A great and terrible beauty is a haunting book that kept me thinking about it for weeks after I finished reading it.
Gemma Doyle is the series' main character, and she leaves India after the death of her mother. She attends a private school in London. Gemma is haunted with her mothers suicide. At first; Gemma is an outcast at the Spence School for young Ladies. Soon, she finds the most popular girl in the class in a terrible situation. Gemma promises not to tell anyone about Felicity's bad situation, and they form a strong friendship with Gemma's roommate Anne and Felicity's best friend Pippa.
Unfortunately, Gemma is still tormented with her visions and a young man she meets, Kartik, a member of a group of men called the Rakashana that she must close her mind to the visions or else something terrible will happen.
During one of Gemma's visions, she is lead to the caves that border her school's grounds where she finds a diary written 25 years ago, by a 16-year-old girl named Mary Dowd. Mary also attended Spence, and had the same haunting visions that Gemma had, along with her friend Sarah. Gemma learns about an ancient group of powerful woman called the Order. Members of this "Order" could open a door between the human world and other realms, help spirits cross to the afterlife, and had prophecy, clairvoyance, and the ability to make illusions. Gemma and her knew friends create their own order, but bad things start happening...
This book is great, interesting, and scary. Libba Bray writes so well, and she makes you feel like you are in the book with Gemma, Pippa, Felicity and Anne. I loved this book, and you will too!
Rating: 7 out of 10