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Editorial Reviews. Review. A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle Trilogy Book 1) by [Bray. Audible Sample. Audible Sample. Playing. Libba Bray (Author). Free summary and analysis of the events in Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty that won’t make you snore. We promise. Doyle trilogy. Read Common Sense Media’s A Great and Terrible Beauty review, age rating, and parents guide. Doyle trilogy. Libba Bray · Fantasy; .

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I can hear the swoons of teenage girls everywhere. Update 3 months after reading: It’s woven so well that at some points you are like, “wait, why can’t this happen to me?

The same thing seemed to happen all the time. I will say, though, that I listened to this on audio, and it is a beautiful audio.

As her visions become ever more vivid and strange, it becomes clear that her new talents are from an unearthly realm.

Compact Disc – 4 pages – The story and characters are engaging and mysterious with so much more bubbling under the surface. I have to give Terribe credit for writing such a solid story with a main bbray who is clearly immature and flawed, yet still strong and likeable. In conclusion, I basically ran out of give-a-damn.

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There is so much catty girl hate in this book, that I truly believe my younger self would have hated this just as much in if I read it. Dec 09, Pages Young Adult. But it’s okay for the MC, a non-Hinduist, to appoint Kali to be her guardian goddess!?

There’s gossiping, bitchiness and bullying of those who are different in this case, from a lower class. The story is this: I got most of the way through this, and then found that I just didn’t care.


A Great and Terrible Beauty

A new and terrible one? Engaging start to bestselling Gemma Doyle trilogy. Nail-biting, violent fantasy has elements of mystery.

The friendship between Gemma and the other three girls is based on a desire for freedom as well as the tenuous sharing of secrets – I don’t think the girls were ever meant to appear as the best of friends, even on a good day, so the reviews that criticize the friendship being shallow puzzle me. I found the pacing to be very slow and felt that nothing happened. And I mean that in the best way. A gothic, Victorian paranormal that focused on a young woman during a time where she didn’t baeuty to fit into the social rules.

The thing is that every choice carries with it a llbba of personal responsibility and accountability and a degree of insecurity.

A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1) by Libba Bray

There are as many haters of it as there are lovers. Lbiba were abrupt or nonexistent, not to mention flat characters and often stilted dialogue. Greta am a big fan of Victorian literature as well as the boarding school setting; and brat was a pleasure for me to delve into a world of this Lobba Eyre-ish teen drama. I want to read this book because I’d heard good things about it, but after reading this reviewI’m not sure anymore. Want to Read saving…. One charming, and one Her treatment of the female characters is also questionable.

I think what gets me feeling itchy is all that emphasis on the facts of a life, while all the juicy, relevant, human oddity stuff gets left on the cutting room floor. I found it hard to read at times, mostly at the beginning of the book and was often getting confused about what was happening. After, Gemma goes back lihba the realms to save Pippa, but Pippa chooses to stay in the realms because Pippa does not want to marry the husband her parents chose for her, she wanted to be with the true love she meet in the realms, her prince.


Gemma, as a result, is shipped off to an England boarding school where rich young ladies and one scholarship student It’s telling when most of the popular goodreads reviews of this book, positive as well as negative, contain some sort of disclaimer about needing to cut this book slack because it’s a YA book.

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Discover what to read next. Also by Libba Bray. I may read the sequels, but it will be a bit before I muster up the interest in doing so. God is in the details. Jun 26, Regan rated it liked it Shelves: Children and Young Adult Literature portal.

Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? Bonnie Shores Bookworm wrote: From the beauuty, you envisioned Gemma as a heroine who kicks butt and takes names—all in a corset and crinoline. It basically follows the same overdone storyline we’ve all seen way too many times: The combination of Indian colonial culture and 19th-century English boarding school for girls created one great atmosphere.