: A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle Trilogy) ( ): Libba Bray: Books. 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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Do you know beauhy that s Shall I tell you a story? I am not someone who can watch scary movies. People have been rumored to be playing the characters, but author Libba Bray has confirmed that no one has been cast.

A Great and Terrible Beauty

On the positive side, the girls chafe against the restricted gender roles and societal expectations in the late s. As the three friends awaken, they see Pippa seizing on the ground. I mean, the setting was eerie and amazing. Sexual and romantic relationships between men and women often contain obvious and disturbing power imbalances or violent undertones. As they were never fixed or redeemed in the series, I cannot respect that they were included in the first place.

I give this book a Nothing Special 1. However, it never occurred to me that this novel would be simply a 19th century take on a modern school.

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

It’s not exactly like I’m going to say “I was born in Alabama…” and somebody’s going to jump up and snarl, “Oh yeah? I’d gone to the party in a black dress that was a little too tight too many holiday cookies and when I went to sit down, the dress ripped up the back completely.


If you’re looking for a scary novel, this really isn’t it, but if something more intellectual, more like an old-fashioned ‘s movie is to your liking; you’ll like it.

The author definitely has a way with words It is not the best this genre has to offer, but it is far from the worst. This novel completely transcends genres and does it well. Necromancer’s teen daughter fights the dead.

Well, first of all, the story is rather anachronistic or just plain artificial in a lot of ways. It is rather sad most of the time though. I think Gemma’s character grows stronger throughout grezt novel and especially throughout the series. I think what gets me feeling itchy is all that emphasis on the facts of a life, while all the juicy, relevant, human oddity stuff gets left on tterrible cutting room floor.

That said, I sometimes question what the label “Young Adult” means. Nail-biting, violent fantasy has elements of mystery. After finishing the I swiped this out of the classroom one day because I had lunch duty and my choices were A gret at the perpetual hacky sack game for 30 minutes or B read something.

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 Great and Terrible Beauty. As you can see, I didn’t have much greatt a choice at all it was one of those Eddie Izzard “Cake or death? Is it any good? I liked Gemma – I’ve read reviews that said she was selfish, angry, and petty, and she can be – but what sixteen-year-old isn’t?

Her treatment of the female characters is also questionable. As for positive things I can say, I will bewuty that this was an extremely fast read! See what I mean? It does seem misguided at times, but it’s not complete tripe.


Here’s a phrase I got from goodreads reviews that I’ve been longing to use — the prose was clunky. And why does she call a meeting not only with Pippa, but with the other members of the clique, to discuss the whole thing?

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Well, likeable, but they seem such superficial terriblle in many ways that some of what happens doesn’t come as a surprise. Finally, it was a little racy, which I thought was pretty awesome for a YA novel. Whereupon Gemma and Felicity immediately become the best of friends nothing like blackmail to forge a deep friendshipforming a new foursome comprised of Felicity and Pippa, and Gemma and Ann.

It’s set for the most part in a boarding school for educating girls in the art of being ‘ladies’, or in other words: This book is what it is: The protagonist doesn’t belong in bsauty of them, and she recognizes that, which sets up the whole story: McBee’s 6th grade English class, was about a girl whose family is kidnapped and held hostage by a murderous lot of bank robbers who intend to kill the whole family—including the dog—until the year-old heroine foils the plot and saves the day.

I didn’t feel that this was inappropriate for young adults except for a few things, Mary Beaut sacrifice but that might be because it was almost too much for me, so why should andd teenager have to deal with it?