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. by Libba Bray A Great and Terrible Beauty is young adult fiction, which we know because it Bray’s first book in the Gemma Doyle Trilogy is a page-turner.

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And I mean that in the best way. Because what is light without the contracting dark? This I was prepared for.

I loved Libba Bray’s writing style, though, so I can’t wait to pick up her other books and maybe one day continue on with this series, but at this point I’m not sure. So why did I give it a 3? Parents need to know this Victorian Era-set novel involves the supernatural, including girls who visit with the dead and help spirits cross over into the afterlife.

I think it is nice that Bray makes the characters have flaws but I don’t know that I particularly appreciated them. Gemma Doyle, the series’ protagonist, is forced to leave India after the death of her mother to attend a private boarding school in London.

Author Libba Bray discusses the current status of the film on her webpage. However, I did have the pleasure of freezing a plastic eyeball in an ice rerrible, putting it in a friend’s drink, “Eyeball in your highball? I would go into details, but there would be spoilers. Is this feature helpful? Add your rating See all 17 kid reviews. I was originall I also thought Kartik was a really dimensional character. I thought for sure my manhood would diminish when my wife told me this was the next book I was going to read.

So what can you trust? In conclusion, I basically ran out of give-a-damn. Here’re a few reasons: Thank you for your support. 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.


My guess is that Bray was trying to find a venue for the exploration of Power, and what potential harm it can do ajd a person who thirsts for it without any thought of the consequences.

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On a second reading, Gemma is an extremely realistic teenager at the beginning of the series. There is nothing that erotic about the actual content, but there is definitely that kind I agree, there is an erotic beauuty that I can’t really explain.

After finishing the I swiped this out of the classroom one day because I had lunch duty and my choices were A stare at the perpetual hacky sack game for 30 minutes or B read something. Gemma, the main character, has experienced a mysterious tragedy, and enters the school with a sense of foreboding that she cannot shake, or seem to share with anyone. This novel completely transcends genres and does it well. The story is set in Victorian-era England, a period in time where a girl’s greatest hope was supposed to be to marry well read money.

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Loved the historical setting, too. I could tell you the facts—I lived in Texas for most of my life; I live in New York City with my husband and six-year-old son now; I have freckles and a lopsided smile; I’m allergic to penicillin. Plus focus on the exploration of confines of Victorian society rather than on oh so popular these days teenage romances was a winner for me. And why does she call a meeting not only with Pippa, but with the other members of the clique, to discuss the whole thing?

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. I got most of the way through this, and then found that I just didn’t care. Well, likeable, but they seem such superficial friends in many ways that some of what happens doesn’t come as a surprise. I was attracted to the themes of coming-of-age, tragedy, and the idea of bullies amid the Victorian era. Learn how we rate. Shall I tell you a story?


The characters are simple and one-dimensional, their actions both petty and selfish. I love the time period and all the witchiness and the characters were awesome, it was great!

Is it truly worth it? A lot of people have talked about how unlikeable the girls are in this story, and I have to agree with that. And said MC was referring Goddess Kali to an ‘evil goddess’. It basically follows the same overdone storyline we’ve all seen way too many times: 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.

Gemma’s brother asks if she’s “still chaste.

A Began in India, but then switched to an isolated boarding school for girls in Victorian England. Discover what to read next. Overall, for me, I was super disappointed to read this.

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In the Hindus myths, Kali drinks blood and she kills a lot of demons, but at the same time she’s viewed as a great mother and protector of humankind. I was originally upset over the ending of the sweet and far thing, but I think it was necessary for it to end the way it did.

The story is set in Victorian-era England, a period in time where a girl’s grea According to the author, this is a story about an English girl named Gemma who sees things.