A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle)

A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle)

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After her mother's suicide, Gemma Doyle had to move out from India to England, where she will attend a proper boarding school. Lonely and guilty, she will soon notice that someone is following her: a mysterious Indian man sent to watch her. 

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  • Frank Brewer
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "rated highly on Amazon and got quite nice feedbacks but its not listed in top 10 inside this category on bing search for example"
  • Jeremy Fox
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Interesting story and plot following Gemma the main character. The story makes you want to keep reading and find out what happens to the character. this is one to add to your summer reading list this year. "
  • James Meyer
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book is one of those novels that either you fall in love with it or you get bored of it immediately, I fell onto the latter category. The book is probably aimed towards young girls or teenagers because the female lead is rather oblivious to things around her even though she has supernatural powers. I honestly could not get into the storyline even after reading a few chapters. I'm not going to say the book is bad, but rather its intended audience is the younger crowd."
  • Daniel Banks
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle) is one fo my daughter's favorite novels. She was so obsessed with it she couldn't put it down when she read it the first time. Until now, she has always put it in a special place in her collection of good reads."
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  • Nancy Walsh
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is an incredibly rich and mysterious book about a young teen who is shipped off to boarding school. But that isn't all. A man is watching her, and she needs to figure out why. I had a lot of fun reading this beautifully crafted novel, and I'd recommend it to all my friends looking for a great, well-written YA novel that takes place in a school."
  • Pablo Guzmán
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Title should be a great and terrible mess. The story was uninspiring, the characters were disconnect, and the writing was hard to follow. Avoid."
  • Adam Elliott
    Written on March 28, 2018
    " The contemporary novel, A Great and Terrible Beauty, focuses on Gemma Doyle and about her life in England. The novel is intimidated by conspiracies and lies, which makes the action very interesting."
  • Paul Ray
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This is really overrated. I don't know what the deal is. Really, some literature gets hype behind it. It makes me think that publishing and art really are a big lottery sometimes. I cannot fathom this book's popularity."
  • Anthony Howell
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "A well written and compelling ghostly mystery that will pull younger readers in, but adults won't be embarrassed to read as well. The story has enough twists and turns to keep you reading and the main character is a compelling figure. Sue to keep you up reading at night (or read under the covers)."
    Helen Clark
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "This seems like it would be a good book. I'm not sure it's a horror book though seems more like a mystery or suspense type of book. I think the solution is ok but not sure it fits into the genre that I am looking for."
  • Jane Lynch
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book is great for a girl just entering the teenagers world. It helped my little girl understand all the transitions she would experience in the next 3 years."
  • Hannah Schmidt
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The solution should had been "Terrible Visions of A Lonely Beauty" who often have visions of the future that comes to pass in some uncomfortable way."
  • Kyle Sullivan
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle Trilogy) is a book that is ok. It is a little exciting and interesting, but not great. The basic idea wasn't so bad, but the one dimensional characters and absolutely horrendous writing were too much. I had to literally MAKE myself finish this book."
  • Julia Morales
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I really liked this book, held my attention... couldn't put it down! A different approach and twist. Looking forward to more books in the series."
  • Daniel Castro
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I am part of a library discussion group, and our topic during the last meeting was 'Best Books Which Haven't Been Adapted Into a Movie." We gave each other suggestions, and we were to check out the books our partners suggested and give feedback during the last meeting. My partner's suggestion was 'A Great and Terrible Beauty' by Libba Bray. I read it, and found it to be a pretty routine potboiler, there's nothing really wrong with it, but there are many far better books that haven't received the big screen treatment. I think my suggestion of 'Lord of Light' for my partner, was much better."
  • Jessica Harper
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I loved this book by Mrs. Bray. Very captivating, engaging and thoughtful. Not at all like Twilight book, but the Victorian settings are beautiful and the story is amazing . It's the kind of book I always lean towards on a rainy day. I would definitely read this authors other books. Highly recommend."
  • Ann Song
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "After my teenager devoured the Harry Potter books, I tried to find another series that she might enjoy. I had this book on my own shelf to read for a couple of years and decided to let her read it first as I was still in the middle of another novel. She loved that it was set in the 1800s and she was able to "experience" how a female lived in that time. The magic used in the book was different than Hogwarts, but it didn't stop her from asking me to purchase the second book in the series."
    Javier Zepeda
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "A Great and Terrible Beauty is a very intriguing story. It keeps you at the edge of your seat the entire read. You never know what is going to happen with so many twists and turns. "

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