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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Human Element by Donna Galanti - Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

 Book review

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Review by Anniek

The impact of a meteorite changed the lives of many people. Sarah was the unfortunate vessel who was impregnated with alien twins. Since this was all covered up Sarah had to deliver the babies with only one doctor and an unwilling nurse at her side. Because of the lack of medical attention Sarah dies after giving birth to her twins. The doctor made an agreement to deliver the baby to an unknown man waiting outside. He kept his agreement and gave him the firstborn, a boy. The second baby, a beautiful and perfect little girl, was adopted by a nice family. Their lives couldn't have been more different...

X-10 has been held in a facility his whole life. His strength and unique abilities make him dangerous to the outside world. A brilliant geneticist is trying to capture his essence, so that he can create an unbeatable army. X-10 has a deformed appearance. He dreams about living a normal life and he resents his twin for having all the things that were never in the cards for him. He's been treated like a lab rat and has been planning his escape for a long time. Will he be able to find his sister and what will he do when he finally has the chance to speak to her?

Laura never knew that she's one part of a whole. She grew up with the loving Armstrong family and is a happy child. She's wise for her age and uses her abilities to help others. She can heal people, but she can also hear their thoughts. Laura is a sweet girl and I loved the way she instantly makes everybody love her. She's a girl who can melt the heart of even the most grumpy person. Even though she toughens up when she becomes an adult she never fully loses her pureness. Laura is convinced that everyone has worthiness inside of them. When her twin is coming after her will sharing the same blood be enough to make him see his own self-worth?

Ben's life has never been the same after he lost his parents when the meteorite struck. He's been in foster care ever since and he has seen his share of families. He's been treated poorly and when the danger is too much to bear Ben has no choice but to run away. He only has his friend Andy and for the rest he's on his own. My heart ached for Ben when I learned about the things he had to endure as a young child and teenager. Every child should feel loved and I got tears in my eyes when all he felt was fear and pain. Ben never knew love could be so beautiful and so overwhelming until he meets Laura. He accepts her completely just the way she is and I think that they'd make a great couple.

A Human Element is hauntingly beautiful. Because of the well developed characters this story easily came alive and I could picture it beautifully in my mind. I've always been fascinated by characters with special abilities and think A Human Element takes this subject to a whole new level. I was hooked since the very first page. A Human Element is unique and surprised me many times. Donna Galanti says that she likes to write from the dark places. This way she can come up with horrific events, which are being committed by pure evil and never get arrested. In A Human Element she takes you to some of these dark places, which greatly impressed me and she never let me go until I finished the last page. I'm very curious about the next book in this series.


A Human Element is thrilling and creepy. It kept me on the edge of my seat. If you love the sci-fi genre with a touch of paranormal and pure evil, then A Human Element would be a perfect choice.

About Donna Galanti

Donna Galanti is the author of the paranormal suspense Element Trilogy (Imajin Books) and the children’s fantasy adventure Joshua and The Lightning Road series (Month9Books). Donna is a contributing editor for International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill magazine and blogs with other middle grade authors at Project Middle Grade Mayhem. She’s lived from England as a child, to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer. Donna enjoys teaching at conferences on the writing craft and marketing and also presenting as a guest author at elementary and middle schools.

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The man could hear the child's bellowing cries coming from underneath the blanket covering it. She pushed the child into his arms as if eager to be rid of it. He took the bundle and handed the nurse his packages. The nurse began to close the door when he heard another far away cry.

The man wedged his foot in the door. "What was that?"

"N-Nothing." The nurse looked up.

The man risked looking her in the eye.

"The girl is in pain and won't keep quiet." She clutched the envelope and folded her arms across her sagging bosom.

"It sounded like another baby," he said.

"It's just the whimpering slut. Now she's paid double for what she's done." The nurse took a step back as if aware she had said too much already. She glared at him. "Now go on. You have what you wanted. And so do I." She shut the door in his face.

The man in black stood there for a long moment, considering the woman's choice of words. What if another child had been delivered and the frigid woman and country doctor kept it secret?


He decided to keep this information to himself. He would find the opportune time to use it. He was a patient man. But first, he had to see for himself. He peeled back the child's bunting and looked for the first time into its yellow eyes. For that moment, the baby fell silent.

"Welcome to Earth X-10."

The baby resumed its wailing.

The man turned with his noisy package and melted into the darkness satisfied, as the doctor had been, that the night's events had provided him with more than he had asked for.


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  1. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. Thanks so much for having me and A Human Element on today! It's on sale all this week for $0.99cents on Kindle too! Happy reading all :) . Book 2 is more mystery and mayhem with the paranormal - and a new villain to hate, and a new character to love!

    1. P.S. And I really appreciate you reading and reviewing!

  3. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  4. This book sounds great. I hope I win a copy of this book, it would be a pleasure to read. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

    1. Thanks Sarah! I'm not actually giving the book away - but you could win a gift card! However, you can grab A Human Element all this week for just 99cents on Kindle :)

  5. What an intriguing book! Great excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I love your blog, I always get good ideas for what to read next.

  7. I'm hooked already from this excerpt!

  8. Great giveaway, and the book sounds very intriguing!

  9. Thanks for the review Anniek! Your reaction has made me interested.

  10. Book looks good, looking forward to reading it.

  11. This seems like an exciting story. I'm looking forward to reading it.

    1. I hope you enjoy if you do! I just finished writing the 3rd and final book in the trilogy!

  12. Huge congrats on the tour! Reading about this book, it sounds so exciting and different! :D

    1. Thanks so much Jennifer! Yes, A Human Element has quite a mix of genres in it. I like to say it's murder and mystery with a dash of steam :)

    2. Great description Donna! Something for everyone!

  13. This book sounds really interesting will be on my list to read.

  14. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Were you inspired by any stories growing up making your imagination grow?

  15. Thanks so much everyone for stopping by! A HUMAN ELEMENT is on sale all this week for just 99cents on Kindle. Check out an excerpt here from the audio book

  16. sounds like a great book with a wonderful title that can serve the dual purpose of referring to the physical human element or the moral humanity of the characters. cool.