Author: Libba Bray
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Read Time: I luxuriated in reading this book.
Tag Words: Historical Fiction, Strong heroine, boarding school, Victorian England, India, Supernatural realms, best friends, true love, dreamers, beauty, remarkability, sexual awakening, discovering what you want
Gemma Doyle has been banished to Spence Academy for girls after tragedy befalls her family in India.
Alone in a foreign land filled with prissy girls and snobbish English ways, Gemma is about to find out that everything is not as it appears, least of all, her own strength and beauty.
Gusher. I loved it! I’m glad I took a chance on this book and am willing to put money on me crying by the end of book three. I almost cried this book around, and am, in fact, sort of misty-eyed at some of the more poetic prose and how deeply this book cuts to the heart of women.
I consider myself a feminist, I also consider most feminists loons, but I think Libba Bray and I could talk women's rights, hopes, dreams and true beauty for days without killing each other once. I think we have the same heart when it comes to women and how oppressed housewives can be, how lonely free spirits might find themselves and how a great deal of us just do not have enough hours in the day to consider what we want. I am so happy Libba had time enough to not only consider it herself, but to write about it. Libba is an inspiration to me, as write, hoping I will do the same with my own heroines.
Gemma, Felicity, Pippa and Ann all have such different dreams, completely unique hopes for their greatest accomplishment. In fact, speaking of being a feminist who doesn’t understand feminists, but understands Libba Bray, I give you Pippa. The girl who wanted someone to listen so badly she wouldn’t stop prattling on like a silly, over-taxed female. Her greatest dream was to be truly loved by a man. This makes my heart sing.
The other girls each have equally deep and chord-striking interworkings, I believe this is why the paranormal aspects, the slightly occultish bits, the magic itself did not bother me; the stories soul rested in the hands of four girls and their four dreams, something dark in an entirely different, completely fascinating way.
Notes on the Names:
This book is a name lovers paradise. Virginia, Gemma, Pippa & Felicity! All of these are on my baby name list, so you can imagine my glee.
Thoughts on the Cover:
It’s Gemma in a corset. Can you imagine anything more genius?
Parental Book Review *spoilers*
Provided by Reading Teen, thanks Andye!
Sexual Content: No sex, but moderate sexual innuendo and sensuality
Other Notables: The book deals with the supernatural, including girls who visit with the dead and help spirits cross over into the afterlife.