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A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle Trilogy)

3 Ratings: 3.7
A book by 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. Gemma, 16, has had an unconventional … see full wiki

Author: Libba Bray
Genre: Children's Books, Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
3 reviews about A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle...
review by . October 12, 2010
All Gemma Doyle wants for her sixteenth birthday is to go to England and to see London. Though she comes from respectable English stock, Gemma has never seen the country raised instead in India where it is too hot, too dusty and entirely too boring.      Gemma does get her wish, but not the way she had hoped. Instead of a glamorous return to England with her family, Gemma is sent to an austere finishing school after her mother's tragic death under mysterious circumstances.   …
review by . September 21, 2009
Firstly, I want to say that I absolutely loved Ms. Bray's descriptions of colonial India, Victorian England and The Realms - such very different places but so vividly detailed. Oh and Spence... {sighs} I love Victorian finishing schools. I liked Gemma - I thought Ms. Bray did a great job depicting her as a normal teen with all the emotional turmoil, teen angst, pettiness, selfishness, etc., that you would see in any teen. I liked that she wasn't perfect - that she had her flaws and in the end that …
review by . July 10, 2006
A Great and Terrible Beauty does not fit neatly into any one genre. At times it is decidedly historical fiction as we are given a feel for the life of a teenaged girl at an English boarding school in the late 1800s. At other times it is gothic as we move into decrepit areas of a school, spooky woods, and mysterious strangers who show up unexpectedly. It is also fantasy as magic springs to life, and finally, it is contemporary in that it shows the relationship between girls of different stations …
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