Review: A Great & Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Gemma Doyle, #1

Pages: 403

Genre: YA, Fantasy

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After the death of her mother, Gemma is sent to Spence, a boarding school in England. Gemma gets visions of the future, and along with a new set of friends, gets entangled in a Shadowy supernatural group The Order. Can she accept her destiny?


“Because you don’t notice the light without a bit of shadow. Everything has both dark and light. You have to play with it till you get it exactly right.”

I was looking forward to this book, I have a great love of history and of paranormal, and this seemed like a great fit. I also thought that the title was so compelling.

I had never read anything by Libba Bray before but by a few sentences in I had already popped on Amazon and bought the sequels, A Sweet Far Thing & Rebel Angels.

The utterly gorgeous cover, the white corset, with the brown background just screams Victorian, so appeals to those who love Historical fiction.

“How I’d love to get away from here and be someone else for a while in a place where no one knows or expects certain things from me.”

Gemma Doyle is a strong, feminist character. Despite having a gift/curse, that she doesn’t understand, I found Gemma to be likeable. I also liked that her gift/curse was something believable if that makes sense.

There were quite a few chapter endings that had a shock, that keeps you reading and the friendships between the girls build so it has that feeling of a journey.

This book was great, and I haven’t finished the series yet. There are so many books getting in the way, but I am hoping to finish this year.

“May I suggest that you all read? And often. Believe me, it’s nice to have something to talk about other than the weather and the Queen’s health. Your mind is not a cage. It’s a garden. And it requires cultivating.”

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Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1

Pages: 326

Genre: YA Historical

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege, stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.



Ever since I heard the title of this book I was so excited. If you don’t know the Jack the Ripper story then you really missed out. If you want a little background see my Jack the Ripper Post–> HERE..

I haven’t read many YA historical novels, and I was a little worried that it would be less graphic and more targeted towards YA audience. The cover is genius. It appears the fantasy reader, as well as the historical reader. The Victorian gothic also gives a steampunk feel to.

I was the girl that Loved the Ripper

Aesthetically, The blood splatter Chapter headings and the accompanying photo’s in the book really add to the horror.

Audrey assisted performing autopsies, something I could hardly imagine that a woman would be interested in the Victorian times. However to actually be encouraged by family members did seem a bit far-fetched to me, but I got over it pretty quick. It did add to the suspense to the novel, as it was illegal for women to perform autopsies.

Thomas was an enigma, and his part in the whole story got me guessing the whole time. I’m not usually a fan of Crime novels, I get really anxious just to find out who is the murder and find I skip pages. Stalking Jack the Ripper, however, drew me in so completely that I wanted to gobble up everything as it was intended.

Such an enjoyable, sometimes tragic masterpiece from an unknown-to-me author.

Recommend to: Crime fanatics, History buffs, peruser of YA novels,