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Sunday, October 3, 2010

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. 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. To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls—and their foray into the spiritual world—lead to?

After reading A Great and Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray became one of my favorite authors. I absolutely adored this book, and raced through it. In fact, I got paper cuts from turning the pages so quickly. Gemma and her friends were interesting, and as a fan of historical fiction, I really appreciated all the time and effort and research Bray put into this book. She portrayed Victorian era England beautifully.

I love strong female protagonists, and this book is chock full of them. Gemma, Ann, Felicity, and Pippa are tough, and only want to be free of the constraints of society and become independent women.

Also, I love this cover. Corsets are my Achilles heel.

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  1. Book looks good....Stopping back for a visit......just hopping by.

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  2. I really loved this novel. It was creative, the characters were awesome and the plot was great. Bray's writing is beautiful and she does an awesome job blending the historical era with magic. So glad you loved it!

  3. I love this book/series so much! I'm actually thinking about rereading it because it was so good. I love anything set in Victorian Era England, and the fantasy was so great too.


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