Friday, December 9, 2011

Book Review: A Great and Terrible Beauty

By Libba Bray
Paperback by Simon and Schuster
Genre: Young Adult

Summary: A story about a young girl who loses her mother and has to attend a finishing school before her coming out. She is not really accepted in the beginning, but when she finally is "accepted" the story takes fold. Magic, power, lies, mystery await the reader.

I liked the setting of the book. I enjoy historical fiction a lot and this book was written beautifully. I loved the description of the school and its surroundings where the adventures take place. Libba Bray is able to describe in enough detail without going overboard to bore you with the little minute details.

What I didn’t like about the book was it did seem slow in parts. It seemed like it would hit an exciting part, slowly take off a short while and then come back down with some set up business. Quite a few characters involved in this first book of the trilogy, but not too many to get lost.

Verdict: I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed historical fiction of some sort, or anyone who loves to read young adult fiction.

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