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Galdoni (The Galdoni #1)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  750 ratings  ·  101 reviews
“This is the Arena, and here we live to die.” These are the words carved into a holding cell where genetically-altered gladiators, the winged humans called Galdoni, are trained to fight. Kale, rescued by three high school students and nursed back from the brink of death, is given the chance to experience life as a human. When he is captured, he has to use what he learned i ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 17th 2011 by CreateSpace (first published December 16th 2011)
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Kallie Ashworth
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Loren Weaver
Galdoni by Cheree Alsop is a young adult fantasy novel about a boy with wings. Who among us hasn't dreamed at least once about having wings? The Galdoni, genetically engineered bird-people hybrids, have just been set free from their super-strict gladiator-style arena. Kale, the main character, finds himself at the wrong end of some violent haters and ends up in the tender care of three friends who help him hide his wings and learn to adapt to human life. Of course, it's never that easy!

Jan 12, 2014 Alexandra rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: You
Cheree Alsop is one of my top ten favorite authors. Her writing is simple yet exquisite. Her books have great morals, values, adventures, heroes, and just a smidgen of innocent and heart-melting romance mixed in as well.

Galdoni is about opening your eyes, discovering and removing the blinds that the world around us uses to keep us in the dark. It is about finding your purpose, embracing your individuality and realizing you are more than just a number, a thing to be used and controlled and manipu
Strengths/Likes: I really really really like the Galdoni. Just something about creatures who are half human, half animal but they have wings is just incredibly AWESOME! The story line was so cool, I liked the idea of the Arena and the Academy although it saddens me to think that humans could actually do something like this. People do fight animals for entertainment and they justify it because they are animals!? What? That makes no sense! Grr.... At least the ending was good and exciting.

Steven Bond
I didn't know what to expect when I bought this as an ebook, but I saw it was a futuristic gladiator book about high school students and thought I'd give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Kale's introduction into a normal life, but I also really liked the fighting scenes and his life back in the Arena. The relationships in this book feel real and I related well to the characters. I would recommend this book.
Talk Supe
At first I thought this is a Fallen Angel tale but it's not. It's like Arcangel from X-men turned Galdiator. This is a tale of captivity, going up against stereotypes and realizing one's worth. Kale's journey is hardly fiction since we've all struggled with "boxes" at one point in our lives.
Jennifer Ekins
A surprising new gladiator story with a twist and an underlying love story that will keep you reading. I found myself wanting more after I finished the book and was glad to see she is working on the next one!
Overall fairly good. I love it towards the end and Alsop even made me chuckle from time to time. The dialogue was well written.
Melissa Dials
A beautiful YA Fantasy!
I was on board with the premise so much that it made me pick it up off the top of my heap of free ebooks. And I was disappointed. It's not a hard read and it's biggest crime is being boring. Things do happen but aren't told in a compelling well and everything is rather easy. The villain is the big, bad society and even though the common people allow it to go on they aren't bad so much as ignorant. All so easily overcome and rather preachy.

I really liked Kale and that it was all from his POV. I
2.5 stars.

The writing in this book is pretty decent, but the story left much to be desired.

Too many plot holes, or questions that aren't answered to the readers' satisfaction. We are told the mess hall is guarded more after the Academy reopens, but then Kale stands on a table and gives a rebellious speech before guards show up. If the Galdoni are so strong and such skilled fighters, how are the humans able to oppress them? All the guards have are whips and night sticks. Sure, it'll hurt if you g
This book was fantastic! I had seen Cheree Alsop's name around the blogosphere but I didn't know anything about her books. I hate to admit it but I'm a total follower and usually lean more towards mainstream books instead of indies. But this book took me by complete surprise!

Right away, there were a number of things that really impressed me about this book. First off, don't you just adore the cover?! It's beautiful and fits the book wonderfully.

