. • I would of liked more background information on the world and society however, I think if I had read or watched the Attack on Titan series before reading this I wouldn't necessarily need it. Overall it was a fairly average read. I liked the basic storyline and I enjoyed the reading experience however, it was quite forgettable. If you really enjoy the Attack on Titan series then you'll probably want to pick this one up and, although I think you can read this not having read the series, I wouldn't expect anything to revolutionary.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Colin

    *I received this book free from a Goodreads giveaway* I've never seen Attack on Titan, so I came into this book totally ignorant of the series or any of its canon. Rachel Aaron's blurb about the book said that you could dive in even if you hadn't seen the series, and considering how much I've liked the rest of her writing, I gave it the benefit of the doubt (and got lucky in the giveaway drawing). This novel is another example of Rachel's fantastic writing ability. So instead of pointing out ever *I received this book free from a Goodreads giveaway* I've never seen Attack on Titan, so I came into this book totally ignorant of the series or any of its canon. Rachel Aaron's blurb about the book said that you could dive in even if you hadn't seen the series, and considering how much I've liked the rest of her writing, I gave it the benefit of the doubt (and got lucky in the giveaway drawing). This novel is another example of Rachel's fantastic writing ability. So instead of pointing out everything I liked, I'll just point out the few things that irked me: The world in which the humans live is basically a city, surrounded by 50 meter high walls, which keep out the titans, who apparently control the rest of the world. Upon being given this backstory in the book, one would wonder, why is humanity holed up in one last great city in a world full of monsters as much as 50 times taller than them? How did they come to exist? How did the humans build these massive walls? Why are the titans apparently unintelligent, except for the ones that aren't? Why can they regenerate damage done to them except if you hit them in exactly the right spot? At no point in the novel do we get answers to any of these questions. The characters often express similar frustration at the lack of answers. I don't think this is necessarily the Aaron's fault, its the hand she was dealt when she got the IP rights to do this book, but not being able to answer these questions made it difficult for me to suspend disbelief. Thankfully Aaron seems to have been able to write around it. The main characters are fun to live with. It seems Aaron might try to flesh out some of those major questions in later books, which I would be glad to read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hanna (lapetiteboleyn)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is an original novel set in the world (and during the timespan of) the Attack on Titan series. First up, I’m going to say that I enjoyed it. I’ve been a fan of SNK for years, and it was a wonderful nostalgia trip with the little easter eggs pointing towards the main canon (my especial favourite had to be the casual mention of ‘the Jaeger Plan’ during one of the final chapters.) Rachel Aaron clearly knows the world and characters inside and out, and I have to give credit for the world-buildi This is an original novel set in the world (and during the timespan of) the Attack on Titan series. First up, I’m going to say that I enjoyed it. I’ve been a fan of SNK for years, and it was a wonderful nostalgia trip with the little easter eggs pointing towards the main canon (my especial favourite had to be the casual mention of ‘the Jaeger Plan’ during one of the final chapters.) Rachel Aaron clearly knows the world and characters inside and out, and I have to give credit for the world-building and passion that’s evident throughout. However, and especially with regards to the first three quarters of the novel, it left me feeling somewhat disappointed. One of the most striking things about Attack on Titan has been the fact that the glossy hero-tale of the main narrative has always left the much darker sides of the world exposed to the reader. It’s hard to fully articulate what my issue with it was, but I think it boils down to the fact that I was hoping for a more interesting plot. I was often frustrated by the fact that Rosalie faces very few real challenges: she wants friends and makes them without meaning to, she wants training and makes a bargain within a page, she wants to make a difference and happens across a big enough sum of money to make it. It’s a very Disney story which feels all the more out of place for the world in which it’s set. Ultimately, I’m glad I was offered the opportunity to read and review it. It’s a book that opens exciting potential for further world-building from other writers and other novels, and it’s an enjoyable read. It speeds up a great deal during the last quarter, and while that’s really what makes the novel work as a whole, it also feels like a lot of build-up for the payoff.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    I read this from an ARC, which seriously needs another copy edit for typos. :-) This is a YA romance/adventure/fantasy set in the world of the Attack on Titan stories, and connects with the events there. Weirdly, the YA romance story was the weakest part of this story, which otherwise contained some good characters and some excellent writing. The romance, though, was a bit predictable and uninspired. I found myself unable to put it down, even though I found myself despising the main character's pa I read this from an ARC, which seriously needs another copy edit for typos. :-) This is a YA romance/adventure/fantasy set in the world of the Attack on Titan stories, and connects with the events there. Weirdly, the YA romance story was the weakest part of this story, which otherwise contained some good characters and some excellent writing. The romance, though, was a bit predictable and uninspired. I found myself unable to put it down, even though I found myself despising the main character's parents and pretty much all of their social circle. If the ruling class is all really that stupid, mankind is doomed. Anyway, for those familiar with Attack on Titan, mankind is mostly doomed anyway, as the man-eating giants have slowly whittled mankind down to a small area and a pitifully small number of survivors. I view the story as fantasy rather than science fiction because too many of the things in the story don't work by any consistent science given in the story, including the Titans themselves. There are just too many of them for their apparent food sources, and the weird variations don't seem to follow rules. The "aberrant" Titans in particular are dramatic, but... Anyway, Rosalie comes from a noble family and, against the wishes of her family, wants to go to the outer wall and fight Titans, for at least a while. That leads to pretty much the whole story, and some remarkably creepy views of the leaders of what is left of mankind, but I couldn't put it down! The story remained interesting, even with the predictable romance story, because the main characters remained interesting. I've seen and read some of Attack on Titan, but I'm not a huge fan by any means. This story, though, grabbed me for some reason, and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Moira

