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Galagolia The Hidden Divination (Galagolia #1)

3.1 of 5 stars 3.10  ·  rating details  ·  111 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Meet Maitha BinHumaid, a ten-year-old Emirati girl living in Deira, Dubai. Growing up, she was told that her mother had died soon after her birth. After the death of her father, Maitha finds a portal to Galagolia, a new world, and learns that, all along, she had known nothing about her life and that she has inherited the throne to Galagolia. But can a ten year old really h ...more
Paperback, First Edition , 219 pages
Published March 9th 2012 by JERBOA BOOKS (first published February 16th 2012)
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As much as I hate to say this, but, I did not like this book. Maybe because it was somewhat childish for my taste. The protagonist's behavior is selfish, unrealistic and irritating, considering her circumstances, it was hard to believe how she managed to adapt in such a short time with the sudden predicaments that fell upon her. With that being said, I must admit that there were several things which caught my attention in this story, the fact that the author incorporated a few aspects of the Emi ...more
I was grateful to know about Galagolia through Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature. Galagolia is written by a fifteen year old author. AMAZING RIGHT? She was inspired by Harry Potter. (Pretty awesome right? Potter fans RULE :P) I met the author and get this book signed. I must say I really enjoyed reading this book as well.

First of all, I have to start my review with the setting:

I loved how Dubai Abulhoul added and was influenced by the Emirati culture throughout the book. You could see Emi
Unable and inept child Dubai Abulhoul, gets Isobel Abulhoul to publish a book about as beautiful and artistic as Quasimodo's face.

This book was like buying a 3D movie that promises adventure but when you watch it you realize you were totally CONNED because in reality it is a boot-legged video of a VHS home-made film with no script, drunk actors, and a desperate need of subtitles.

The spelling and grammar is so bad it starts on the first page and continues in your nightmares. The storyline? Pfft.
It's very interesting that a yound mind can write a Young Adult, which is a challenging task! I clap my hands for her first attempt in writing, which I am sure so many kids will enjoy. To me, it was more like reading a movie instead of a book.
Galagolia is a fiction-fantasy story written by Dubai AbulHoul, a young Emirati author. Maitha, a ten year old Emirati girl, is the main character. Maitha found a portal that took her to Galagolia after the death of her father. Galagolia is a fantasy world, somewhere far from the Earth where weird/unique creatures live. The creatures have funny names such as Gostavio, Galagalent, Flym, Flymette...etc. In Galagolia, Maitha meets her mom who died many years ago and sees her dad again. She learns t ...more
Galagolia is written by a 17 year old Emarati author, her name is Dubai. I think this book is for young adult, because she made up characters from her own imagination like ghosts and stuff that talk to humans. It talks about a father named Hamad, he has 5 children, Maitha (The main character in the story) , Saeed, Salim, Rashid, and their mother Meera (who is supposedly dead), and they are the BinHumaid family. Maitha then becomes the queen of Galagolia , but shes very young, she's just 10 years ...more
Hessa Al Ajmani
As much as I admire the author's success and ability to write and publish a book at such a young age, I did not enjoy the story one bit. In fact, I couldn't even finish the book and I won't even bother going back to it. There was too much repetition of all kinds and the editing was cheap... I mean, yeah she's young and all, but surely she must have editors to point those things out for her? Or maybe they intended to leave it that way to make it seem more like it's written by a 13-year-old. Anyho ...more
Hessa Almarri
Galagolia book is a really awesome book, it is a tale of demons and fantasy. Galagolia talks about a ten-years-old Emirati girl called Maitha who is living in Deira,Dubai. Maitha has three brothers and she was told that her mother died soon after her birth. After the death of her father, Maitha realised that her father was a king of a world named Galagolia and her mother was the queen, and her mother was still alive in Galagolia. Maitha was the one who is going to rule Galagolia world and safe G ...more
I was so excited to read this book, when I finally had the chance to read and finish it, I was fairly disappointed. The world-building was lacking, very stereotypical and done before, the necklace as an entrance wasn't an original idea at all. The characters were irritating me, especially the protagonist Maitha; and the rest of the characters haven't developed much in the story (I felt like there is no point of some of them. I wouldn't compare it to Harry Potter at all because this was one child ...more
Fatima Al Nabouda
I think I would have enjoyed it if I was 12 years old..
There were a lot of creatures and my mind went coco on my trying to imagine them, the writing was good, though. But what I really hated was that most of the characters were sarcastic, in almost all the situations, however, I really like how the writer mentioned a lot of the UAE heritage in the story and set part of the story in Dubai, it makes me proud. And being the youngest Emiraty Author, hey, she truly inspired me and makes me even more
Galagolia is a book written by a young creative girl called Dubai Abulhaul. It's about a mysterious divine world, where magic can happen. It basically revolves about a family who is struggling to save it from the devil. It had a great flavor of the emirates. I totally recommend this book for young teenagers as I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would do with an older environment.
I just finished this. As much as I am proud that a young Emirati wrote this, I have to be honest. I felt lost throughout as the chapters jumped from one event to the other. I couldn't keep up with the world the author has crafted; there was too much going on and very little explanations. Also, some of the descriptions didn't make sense. The voices of the characters were indistinguishable, that is, they sounded the same despite the age difference. There is much more I can write but I think I've b ...more

