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

A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1) In This Debut Gothic Novel Mysterious Visions, Dark Family Secrets And A Long Lost Diary Thrust Gemma And Her Classmates Back Into The Horrors That Followed Her From India Ages 12 It S 1895, And After The Suicide Of Her Mother, 16 Year Old Gemma Doyle Is Shipped Off From The Life She Knows In India To Spence, A Proper Boarding School In England Lonely, Guilt Ridden, And Prone To Visions Of The Future That Have An Uncomfortable Habit Of Coming True, Gemma S Reception There Is A Chilly One To Make Things Worse, She S Been Followed By A Mysterious Young Indian Man, A Man Sent To Watch Her But Why What Is Her Destiny And What Will Her Entanglement With Spence S Most Powerful Girls And Their Foray Into The Spiritual World Lead To A Great and Terrible Beauty is neither great nor beautiful, though it is indeed wait for it terrible.The characters are simple and one dimensional, their actions both petty and selfish I find it difficult to believe any one of the four girls at the heart of the story cared for one another, much less anyone else The story meanders, often digressing into lengthy passages that do little if anything to advance the characters or the story As the story progresses, drawing to its predictable A Great and Terrible Beauty is neither great nor beautiful, though it is indeed wait for it terrible.The characters are simple and one dimensional, their actions both petty and selfish I find it difficult to believe any one of the four girls at the heart of the story cared for one another, much less anyone else The story meanders, ofte
This book is what it is a young adult novel.That said, it s a very good one You can read the summary on the book s page, so I won t go into that here.I loved the juxtaposition of Victorian England, colonial India, and the fairy world The protagonist doesn t belong in any of them, and she recognizes that, which sets up the whole story the outsider tries to find her niche.I didn t care for any of the other main characters, mostly because I felt that the protagonist, Gemma, was treading on thin This book is what it is a young adult novel.That said, it s a very good one You can read the summary on the book s page, so I won t go into that here.I loved the juxtaposition of Victorian England, colonial India, and the fairy world The protagonist doesn t belong in any of them, and she recognizes that, which sets up the whole story the outsider tries to find her niche.I didn t care for any of the other main characters, mostly because I felt that the protagonist, Gemma, was treading on thin ice by being friends with them I liked Gemma I ve read reviews that said she was selfish, angry, and petty, and she can be but what sixteen year old isn t 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 th
I don t know why for so long I just assumed I wouldn t like historical fiction, it s not as if I don t love history I picked it for one of my A levels in college But, I guess it s just one of those genres that sounds tedious and you imagine it to be all oppressed sexuality and prim and properness Diana Gabaldon forever changed my mind with her oversexed and aggressive depiction of history and it was only a matter of time before I looked towards other works of historical fiction.This book is I don t know why for so long I just assumed I wouldn t like historical fiction, it s not as if I don t love history I picked it for one of my A levels in college But, I guess it s just one of those genres that sounds tedious and you imagine it to be all oppressed sexuality and prim and properness Diana Gabaldon forever changed my mind with her oversexed and aggressive depiction of history and it was only a matter of time before I looked towards other works of historical fiction.This book is both everything I expected and als
Okay, so I was a little slow discovering this, but since Rebel Angels just came out, I figured I would read the first in the series first The novel can best be described as Gothic fantasy Lots of Victorian atmosphere and ruminations about the claustrophobic restrictions on women in that time period, combined with a good portion of magic and mystery I loved Bray s sense of humor It saved the novel from becoming top heavy or melodramatic The ending didn t quite work as well for me as the rest Okay, so I was a little slow discovering this, but since Rebel Angels just came out, I figured I would read the first in the series first The novel can best be described as Gothic fantasy Lots of Victorian atmosphere and ruminations about the claustrophobic restrictions on women in that time period, combined with a good portion of magic and mystery I loved Bray s sense of humor It saved the novel from becoming top heavy or melodramatic The ending didn t quite work as well for me as the rest of
Shall I tell you a story A new and terrible one A ghost story Are you ready Shall I begin Once upon a time there were four girls One was pretty.One was clever.One charming, and one One was mysterious.But they were all damaged, you see Something not right about the lot of them Bad blood Big dreams Oh, I left that part out Sorry, that should have come before They were all dreamers, these girls.One by one, night after night,the girls came together And they sinned Do you know what that s Shall I tell you a story A new and terrible one A ghost story Are you ready Shall I begin Once upon a time there were four girls One was pretty.One was clever.One charming, and one One was mysterious.But they were all damaged, you see Something not right about the lot of them Bad blood Big dreams Oh, I left that part out Sorry, that should have come before They were all dreamers, these girls.One by one, night after night,the girls came together And they sinned Do you know what that sin was Their sin was that they believed Believed they could be different Special They believed they could change what they were damaged, unloved.Cast off things They would be alive, adored,needed Necessary But it wasn t true This is a ghost story, remember A tragedy.They were misled Betrayed by their own stupid hopes Things couldn t be different for them, because they wer
Buddy Read with some amazing ladies and a traveling book, hosted by Julie over at Pages and Pens A Great and Terrible Beauty is exactly why I am scared to read earlier decade s published novels that I remember were super hyped and popular This also reads just like an early 2000s novel, with all the problematic content being there The basic premise of this book is a young girl named Gemma Doyle, is whisked away to a London boarding school after the death of her mother Before her mother s de Buddy Read with some amazing ladies
4.5 Libba Bray never seems to disappoint and this was no exception I really loved this one I love the time period and all the witchiness and the characters were awesome, it was great Don t you ever speak to me that way again, I snarl I am no longer content to be the scared, obedient schoolgirl Who are you, a stranger, to tell me what I can and cannot do Wow, this was such a pleasant surprise If you don t know, The Diviners by Libba Bray is one of my favorite books ever So you can imagine I had my doubts that a book written many years earlier by the author would live up to it.But A Great and Terrible Beauty was just so good I shouldn t have doubted Ms Bray It hadDon t you ever speak to me that way again, I snarl I am no longer content to be the scared, obedient schoolgirl Who are you, a stranger, to tell me what I can and cannot do Wow, this was such a pleasant surprise If you don t know, The Diviners by Libba Bray is one of my favorite books ever So you can imagine I had my doubts that a book written many years earlier by the author would live up to it.But A Great and Terrible Beauty was just so good I shouldn t have doubted Ms Bray It had so many great things going for it, with the Victorian set
3.75 starsI went into this book knowing nothing about it except that it possibly had something to do with witches which in the end was incorrect I love that this is both historical and has magical elements, especially set at a boarding school, because the aesthetic and the setting of the book was really neat I also love that despite the time, Gemm
Series review video 3 months after reading I m lowering my rating from 3.5 to 2.5 stars I ve finished the series and in books 2 and 3 I saw a few things to be problematic I don t know why I suddenly picked up on them, but in hindsight I realize that at least 2 things were present in the first book also the constant fat shaming of Ann, and the element of self harm that is not approached in any significant or respectful way As they were never fi Series review video 3 months after reading I m lowering my rating from 3.5 to 2.5 stars I ve finished the series and i

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  • Hardcover
  • 403 pages
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)
  • Libba Bray
  • English
  • 07 June 2017
  • 0689875347