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The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle #3)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  48,533 ratings  ·  3,175 reviews
IT HAS BEEN A YEAR OF CHANGE since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered, her father a laudanum addict, Gemma has relied on an unsuspected strength and has discovered an ability to travel to an enchanted world called the realms, where dark magic runs wild. Despite certain peril, Gemma has bound the magic to herself and forged unlikely ne ...more
Hardcover, 819 pages
Published December 26th 2007 by Delacorte Press
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Dec 04, 2013 Stephanie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: NO ONE!
Shelves: young-adult
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Dec 30, 2007 Angie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
And so ends the trilogy that began with A Great and Terrible Beauty, continued with Rebel Angels, and concludes in this final volume. I liked the first one well enough because of its unique blend of a wild, magical, mythical realm barely constrained behind stiff Victorian curtains. I really got into the second one as the plot became more complex, Gemma came into her own powers, Felicity and Ann's stories became more layered, and poor beautiful Pippa was relegated to the Realms indefinitely. Wh ...more
Jan 05, 2008 Caroline rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Caroline by: Karina
This was by far my favorite in the series, and I think a lot of it had to do with what Libba Bray was willing to have happen to her characters. The others have had their dark moments, but this was definitely the darkest of the lot. Makes sense, since it is the conclusion of a trilogy, and so there's got to be pretty big events to keep the story going.

It does take a while for the story to pick up, like in the others. Oh, and there's a veritable ton of Victorian society happenings that some reader
Dec 03, 2009 Tatiana rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: only those who want to know how it all ends very badly
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Dec 14, 2008 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who love Twilight, Harry Potter, and strong female main characters
Recommended to Erin by: Emily
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Here's what I expected from this book: that it would maintain the part snarky, part serious, part romantic tone of the first two books; that the characters would grow a bit and the relationships would be as fraught as ever; that there would be some good old fashioned suspense leading up to the conclusion of the trilogy.

If any of those elements were present in this book, they got lost under pages and pages of sub-par writing; I don't come to books like this for Great Literature, but the others w
Okay, I'm going to start off with a warning. I will be talking in detail about how this book made me feel and if you haven't read it yet it is possible that my feelings will give away a crucial plot point. With that all I can say is I feel raw. Absolutely raw. I couldn't breathe. And I cried. A lot of tears were shed. The ending is by far one of the most brilliant, brave things I have EVER read, that does not mean that it wasn't absolutely horrible to read. And knowing that it was necessary, tha ...more
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Sunny Rae
I cannot even describe my love for this trilogy. It is simply amazing.
Girls finding their wings, and finding their light and dark corners. You will have to read to find out what that means.
lol, it is beautifully written, this author does not twist the truth, which i love. She tells the story as if it might happen to everyone, like the characters own personal plots. There are many unexpected twists(huge crying moments)
I really did find out more about myself. The person i want to become, and how
After reading the first book it was good enough to keep reading the other books although I didn't love it. I really liked the second book, but after the whole series was finished I was rather disappointed. I thought the story was compelling, but if you're looking for a book appropriate for you teenage girls this is not it. There are far too many points of view that if you call yourself Christian you will probably have a problem with. I really wanted to like these books, but after the insertion o ...more
i’ve finally finished the eight hundred some pages of The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray. And I must say that in the last two days I have felt what I believe to be every possible emotion there is. I almost find myself at a loss for words in the shock that I still feel.

We once again join in the adventures of the girls of Spence that we have grown to love. The story once is centered on the magic of the Realms and what Gemma must to with it now that she has bound it to herself. Although I rather enj
Jan 13, 2008 Rebecca rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: someone who wants an easy, escapist reading experience
Shelves: young-adult
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
My old review for this sucked so I'll attempt to sum up my thoughts in a slightly better way.

Well, this book is kind of near and dear to my heart because I was reading it on the night right before my little brother was born. (Awww.) So, whenever I think of this book, I think of that. I also remember how it kept me up until like 3 in the morning because it was so scary and thrilling and awesome and whatnot.

The ending was a bit frustrating, but ... oh well. Over all, this is a fantastic series wi
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Jul 09, 2015 lauren kellie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those debating whether or not to finish the series. this one's worth it.
Out of the three books in this series, this one was probably the best. It contained more of a well-developed, central plot, stronger characters, more twists and turns than one would have expected.


Eight hundred pages is too long for a YA book, if you ask me.

I really do think Libba stepped up her game with this, though. For once, I actually felt a sense of connection to the realms: they weren't weak and flimsy feeling as they had been for me in the previous two books. I real
In the final book of the Gemma Doyle trilogy, the Order, the Rakshana and the creatures of the realms all want one thing - the magic. Gemma is caught between as everyone around her tumbles into chaos and the fight for the magic begins in earnest. While the creatures of the winterlands make a bid for control and Circe stirs, Gemma struggles to come to terms with the magic she holds and her place in this world and in the realms. As the story unfolds, Gemma discovers that nothing, and noone, is as ...more
Jan 13, 2008 Alyssa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys wearing pants.
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I think it is a great testament to an author’s skill in writing prose, when they can evoke within you such emotions that makes you want to throw your book across the room, when the characters are being stupid, blind, or just acting in ways that are so frustrating you want to scream at them. Or, it is a well written story when your own heart beats against your ribcage when the main protagonist is feeling love, fear, or anger.

