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A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
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Feb 06, 2011

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bookshelves: 2011, audio, ya, historical-fiction
Recommended for: teen girls
Read from February 06 to March 18, 2011

Audio version. A nice jaunt into late 1800's London where Jemma meets 3 other girls at the boarding school where her deceased Mother once attended. While attending classes and attempting to assimilate and mourn her mother, Jemma finds she can no longer ignore the "visions" she has been experiencing. As she learns more and more about the secret past of the school and The Order, she spends more and more time exploring her new powers. But with power, comes responsibility and Jemma finds out that every choice has a consequence, both positive and negative.

The actress did an excellent job with the narrative and voice changes for each character. The writing is well done with subtle connections between being a teen in the 1800's and being teen in the 2000's. As the author says (paraphrasing) have we really made so little progress in raising our girls? Excellent point, Ms Bray, excellent point.

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