I enjoyed this book, because I'm an emarati and I know the heritage and culture. That's what I love about the book the most. I could relate to it. However, I felt like was a kid's book and it was a lot like Narnia. But still the writing was good, no actually wonderful. Proud of you Dubai!
I was so excited to read this book but I didn't know that it had so much fantasy which is something that I don't always enjoy. I think the book is good for someone who enjoys this type of genre. I do however admire the courage that the author has. She's an inspiration.
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Honestly, this book brought me so much disappointment, especially that I've been waiting for ages to get my hands on it.I expected so much more from Dubai,but I still consider myself as a fan of her writing.The characters in the books lacked personality, and would sometimes get on my last nerves. Nothing seemed to be realistic, especially since it was based in Dubai, and it was quite hard for me to understand what the author was trying to symbolize.Maybe it's because I'm not a big fan of fantasy ...more
I highly recommend it. This was my second emirati author/english book to read ! Whats amazing is how to book was published and how Dubai acived her goals in suh young age i am highly proud that she is an emarati and wrote such novel at the age of 17. I wish her all luck in her life! What i loved about the book was that it was the first fantasy novel (aliens/zombies/other planet ..etc) that caught my attention! I really loved the story! What i recommend Dubai is that in Galagoia(the other world) ...more
Loved the story, but what i hated the most is that it had so much description.
Moza AlMuhairi
loved the story, loved how magical and fictional it is :D
Let me start off my review with saying that I admire that the author at the young age of 15 was able to get a book deal.she was able to accomplish what many strive to do which is to write a book and get a book deal and for that I find her completely inspiration to young inspiring authors who doubt themselves.

I loved that the Main Characters are Emirati, which is something you see very rarely. World building is good but it wasn't explored as much as i would liked, all we've seen is the control ro
Mariam Al Bloshi
Three stars for the lovely Dubai!
I would have given more, but unfortunately there are three things that are not letting me do that.

One: I do not like the parts of the book where I imagine the scenes of rooms and stuff. I am no architect, and I am in no way interested in such things. There was less conversation and more describing. I hate reading descriptions.

Two: The editing, goddammit! As if the editors wanted to tell everyone, "Hey, this is the writing of a sixteen year old girl. This thing
Alia AlKohaji
Though i'm not a big fan of fantasy stories but I liked this novel. I liked the way the author described everything to create an image in my mind and live the moment. I liked the language as it's quite simple and understandable especially for teenagers who I think are the main target the book is after. I love the authors courage in writing and publishing this book. And what I loved the most was trying to spread UAE's cultural elements in a fun indirect way. Now, I know this book has been written ...more
Maryam Baslar
I have no interest in Fiction books.. but a ficition story in UAE written by a very young author attracted me. I enjoyed reading the book.. the idea is completly new and I seriously cant wait to read her new book.
Amal Dawas
no way
Sep 24, 2013 Noora added it
I read this book, but sadly I didn't like it because I think it's for the kids from age "6-14" even though I am a teenager but I think I shouldn't waste my time read it, & I think I can't complete it (I read only 5 chapters), hopefully you understand.
Ayesha  Al Fardan
Really Amazed by the young Emirati author Dubai Abulhoul for writing such an interesting book! Can't wait for the second book!
Mwz Mwz
An enjoyable book filled with magic and imagination, can't wait to read the next book !
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