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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (104,833 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Libba Bray Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Gemma Doyle Trilogy Release Date:
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It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls—and their foray into the spiritual world—lead to?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An interesting combination of fantasy, light horror, and historical fiction, with a dash of romance thrown in for good measure.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Bray is totally successful in placing her readers in the confinement of Victorian England and also in the freedom of the strange spirit world Gemma finds…[An] exceptional book.”


  • “Plot, setting, and characterization are all strong. Questions of life, love, maturity, responsibility, and the harrowing nature of choices are seamlessly worked into a compulsively readable story, open ended enough to hint at the possibility of a sequel…Exhilarating and thought-provoking.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2004 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • A 2007 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rita_book | 2/17/2014

    " After listening to Beauty Queens last year, I already knew that I liked Libba Bray's writing. Whereas that book was satirical, this book was way more serious. I somehow managed to miss the fact that there was a supernatural element to this story, but Bray's writing is so good that I didn't mind it. What I liked most about the book was Bray's skill in depicting female friendships realistically and without caricature or stereotypes. I would recommend this book to any girl age 11 and up (I just don't think the book would appeal to that many boys). The Victorian setting and the mysterious plot combine to create a really compelling read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Melanie | 2/8/2014

    " Technically I did not finish this novel because I got bored with it and the mp3 audiobook returned itself to the library. But I got very close to the end and so feel confident about giving it a "meh" rating. None of the characters were sympathetic (quite the opposite); I hated the bossy, stalker love interest, and the fantasy elements were dull. I think the Victorian setting was the best part, but even I (no history expert) could spot a lot of the anachronisms. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by therices1 | 1/30/2014

    " It was good enough. Not amazing. Made me want to read the sequel. My problem is with the main character. She just confuses me with her motivation. As a reader I never know if she is making the right choice or not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Emma | 1/28/2014

    " It was a great book, and I recommend it to everyone that I meet!! I got a little lost in the writing sometimes though, you know, I got confused with it. I think that was Libba's only down fall with this book!!! "

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