©2003 Libba Bray; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"A delicious, elegant gothic." (Publishers Weekly)
The Author captures really well the mindset of a teenage girl and I think especially what I would imagine is the mindset of a teenage girl in the Victorian era. The plot is mysterious and the imagery is vivid. The sentences are short yet they invoke clear pictures. The undertones have a feminist vibe. A good read for both young adults and adults who are young at heart. In my audible edition I quite enjoyed the author commentary at the end.
Libba Bray is remarkable in her ability to combine authentic characters, emotions and settings. Showing us an England that sees it's young, well bred women as commodities. Making it easy to really "feel" with the characters when they make decisions they believe to be scandalous. Toss in a bit of magic and the mystery of the realms and you soon find yourself unable to put the book down. If your looking to be whisked away by your imagination this book is just the vehicle you need. Hint:: At the end of the book, Ms. Bray tells a bit of the process of how the book came about - it's worth a listen either before you read A Great and Terrible Beauty or after.
i loved this book when I read it years ago, but listening to it was almost better. The narrator does a fantastic job of giving all the characters, male and female unique, yet realistic voices. She made listening very enjoyable and if you space out for a second, you can still figure out who's speaking without context.
Libba Bray does a fantastic job with this feminist magical novel. The best thing about this novel is how the girls start to discover that life is so much more than finding a good match.
Felicity has a marvelous voice. It really brought the character to life.
I did like to take small breaks in between the chapters
This book is meant for young adult readers. I do no recommend for anyone under 14
This book transports the reader to a dreamy world, full of intrigue and danger. Despite the fact that the main character is a maudlin teenage girl, with special powers, I feel like this is definitely a character most every girl can relate to on some level.
The narrator is excellent, and would probably find her voice relaxing if she was reading a grocery list.
There is no such thing as too many books.
I've enjoyed the writings of Ms. Bray and I'm looking forward to continuing on this saga.
The best! But it was my first...
The friendship growing between the girls
This was the first
I was so sad when the book ended only to learn there were 2 more books!!
Libba Bray writes beautifully and clearly gets teenaged girls. I liked the characters, and I appreciated the fact that she didn't go the predictable route and make the girls' school into a den of horrors - in fact, it's a remarkably kindly place. What I liked least: the lack of insight on the part of the main character. I hope for long-term character development as the story continues in Books 2 and 3.
Well, there's a whole secret magical world, and many characters of uncertain allegiance that I'm sure will become more significant as the plot develops.
Everything. She was terrific.
this book will fool you, the start is a bit dull but it is just setting the stage for the end game. the last 50% of the book is very good.
I am not a teen reader, I was recommended this book by a friend so i downloaded all the audible titles in the series. I would say that the pros and cons for thses books are about equal.
Interesting story and good charcter depth
Good flow from the first book to the last while keeping each book enjoyable in themselves.
Fairly predictable. Heroine not very likable. By the time you get to the end all you can think is "Surely she must know better by now!"
All in all I would suggest these books as an enjoyable listen good for a car trip. But you won't be blown away and asking for more.
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