I'm not sure why I enjoyed this series so much. The story is all over the place, the girls are often awful to each other and the denouement dragged a bit, but it was great fun. The reader was adept at Libba Bray was born in Alabama on March 11, She grew up in Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in
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Return to Book Page. It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered, her father a laudanum addict, Gemma has relied on an unsuspected strength and has discovered an ability to travel to an enchanted world called the realms, where dark magic runs wild. Despite certain peril, Gemma has bound the magic to herself and forged unlikely ne It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy.
Despite certain peril, Gemma has bound the magic to herself and forged unlikely new alliances. Now, as Gemma approaches her London debut, the time has come to test these bonds. The Order - the mysterious group her mother was once part of - is grappling for control of the realms, as is the Rakshana.
Spence's burned East Wing is being rebuilt, but why now? Gemma and her friends see Pippa, but she is not the same. And their friendship faces its gravest trial as Gemma must decide once and for all what role she is meant for. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Gemma Doyle 3. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Sweet Far Thing , please sign up. Haley S I do not know either.
On the first book, Caroline had waited for Gemma's mother to 'cross over' to the death world, but why wasn't she corrupted like everyone who stayed too long in the realms? I mean, she had died 20 years ago!! Thakkar maybe because she didn't eat any of the berries See all 5 questions about The Sweet Far Thing….
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 11, Hailey Hailey in Bookland rated it liked it Shelves: owned , historical-fiction , mystery-thriller-paranormal. This was okay, definitely not as good as the other two books in the series primarily because it was so unnecessarily long. I was pretty bored. Gemma was also much more of an unlikable character than usual. But overall I enjoyed the trilogy a lot! View all 3 comments.
Shelves: young-adult. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am utterly distraught by this book. My first hour free of it's torture I was a ball of fury. Nothing made sense, the writing was crappy, and I had so many questions. My poor husband didn't want to come near me and I didn't want to talk to anyone. I had such high hopes for this book. Kartik and Gemma would finally find a way to be together, the magic of the realms would be figured out and dealt with, and Felicity and Ann would finally become real friends of Gemma's or else be rid of.
I definitel I am utterly distraught by this book. I definitely expected a little bir more maturity to be given out by those girls, at least by Gemma, because generally when a person is given a large amount of responsibility, despite their age, and consciously decides that they need to live up to it, they don't act like retarded and petty 12 year olds.
Here are just a few of my troubles Why the crap does Kartik turn into a tree? This doesn't make any sense. I understand the sacrifice that he is making, but there is no sign that the magic can't be dealt with in another way until the very point where Libba Bray turns him into a tree.
It is retarded. There is no sense in this, unless her goal was to piss people off. Why are Pippa and Felicity lesbian lovers? I don't get this at all. Some people have mentioned in their reviews that they saw signs of this coming. Whatever signs they saw seemed like normal female friendship to me, especially for Victorian period writing.
Besides the fact I think that it was just silly, the kiss was random and out of some teenage boys lesbian lovers fantasy. I however, was satisfied when Felicity chose the good side, despite her love for Pippa, who has always irritated me.
The writing was just bad. For someone who has published 2 books already, the writing should have been much better. The plot should have been thought out. The dialogue should have been less George Lucas inspired by this I am referring to his ability to make very good actors sound like dunces.
I am very frustrated by how poorly the magic of the realms was understood. Obviously Circe was evil, but how did she turn out to be so much better than the the people who were supposed to be good and why did she make so much more sense? Bray turns the evil person back to good - to a degree - and than she turns Kartik into a tree?
My final annoyance for this review is that of Bray's obsession with womens rights. Holy crap, she went a bit overboard don't you think? I thought to myself at one point that maybe it was just me and that I was a little sensitive to people and their soap boxes Thinking for yourself is not at all a bad idea, but honestly. Themes like that are supposed to be thought provoking, not obnoxiously present. There are so many, many things that I find very wrong with this book.
It was a very huge disappointment. I expected so much more than what I was given here. There were enough good things that I finished the book, but I definitely would not recommend it to anyone.
View all 43 comments. Magen Reed I'm sure there could have been a better way to word your review than using the word "retarded". If you're going to call out an author's writing abilit I'm sure there could have been a better way to word your review than using the word "retarded".
If you're going to call out an author's writing ability, maybe don't make yourself sound like such a moron. That being said I generally agree that the book was halfway to being complete trash. Only saved by some of the little gems of quotes here and there, buried in the otherwise poor prose.
Stephanie Magen Reed, I agree that my word choice was poor. I noticed that immediately upon coming back to read this review today. Magen Reed, I agree that my word choice was poor. I will, however, attempt to correct it. Dec 30, Angie rated it it was ok Shelves: fantasy , historical , ya.
And so ends the trilogy that began with A Great and Terrible Beauty , continued with Rebel Angels , and concludes in this final volume. I liked the first one well enough because of its unique blend of a wild, magical, mythical realm barely constrained behind stiff Victorian curtains.
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