Friday, October 9, 2009

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

1895:The 16 year old Gemma Doyle is living with her mother in India.
Gemma's mother suddenly commits suicide and Gemma is shipped back to London to the boarding school Spence, where young girls are being prepared to marry a rich husband.
Gemma has a strange gift. She can see visions that are coming true shortly after she has seen them. She is followed by a strange and mysterious Indian man who says he is send to watch over her and she makes friends with the most powerfull girls at Spence. And she finds the diary of a former Spence girl, Mary Dowd.
The four girls are going to form The Order, their own secret society. They secretly sneak out of Spence at night and they are going to read the diary of Mary Dowd. They find out that Gemma's mother once was a student at Spence and that strange deaths happened that time.
I finally had the time to read this book after it was at my reading pile for almost a year.
I liked this book, it is a bit of a new Jane Eyre kind of book. It has the same spooky Victorian style, with lots of mysterious people. Made me really curious for the other two books in the Gemma Doyle series...Libba Bray is starring now on Readergirlz, and you can chat with Libba during the Teen Read Week Chats at Readergirlz on Wednesday, October 28th at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST. See here the official Readergirlz banner and click on it to go to the Readergirlz site, and don't miss the Teen Read Week chats from 10 till 23 of October!


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