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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.
AHHHHHH OMG! Beautiful Creatures THE MOVIE is hitting theaters everywhere this February. Just in time for your Valentine’s (or Gal-entine’s) movie date. Many of us go crazy over whether a movie does a great book justice. I feel like this one might do the book justice, but the book is pretty cinematic – from the moment you first step into the Deep South with its ominous weather and the even more ominous dreams of main character Ethan Wate – so it may be easy to make it into a great movie.
Here’s the scoop: Beautiful Creatures, out February 13, 2013. Who’s in it? This, I know, is key. Whose faces are going to take on the faces of the book characters you love? Ethan, our heart-throbby Southern misanthrope, will be played by relative unknown Alden Ehrenreich. He’s a little older than 16-year-old Ethan, so we’ll see if that truly works. Pale, mysterious, and beautiful Lena will be played by Alice Englert, another pretty unknown actress, hailing from New Zealand. The most well-known star to be seen in the cast is Emmy Rossum, of Phantom of the Opera fame, as Lena’s bad-girl cousin, Ridley. Also, Jeremy Irons will be Gatlin’s spooky-creepy Macon Ravenwood.
In advance of the movie, why not prowl the internet for all things Beautiful Creatures, re-read the books, and read other books that are similar, until you are well and truly excited!
- Start with author Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s website. Here, you can learn all about the writing duo, plus link to more info on the books.
- There are killer trailers and sneak peeks at the official website for the movie.
- Have you read To Kill a Mockingbird? There’s not a lot of thematic or plot overlap (besides the element of overcoming prejudice) in that American classic and the Beautiful Creatures series, but it is the book that Ethan Wate refers to in the beginning of Beautiful Creatures. Read it and get closer to Mr. Wate…
- And speaking of novels set in the south, check out some other Southern Gothics, like Texas Gothic and The Splendor Falls, both by Rosemary Clement-Moore, both of which feature characters with startling supernatural ability. Dying for more on the supernatural (and you know there’s no shortage of that!)? Go to The Calling by Kelley Armstrong and Misfit by Jon Skovron.
A few great reads featuring ghosts and witches:
Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Emerson sees ghosts, apparitions from the past. And until she meets Michael, she fears for her sanity. After meeting Michael she fear’s for her heart. An innovative and delicious supernatural romance.
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Sophie, a witch, is sent to Hecate Hall after her spell goes terribly wrong and she’s discovered. At “Hex Hall,” she meets Jenna, her vampire roommate, Elodie, the mean girl who wants Sophie in her coven, and Archer, the hottest warlock at Hecate and Elodie’s boyfriend. Excitement ensues as Sophie learns more about her magic and tries to win Archer. Don’t miss the sequel, Demonglass!
If those two aren’t enough, here are a few more:
Immortal by Gillian Shields
Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough
Bras and Broomsticks by Sarah Mlynowski
Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith
Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe
I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
When Nimira meets a fairy automaton, a clockwork machine of a man playing the piano, her life changes forever. Hired by the wealthy sorcerer, Hollin Parry, to sing with the automaton as a stage act, Nimira finds herself involved in two mysteries. Is the handsome automaton haunted, enchanted by the fairies or something more sinister? And what secret is Mr. Parry hiding in the closed off third floor of his estate?
A gothic mystery wrapped in a fantasy setting, Magic Under Glass, is a charming story of romance and intrigue.
If Magic Under Glass sounds interesting, you might also like:
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry
Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle
The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray