TAB Book Review: A Great and Terrible Beauty

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A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, set in 1895, tells the story of stubborn Gemma. After her mother’s murder, Gemma is sent to a boarding school near London. She has strange visions and in one a little girl gives her the diary of Mary Dowd. Gemma discovers that Mary has visions like hers. Gemma makes friends with power-seeking Felicity, imaginative Pippa and bullied Ann. As Gemma’s visions grow into magical powers, life at the boarding school gets worse and worse.

This fantasy story is full of adventure, romance and secrets. The complex characters and mysteries bring the story to life as the secrets unravel.


–  Written by TAB member Sabine P.

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