Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty

Author: Libba Bray

Year published: March 2005

Why did you get this book?I can’t remember. I probably got it to see if it would work as something to use at work (middle school) with a few of the students I work with. It’s a YA/Adult historical/paranormal fiction. It also has a guide/questions to ask at the end of the book.

Do you like the cover? Actually I do! It’s a pretty cover

Did you enjoy the book? Surprisingly I did enjoy it! Well surprising to me at any rate. I’m not a huge historical fan. This didn’t seem like a stereotypical historical though to me. The main character of the story is a young girl (16) who has grown up in India in the late 1800’s. When her mother commits suicide (a death that Gemma sees in a vision just before it happens….her first experience with clairvoiance(sp?) Gemma is sent to a boarding school in England where she comes into the rest of her abilities/power to attract the supernatural. This book was a nice change to the types of stories I’ve been reading lately *s* A nice cleanse of the palate (if that makes any sense). It was easy to read with likable characters and a story that has some closure at the end but also leave you wonder what happens next in her (and her school friends) life…which you can find out in the book that follows this one called Rebel Angels.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? Yes and yes I probably look for the next book at the library.

Are you keeping it or passing it on? I haven’t decided *s* I may read this once more sometime. It’ll go on my shelf for a while anyways.

~Erin the Innocent

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