    15.8.2018 - 4* Líbilo se mi to. Líbilo se mi to více, než jsem si myslela, že bude. Jelikož YA a já nejsme zrovna nejlepší kamarádky. (A musela jsem se každých pár minut přemlouvat, abych si nepustila znovu anime. *smích*) Je to přímočarý příběh, jednoduchý. Člověk ví, kam to celé směřuje. Ale v tom je to kouzlo. Aaron dokázala představit své charaktery a předestřít nám příběh způsobem, který se mi okamžitě dostal pod kůži. Žila jsem s charaktery, fandila jim. A bála se. Pitomě se usmívala. (Tohle Y 15.8.2018 - 4* Líbilo se mi to. Líbilo se mi to více, než jsem si myslela, že bude. Jelikož YA a já nejsme zrovna nejlepší kamarádky. (A musela jsem se každých pár minut přemlouvat, abych si nepustila znovu anime. *smích*) Je to přímočarý příběh, jednoduchý. Člověk ví, kam to celé směřuje. Ale v tom je to kouzlo. Aaron dokázala představit své charaktery a předestřít nám příběh způsobem, který se mi okamžitě dostal pod kůži. Žila jsem s charaktery, fandila jim. A bála se. Pitomě se usmívala. (Tohle YA mělo jednu z nejroztomilejších a taky nejuvěřitelnějších zaláskovaností, na které jsem narazila. Společně s vcelku rychlým tempem, čtivým stylem psaní a kick ass koncem - kniha se mi prostě líbila.) Jenže co pro mě fungovalo ohledně YA, to nebylo zcela košer pro samotné AoT univerzum. Attack on Titan je temný příběh. V některých ohledech brilantní. A přestože Aaron dokázala tu a tam tu atmosféru zachytit... well, problém celkově je ve faktu, že by toto YA muselo být o pár tříd drastičtější a temnější. Garrison Girl ve výsledku byl milý příběh plný naděje a nalezení svého místa v životě. Jak jsem psala, co knihu udělalo dobrou YA naléhající na optimističtější spektrum, to stejné příběh vzdálilo od věci, kterou fanoušci nejspíše čekali. Na druhou stranu, je to po delší době YA, u kterého by mi nevadilo přečíst si pokračování. Tudíž samozřejmě, že je kniha pravděpodobně standalonka. ^^

