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I liked the friendship she built with the other girls especially Felicityeven though at first they didn’t get on at all. Bookworm I loved this book. I think that as a society, we are very consumed with the idea of safety and security.

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In addition, I’ve read or rather listened to an audio version of the book and have to note that narrator does a commendable job aside from making Kartik speak with an atrocious Indian accent, even though in the book in was clearly stated he spoke English without one. The only rule of the Order is that the girls must always tell each other the truth. I’m disgusted, as an non-Hinduist, when I visited India some years ago, for more than once I wasn’t allowed to come anywhere near some of the shrines within the temples, because those important shrines are for believers only.

It’s fierce enmity at first sight, with a variety of nasty pranks exchanged until Gemma discovers an incriminating secret about Felicity. Reviewing it will not do it justice. Gemma wishes for self-knowledge, Felicity for power, Pippa for true love and Ann for beauty. That’s why it’s the most terrifying thing in the world, really, taking someone on faith, hoping they’ll take you on faith, too. Oct 07, Chelsea chelseadolling reads rated it liked it. Someone I work with once told me that her teenage daughter says things to her that and this is a direct quote”I never even dared to think about my mother.


Okay, let me put down my potato chips and really think about this. 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. On the positive side, the girls chafe against the restricted gender roles and societal expectations in the late s.

I lik I picked this up after a friend kept talking about it in a GR group I belong to. Videos About This Book. I didn’t see the whole other-realm mysticality thing coming but I loved it. Want to Read saving…. Nov 07, Rick Riordan rated it really liked it.

Gemma comes to accept her mother’s death and take control of her own destiny. Here, I alternated between feeling like Libba was superimposing modern-day sensibilities and feeling like she was grossly exaggerating the norms of the times. She allows them freedom in this and other worlds to explore themselves and their desires.

Try not to turn your nose up at it. I could tell you the facts—I lived in Texas for most of my life; I live in New York City with my husband and six-year-old son now; I have freckles and a lopsided smile; I’m allergic to penicillin. Is it any good? I want to read this book because I’d heard good things about it, but after reading gret reviewI’m not sure anymore.

Delacorte Press Publication date: Delacorte Books for Young Readers Availability: What you care about is important. I swiped this out of the classroom one day because I had lunch duty and my choices were A stare at the perpetual hacky sack game for 30 minutes or B read something.

Why am Lkbba mentioning this? My least favorite word is “maybe.

A Great and Terrible Beauty

I didn’t feel a connection with him and I struggled to see a relationship between him and Gemma other bra lust. Brxy Great and Terrible Beauty is a solid three stars.

C Speaking of the four girls, stereotypes in the extreme: It is not the best this genre has to offer, but it is far from the worst. I recently went on a crusade to read the books my local high school was requiring it’s students to read. They break rules, try to manipulate adults, and exclude other students from their group.

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It wasn’t art class to help out and as a result, to be available for a significant heart-to-heart with Gemma. My mom still has a copy. After finishing the I swiped this out of the classroom one day because I had lunch duty and my choices were A stare at the perpetual hacky sack game for 30 minutes or B read something.

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

Kartik also shares qualities with another friend from my college days. They prefer to live in a fantasy world and ignore warnings about using their power in real life.

Not a tasteful book for anyone I don’t recommend this book to anyone, adult bbeauty teen. Emboldened by their new power, the young women refuse to acknowledge the realm’s darkness until it threatens to destroy them.

If you read books two and three you find that the characters grow and begin to defy the The book is that brxy because that’s how people were back then. I was attracted to …more I wasn’t sure at first if I liked it or not. She may take small steps when getting there, but these “small steps” are an extremely realistic and feasible part of growing up. As z positive things I can say, I will say that this was an extremely fast read! Is it OK for kids to read books outside their reading levels?

I did feel that the character of Kartik wasn’t as well rounded and bg as the female characters in this book. For kids who love popular fiction.

Plus, it goes without saying that once the MC left India behind, not once did the MC remember the housekeeper, not once.