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
Books of the Week. Her treatment of the female characters is also questionable. Stay up to date on new reviews. Is this feature helpful? And isn’t that what everyone wants? That the writing is verbose. I’m aware of the brah that gerrible from Victorian era probably weren’t supposed to be worldly and knowledgeable about things outside of their families and their social circle, instead they were expected to be sheltered and naive in order to keep their ‘innocence’, but still.
We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. After finishing the I swiped this out of the classroom one day because I had lunch duty and my choices were A stare at the perpetual hacky sack game for 30 minutes or B read something.
Their sin was that they believed. Well, likeable, but they seem such superficial friends in many ways that some of what happens doesn’t come as a surprise. terrib,e
A girl with a dead mother, a lot of guilt, strange friends and a mysterious destiny. It does seem misguided at times, but it’s not complete tripe. The plot was unenjoyable, and the characters ended up being extremely problematic. A lot or a little? For one, the characters are complex; each has their good and their bad qualities, their virtues and their vices.
Not a tasteful book for anyone I don’t recommend this book to anyone, adult or teen. The friendship between Gemma and the other three girls is based on a desire for freedom as well as the tenuous sharing of secrets – I don’t think the girls were ever meant to appear as the best of friends, even on a good day, so the reviews that criticize the friendship being shallow puzzle me.
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The most predictable scenes, however, were often followed by something pleasantly unexpected I must be vague here, as I despise spoilers. Views Read Edit View history. Don’t have a Kindle?
The Romani people wandering the schoolgrounds suffer from even greater stereotyping: I appreciated the fact that Ajd didn’t go easy on Gemma. She painted such a vivid image of the surroundings that I felt as though I was there with the characters in the book.
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Female special powers automatically give this book has a bunch of points in its favor. I lost my real eye in a car accident when I was eighteen. But it sure was fun.
He tells beajty not to dig any deeper and to leave things alone. It’s not exactly like I’m grdat to say “I was born in Alabama…” and somebody’s going to jump up and snarl, “Oh yeah? This book melds together 19th century Britain, female friendships, sexual awakenings and magic.
Thank you for your support. Gemma has a strange ability to transport into a different realm where she sees visions. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
I liked that the protagonist wasn’t a pushover, even more so because the novel setting was in a very sexist society.