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tabor

    Recently I re-watched Attack on Titan and fell back into the universe. Of course, I began talking about the series at work and a coworker loaned me this ARC. I absolutely loved it. The book follows Rosalie Dumarque, a noble from an ancient bloodline, who desperately wants to fight titans. Engaged to be married, she convinces her father to let her serve in in the Wall Rose Garrison. Once on the wall, she befriends both Willow and Emmet, her squad members, and learns that their squad leader, Jax, Recently I re-watched Attack on Titan and fell back into the universe. Of course, I began talking about the series at work and a coworker loaned me this ARC. I absolutely loved it. The book follows Rosalie Dumarque, a noble from an ancient bloodline, who desperately wants to fight titans. Engaged to be married, she convinces her father to let her serve in in the Wall Rose Garrison. Once on the wall, she befriends both Willow and Emmet, her squad members, and learns that their squad leader, Jax, is notorious for his recruits dying under his service. Soon enough, she learns the hard lessons that her fancy upbringing and education are not enough to face the titans. However, and what I really love about Rosalie is her determination, she barters for extra training from her sergeant, Jax, who really dislikes nobility and calls Rosalie 'princess all the time, in exchange for teaching him how to read. How freakin' cute is that? (It's the best trope plus the story features a from enemies into lovers relationship) Anyways, I really enjoyed this short story set in the Attack on Titan universe and hope that we hear from Rosalie again!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ren

    I love Attack on Titan. I love the concept and the world, so I was eager to pick this up. I can’t really begin to describe the plot because basic knowledge of the series is needed to understand the world-building. I guess the beginning sets up the world enough, though. I have never read the manga, only watched the anime, so my view on AoT is very limited. At the opening of the story, I chuckled because as a fan, I knew that Rosalie was getting in over her head already by demanding to join the fi I love Attack on Titan. I love the concept and the world, so I was eager to pick this up. I can’t really begin to describe the plot because basic knowledge of the series is needed to understand the world-building. I guess the beginning sets up the world enough, though. I have never read the manga, only watched the anime, so my view on AoT is very limited. At the opening of the story, I chuckled because as a fan, I knew that Rosalie was getting in over her head already by demanding to join the fight against the titans. I feel like this book was written for people who have big ideas as to how they would fight the titans in that world. It’s hilarious to me. The one thing I didn't like was the romantic tones between Rosalie and Jax, though to be fair I really don't think AoT should have romance at all. I am completely for this world being all about action. I also kinda predicted what would happen to her teammates. Still non of that detracted from my enjoyment of the story. I was glad to read about other people in this world.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Holly Hughes

    2.5 stars The one thing I'm sure of is that I'm not quiiiiite convinced the standard YA novel formula really fits into the Attack on Titan universe. Pretty, rich girl meets lower class boy of questionable morality. Despite objection from those around them, a world that seeks to tear them apart, and initial misunderstandings, girl and boy fall in love and overcome all odds to be together. We've all read that story before - probably dozens, if not hundreds, of times. And, by the end of the book, I' 2.5 stars The one thing I'm sure of is that I'm not quiiiiite convinced the standard YA novel formula really fits into the Attack on Titan universe. Pretty, rich girl meets lower class boy of questionable morality. Despite objection from those around them, a world that seeks to tear them apart, and initial misunderstandings, girl and boy fall in love and overcome all odds to be together. We've all read that story before - probably dozens, if not hundreds, of times. And, by the end of the book, I'm just left wondering if this book was needed as part of the franchise's extended universe. If you've never read the manga or watched the anime, I'd say this is an easy and gentler introduction to the world and it's stakes. But coming to it afterwards, Garrison Girl just seemed a little too safe. A little too clean. Also, if you're going to be writing a book for a franchise, please please please make sure someone on your team can ensure the name of the franchise's actual protagonist is properly spelled. Please.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gemma McGee

