A Great and Terrible Beauty – Libba Bray

Rating : 2.5/5

Gemma was living in India with her mother when one day at the market everything changed. She had a dark vision where her mother was killed but realized it wasn’t just a vision. Few months later England, Gemma was enrolled at Spence a girl’s academy. She meets a powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions “for a bit of fun” and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the “others” and rebuild the Order. A Great and Terrible Beauty is an impressive first book in what should prove to be a fascinating trilogy.

I have been trying to finish this novel last two months but I failed to finish it until today. It was an okay read for me because the first 200 pages was so boring that I had to take a break for a month or so to get back and read it again.

The story was okay though I’m not really fascinated with supernatural plots. I think this book pace was really slow but the last 150 pages were really fun that I can’t take my eyes off it. Especially where the girls go into this world where they can do whatever they wish for. The girls are somewhat innocent and broken in their own way and in that world they can get their hearts desire but eventually greed will cause some trouble.

I don’t know what I should feel after finishing this book. I decided not to continue the second book which is the Rebel Angels but maybe in the future…

This book :

  1. Reminded me of the cave adventure of The Dead Poets Society but with magic.
  2. left me with some pictures in my head

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