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

I guess I’m kind of a purist, but I can’t help feeling that if you want to write about this era, do it right. A lot of people have talked about how unlikeable the girls are in this story, and I have to agree with that.

They were all grasping for something in what seemed like a symbolic way — Felicity for power, Pippa for romance, Ann for beauty. Gemma Doyle, the series’ protagonist, is forced to leave India after the death of her mother to attend a private boarding school in London. She can be tetrible, pushy, and quite mean at times- as well as very judgmental and ignorant, but she is a sixteen year old girl.

It is rather sad most of the time though. Loved the characters, loved the lack of actual romance some vivid kissy dreams though! Families can talk about their heart’s desire. Shall I tell you a story? The novel can beajty be described as Gothic fantasy. The story meanders, often digressing into lengthy passages that do little if anything to advance the characters or the story.


Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. In July,Icon Productionsthe film production company run by Mel Gibsonannounced that it would adapt the book into a film based on A Great and Terrible Beautyto be written and directed by Charles Sturridge. It took six years and thirteen surgeries.

They were expected to behave like proper ladies, but these wild girls were the complete opposite and were desperate to escape constricting corsets, French lessons, and everyone telling them what not to do. I liked the plot and the storyline. Gemma’s brother asks if she’s “still chaste. We had to pull a guy terrkble the street to be our witness. A Great terruble Terrible Beauty.

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Gemma has a strange ability to transport into a different realm where she sees visions. But, at the same time, do they undermine the anti-feminist messages? Read more Read less. Or you’ll be like me and read the end before bary even are past chapter three because you can’t handle anything.

I was saying that I liked the idea of weaving fantasy into history, I’m all for spicing up times gone by. When I began the book, I was immediately hooked–exotic locale, spirited protagonist, hint of the supernatural. View all 27 comments. My dad is a big Dean Koontz fan and so I read a book when I was younger.

Additionally, I was having a hard time getting into this because for some reason I kept getting bored and picking up other things. Libba Bray Fantasy I didn’t feel that this was inappropriate for young adults except for a few things, Mary Dowd’s sacrifice but that might be because it was almost too much for me, so why should a teenager have to deal with it?


Isn’t that the scariest story you’ve ever heard? I am not a huge fan of books that have a slow pace. Are the dark secrets that lay before you worth the power? Even with this being pages, I read this quickly within two days. Here, unlike in the stifling real world for proper young ladies inGemma and her friends can pursue whatever most delights them.

Gemma tells her friends the truth about her powers and together they travel to the realms. May 06, A. In the end, when Gemma returns, Pippa is dead. Based on 17 reviews.

Once there, she is plagued by clairvoyant visions as she looks into the magical secrets of the school with her three friends Felicity WorthingtonPippa Cross and Ann Bradshaw. 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 unsympathetic, etc, etc, I can’t find myself recommending it.

They’re not just people who standby by and allow Gemma to be the hero. As the story progresses, drawing to its predictable and dissatisfying conclusion, it becomes clear that Ms Bray has mistaken style for subtance and that her prose is not stylish enough to support this belief.