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Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
When A Great and Terrible Beauty opens in Victorian-era India, Gemma Doyle is an unruly, bratty teenager throwing a bit of a tantrum—not quite the proper young lady we’d expect. Gemma has grown up in India and even though the country is firmly under the Empire’s thumb, she longs to experience England. Her mother forbids this, but Gemma is about to get her wish. Walking in the marketplace, Gemma is overcome by a vision that foretells her mother’s death—a vision that comes suddenly and violently true. Guilt-ridden and bereft, Gemma is sent to Spence Academy, a boarding school in fashionable London. And not only is she snubbed by the beautiful, popular girls and her dumpy roommate alike, but mystery has followed her as well. An unknown young man from India spies on her and even more bewildering, the visions haven’t stopped. Despite her grief, Gemma is not one to shirk adventure. She knows she’s on the verge of a great discovery, especially after she finds an old diary that hints at a mystical occult-like society called The Order. Gemma makes an uneasy alliance with the most influential Spence girls and together these young ladies begin to explore the sort of power and mystery that is normally forbidden to the standard meek Victorian woman, a something that is more akin to the magic of witchcraft than to anything else. And once Gemma and her fellows have tasted that power, they’re determined never to go back to the life of mild gentility they’ve being trained to accept. Fans of supernatural romance like the ever-popular Twilight Saga will be drawn to Gemma and to the otherworldy flavor of her adventure. Equal parts mystery, horror, fantasy, and historical fiction, with a dash of forbidden romance thrown in, this trilogy from author Libba Bray is a decidedly original take on the old fashioned notions of witchcraft, mystery, and the proper Victorian era.
posted Feb 19, 2010 at 6:55PM
AliWISH said:
One word... AMAZING! I highly recommend this book!
posted Jan 31, 2010 at 8:32PM
Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
When A Great and Terrible Beauty opens, Gemma Doyle is an unruly, bratty teenager throwing a bit of a tantrum—not quite the proper Victorian lady we’d expect. Gemma has grown up in India and even though the country is firmly under the Empire’s thumb, she longs to experience England. Her mother forbids this, but Gemma is about to get her wish. Walking in the marketplace, Gemma is overcome by a vision that foretells her mother’s death—a vision that comes suddenly and violently true. Guilt-ridden and bereft, Gemma is sent to Spence Academy, a boarding school in fashionable London. And not only is she snubbed by the beautiful, popular girls and her dumpy roommate alike, but mystery has followed her as well. An unknown young man from India spies on her and even more bewildering, the visions haven’t stopped. Despite her grief, Gemma is not one to shirk adventure. She knows she’s on the verge of a great discovery, especially after she finds an old diary that hints at a mystical society called The Order. Gemma makes an uneasy alliance with the most influential Spence girls and together these young ladies begin to explore the sort of power and mystery that is normally forbidden to the standard meek Victorian woman. And once Gemma and her fellows have tasted that power, they’re determined never to go back to the life of mild gentility they’ve being trained to accept. Fans of supernatural romance like the ever-popular Twilight Saga will be drawn to Gemma and to the otherworldy flavor of her adventure. Equal parts mystery, horror, fantasy, and historical fiction, with a dash of forbidden romance thrown in, this trilogy from author Libba Bray is a decidedly original take on the Victorian Age.
posted Nov 27, 2009 at 7:03PM
Booklover2 said:
This is a wonderful book full of romance, magic and mystery.
posted Jul 25, 2009 at 4:39PM
BestBookie123 said:
OMG! THis could potientally have taken twilights place as my favorite. Book the author has the perfect combination of fantasy, history, and adventure! I would reccomend this book to everyone who enjoyed -Twilght -I am Morgan leFay -Tithe -Ella Enchanted and even -Jane Erye
posted Jun 16, 2009 at 12:50AM
kb4444 said:
This series is excellent. It just reeled me in and I was caught up in the story even after I finished all the books.
posted Mar 26, 2009 at 3:51PM
NinjaKnights said:
This book is one of my favorites because it has everything I look for in a book; drama, suspense, romance, fantasy, adventure, and mystery!
