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Beahty reader has this exceptional pace and lovely voice. They faded before their own eyes till they were nothing more than living ghosts, haunting each other with what heauty be, what can’t be. The combination of Indian colonial culture and 19th-century English boarding school for girls created one great atmosphere. People have been rumored to be playing the characters, but author Libba Bray has confirmed that no one has been cast.

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We get to know some of their members but nothing much about the organization. I kind of wish there was a sequel to the trilogy set from libbs point of view. This is the first book I have read by Libba Bray who is, in fact, quite the prolific author and incredibly popular amongst fans of Young Adult literature.

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I lost my real eye in a car accident when I was eighteen. English-language films American novels Novels by Libba Bray Gemma Brqy Trilogy American fantasy novels American young adult novels Young adult fantasy novels fantasy novels Debut novels in fiction Fictional American people of Indian descent Novels set in schools. It’s a confusing mix of self-righteous pulpit pounding and misogyny, with the end result being I wanted to put my fist through the admittedly beautg and eyecatching cover.

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Female special powers automatically give this book has a bunch of points in its favor. The novel can best be described as Gothic fantasy. Bray creates a world of dreams, wonder and magic. What is her destiny? I picked this up after a friend kept talking about it in a GR group I belong to.

Felicity seeks her own power, accusing Gemma of wanting braay realms all to herself. Not forgetting a carnal longing, which is far more unfamiliar to these once girls who find themselves becoming young women. I didn’t care for any of the other main characters, mostly because I felt that the protagonist, Gemma, was treading on thin ice by being friends with them.

There’s gossiping, bitchiness and bullying of those who are different in this case, from a lower class.

During one of her visions, Gemma is led into the caves that border the school grounds. There, she finds a diary written 25 years earlier by a year-old girl named Mary Dowd who also attended Spence Academy and seemed to suffer from the same visions as Gemma, along with her friend, Sarah Rees-Toome. On the one hand, Felicity and Pippa are mean to Ann, playing pranks, putting her down, and falsely accusing her of stealing. McBee’s 6th grade English class, was about a girl whose family is kidnapped and held hostage by a murderous lot of bank robbers who intend to kill the whole family—including the dog—until the year-old heroine foils the plot and saves the day.

Although the plot meandered at times, this is only the start of a trilogy and I felt it was just laying the groundwork for bigger things to come. Delacorte Press Publication date: The girls blame their teacher for corrupting them, to deflect getting in trouble.

At Spence Academy Gemma befriends three girls and they start their own secret club, but when Gemma finds out she possess supernatural powers from her mother, it changes everything. Dec 09, Pages Young Adult Buy. Here’s a phrase I got from goodreads reviews that I’ve been longing to use — the prose was clunky. They were all dreamers, these girls. I do not recommend it.


After finishing the I swiped this out of the classroom one day because I had lunch duty and my choices were A stare at the perpetual hacky sack game for 30 minutes or B read something. First of all, I have to give Bray a special credit for choosing a rather original setting and issues. The girls except Gemma get naked, chase, and kill a deer, hitting it in the head until it’s pulpy. I liked the friendship she built with the other girls especially Felicityeven though at first they didn’t get on at all.

On a second reading, Gemma is an extremely realistic teenager at the beginning of the series. Gemma’s father is addicted to laudanum, an opiate.

Has this book got much romance? I’m disgusted, as an non-Hinduist, when I visited India some years ago, for more than once I wasn’t allowed to come anywhere near some of the shrines within the temples, because those important shrines are for believers only.

And yes, Gemma uses her wit and creativity to win the girls over, learning along the way that she has ties to a former Spence student who possessed strange powers, too.

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Leanne The first time I read the book Gemma’s characterization was a problem for me. Finally, I have to try to articulate my irritation with the writing. How were you able to get inside the heads of girls who lived over a hundred years ago? By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I lik I picked this up after a friend kept talking about it in a GR group I belong to.