A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY

This is the first book in Libba Brays Gemma Doyle trilogy, 

historical and fantasy are two of most loved genres of all time and Libba Brays writing weaves them together so seamlessly that you almost believe it really happened. Set in a victorian boarding school for girls the trilogy follows sixteen-year-old Gemma Doyle as she comes to terms with her place in her own world of corsets, carriages and curtsies, while simultaneously trying to find her place in the mysterious ‘realms’. 

My thoughts

My personal favourite thing about this book is the characters and their relationships. It is rare for books set in that era to have particularly strong female characters however Bray writes interesting women with goals and aspirations outside of just landing a good husband. My only bad note for the series is i wish there had been more world building inside of the ‘Realms’ as readers we spent a lot of time there but I came away feeling like I didn’t really know much about the place.

Bray has a wonderful way of making her characters so real and vivid and giving them complex emotions and so many adversities to face. When I started this series I hated felicity and was sure I would up for the whole series but the character development just blew me away and I now feel obliged to say she’s one of my favourite fictional characters of all time. 


Over all though the book was well written and even if I was a little disillusioned by the lack of detail in the ‘Realms’ that doesn’t take away from the amazing narrative. I’ve given it 4 stars on good reads but honestly a little more of the realms and it would have been 5.
 

A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY

This is the first book in Libba Brays Gemma Doyle trilogy, 

historical and fantasy are two of most loved genres of all time and Libba Brays writing weaves them together so seamlessly that you almost believe it really happened. Set in a victorian boarding school for girls the trilogy follows sixteen-year-old Gemma Doyle as she comes to terms with her place in her own world of corsets, carriages and curtsies, while simultaneously trying to find her place in the mysterious ‘realms’. 

My thoughts

My personal favourite thing about this book is the characters and their relationships. It is rare for books set in that era to have particularly strong female characters however Bray writes interesting women with goals and aspirations outside of just landing a good husband. My only bad note for the series is i wish there had been more world building inside of the ‘Realms’ as readers we spent a lot of time there but I came away feeling like I didn’t really know much about the place.

Bray has a wonderful way of making her characters so real and vivid and giving them complex emotions and so many adversities to face. When I started this series I hated felicity and was sure I would up for the whole series but the character development just blew me away and I now feel obliged to say she’s one of my favourite fictional characters of all time. 

Over all though the book was well written and even if I was a little disillusioned by the lack of detail in the ‘Realms’ that doesn’t take away from the amazing narrative. I’ve given it 4 stars on good reads but honestly a little more of the realms and it would have been 5.

 

A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY

This is the first book in Libba Brays Gemma Doyle trilogy, 

historical and fantasy are two of most loved genres of all time and Libba Brays writing weaves them together so seamlessly that you almost believe it really happened. Set in a victorian boarding school for girls the trilogy follows sixteen-year-old Gemma Doyle as she comes to terms with her place in her own world of corsets, carriages and curtsies, while simultaneously trying to find her place in the mysterious ‘realms’. 

My thoughts

My personal favourite thing about this book is the characters and their relationships. It is rare for books set in that era to have particularly strong female characters however Bray writes interesting women with goals and aspirations outside of just landing a good husband. My only bad note for the series is i wish there had been more world building inside of the ‘Realms’ as readers we spent a lot of time there but I came away feeling like I didn’t really know much about the place.

Bray has a wonderful way of making her characters so real and vivid and giving them complex emotions and so many adversities to face. When I started this series I hated felicity and was sure I would up for the whole series but the character development just blew me away and I now feel obliged to say she’s one of my favourite fictional characters of all time. 

Over all though the book was well written and even if I was a little disillusioned by the lack of detail in the ‘Realms’ that doesn’t take away from the amazing narrative. I’ve given it 4 stars on good reads but honestly a little more of the realms and it would have been 5.

 


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