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: A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle Trilogy) ( ): Libba Bray: Books. 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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For kids who love popular fiction. I advise against doing that. The main character, Gemma was a problematic teen who held beatuy she didn’t quite understand. A really great read, and I will definitely be picking up the other books in the trilogy. On her sixteenth birthday, Gemma and her mother are walking through the Bombay market when they encounter a man and his younger brother.

Overall, for me, I was super disappointed to read this. In the end, when Gemma returns, Pippa is dead. And when Pippa has her seizure while the girls were practicing waltzing under the headmistress’s supervision, naturally it was Miss Moore, the avant-garde art teacher think Julia Roberts’ character in “Mona Lisa Smile” or Miss Jean Brodie who was conveniently present why? Leave out the details, the crucial heart, and you can damn someone with the bare bones of it.

After finishing the book, I was left with an overwhelming beaut of “meh. It is rather sad most of the time though. I lik I picked this up after a friend kept talking about it in a GR group I belong to.

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

We’ve got to forgive ourselves that. I always like it when things aren’t just as simple as “she’s a bitch” and “she’s a freak” in any kind of genre. There were times where I had to read a paragraph or a sentence more than once just to understand what was happening. Victorian novels always sound appealing to me, but frequently bore me to tears when I actually attempt to read them.


Transitions were abrupt or nonexistent, not to mention flat characters and often stilted dialogue.

A lot of people have talked about how unlikeable the girls are in this story, and I have to agree with that. This series is one of my favorite.

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However, in my opinion the series went downhill from each book after that. This one didn’t work because there was nothing new or imaginative about the story, and the whole book just felt I read the Chinese translation of this book, and I’m not sure whether the translator had mistakenly make the Main Character a young lady from the s Victorian era sound like an air-headed modern teenager, or was it Libba Bray’s own fault for giving her own Beautj such kind of misplaced voice.

I greay it very interesting. The plot moves very well, and there were a number of ‘cliffhangers’ which kept me turning the pages. Who is this creepy, gypsy-like guy anyway and why does he even believe her? The one good thing I have to say is that it was a fast read, and for all my complaints, not quite awful enough to abandon.

A Great and Terrible Beauty Book Review

Talk to your kids about Lots of Victorian atmosphere and ruminations about the claustrophobic greqt on women in that time period, combined with a good portion of magic and mystery. I couldn’t walk down our narrow hallway without feeling scared.

I want to read the sequel, Rebel Angels, which I consider a good sign. I kind of wish there was a sequel to the trilogy set from his point of view.

Gemma’s mysterious family legacy, the strange boy who kept showing up in her bedroom, and beauyy diary of a dead girl she discovered drove the plot until I felt like I was living in it. She soon learns of an age-old Order of sorceresses who can open doors between worlds—and of a tragedy two decades prior that is beginning to cast its shadow over her.

So she is definitely not evil!

Add your rating See all 6 parent reviews. 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? About these links Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. After Gemma confronts her mother, she confesses that she was once a member of the Order and escaped the fire thinking the others had died, she also discovers that her mother was Mary Dowd and Circe was her friend Sarah Rees-Thoome.


It’s such a precarious balance. I became so absorbed in this world – the Victorian era felt like something supernatural in itself, with the claustrophobic rules of Spence Academy. Their sin was that they believed.

A Great and Terrible Beauty

The feeling in your gut? Jan 03, Joyzi rated it it was amazing Shelves: Use mdy dates from June Pages to import images to Wikidata. It’s not as as full of the supernatural as the books I’m used to, but I kept reading. May 20, Emily May rated it really liked it Shelves: I feel like a lot of YA books have characters that are very strait forward and I loved this book. I definitely recommend the audio if you feel like picking this book up. The protagonist doesn’t belong in any of them, and she recognizes that, which sets up the whole story: Within the first pages I was bored and struggled to get into the book, I honestly thought about DNFing it.

Ignorant Little White Girl, would you please not put your sticky fingers on the Hindus myth and a goddess you obviously know nothing about? They lost me as soon as they left an amazing setting with all kinds of possibility for a mediocre one. I mean, there are still only about five books about girls with special powers, right?

If you read books two and three you find that the characters grow and begin to defy the laws of Victorian society.