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

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Author:  Libba Bray

A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy--jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel.

Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother's death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls' academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions "for a bit of fun" and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the "others" and rebuild the Order. A Great and Terrible Beauty is an impressive first book in what should prove to be a fascinating trilogy.

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Oct 14,2013

This is a good book.Such a great page turner.

Aug 09,2011

im on the  last book and this is a huge page turner

Jul 01,2011

i haven't read thid my self but my sister has and she says that it was phernomanl and brilliant and would defenantliy recommend it!

Jun 27,2011

OMG i far out love this book its soooooooooooooo  good and i  could not get my eyes out of it

Gemma doyle has just witnest her mums death and has been moved to Englend and now goes to Spence Academey for young ladys and has been followed from India by a young man named Kartik who is (by Libba Brays discription) pretty cute 

if you like Magic, danger and a bit of LOVE youll read this book  a million times!!! :)   

May 26,2011

How do I see the Book; It’s a great and terrible, it’s the magic that is forbidden to be used but not for the 16 years old Gamma Doyle; that her mum dies after a vision of Gamma’s. now mysteries and every thing does not as it seams, the order is bad by the hands of Gamma; even if the Rakashan do not approve the magic of the realm to be used again. Gamma is going to change her world and our world by her amazing adventure of breaking away from rules and let the magic enter our world. Every thing have consciousnesses even the magic of the runs. A Great and Terrible Beauty is not a fantasy Victorian novel it is the guide to show us that you can break away from your life and what all pull us away from achieving our dreams. We are no longer going with the flow; we are going to find our own destiny, find it but not like Pipa did. My review; I loved this series since I have seen the book covers on Amazon; I said “one day I will read them” sure I said that and the next day I found my lovely father taking me to the book store and buying them. I swear that he do not know that I wanted them until now. When I held the books they took my breath; I knew that my magic had began. Libba Bray created amazing characters that have been touched my heart and I admit that I love Kritek.

I love this book. I can not believe that every word, scene and chapter have been written for a reason. The story flow so smoothes, not so fast or slow but with the perfect emotion.

Because it’s a novel by Libba Bray… The book is more than perfect and I can write pages on why you should read it.


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