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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Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one. I’m disgusted, as an non-Hinduist, when I visited India some years ago, for more than once I wasn’t allowed to come anywhere near some of the shrines within the temples, because those important shrines are for believers only.

Not only did my first foray into her work not disappoint, it far exceeded all of my expectations. Personalize Common Sense for your family. View all 10 comments.

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

The pace is swift, the finale gripping. So life took them, led them, and they went along, you see. The girls except Gemma get naked, chase, and kill a deer, hitting it in the head until it’s pulpy. First of all, I have to give Bray a special credit for choosing a rather original setting and issues. Gemma takes Ann and Felicity back to Beaty, leaving Pippa trapped underwater.

And when I do something she doesn’t like, she threatens to find it.

On a second reading, Gemma is an extremely realistic teenager at the beginning of the series. The gerrible 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.


A Great and Terrible Beauty

Within the first pages I was bored and struggled to get into the book, I honestly thought about DNFing it. I found this pollen to be written very well- there is no “insta-love”, because in real life,especially at Gemma’s age, “insta-love” is more “insta-i wanna kiss you” and it was interesting to see Gemma wrestle with her feelings and be confused.

I was originally upset over the ending of the sweet and far thing, but I think it was necessary for it to end the way it did. Bray brilliantly depicts a caste system, in which girls are taught to abandon individuality in favor of their man’s wishes, as a deeper and darker horror than most things that go bump in the night. There are so many wonderful themes in this book!

A Great and Terrible Beauty Book Review

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. It may not be the most reliable source, the book was written in modern times, but it’s easy to imagine that beneath the surface of Victorian society’s repressed sexuality, girls probably did talk about ‘having’ thousands of men: They were all dreamers, these girls. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

Here’re a few reasons: I find it difficult to believe any one of the four girls at the heart of the story cared for one another, much less anyone else. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Gemma is a teenage girl who has lived her entire life in India and only recently traveled to her home country of England after the unexpected death of her mother.

I think it would be more good and not so much okay if it started out less good in the beginning. Wouldn’t this liba more appropriately dealt with between Pippa, her fiance, and her parents? Sexual and romantic relationships between men and women often contain obvious and disturbing power imbalances or violent undertones.


Having finished the serie The first time I read the book Gemma’s characterization was a problem for me. A Diviners Novel The Diviners.

I found the pacing to be very slow and felt that nothing happened. I just love when stories do that – when I become so invested in them they seem to come to life, and for a short while I’m a part of that world. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: I felt like Gemma was very gullible and foolish in her decision-making, something that made me shake my head the entire book. My three worst habits are overeating, self-doubt, and the frequent use of the “f” word. Update 3 months after reading: If you don’t know, The Diviners by Libba Bray is one of my favorite books ever.

I don’t know why I suddenly picked up on them, but in hindsight I realize that at least 2 things were present in the first book also: Our ratings are based on child development best practices. I got married in Florence, Italy. Also, if this is one of your favorite books then I am happy brauty found enjoyment from it.

It’s a good dose of chick lit as well as a historical book. Buy the selected items together This item: This book is both everything I expected and also everything I didn’t expect.

She may take small steps when getting there, but these “small steps” are an extremely realistic and feasible part of growing up. But it wasn’t true.