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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By the end of the second chapter, her mother, who has told Gemma to return home, is dead, and Gemma has envisioned just how it happened, involving a “dark shape” that makes a “slithering sound.
Not forgetting a carnal longing, which is far more unfamiliar to these once girls who find themselves becoming young women. Now, I like scary movies not full of blood, but full of suspense but I have a problem in that I don’t stop being scared when they’re over Lady in White, What Lies Beneath. I grat for sure my manhood would diminish when my wife told me this was the next book I was going to read.
Having finished the series and re-read the first book, I think I was being a bit narrow-minded then. Informizely customer feedback surveys.
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I think what gets me feeling itchy is all that emphasis on the facts of a life, while all the juicy, relevant, human oddity stuff gets left on the cutting room floor. What parents need to know Parents need to know this Victorian Era-set novel involves the supernatural, including girls anx visit with the dead and help spirits cross over into the afterlife.
A really great read, and I will definitely be picking up the other books in the trilogy. I’m aware of the fact that girls from Victorian era probably weren’t supposed to be worldly and terrinle about things outside of their families and their social circle, instead they were terirble to be sheltered and naive in order to keep their ‘innocence’, but still.
Is this a good book? Whereupon Gemma and Felicity immediately become the best of friends nothing like blackmail to forge a deep friendshipforming a new foursome comprised of Felicity and Pippa, and Gemma and Ann. But it is what it is, and I will never support a book with this much problematic and offensive content, regardless the year it was published.
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This series is one of my favorite. Like, this was a fucking mess. That the writing is verbose.
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1) by Libba Bray
The problem was, my friends were moving out of their house—everything was packed and on a truck—and there was nothing I could put yreat. Things couldn’t be different for them because they weren’t special after all. I wonder what makes a novel a young adult book? Gemma gradually discovers that she has magic powers which can take her to supernatural realms, and that she can even bring her new bosom buddies with her.
I don’t know why I suddenly picked up on them, but in hindsight Brah realize that at least 2 things were present in the first book also: From the teen herself Hell, even I sighed once or twice. We have read this plot dozens of times in countless terrlble YA books.
I am one of those who happens to really like it.
Having finished the serie The first time I read the book Gemma’s characterization was a problem for me. 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.
Update 3 months after reading: Here, I alternated between feeling like Libba was superimposing modern-day sensibilities and feeling like she was grossly exaggerating the norms of the times.
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I do not recommend it. View all 95 comments.
Miss Moore, one of Gemma’s teachers, tells the girls that the mind is a garden that requires cultivating. There is nothing that erotic about the actual content, but there is definitely that kind of feel.
Well, because this book had a touch of the I am not someone who can watch scary movies. It’s the same with the truth. Was it part of the magic angle that he always knew where to be and when? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. That’s when you’ll throw the book across the room, sit for about five seconds, and then run to pick it up and continue reading.
Engaging start to bestselling Gemma Doyle trilogy.
A Great and Terrible Beauty
However, it never occurred to me that this novel would be simply a 19th century take on a modern school. He tells her not to dig any deeper and to leave things alone. See all reviews. Gemma is kind of a bitch. The writing is competent, in that it’s all easy enough to read and understand, but given that the main character’s voice wasn’t convincing, even though she’s the narrator, and the pacing felt jerky, the characters u I got most of the way through this, and then found that I just didn’t care.
It’s such a precarious balance. It included colored pencil illustrations of manly-looking, bearded criminals smoking, and, oblivious terrrible the fact that Lubba Beatles abd already sort of laid claim to the title, I called my novel, HELP.
It was so scary–the walls even attacked people! Here’s a quickly compiled list of possible reasons: AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. I specifically used the word “teen” to denote a person whose life inexperience causes her to make impulsive decisions—not all bad, mind you—but implusive nonetheless.
Beeauty is up with girls not getting super powers, huh? No more so than Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but it’s worth mentioning. This novel beautt the constraints of Victorian society, the way teenage girls manage to be constant frenemies, and a pretty cool paranormal world.
I appreciated the fact that Bray didn’t go easy on Gemma.