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3.37793103448276 out of 53.37793103448276 out of 53.37793103448276 out of 53.37793103448276 out of 53.37793103448276 out of 5 3.38 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Libba Bray Narrator: Joanna Wyatt Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Gemma Doyle Trilogy Release Date: December 2003 ISBN: 9781400095063
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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.”

    VOYA

  • “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.”

    KLIATT

  • “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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 HMT | 4/27/2017

    " This book is great! The themes are great! Late 1800's, 'witch craft', and coming of age. All with the twist of the mystery of the realms. "

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

    " Was surprised to really like it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sara Allain | 1/27/2014

    " Gave up half-way through. I don't know if it was me or the book, but if it's taken me over 21 days and the ebook expires - that's not encouraging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christa | 1/24/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There were definitely parts that fit and stereotypical teen novel, but overall it stood out as a great story and adventure. The main character learns so much about herself. I'm excited to see where Gemma ends up in the next book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 1/21/2014

    " Amazing writing, it was breathtaking to read the way the words were on the paper. There were so many times that I would read a passage and think, "that was beautifully written." But the plot was too windy and slow. I still don't know exactly where the author was going with it. There was a girl who cut herself to deal with emotional pain and I have personal experience with someone I know who did that, so I was ok with it being included. What made me uncomfortable was the lesbian moments that seemed to be passed off as young girls pushing boundaries. As much as I enjoyed the brilliance of the writing, the content didn't inspire me to pick up the next book. I am likely to try the author in a different series though, simply because she writes well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat Hardy | 1/20/2014

    " I wasn't sire what I thought this book would be, but i was a bit disappointed. This book was certainly differnt from any other historical fiction I've read. I enjoyed the plot greatly but some parts were just a little weird or I didn't seem to quiet understand. Overall I didn't really enjoy this book a whole lor "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kb | 1/20/2014

    " I kept comparing this story with the movie Dead Poets' Society, except that had no supernatural elements. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ashley | 12/21/2013

    " This series remained mediocre throughout. It had just enough intrigue thrown in to make me want to grab the next one in hopes that the story would get better, but never actually delivered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noelle | 5/8/2013

    " I really enjoyed following Gemma throughout this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Rae | 4/7/2013

    " My main problem with this book was the name Gemma being used. Given that this is set in Victorian England, and the name Gemma wasn't really popular until 1980's (in America), it just seemed very out of place throughout the whole book. Other than that, it was a darn good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaci | 3/16/2013

    " didn't get past the first few chapters so I cannot comment on the entire book. I don't have plans to finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 2/4/2013

    " Not the best, but certainly not the worst. I'll read the next one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tautchia | 6/1/2012

    " I started this book and just couldn't force myself to finish it. Perhaps it was just too dark and sinister for my tastes. Perhaps it wasn't quite what I was expecting. Either way, I just didn't care for the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 3/21/2012

    " A good entertaining read but it didn't leave me wanting more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lily | 3/20/2012

    " This book was amazing! I loved how Libba Bray gave us a new prospective of young British ladies, but with a great twist! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cami | 2/3/2012

    " The writing style was fine, but I just didn't want to stick with this tale, especially knowing it is a series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 6/1/2011

    " Parts were confusing, but overall a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aarti | 5/23/2011

    " Entertaining, but I don't feel compelled to continue the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarabeth | 5/23/2011

    " At first I was really intrigued, but near the end I started to get a bit to twisted for my taste. The journey was good, but the outcome, not so much. I think what got to me were the recurring sexual fantasies of the main character. It just seemed a bit creepy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 missymoocow | 5/18/2011

    " so far so good as they liek to say! really cool and its making me get all excited for the end! about (insert correct number of pages here) through!
    and, dedicated to one of my dear friends...it's uber loltastic! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zeynab | 5/17/2011

    " it was really intense and just a relly good book all around very well written that is if you are a 15 year old girl "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 5/16/2011

    " When I read this book, I could not put it down. It was absolutely amazing the way Libba discribed each place and person. This book made me absolutely speechless, so I wish I had more to say. But my breathe has been taken away. I offer good praises to the author and everyone who reads it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kmac214 | 5/15/2011

    " This was recommended to me by a book friend. I liked it, much more than I thought I would based on other friends' reviews. This is exactly the type of book I LOVED to read when I was 14. This just might be better written :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mercedes | 5/15/2011

    " A painfully slow read, undeserving of all the recognition it has received. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 5/15/2011

    " This was one of the best books that i have ever read!! on a scale of 1-10, i would give this book a 10!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Violet | 5/14/2011

    " I mean... I didn't love it, and it had a really slow start, but I'm glad I gave it a chance. It got better. Now I'm going to read the sequels and hope they move along a bit faster. "

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About the Author
Author Libba Bray

Libba Bray is the author of the New York Times bestselling Gemma Doyle Trilogy, and she has written short stories about everything from Cheap Trick concerts to Rocky Horror Picture Show devotees to meeting Satan worshippers on summer vacation. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son. Her dream is to stop sucking so badly at drums in Rock Band.