In my opinion, what also makes for a good book is when you want to do n
This book was wonderful! I'm very sad to see the Gemma Doyle trilogy come to an end, but Bray sure took it out with a bang in The Sweet Far Thing.

Rather than talk about what happens in the novel, I want to touch upon one thing that really held my interest throughout all three novels: the discontent that Gemma feels over the restraints and limitations placed upon girls and women. Bray takes the opportunity through Gemma, Felicity, and Ann to make her female readers aware of the expectations place
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Vihdoinkin. Vihdoinkin sain tämän kirjan loppuun ja siten myös päätettyä koko trilogian. Olen todella iloinen, että päätin tutustua näihin kirjoihin, mutta valitettavasti tämä viimeinen osa ei ihan kantanut soihtua niin hyvin loppuun asti, mitä olisin toivonut.

The Sweet Far Thing on armottomasti liian pitkä, aivan erityisesti viimeiseksi osaksi. Juoni oli niin venytetty ja niiden satojen ja taas satojen lukemieni sivujen ajan meinasin vähän väliä hukata sen punaisen langan. Kirjan koko ensimmäin
700 pages of this book are totally useless. Seriously. I admit that my reading habits during the term aren't conducive to falling in love with long books because I tend to read them in such fragments. But this book I read mostly in enormous hunks. And even though it is a quick read in terms of style, Bray seems to want to be J.K. Rowling and imagines that she has created this huge world here with lots of intricate characters and terrain and oodles of plot twists in the last book of the trilogy. ...more
ok. if you can get past the "Realms" and the 800+pages, it's not bad... The ending, while predictable, is a bit better than decent.
it, like great and terrible beauty, hits its mark with the intended audience--well enough that I can acknowledge its accomplishment.

After moaning, audibly, at the kitchen table, a week or so ago, and drawing the attention of my father, I read a passage aloud to him. His response: "Oh my. That's horrendous!"

It was the part with the Tree of Life--with Gemma and the gir
I had to give myself a day to recover from the ending of this book before I really knew how I felt. Initially I was saddened and angry by the ending but I see now that it was necessary and the closest thing to a "happy ending" that Bray could find. The book is long but doesn't feel long at all, it moves quickly and is fun to read. As it is the third installment and final act within the series, it brings about few new plot lines and characters but deeply grows upon the new ones. My favorite book ...more
This book.. wow this book. haha

Overall the series wasn't AMAZING to me, I really enjoyed the time period and the gothic feel, but I was never really in love with the series. With that said, this book is a great book, especially the ending. After 800 and something pages I felt very attached to the characters and the story, and I guess I did not really get that in the other two books. The beginning was fairly boring and sometimes hard to get through, I got a little put off because of the length an
Jenny Rebecca
Uggghhh!!! I did not like this book. The writing as always was beautiful, and Libba Bray creates a very vivid world. But I hated it. I spent the first 790 pages yelling at Gemma for being a dumb butt, and the next 30 screaming at the end. Without giving anything away, it felt like it was all for nothing. Not just this book, but if you take all three books as a whole, I felt cheated.

Unhappy face.
After the last book I read, I need something
I just want to curl up into a fatal position and bawl.

One second I hated the characters, decisions, the plot and then I loved them so. I loved how this isn't a too-happy all-will-be-well let's-skip-off-into-the-sunset type of ending and I hate that this isn't a too-happy all-will-be-well let's-skip-off-into-the-sunset type of ending. I cannot even. I hate this book, I love this book and when that happens, I usually rate the book 3 stars. Not this time, I give this one 5 stars and then a gazilli
The Winter Rose
I was not impressed with this last book in the triology. It did not end well for me. Here are my issues with it (many of which have already been touched upon by other reviers)...

- Too darn long. Seriously. I don't mind reading long books, but only when it doesn't -feel- like a long book. You can give me a book thousand pages long and I will keep reading if it engages me. This book did not engage me. It felt long. I wasn't caught up. There were far too many unessecary characters and subplots that
This is not a perfect novel. It could do with a bit more editing. There were quite a few chapters and subplots that I felt were excessive and unnecessary to the story.


This is an example of the power of great characters. If characters are as likeable, funny, well-developed, well-written and admirable as Libba Bray's in the Gemma Doyle series, its easy to forgive technical errors.

Thank God for Gemma. This is a young female protagonist worth looking up to. She's relatable, not just because sh
The gothic-Victorian-fantasy concludes, at last, with an 800-page behemoth of a book that is more of the same; it’s the kind of thing you’ll like if you like that kind of thing. Boarding-school student Gemma Doyle has the power to enter a magical world known as the realms; she also has just bound the magic of the realms to herself, promising to make an alliance with the other creatures of the realms and share her magic. However, everybody is targeting her for her power now, both inside and outsi ...more
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I think what gets me feeling itchy is all that emphasis on the facts of a life, while all the juicy, relevant, human oddity stuff gets left on the cutting room floor.
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