A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When I first saw this book on a shelf in my bookstore-of-trust I thought something like "yeah, this sounds cool" and looking back from now this was a very stupid thing to think.
Because this book is definitely not just "cool" it's awesome. Though I sometimes had to fight my way through some passages I enjoyed reading it. The beginning leaves you so desperate for the end that you can't do anything else than continue.
The plot itself is new and refreshing:
The story takes place in England at the end of the nineteenth century. Gemma and her friends live in a boarding school. To escape the strict rules they meet secretly in a cave. Gemma finds an old diary and they discover the story of a magic land. A land they can enter, a land where they can do anything they want... Unfortunately this land isn't as safe as it seems.
But what has Gemmas dead mother to do with it?
A dangerous enemy appears and the girls have to find out what story really underlies the diary. A dangerous, mysterious and breathtaking adventure begins. Filled with hope, fear, danger, love and most of all friendship.
The Author Libba Bray has a nice writing style and creates wonderful characters you empathize and sympathize with the moment they speak their first line.
All in all the book is a piece of great fantasy for all who are sick of the vampires and wizards hanging around in bookstores these days.
Did you read it? What are your thoughts on this book?
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