    This was my first introduction into the An Attack on Titan world, and I really enjoyed it, I was intrigued by the world that has been created, that the only thing keeping people are walls that stop the Titan getting to the general population and eating them. It's also interesting the way the wall are set up, that there are more walls between the rich and the Titans. Rosalie has a massive growth as a character though out the book, she starts of as a naive lady and the end of the book she is a soli This was my first introduction into the An Attack on Titan world, and I really enjoyed it, I was intrigued by the world that has been created, that the only thing keeping people are walls that stop the Titan getting to the general population and eating them. It's also interesting the way the wall are set up, that there are more walls between the rich and the Titans. Rosalie has a massive growth as a character though out the book, she starts of as a naive lady and the end of the book she is a solider. Rosalie isn't the only character to have emotional growth, but she does have the biggest. Garrison Girl has some great action sequences, some real heart pounding moments. The fights on the wall between the Titan and squad 13 and the vertical moments they pull out. Garrison Girl is only 240 pages long, it's a perfect book if you have a couple of hours free. I give this book 4 out of 5.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This was a fun, fast read set in the Attack on Titans world about new characters with more of a young adult theme. Rose, an entitled noble wanting to experience life beyond the walls, negotiates with her father to join the garrison before her arranged marriage. She learns quickly the differences in her life and that of the people and soldiers of Trost garrison. Overcoming an overzealous squad leader Jax who wants to drive her back home and her father' I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. This was a fun, fast read set in the Attack on Titans world about new characters with more of a young adult theme. Rose, an entitled noble wanting to experience life beyond the walls, negotiates with her father to join the garrison before her arranged marriage. She learns quickly the differences in her life and that of the people and soldiers of Trost garrison. Overcoming an overzealous squad leader Jax who wants to drive her back home and her father's manipulations to do the same, she grows in experience and proficiency and mostly in the real meaning of duty. I enjoyed the story and the settings descriptions about the AoT world. The romance was pretty typical for YA but I enjoyed the conclusion.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Patchogue-Medford Library

    A fabulous, fast read! Maybe Game of Thrones meets Princess bride -- romance, adventure, corrupt kingdom, and watch out for what’s lurking behind that wall! I was completely new to the Attack on Titan world, but Rachel Aaron gave a great introduction, even with the first sentence -- “On a clear day, from the top of her house, Rosalie Dumarque could see all that was left of the human world.” See? You already know Rosalie has a great big house, but she yearns to see more! I can’t wait to share this book. A fabulous, fast read! Maybe Game of Thrones meets Princess bride -- romance, adventure, corrupt kingdom, and watch out for what’s lurking behind that wall! I was completely new to the Attack on Titan world, but Rachel Aaron gave a great introduction, even with the first sentence -- “On a clear day, from the top of her house, Rosalie Dumarque could see all that was left of the human world.” See? You already know Rosalie has a great big house, but she yearns to see more! I can’t wait to share this book. I just started reading her Heartstrikers series, but hopefully she’s planning a more Titan novels too! -Reviewed by Amy S.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    A fabulous, fast read! Maybe Game of Thrones meets Princess bride -- romance, adventure, corrupt kingdom, and watch out for what’s lurking behind that wall! I was completely new to the Attack on Titan world, but Rachel Aaron gave a great introduction, even with the first sentence -- “On a clear day, from the top of her house, Rosalie Dumarque could see all that was left of the human world.” See? You already know Rosalie has a great big house, but she yearns to see more! I can’t wait to share thi A fabulous, fast read! Maybe Game of Thrones meets Princess bride -- romance, adventure, corrupt kingdom, and watch out for what’s lurking behind that wall! I was completely new to the Attack on Titan world, but Rachel Aaron gave a great introduction, even with the first sentence -- “On a clear day, from the top of her house, Rosalie Dumarque could see all that was left of the human world.” See? You already know Rosalie has a great big house, but she yearns to see more! I can’t wait to share this book. I just started reading her Heartstrikers series, but hopefully she’s planning a more Titan novels too!

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