Backlist Blast #2: A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray


Backlist Blast is a weekly book meme hosted by Milana from A Couple Reads and Flavia from Flavia the Bibliophile. The purpose of this meme is to feature and discuss backlist books that we haven’t gotten to yet, but have the intention of doing.


Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
Author: Libba Bray
Series: Gemma Doyle #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: December 9, 2003
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

In this debut gothic novel mysterious visions, dark family secrets and a long-lost diary thrust Gemma and her classmates back into the horrors that followed her from India.

It’s 1895, and after the suicide 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 been 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?

The book I’ve decided to feature in this week’s Backlist Blast is A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. This has been sitting on my shelf at my dad’s house for the longest time. So long, I don’t even remember how many years I’ve owned it. But I really want to read it and one day I swear I’ll get to it. Maybe later this year or earlier next year? I hope so.

Thanks for reading my Backlist Blast post! Let me know what you think of my choice in the comments below. Is A Great and Terrible Beauty worth getting to soon?

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