A Great and Terrible Beauty (Paperback)
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Short Description for A Great and Terrible Beauty Combining a historical setting, a supernatural theme and a compelling and likeable heroine, this is a novel for teen girls.
- Published: 02 May 2006
- Format: Paperback 416 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780689875359 ISBN 10: 0689875355
- Sales rank: 13,411
Reviews for A Great and Terrible Beauty
Too slow paced and drawn out for me
In India, this book started out beautifully, just pure descriptive magic. I wish everyone just stayed their butts there. Side note: I am extremely partial to backdrops in France and/or India-so I may be a smidgeon biased. Gemma is witness to a horrific scene involving her mother-a scene, to her dismay, that she foresaw literally minutes before it occurred. She is then promptly shipped off to a boarding school in England.
This is where the problems arose for me, and where the story began to grow a little stale. So much so, that I would put the book down for days on end, only to finally pick it up again and realize that ughh..maybe I shouldn't have. I think the change of scenery had a large impact on my loss of interest. England seemed so drab and void of the colour, smells, and culture that India provided in the beginning (though I have previously enjoyed stories based in England, this one was just dull to me).
However, there WAS a bright light at the end of that gray tunnel. The story picked up considerably as Gemma formed a stronger bond with a few of her classmates. These secondary characters-Ann, Felicity and Pippa-also become increasingly more interesting as I became more informed of their lives, and the reasons for their reactions and interests. I think Libba Bray did a good job of making that transition easy and seamless for her readers: the fact that Gemma bumped heads with these girls initially, but then grew closer to them. I felt like it was done smartly, and not so quickly that it felt forced.
The 2 redeeming things in this book for me were these:
1) The interaction between Gemma and Kartik. I waited with baited breathe for them to be in the same place at the same time, and I severely hope they have more scenes together in the next 2 books! and
2) The paranormal aspect. I think the intricacies and explanations were well thought out, and fun. I'm looking forward to seeing how it plays out from here on out-I'm expecting a lot more of it in Rebel Angels.
Overall, this book was extremely slow paced for me, and when it finally did pick up, the excitement was still a little too few and far between. The characters were pretty one dimensional, and I probably could have done without a few of them. I really, really wanted to like this series-I saw SO many positive reviews for it. Hopefully my feelings change for the other books. by Reeka