A Great and Terrible BeautyBook - 2003
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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... Read More »
OCTOBER 5 - When Gemma's mother dies, she is sent away to boarding school in England, a place that couldn't be more dissimiliar to the India she grew up in. At a time in history where women had few options, she discovers she can communicate and traverse the spirit realm, an ability that her new ... Read More »
LPL_KimberlyL Feb 29, 2016
A boarding school story with a paranormal twist! After her mother dies under violent circumstances, Gemma's family moves her from her home in India to a boarding school in England, where she can be educated on being a proper young lady. She discovers she has the ability to visit the spirit world,... Read More »
A Great and Terrible Beauty is a boarding school story with a paranormal twist. After her mother dies under violent circumstances, Gemma's family moves her from India to a boarding school in England where she can be educated on being a proper young lady. She discovers that she has the ability to... Read More »
Gemma enters a finishing school where she learns she has the magical ability to see into the spirit world. This is perfect for fans who like a mix of historical and fantasy genres.
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"All the small, simple, conscious acts of living [are] a sudden defense against the dying we do every day" (397).
Gemma (thought): "Let's draw the curtains and stay in, warm and safe, away from the uncertain woods" (204).
Miss Moore: "Your mind is not a cage. It's a garden. And it requires cultivating" (128).
What frightens you? What makes the hair on your arms rise, your palms sweat, the breath catch in your chest like a wild thing caged? Is it the dark? A fleeting memory of a bedtime story, ghosts and gobins and witches hiding in the shadows? Is it the way the wind picks up just before a storm? Or is it something deeper, something much more frightening, a monster deep inside that you've glimpsed only in pieces, the vast unknown of your own soul where secrets gather with a terrible power, the dark inside?
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Gemma Doyle is sent to London after her mother's mysterious death. Suddenly Gemma recieves visions. Then she meets an Indian Boy named Kartik whom is from a clan called the Rakshana. He tells her to close her visions, but Gemma cannot as it's the only way to contact her mother.