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A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
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Jan 09, 2009

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bookshelves: fantasy, historical-fiction, young-adult, 2009
Recommended to Julie by: Saw it on the shelf
Recommended for: fans of the Victorian era, and magic
Read in January, 2009 , read count: 1

(This would be 3 and a half stars if I had that capability.)

This is a very interesting book. It combines magic and historical fiction in an intriguing way, examining both the other realms and the strict structure of Victorian society as viewed by a group of teenage girls in a boarding school with a secret, supernatural past.

I liked Gemma Doyle from the start, but it took me quite a while to warm up to Felicity, Pippa and Ann (I did, though). Their friendship and the secret rites in which they participate posed the same problem for me; a tad unbelievable at first, but very compelling as the story went on.

I am excited to read book two, Rebel Angels, and am impressed by Libba Bray's writing style, which flows nicely. Bray weaves magic into the Victorian era quite successfully, much like Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer's "Sorcery and Cecelia" series does for the Regency period.

I'd definitely recommend giving it a shot.

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