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If you’re looking for a scary novel, this really isn’t it, but if something more intellectual, more like an old-fashioned ‘s movie is to your liking; you’ll like it. For the love of god, do not inhale it!!! Anyway, lost myself on a smutty tangent. I loved the juxtaposition of Victorian England, colonial India, and the fairy world.

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The book includes both negative and positive role models. Thank you, drive through, please. Okay, let me put down my potato chips and really think about this. Quotes from A Great and Terri What is it about writing an author bio that gives me that deer-in-headlights feeling? And when I do something she doesn’t like, she threatens to find it.

There is so much catty girl hate in this book, that I truly believe my younger self would have hated this just as much in if I read it.

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I also love that despite the time, Gemma is a feminist and has a lot of confidence. I know it has mine. Betrayed by their own stupid hopes. Libbx believed they could change what they were—damaged, unloved. At the same time, they may want to tread cautiously whilst they discover their own boundaries and challenge those that have been imposed upon them.


On the one hand, Felicity and Pippa are mean to Ann, playing pranks, putting her down, and falsely accusing her of stealing. It may not be the most reliable source, the book was written in modern times, but it’s easy to imagine that beneath the surface of Victorian society’s repressed sexuality, girls probably did talk about ‘having’ thousands of men: With what can’t be.

The visits to the fairy realm were really a delight to read – pure escapism for the characters as well as the reader. A Great and Terrible Beauty. I want to read the sequel, Rebel Angels, which I consider a good sign. After, Gemma goes back to the realms to save Pippa, but Pippa chooses to stay in the realms because Pippa does not want to marry the husband her parents chose for her, she wanted to be with the true love she meet in the realms, her prince.

This book is full of magic. Especially because this was my first time participating in a traveling book club! So you can imagine I had my doubts that a book written many years earlier by the author would live up to it.

I wanted to have all the trappings of that [Victorian: There lobba nothing that erotic about the actual content, but there is definitely that kind of feel. Gemma tells her friends the truth about her powers and together they travel to the realms.

Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks. I give this book a Nothing Special 1. But only by asking yourself that, by knowing what you want, can you really go and get it.

His exoticness is constantly brought gfeat and Gemma is shamed by herself and her peers for liking him. Even with this being pages, I read this quickly within two days. Every tfrrible has consequences. Views Read Edit View history. A Great and Terrible Beauty is neither great nor beautiful, though it is indeed — wait for it! Column 4 Our impact report: But, I guess it’s just one of those genres that sounds tedious and you imagine it to be all oppressed sexuality and prim and properness.


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I came away feeling worse than when I started. Red Glass Laura Resau. This book is about a girl who has special powers. First of all, I have to give Bray a special credit for choosing a rather original setting and issues.

An unconventional book ligba entertains to the end and stays with you long after.

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Okay, so maybe that’s not going down on my good karma record. Gemma’s mysterious family legacy, the strange boy who kept showing up in her bedroom, and the diary of a dead girl she discovered drove the plot until I felt like I was living in it. Grwat the positive side, the girls chafe against the restricted gender roles and societal expectations in the late s.

Well, because this book had a touch of the supernatural suspense that I don’t handle well. I love the time period and all the witchiness and the characters were awesome, it was great!

It’sand after the suicide of her mother, year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England.