It's 1895, and after the death of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma's reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she's being ...Read MoreIt's 1895, and after the death of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma's reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she's being followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence's most powerful girls - and their foray into the spiritual world - lead to?Read Less
Fine. 0385901615 Signed and Inscribed by author, Libba Bray, on the front flyleaf. Book is like new with no dust jacket. Text is clean and unmarked. Binding is tight and sits square. Library bound. Published by Delacorte Press; March 2005. Item is carefully inspected and accurately described. We ship FAST! ! ! All of our books are packaged with bubble wrap and shipped inside a padded envelope or a suitable shipping box.
Fine in Fine jacket. Hardback. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen year old Gemma returned to England, after may years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world. Book is crisp and clean.
?Beauty? doesn't pander to young girls but it isn't heartless, either. In the first pages Gemma is throwing a petulant little fit and fighting with her mother and I thought ?great, another bratty heroine.? I was pleased at how quickly she wanted to make up. There is a lot she doesn?t know, but she?s learning, and her lessons are exciting ? full of dark strangers, visions, and magic. She is not perfect and neither are her friends. Sometimes they aren?t nice and sometimes they make the wrong choices, but Gemma at least seems to have remorse and make changes. I?m rooting for her, but I?m a little wary of her friends.
Aug 19, 2008
A masterful mix of adventure, fanatasy, and historical fiction. This was a beautiful, enchanting book that once you start reading you just can't put down. This is a book any young girl would fall in love with and leave you craving more... good thing its a trilogy!!
Oct 3, 2007
Good not great
Good, but not great. This book is well written with realistic characters and excellent suspense. There are some really golden and memorable thoughts throughout the novel. Beginning is superb. It is worth recommending to a friend especially if they are a teenager.
Apr 3, 2007
this was a great book. i felt like i was actually in 1895!
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