Reader reviewed by Alex (Tales of a Teenage Book Lover)
A Great and Terrible Beauty is a brilliant gothic based in Victorian England. It's the kind of book that keeps you thinking about it long after you have been reading it endlessly in your bed for hours, excusing all outside distraction.
I was eager to start this book after I got it last week. I heard great reviews and was not disappointed in the slightest. I loved it and can't wait to read the rest of the series.
This is a very character driven book, as the fantasy element is a very minor role in the plot. I hear it is brought out more in the following books, but it was not very prominent in this installment. The romance between Gemma and Kartik was also not very pronounced.
I don't know if this would be a book for everyone, but it was a great read for me. I can't wait to get on with the rest of the books in this thrilling series.