A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray is about 16-year old Gemma Doyle, her mothers tragic death, and a magic like no other. After her mothers death, she is sent to Spence Academy for Young Ladies in England where she befriends Ann Bradshaw, the shy scholarship student, and becomes the enemy of Felicity Worthington (the leader) and Pippa Cross (the second in command).
After an evil trick by Felicity and her gang, Gemma finds herself locked in a dark church after curfew. Here she meets Kartik, a member of the Rakshana and her new guardian. He warns her not to make her visions, which she has had since her mothers death, stop, but she doesn't know how and if she did she doesn't think she WANTS them to stop. Gemma must learn what happened to her mother so it can't happen to her and to that she is going to have to take some scary risks which include an alliance with Felicity and Pippa.
This is a very wonderful book and I hope you will read it and love it like I did. A Great and Terrible Beauty has 2 sequels called Rebel Angels (book 2) and The Sweet Far Thing (book 3).
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