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Transitions were abrupt or nonexistent, not to mention flat characters and often stilted dialogue. Hence the two stars. The characters are simple and terrrible, their actions both petty and selfish.

Stay in Touch Sign up. 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. I liked the friendship she built with the other girls especially Felicityeven though at first they didn’t get on at all. And Gemma’s cynicism and inner sarcasm also beg the question of anachronism; I’m not saying people didn’t have negative thoughts back then, but I think that expressing them in that particular way, even inwardly, is distinctly contemporary.

But because the entire trilogy is already out, this didn’t really bother me. Which was a pleasant surprise. It’s fierce enmity at first sight, with a variety of nasty pranks exchanged until Livba discovers an incriminating secret about Felicity.

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To me, it was a story about a strong-willed teen who felt alone in the world. Finally, I have to try to articulate my irritation with the writing. View all 5 comments. First, we never see the full scope of Gemma’s supposedly special “powers,” in fact it seems they are limited to her ability to transport her friends into the Realms to do rather silly and childish things.


Families can talk about their heart’s desire. Every experience you ever have as a human being on this planet—from the mundane to the absurd to the sublime—goes right into the old writing bank. However, it never beajty to me that this novel would be simply a 19th century take on a modern school.

A Great and Terrible Beauty

Okay, let me put down my potato chips and really think about this. I am not someone who can watch scary movies. I was originall I also thought Kartik was a really dimensional character. Well-born girls were trained to smile and be proper no matter what and, eventually, “lie back and think of England”. Mar 22, Pages Young Adult. As you can see, I didn’t have much of a choice at all it was one of those Eddie Izzard “Cake or death? The story is set in Victorian-era England, a period in time where a girl’s greatest hope was supposed to be to marry well read money.

You’ll never find this kind of direct snarkiness in real Victorian books; if it’s there at all, it’s expressed in a far more subtle and classy way. I know it has mine. View all 7 comments. It’s a good dose of chick lit as well as a historical book.

By and large, the writing of men is not categorized and compartmentalized in this way beyond specific publishing genres, i. It is like really, really, really, really okay.

While aimed at female readers, it will be just as delectable to boys brave enough to be seen carrying a book sporting a corset-clad girl on the cover. They prefer to live in a fantasy world and ignore warnings about using their power in real life.


Book ratings by Goodreads. The lasting effect resulted in the proverbial round peg, square hole dilemma. Having finished the series and re-read the first book, I think I was being a bit narrow-minded then.

Okay, so maybe that’s not going down on my good karma record.

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I wanted to have all the trappings of that era, which fascinates me. Those feelings—the desire to be loved and understood, the fear terrib,e disappointing others, longings and yearnings, fear of and curiosity about the unknown—are timeless.

As the cover indicates, there is a bit of bodice-ripping to be found in Bray’s book, but for the most part, corsets are loosened rather than torn off. As for weaknesses, there were a few as well. On a second reading, Gemma is an extremely realistic teenager at the beginning of the series.

I got married in Florence, Italy. This book is full of magic. There is nothing that erotic about the actual content, but there is definitely that kind I agree, there is an erotic vibe that I can’t really explain.

Rgeat who enjoy the archetypal high-school-girl-triumphs-over-her-tormentors storyline will not be disappointed in the characters Bray has created: Parent of a 2 and 3 year old Written by readresponsibly June 4, It had so many great things going for it, with the Victorian setting, mysterious death of the main character’s mother, supernatural elements, and rebellious, lovable narrator, Gemma Doyle. It’s the freat with the truth.