A great and terrible beauty is one part harry potter one part the cw and one part pride and prejudice only darker much darker it starts to border on the edge of material that makes certain mothers reading their daughters books stop and freak out. A great and terrible beauty is neither great nor beautiful though it is indeed wait for it terrible the characters are simple and one dimensional their actions both petty and selfish i find it difficult to believe any one of the four girls at the heart of the story cared for one another much less anyone else. A great and terrible beauty is the first novel in the gemma doyle trilogy by libba brayit is told from the perspective of gemma doyle a girl in the year 1895 gemma leaves her home in india to go to a boarding school in england after her mother dies. A great and terrible beauty has ups and downs twists and turns and always keeps the reader interested bray has not only constructed a great plot but has woven strong characters and various themes of where a woman191s place in society is and how hard it is for a girl to fit in with her peers. Led by her visions and the spirit of her dead mother gemma doyle takes her boarding school clique deep into mystical realms controlled by an ancient group of women
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