March 3, 2019


: A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle Trilogy) ( ): Libba Bray: Books. 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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Also, let the record state that I absolutely love Mean Girls and The Craft and this book is lesser in every single aspect, but the parallels are there. I am not someone who can watch scary movies. I’d gone to the party in a black dress that was a little too tight too many holiday cookies and when I went to sit down, the dress ripped up the ajd completely.

There were times where I had to read a paragraph or a sentence more than once just to understand what was happening. Though these Victorian girls wander about with decidedly un-Victorian sensibilities and though Ms Bray makes a weak attempt to decry the injustices of a society so quick to condemn the expression of feminine sexuality, the story itself does not support this modern take on the Victorian era. If you inhale enough you will get super duper high and will enjoy this conc Mysterious Terible Boy: Is it truly worth it?

I’m glad I didn’t. If you don’t know, The Diviners by Libba Bray is one of my favorite books ever.

It’s set for the most part in a boarding school for educating girls in the art of being ‘ladies’, or in other words: I think Gemma’s character grows stronger throughout the novel and especially throughout the series.


Becky Yes, but it is a slow delicious build. She painted such a vivid image of the surroundings that I felt as though I was there with the characters in the book. I may read the sequels, but it will be a bit before I muster up the interest in doing so.

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

I actually needed to put the book aside and take some deep breath and reminded myself the story is set in the s, and it probably was common for the white people to feel superior toward the locals, but still Try not to turn your nose up at it. View all 22 comments. Here, I alternated between feeling like Libba was superimposing modern-day sensibilities and feeling like she was grossly exaggerating the norms of the times.

But, I guess it’s just one of those w that sounds tedious and you imagine it to be all oppressed sexuality and prim and properness. Personalize Common Sense for your family. Meanwhile, the girls of Spence are preparing for their “season,” when they will be trotted out before wealthy bachelors in hopes of securing a good marriage.

Paperback – pages – Which was a pleasant surprise.

Victorian novels always sound appealing to me, but frequently bore me to tears when I actually attempt to read them. Nightwing even though she’s apparently a spinster — did I miss something?

Miss Moore, one of Gemma’s teachers, tells the girls that the mind is a garden that requires cultivating. And here or there, there was actually an interesting insight embedded among all the tripe.


I liked Gemma – I’ve read reviews that said she was selfish, angry, and petty, and she can be – but what sixteen-year-old isn’t?

A Great and Terrible Beauty

Bookworm The book is that way because that’s how people were back then. My dad was a Presbyterian minister. I loved Libba Bray’s writing style, though, so I can’t wait to pick up her other books and maybe one day continue on with this series, but at this point I’m not sure. For one, the characters are complex; each has their good and their bad qualities, their virtues and their vices. She is followed by a man, Kartik, who believes her when she says she saw her mother’s death.

The book includes both negative and positive role models. This page was last edited on 28 Marchat As she says, “There’s definitely an element of beauth cooking’ at work here. Talk to your kids about The girls were expected to be reserved, polite and, most importantly, beautiful. Gemma comes to accept her mother’s death and take control of her own destiny.

The gypsies are awesome as well, we terrib,e crazy gypsies, fake fortune-telling I-speak-with-dead-people gypsies, sexy gypsies don’t believe the rumours, 19th century girls didn’t just lie back and think of England. Oh, I left that part out.