A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray

Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
Author: Libba Bray
Pages: 403
Published: 2005 (first published 2003)
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Rating: 4/5

It's 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma's reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she's been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence's most powerful girls-and their foray into the spiritual world-lead to? (via Chapters.ca)

Why I read this book: I had wanted to read this book for a number of years, as I had heard that it was quite a good book and I was intrigued.  

Thoughts: Really enjoyed the book.  I found that the book had a good flow to it and there was rarely a moment in which there was an awkward; everything had a purpose to it, almost as though the author planned it that way.  Even though the characters may have seemed rather self-centered, they were actually quite developed and fairly rounded out.  While I don't read a lot of thrillers, there was portion of the book towards the end of the book that got me a little creeped out that I had to put the book down and go to bed.  Overall a pretty good book.

9875 / 15000 pages. 66% done!


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