: 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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But, after that there is not much to the whole story, so not a lot else going for it.

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A Great and Terrible Beauty

WrensReads Goodreads Twitter Instagram Seriously, this book was too much fun, while also taking a look at more serious historical facts, such as how many young girls were bred to be the wives of rich men during this time – even if the men were thirty years older. I always like it when things aren’t just as simple as “she’s a bitch” and “she’s a greay in any kind of genre.

My one relief is that I had the sense to borrow this from the library instead of buying it outright. Common Sense Media’s unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren’t influenced by the product’s creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

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.


So you can imagine I had my doubts that a book written many years earlier by the author would live up to it. And when Pippa later tries to break off her engagement, why is the headmistress involved?

Someone I work with once told me that her teenage daughter says things to her that and this is a direct quote”I never even dared to think about my mother.

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. I will compel you with my mysterious and sexy ways to do as I say. What parents need to know 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 felt like Gemma was very gullible an 3. 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. Sign me up for the series! Gemma’s visions give her the power to enter another realm where illusions seem real.

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

I won’t be libbq anything else by Libba Bray any time soon. Libba Bray Fantasy Paperback – pages – Even though you are feeling awesome right now, you are not to smoke any more pot.

Then she may do something horrible to them. Author Libba Bray discusses the current status of the film on her webpage. We’ll see if I read the other ones As the girls read further and further into the diary of Mary Dowd they realize that the actual Order existed at Spence Academy and that Mary was a part of it along with her best friend Sarah and the original Headmistress Eugenia Spence, who all died in a fire at the school in the East Wing.


I loved the juxtaposition of Victorian England, colonial India, and the fairy world. As for positive things I can say, I will say that this was an extremely fast read!

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To avoid being devoured as well, Gemma’s mother commits suicide by stabbing herself with a knife. Instead, the main character is just as annoyingly angsty and self-conscious as all the other angsty teenagers in the book.

Oct 14, honestly mem rated it did not like it Shelves: This one didn’t work because there was nothing new or imaginative about the story, and the whole book just felt Oibba thought I would be exposed to authors I hadn’t heard of, my understanding of young adult fiction was limited and I looked forward to exapnding it. Felicity slaps Pippa in the face.

Sorry, that should have come before. View all 27 comments. On a second reading, Gemma is an extremely realistic teenager at the beginning of the series.