A Great and Terrible Beauty
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... show more
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?From the Hardcover edition.
Publish date: March 22nd 2005
Pages no: 403
Edition language: English
Series: Gemma Doyle (#1)
I remember this book was floating around my house when I was growing up, and my sister loved it, however I read this book when I was in some what of a reading slump. I liked it, I just didn't love it. I'm curious about the rest of the series and what lies in store for Gemma and her friends and wha...
A Great and Terrible BeautyLibba BrayReleased: 9th December, 2003 Book Summary: A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy--jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel...
Fitting in at a new school is not the easiest of tasks, and horrific visions of another world and your dead mother are the opposite of helpful. Shipped off from her home in colonial India to an English finishing school, Gemma Doyle will have to struggle with guilt over her mother's death, Victorian ...
Turns out I lied - I just reread this. I didn't enjoy it as much as previously but it was still a lot of fun. ***God I LOVED this but I would never read it again because I have a strong suspicion I wouldn't like it nearly so much. High drama, big magicks, awesome girls, and scary evil. Recommende...
If I could, I would say 2.85 stars.I had been wanting to read a book situated on the Victorian period with a little twist to make it interesting, in this case: magic and paranormal thingies. This is not a deep and meaningful book; this is just silly and entertaining reading.This is the story of Gemm...