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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There is nothing that erotic about the actual content, but there is definitely that kind of feel. I may read the sequels, tdrrible it will be a bit before I muster up the interest in doing so.

They would be alive, adored, needed.

I wonder what makes a novel a young adult book? Apr 20, Hailey HaileyinBookland rated it really liked it Shelves: Which was a pleasant surprise.

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It’s a good dose of chick lit as well as a historical book. Nola Byrum I agree, there is an erotic vibe that I can’t really explain. But it sure was fun. Hardcoverpages. I guess I’m kind of a purist, but I can’t help feeling that if you want to write about this era, do it right.


I feel the pace is a bit rushed, as if the author cared more about the main idea of her story than the actual act of telling the story itself. Here’s a quickly compiled list of possible reasons: It’s a wonder we libbaa it at all.

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They believed they could change what they were–damaged, unloved. Anyway, lost myself on a smutty tangent. Miss Moore, one of Gemma’s teachers, tells the girls that the mind is a garden that requires cultivating. December 1, Number of pages: Though she may be a “chosen one”, the girl is definitely NO Mary Sue!

Finally, the mythology in this book was original, rich, and layered. Instead, the main character is just as annoyingly angsty and self-conscious as all the other angsty teenagers in the book. On the one hand, Felicity and Pippa are mean to Ann, playing pranks, putting her down, and falsely accusing her of stealing. There are so many wonderful themes in this book! Gemma Doyle, the series’ protagonist, is forced to leave India after terribl death of bauty mother to attend a private boarding school in London.

The gypsies are awesome as well, we have crazy gypsies, fake fortune-telling I-speak-with-dead-people gypsies, sexy gypsies don’t believe the rumours, 19th century girls didn’t just lie back and think of England.


The visits to the fairy realm were really a delight to read – pure escapism for the characters as well as the reader. Author Libba Bray discusses the current status of the film on her webpage.

An unconventional book that entertains to the end and stays with you long after.

Dec 12, Drew rated it really liked it Shelves: So why did I give it a 3? Common Sense is a nonprofit organization.

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I am telling you, it is beautiful. Tefrible, the story moves from Bombay to London after Chapter 4 or so, but I’m still faced by other problems: Continue reading Show less. I am planning on finishing the entire llbba. I liked the friendship she built with the other girls especially Felicityeven though at first they didn’t get on at all.

Especially because this was my first time participating in a traveling book club!

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