Title and Author(s): The Sweet Far Things (The Gemma Doyle Trilogy #3)
Release Date: Dec 26, 2007
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: Harris County Public Library’s Digital Media Collection | Overdrive
Reasons for Reading: Hey, I wanted to find out how it all ended for Gemma Doyle and her friends!
Spoiler Alert: Readers must read A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels before reading this review.
Summary: As sixteen-year old Gemma Doyle prepares for her London debut in 1896, she also copes with harsh realities: her mother’s murder the previous summer, her father’s addiction to laudanum, and her magical powers in the Realms being solely hers. Many both worlds will do anything for Gemma’s magic. Compounding the issue is the absence of her reluctant friend, former Rakshana brotherhood member Kartik. In this otherworldly coming of age saga, Gemma must figure out who she is and her place in it all before all Hell breaks loose.
One Thing I Learned from reading Libba Bray’s The Sweet Far Thing: I didn’t think that “nice girls” became actresses at the time. I thought this attitude was quite progressive for Victorian London.
What I Liked: They’re kids and they’re trying to figure out who they are. They are also trying to find their place in the world.
What I Disliked: Did this book really need to be 819 pages? Couldn’t this been expanded to a quartet? After page 700, this became work for me to read. That’s not good.
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