Book Review: A Great And Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
October 11, 2011 18 Comments
What I somehow didn’t realise is that this is a YA book. Nothing wrong with that, but I expected quite a different book.
A Great And Terrible Beauty: What it is about
Sixteen-year old Gemma Doyle sees her mother die in a vision while she is walking the streets of a town in India. When she arrives at the scene, she realises it really happened as she saw it.
Two months later, Gemma is in England where she is sent to boarding school. At first she is one of the most unpopular girls in her year, but after a while she becomes more accepted. With her new friends she forms a secret club and when she gets a vision again, they join her getting to an alternate world where the dead are alive and anything they want is possible.
But it’s not safe, creatures from the dream world could enter the real world and cause severe harm.
Gemma has to decide whether to risk this while having a good time in the dream world, or to give up this world and live in reality only.
A Great And Terrible Beauty: What I thought
A good story, although I didn’t find the alternate world idea very interesting.
What I did like was Gemma at boarding school and how she dealt with her bullies. In other words, I liked the real-life part of the story, but the dream world wasn’t at all attractive to me.
I didn’t really care about the creatures that could enter the real life either. Maybe they weren’t fierce enough, or the threat wasn’t strong enough, I’m not sure, but I wasn’t particularly worried about them.
In all, this was a quick and fun read. The book is the first in the Gemma Doyle trilogy but I think just one was enough for me.
Or are the others better? Have you read them?
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
I got this book: from the library
I read this in: Dutch (Een verschrikkelijke schoonheid), the original language is English
Number of pages: 384
First published: 2005
Genre: fantasy, Young Adult