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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: Joanna Wyat Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged 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, sixteen 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

  • “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.”


  • “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.”


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

    School Library Journal

  • 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 Elizabeth | 2/15/2014

    " I flew through this book despite the fact that the characters didn't feel realistic at all. It was fun and mysterious... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/12/2014

    " This book is amazing. Full of strange things and rich characters - it literally transports you to this magical place full of mystery and unknowns where each step has you holding your breath in anticipation of what's to come. Add to that the drama of an all-girl boarding school, traveling gypsies, and an undertone of Wicca and you've got a fantastic read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Natasha | 2/9/2014

    " Tackles some very real and important issues, but wasn't altogether pleased with the plot - a little too predictable and not enough excitement for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Becca | 1/30/2014

    " Was surprised to really like it. "

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