Saturday, August 02, 2014

A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (Gemma Doyle #1)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: YA Fantasy

Poor Gemma, first her mother dies and then she is sent to an all-girls boarding school, every teenage girl's nightmare. But to top it all off Gemma is not your average girl but a witch of sorts that can travel back and forth between different realms and who can do a bit of magic with potential for more. So Gemma is totally relatable, there is something that makes her different and her life is not perfect, yep that is pretty much every girl I have ever met.

Bray also gets you with the fantasy/paranormal parts of this book because who really doesn't want to read about cool, unknown, mysterious things; dumb question right because everyone wants to read a book like that. So not only are you pulled in by the characters but also by the content of the book. And it takes place in England in 1895 another big draw for historical fiction lovers.

No pulitzer prize writing but it is a YA novel and there are some parts that the adult in me couldn't get past without rolling my eyeballs. That said it was a thoroughly entertaining read and I was glad to see that is was part of a series because I do love a good series, tomorrow you will see the review for the second book in the series I have yet to read the 3rd and final book.

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