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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Pippa worries they’ll become “living ghosts, haunting each other with what could be. I also love that despite the time, Gemma is a feminist and has a lot of confidence. When Terrjble sees her mother’s body, “a deep red pool of blood widens and flows beneath her lifeless body. Although not much character building is present so perhaps they are acting according to their character, the reader greeat isn’t given enough to know the characters that well.

I feel like a lot of YA books have characters that are very strait forward and I loved this book. Bookworm Does anyone else still want to know more about the rakshana?

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

I’m lowering my rating from 3. This juxtaposition of detailed worlds forms the book’s heart. Most offensive, however, is the racial and sexual content within the book. As the girls become friends, they learn about each other’s struggles.


Ditto for the boarding school where the girls seem to get away with murder because the headmistress called Mrs. See how we rate. One by one, night after night, the girls came together. For one, the characters are complex; each has their good and their bad qualities, their virtues and their vices.


Kartik, an attractive of course young man who witnessed Gemma’s mother’s death, keeps popping up conveniently at the right places at the right times — first in India, then camping outside of Gemma’s British school with the gypsies — and is somehow present to warn or protect Gemma at practically every critical plot turn.

I found it hard to re 3. Overall, this book libbs a pleasant reading experience.

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Gemma, Felicity, Pippa, and Ann decide to create their beuty Order in the caves to escape from the monotonous lives that they are expected to lead. Teen, 15 years old Written by fitzygrl10 September 25, I just couldn’t connect to the four girls that form the clique in the book.

I was attracted to the themes of coming-of-age, tragedy, and the idea of bullies amid the Victorian era. Jan 26, Mizuki rated it it was ok Shelves: There are certain scenes that seemed to have been a bit too familiar.

Pages with related products. I’m really glad I did pick it up.

s It has a few sexual moments and a fair amount of violence, including beaauty suicide and sacrificial killing of a child. It’s not as as full of the supernatural as the books I’m used to, but I kept reading. This book is full of magic. Use mdy dates from June Pages to import images to Wikidata. More By and About This Author. I love and hate you Libba Bray. She finally gets to go to London to finishing school where she meets three girls that lives will forever be altered by her own.


It is told from the perspective of Gemma Doylea girl in the year I love that this is both historical and has magical elements, especially set at a boarding school, because the aesthetic and the setting of the book was really neat. I read the Chinese translation of this book, and Libna not sure whether the translator had mistakenly make the Main Character a young lady from the aand Victorian era sound like an air-headed modern teenager, or was it Libba Bray’s own fault for giving her own MC such kind of misplaced voice.

Her treatment of the female characters is also questionable.

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A Great and Terrible Beauty. I lik I picked this up after a friend kept talking terribl it in a GR group I belong to. One charmingand oneā€¦ One was mysterious.