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What the community says about A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle)
- "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."
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- "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."
- "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)."
- "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."
- "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."
- "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."
- "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."