A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

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Book 1

Novel Summation:

It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls-and their foray into the spiritual world-lead to?

My Thoughts:

This was a really good book. The description of the book I found was a little misleading; in particular the use of the words powerful girls. I thought this meant that there were other special girls like Gemma but this wasn’t the case. The book is well written. Gemma is an interesting character. She has many flaws but also many strengths that make her intriguing to follow. I found Kartik to be a really refreshing character. Normally the mysterious boy in the books is a typecast character. A boy who knows some secret about the main girl, he has dark hair, white, and very attractive. There is nothing wrong with this because I enjoy that character but Kartik was fairly different. He didn’t seem to be instantly drawn to Gemma and he was an Indian boy. This was different from most books and a welcomed change. I really hope that in future books Kartik and Gemma start a relationship. The plot is full of mysterious which should be explained in the next two books which entices the reader to want more. The plot itself is intricately interwoven. Life at Spence, life in the Victorian age for a girl, and life in this supernatural world all comes together. Each arena holds its own challenges and Gemma has to work her way through them. This book seems to be directed more towards a female audience and I would recommend it to those that like the supernatural and books about the challenges of girls. If you liked this book you will likeImmortalby Gillian Shields.

Future Books:

The next book in the trilogy is called Rebel Angels and the last book is called The Sweet Far Thing.

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