chelee33, May 1, 2008 (view all comments by chelee33)
This story takes place in the early 1900's. Basically, a girl finds out she has magic powers and she explores it with her friends during boarding school. They start sneaking out at night and having secret meetings.
I liked this story and I am looking forward to reading the next book. I was a little bored at some points, but mostly I was scared, excited and teary eyed!
Others I recommend: Uglies series, Blue Bloods, Twilight series
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momostar13, December 20, 2007 (view all comments by momostar13)
Ever since a Great and Terrible Beauty made its way into stores, it has held its number one spot on my list of favorites. The main character, Gemma Doyle, is a very accurate portrayal of a woman. She is stubborn, willful, and at times indecisive. There is nothing perfect about her, which makes it very easy for readers to relate to her.
The story takes place in the year 1895. Circumstances force Gemma to move from her homeland of India, to a finishing school in London. This had actually been her dream for many years. So great was her wanting to leave India that it had become a constant battle with her mother. When she had finally achieved her wish, it came at a great cost.
Once at Spence finishing school,Gemma finds herself rooming with the gloomy Ann, the pariah of the school. She soon meets Felicity and Pippa, the most popular girls; Ann's complete opposites. While Gemma's relationship with these girls is quite rocky...it progresses.
It isn't long before she notices that there is something odd happening in the school and also she begins to question her own sanity as she is constantly barraged by strange visions. Adding to her confusion and fear is the constant appearance of Kartik, an Indian boy she had met right before the events of her leaving India came into play.
What she cannot explain, are the strange feelings she has whenever he is around...
I would recommend this book mostly to a female audience, and I assure you it is absolutely fabulous!
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