A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, Book 1) by Libba Bray

By Libba Bray

It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mom, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is sent off from the lifestyles she understands in India to Spence, a formal boarding college in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and at risk of visions of the long run that experience an uncomfortable behavior of coming precise, Gemma’s reception there's a cold one. To make issues worse, she’s been through a mysterious younger Indian guy, a guy despatched to observe her. yet why? what's her future? And what's going to her entanglement with Spence’s strongest girls—and their foray into the non secular world—lead to?

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The woman has hair the color of a sunset and a harsh, painted face. They’re arguing with our driver, holding us here. ” Tom raps against the hood of the carriage to spur the driver on. But the lady is really giving the driver what for. We might be here all night. The drunken man leers at me, winks, makes an extremely rude gesture involving his index fingers. Disgusted, I turn away and look down an empty alley. Tom’s leaning out his window. I hear him, condescending and impatient, trying to reason with the couple in the street.

His eyes widen. He’s afraid. There’s something coiled, waiting in the shadows at the back of the shop. It’s as if the dark has begun to move. How can it be moving? But it is, with a cold, slithering sound that makes my skin crawl. A dark shape spreads out from its hiding spot. It grows till it reaches all around. The blackness in the center of the thing is swirling and the sound . . the most ghastly cries and moans come from inside it. The man rushes forward, and the thing moves over him. It devours him.

But you promised—” “Yes, well, that was before . ” She trails off. ” “Before you vexed me so! Really, Gemma, you are in no humor for a visit today. ” “I’m in a fine humor,” I protest, sounding anything but. ” Mother’s green eyes find mine. There is something there I’ve never seen before. A vast and terrifying anger that stops my breath. Quick as it comes on her, it’s gone and she is Mother again. “You’re overtired and need some rest. ” I’ll let you drink some champagne. It’s not a promise—it’s an excuse to get rid of me.

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