: 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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Get it now on Searching for streaming and purchasing options I liked how, even though Gemma lost her mother at the beginning, the relationship was still built up throughout.

View all 27 comments. Tdrrible the other hand, you’ve got a singularly beautiful girl being completely forced by her parents absolutely no veto power granted to her, even though Jane Austen’s heroines seemed perfectly capable of rejecting unwanted marriage proposals to marry a man 40 years older than she is come on, with her beauty they couldn’t at least find a younger guy? 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.

Engaging start to bestselling Gemma Doyle trilogy. This book is about a girl who has special powers.

A Great and Terrible Beauty

This book is what it is: However, I had more problems with this book than I have praise. It seems that having a teenage character is the only requirement.

It just makes me smile every time I come across it. Leave out the details, the crucial heart, and you can damn someone with the bare bones of it. I will compel you with my mysterious and sexy ways to do as I say.


But it wasn’t true.

It is like really, really, really, really okay. But it’s okay for the MC, a non-Hinduist, to appoint Kali to be her guardian goddess!? He tells her not to dig any deeper and to leave things alone.

And even though this is supposed to tedrible a book about four friends coming together and forming a secret order, I feel like the term friends should be used very loosely.

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I loved Libba Bray’s writing style, though, so I can’t wait to pick up her other books and maybe one day continue on with this terribpe, but at this point I’m not sure. We’ve got to forgive ourselves that. The male lead a young man from India is sexualized and fetishized for his “exotic” appearance and culture; other Indian characters are shown as either submissive or violent.

There’s gossiping, bitchiness and bullying of those who are different in this case, from a lower class. It basically follows the same overdone storyline we’ve all seen way too many times: Delacorte Press Publication date: It’s telling when most of the popular goodreads reviews of this book, positive as well as negative, contain some sort of disclaimer about needing to cut this book slack because it’s a YA book.

An amazing teen novel I read this book when i was 13, then reread terriible i was Quotes from A Great and Terrbile I am not a huge fan of books that have a slow pace. But Gemma is still tormented with her visions and is warned by the young man she had met in the market, Kartik, a member of an ancient group of men known as the Rakshana, dating all the way back to Charlemagne, that she must close her mind to these visions or something horrible will happen. Through this diary, Gemma learns of an ancient group of powerful women called the Order and becomes convinced that her visions are linked to it.


Is terriblf truly worth it? Do publishers force young adult authors to throw beauhy word in for good measure?

Pippa would rather die than face an arranged marriage with a year-old. Sorry, that should have come before.

But is a juvenile audience a legitimate excuse for juvenile writing? And isn’t that what everyone wants?

I guess I’m kind of a purist, but I can’t help veauty that if brsy want to write about this era, do it right. Overall, this book was a pleasant reading experience. I’m not a good role model. Families can talk about their heart’s desire.

Terrlble, she finds a diary written 25 years earlier by a year-old girl named Mary Dowd who also attended Spence Academy and seemed to suffer from the same visions as Gemma, along with her friend, Sarah Rees-Toome. The gypsies are awesome as well, we have crazy gypsies, fake fortune-telling I-speak-with-dead-people gypsies, sexy gypsies don’t believe the rumours, 19th century girls didn’t just lie back and think of England.

This is just my personal opinion, and I hope you all will respect that.