Delacorte Press, trade pb, 410 p.
1st book in the Gemma Doyle trilogy
Libba Bray's blog
Gemma Doyle isn’t like other girls. Girls with impeccable manners, who speak when spoken to, who remember their station, and who will lie back and think of England when it’s required of them.It didn’t suck me in quite as much as some other children’s/YA fantasy has done like Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, or Twilight but I was in the mood for something fun and fantastical after finishing Black Rain and this certainly fit the bill. And what is it about British boarding schools and corsets and lace that always appeals? So even though I wasn’t entirely convinced by the story, it kept me turning the pages and I’m curious enough to read on in the trilogy. And Heather’s recent post makes me doubly curious to find out for myself how it all turns out. Thanks again Les for passing this one on to me.
No, sixteen-year-old Gemma is an island unto herself, sent to the Spence Academy in London after tragedy strikes her family in India. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma finds a chilly reception. But she’s not completely alone … she’s been followed by a mysterious young man, who warns her to close her mind against the visions.
For it’s at Spence that Gemma’s power to attract the supernatural unfolds; there she becomes entangled with the school’s most powerful girls and discovers her mother’s connection to a shadowy group called the Order. It’s here that her destiny waits … if only she can believe in it.
My Rating: 3.5/5
(#15 for 2008, Once Upon a Time II Challenge #2)
Also reviewed at:
A High and Hidden Place (review of the complete trilogy)