posted Feb 20, 2009 at 5:03PM
charms09200 said:
I was sitting in a Border's in the young adult section, purusing through trying to find a book, when a man popped up from nowhere with this book in his hands. he said and I quote "I don't normally read young adult books, but this one is amazing." And so, I tried it, and agreed
posted Nov 28, 2008 at 11:12PM
chocoholic said:
Book One.
posted Jul 10, 2008 at 1:37PM
gIrLgOeSsHoPpInG said:
Love this book!!
posted Jul 5, 2008 at 11:37PM
HUSSAH dancing magic potatoes said:
i loved this book. Gemma's life changes on her sixteenth birthday, when she gets a vision of her mother dying. She goes to Spence Academy where she learns about her mother's past and her future. She is also being followed by a mysterious stranger who wants her to block out her visions...
posted Jun 12, 2008 at 8:11PM
sunflowerseed said:
The Title Is Not What It Seems! This Book Is Really A Book About A Girl Who Has This Gift And Has To Learn How To Use It Wisly.
posted May 22, 2008 at 4:28PM
Avatar for jessi_face jessi_face said:
The title really sums this trilogy up for me. It is beautiful and horrible, full of wonder and pain. I love the Victorian setting and the imagery of girls trapped in a restrictive society. For characters who are made powerless because of thier gender and social status, the "power" of the magical realms must be so compelling. It’s a dangerous and addictive series!
posted Mar 24, 2008 at 8:40PM
chicagojane said:
WORDS CANT DESCRIBE HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS BOOK *silence*
posted Jul 23, 2007 at 7:16PM
Emily said:
I loved this book! It had a lot of action, and was a fantasy about a group of girls living in the Victorian period. It mixed their coming of age with a story about them, and the main girl, Gemma, finding out about magical powers, and what they should do with them. And all awhile they have a dark enemy that's stalking them, the same one that killed Gemma's mother. It has a lot of action, some romance, and a really well researched setting.
posted Jun 5, 2006 at 4:18PM
Emily said:
I loved this book! It had a lot of action, and was a fantasy about a group of girls living in the Victorian period. It mixed their coming of age with a story about them, and the main girl, Gemma, finding out about magical powers, and what they should do with them. And all awhile they have a dark enemy that's stalking them, the same one that killed Gemma's mother. It has a lot of action, some romance, and a really well researched setting.
posted Jun 5, 2006 at 4:18PM
Emily said:
I loved this book! It had a lot of action, and was like a fantasy about a group of girls living in the Victorian period. It mixed their coming of age with a story about them, and the main girl, Gemma, finding out about magical powers, and what they should do with them. And all awhile they have a dark enemy that's stalking them, the same one that killed Gemma's mother. It has a lot of action, some romance, and a really well researched setting.
posted Jun 5, 2006 at 4:15PM
Emily said:
I loved this book! It had a lot of action, and was like a fantasy about a group of girls living in the Victorian period. It mixed their coming of age with a story about them, and the main girl, Gemma, finding out about magical powers, and what they should do with them. And all awhile they have a dark enemy that's stalking them, the same one that killed Gemma's mother. It has a lot of action, some romance, and a really well researched setting.
posted Jun 5, 2006 at 4:15PM
Emily said:
This is one of my favorite books of all time. There's a little bit of everything, a little suspense, mystery, romance, and friendship. This book goes deep into the life of a teen named Gemma and tells of her many adventures as her unknown past slowly creeps into her present day life at a boarding school in England.
posted Nov 13, 2005
Kate said:
This was one of my favorite books ever. This had to live in a boarding school after her mother died. And some interesting things happen to her while she is there. It was an amazing book that I couldn't put down!
posted Jan 30, 2005
Aubrey said:
This book is about four girls that find a long forgotten power. They use the power to have great things happen to them but there is a terrible threat to others. I thought the book was O.K. The charactors you didn't really like and the ending left you hanging.
posted Jul 23, 2004
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