The second thing that I really liked was that this
Phoenix  Smith
This is absolutely one of my best books I have ever read in my life!!! I loved the characters and their personalities, the story line and the way it was written. The bravery, courage and sacrifice that kale showed was amazing and had me scolding myself to " get a grip and stop crying!" ( Even when i reread it for the 5th time). This book had adventure, romance and comedy all rolled into one terrific book! I LOVED the lesson in this book, the struggles that the characters had to go through ( espe ...more
so ... galdoni.
I thought the original plot was a good idea. winged human being used for fighting games. like science-made gladiators. totally in.
then I started reading ... and it ruined it all. simplistic scenario. story starts in the middle of an action. he met humans, fall in love with the 1st girl he sees then goes to highschool. the dude is a high trained killer. and he goes to high school. anyway. passing the 3/4 of the book spent between his bedroom and highschool we have 2 chapters back
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This novel was a great read! I found the novel as a free nook book and I am very glad I downloaded it. This novel follows the story of what humans could create when they play around with genetics, and what the potential is for the product. Kale and Brie are great characters. The story is told form Kales point of view, and we see more into kales life and mind than anyone else's. This story repeats what humans have done over and over again in the past, enslaved a race and then tried to make it ok ...more
3.5 stars
This book kept me interested with a unique plot. I am not typically into YA books so anything that is a little 'immature' in its content automatically ranks lower on my ranking by no fault of the author. It is just my taste. The love story here was soft and felt natural. I would have liked to have seen more back story of explanation behind why the Galdoni were originally created and what factors decided their fate to become nothing more than warriors for sport. Overall, any book that ca
Amy Forsberg
I find myself jumping from regency romance to fantasy. The cover to this book caught my eye, and I was curious. I finished it in a couple days. Great story. Come to find out the author is from Utah.
Margaret Larsen Turley
Cheree Alsop is such a talented author it boggles the mind. She takes a little fantasy, a lot of dystopia, and a touch of romance and brings the reader into new ways to think about the world around them. No one will be disappointed after spending time with Kale.
Mar 03, 2015 Leann rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
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Better than anticipated

The story is interesting and I have no complaints. The author captured the voice of kale effortlessly and I never felt any kind of break in the narration or events in the story. In fact I was surprised to find out the author was female. That said, it could be better as far as immersion in the story. It flowed well but it was lacking details that could've made earned it that extra star. Having just finished the book I have no idea what Nikko, Goliath, David, and many of the
Ashley Martinez
Galdoni is the first book in the Galdoni series.
Kale, a young Galdoni is left to roam the streets when the Academy he grew up in was closed. But it isn't long before the Academy and dreaded Arena are reopened for human entertainment. The loose Galdoni are rounded up and forced back into the Academy to fight. When Kale attempts to rescue a fellow Galdoni's life he gets injured and a group of teenagers find him. Instead of turning him in they help him. Kale is forced to hide who he really is from
Galdoni, a group of man made "angels", who were made to battle each other for the entertainment of the humans. Can't believe this book is free. A book where characters turned the story alive. Such a great book. So different from anything I have read. A tender, heart-touching book. A Book with a message, a moral message: Don't give up, stand up even when you stand alone. Open your eyes and take away the blindfolds the world we lived in put us to keep us in the dark. Discover your potential, Your ...more
Madeleine Rolle
This was an absolutely fabulously amazing book. I couldn't take my eyes away throughout the hole story . It twist into surprising situations with the main character and the way he deals with the situations he'd gets himself into
This is a bee bold and ambitious book never failing to impress. This book is great for teen to adults and is good for any one who liked drama action, thrilling and and incredible fantasy tail of the galdoni
Also her other book don't fail to impress either
Kel Crist
So I downloaded this book to my Kindle a few months before I finally got around to reading it... I found it was really quite good! It took a little for me to get into it, but when I did, I really enjoyed the read.
Yes the characters are in high school, and yes there is a budding romance, but under it all the message about treating people equally is heard. I would definitely suggest the book to any of my friends.
Tachelle Sade
Simply amazing book. Didn't know what to expect when I first started reading but it got me hooked from the very beginning. As you read you grow with the character as he learns to live in the world where's he free, what kind of life he can choose to live and fight for outside of the dome. You'll fall in love with every character. Must read.
Haley Locke
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I really liked this book. Initially I thought they were angels, it was interesting to see how they really came about. I have read other's reviews and I agree that I wish it was more than one book. I would like to know what happened to everyone after. It would be interesting to see how they assimilate into society.
Emma Jaye
Thoroughly enjoyed this one, only problem I had with it was the release of all the Galdoni in the first place. The characters were appealing and this was a very different twist on the normal 'paranormal' type story, it had more of a sci fi feel which I liked. I'd be interested in another book by this author.
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Cheree Alsop is the mother of a beautiful, talented daughter and amazing twin sons who fill every day with joy and laughter. She is married to her best friend, Michael, the light of her life and her soulmate who shares her dreams and inspires her by reading the first drafts and adding depth to the stories. Cheree is currently working as an independent author and mother. She enjoys reading, riding ...more
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“The Galdoni need a leader and they look up to you. Lead them the right way and you might really pull this off.” 0 likes
“Free. The word burned in my mind. Above, Galdoni flew in pairs and trios past the sky-rise buildings. I fought back the urge to fly with them; it was better to have the stable ground under my feet after the world had just turned on end.” 0 likes
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