A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle #1)

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Reader reviewed by Jessie

This book is so great I cant even describe it in words. It's a story of a girl in a prep school learning to become a lady, after her mother is killed by come sort of monster. A boy who follows her, a magic most corrupt, and an ending most unique. To read this book is to read the very core of perfection in writing!!
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The sequel
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Reader reviewed by Anna J. Shommor

A Great and Terrible Beauty is a great book. It has wonderful imagination. Many fiction books are based on myth but this one and its' sequel (Angel Rebels) have one of the best stories that I have heard of. The books are good cliff hangers but not too much that you are dissapointed. It was, though, a good thing she added the sequel or it would make A Great and Terrible Beauty seem incomplete.
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AMAZING!
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Reader reviewed by Katie

This was an excellent book! The ending was somewhat confusing, but overall, this was the best book I've read in a long time.

I advise anyone, and everyone reads it. (and no, I'm not getting paid for this)

I really liked the descriptions and suspense.(and a touch of romance doesn't hurt either)
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A Great and Terrible Beauty is A Great and Well-Written Book!
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Reader reviewed by ALA

On her 16th birthday, Gemma Doyle's mother is hunted down and killed by a dark creature. Gemma's world spirals out of control as she is sent to Spence, a boarding school for young ladies. She is still haunted by images of the creature, and of a young girl. After a rocky start, Gemma begins to make friends. Soon she has a small circle of girls, and they decide upon visiting some primitive caves on the school grounds to form an order, a recreation of a group of powerful women long ago. Only then does Gemma discover that she has the power to enter the realms; a magical place where anything is possible and dark battles light. Gemma can bring her friends with her-and together they share many happy days, that is, until Gemma discovers a terrile secret. Will it be too late to save the realms, her friends, and herself?

I found this book very exciting and mysterious, and the late 1800s Victorian setting only added to that. I loved it, and its companion Rebel Angels, and I hope that more follow the first two.
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Deliciously Spooky!
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Reader reviewed by ambeen

A Great and Terrible Beauty is about Gemma and her mysterious powers to enter other realms. Gemma starts as the outcast at Spence Academy for girls but soon has a few friends that she is able to share her powers with. Gemma's powers come with a consequence, though, and someone is after her and her unique power. The suspense from this mystery, gothic styled novel is thrilling and will keep girls reading late into the night!
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A Book That Stands Apart
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Reader reviewed by two_sided_freek

Many would agree that a novel that is set in the past isn't always great but this book definitely is good. It has adventure, the supernatural, love friendship, basically a little bit for everyone.

What is exceptional about this book is the main character. She's nothing special, not an exotic beauty, or rich. She's normal, has wishes, gets jealous and basically like a lot of us. She's an outsider to the England ways and just wants to belong.

The story starts with Gemma's mother being murdered while Gemma herself watches it in a vision. From there it progresses to Gemma being sent to England where she joins in a school meant to train girls to become the ultimate wife in the Victorian Era. As the story continues we meet the mysteriously handsome Kartik, and all her soon to be friends. This book sucks you in and you can't help but read it. Whenever you put it down, it tempts you to pick it up again and there is no way to satisfy the need to read more until you finish the series.
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A Great Book!!!
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Reader reviewed by Jessie

This book had me riveted from the begining. I was shocked and thrilled by the twists and turns of this marvelous novel. Emma Doyle and her friends from Spence get into trouble, get out of it and then get into more! This book will have you laughing and weeping.
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Welcome to the Realms
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Reader reviewed by the book muncher

Gemma has terrifying visions starting on her sixteenth birthday. But the scariest part is where they come true. After her mothers death, Gemma moves from her home in India to a finishing school in England called Spence. There, she makes tentative friendships, discovers a diary of a girl named Mary Dowd, and receives a warning from a mysterious boy to block out her visions.

Despite the warning, Gemma keeps having her visions because she cant control them. It is through one of her visions that she discovers the secret diary of Mary Dowd. She soon learns of a mysterious Order of women, and that she possesses the power to enter the realms. She just doesnt know how powerful she is; she can bring her friends in with her.
Inside the realms, Gemma sees her mothers spirit and learns all about the magic of the realms. Unfortunately, not all is well inside this beautiful place. There is a tracker, a corrupted spirit, seeking a way into Gemmas world.

In this exciting novel, Gemma learns a portion of the history of Spence, about herself and her friends, and that her mother wasnt who she pretended to be. A Great and Terrible Beauty is one of my favorite books for many reasons, but mostly because it is such a thrilling story. There is plenty of action and magic to satisfy anyone, and even a bit of romance too. Libba Bray has woven a fantastic story that will be remembered for a long time. I recommend this to all readers who dream about the existence of another world.
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A fantastic fantasy
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Reader reviewed by Kayla

This book is all about Gemma Doyle. She is living in India until her mother is mysteriously murdered. She then moves to England to go to the boarding school, Spence Academy. While there, she begins to see visions. She begins to unlock how she is involved with the Order.

This is a great book. It will keep you guessing and wanting to read the rest of the series.
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I hated the lot of the girls except for Gemma. Kartik was great and the time setting for a concept like this. Just wow.
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