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Thursday 30 July 2009

Review: The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

Title: The Sweet Far Thing
Series: The Gemma Doyle Trilogy
Book #: 3rd
Author: Libba Bray
Pages: 819
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Tags: Fantasy, mystery
Recommended to: Historical Fiction Fans

"The past is behind us, we must accept it, and face the future."

It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered, her father alaudanum addict, Gemma has relied on an unsuspected strength and has discovered an ability to travel to an enchanted world called the realms, where dark magic runs wild. Despite certain peril, Gemma has bound the magic to herself and forged unlikely new alliances. Now, as Gemma approaches her London debut, the time has come to test these bonds.

The Order—the mysterious group her mother was once part of—is grappling for control of the realms, as is the Rakshana. Spence's burned East Wing is being rebuilt, but why now? Gemma and her friends see Pippa, but she is not the same. And their friendship faces its gravest trial as Gemma must decide once and for all what role she is meant for.

Taschima's POV:

I read 'A Great and Terrible Beauty' and thought of it as an ok read. Then I read 'Rebel Angels' and thought it was great. But I have read 'The Sweet Far Thing', and I got to say, this is my favorite out of the three.

Wow... wow... Omg.

This book had the same mystery base. But there was also much more romance, which is a big woot in my opinion.

The characters! uh! They grew so much! Starting with Gemma and ending with ANN! yes ANN! The girl I rather dreaded grew out of her seed, and became a flower. Gemma surprised me at various corners of the story, there's a particular part of the book that left me open mouthed, and I loved it. Not to give it away, but its a part involving her brother, Tom. Gemma also gets to explore her dark corners, face her fears, and get to know herself deeply. She is a flawed character, and i love her for it.

Felicity in this book is full of surprises, but she still is the independent, hating-corsages-and-rules girl that I adore. And Kartik, omg Kartik. There is something I would love to quote here, it says:

"I press our palms together. Our fingers tingle where they touch. His eyelids flicker and then they open wide in understanding of the magical gift I've given him.

Reluctantly, I take my hand away. "You can do anything."

"Anything," he repeats. "Well, then."

He closes the small distance between us and puts his lips against mine...

"But...you could have whatever you wished."


That right there captured my heart. He is simple and loving, yet mysterious and determined.

Now, the ending. I, as many people, do not love the ending. I feel like they should have named the book 'The Sad Near Thing' instead. It is heart-breaking. I almost cried! Why? haha I won't tell you. I wish it would have ended another way, but that is what we get, and I guess we'll have to deal. Another thing is, it's a very open ending. It leaves possibility for a fourth book. May Libba surprise us with another amazing book? I surely hope so!

I do not want to give too much away, so I'll stop here...

3 books full of charm, mystery, magic, and awful corsets, Libba Bray managed to create a balance between fantasy and life in the 19th century that I would love to be part of. So stop wondering, and create a portal of your own into the world of Gemma Doyle.


  1. Good review! Man. Now I definitely need to read the series so I can know what happens in the ending of this book.
    Meeehhh. XD

  2. You are the only person I know who didn't find this book disappointing. Every other review I've read said, "this was good, but no where near as good as the other two." I've been a little worried about it. I'm so glad to hear you say you like it better than the other two.

  3. I adore these Victorian style covers.

  4. This is such a long book! I think I would have trouble reading it haha. I liked A Great and Terrible Beauty but I got confused a lot. Maybe that's just my lack of intelligance haha.


  5. I love the Gemma Doyle trilogy. Lauren and I both cried at the ending of this book, actually. :P I love how all the characters grew so. The ending was heartbreaking, but at the same time, suitable, in my opinion. Great review!

    - Alex

  6. Great review! I looove this series. Now I kinda want to re-read it. x)b I'm happy you enjoyed it as well!

  7. I really want 2 read this series but it's the pages(800 & sum) that freaks me out.

  8. Nice review! I disagree with the ending. Of course I hated it at first...but a happy ending wouldn't have fit. Bittersweetness does.

  9. I cried at the ending. I was so angry with how it ended for Gemma but then I realized that was the only way it COULD be. Of course it took me forever to accept it. I can't deny that the series is amazing, and that it should be read.... but I don't think I'll ever reread the Gemma Doyle trilogy. I got way too attached to Kartik. What i didn't see coming was the revelation with Pippa and Felicity. I was like OMG!!! but then I was like wait.... it actually fits! and yet i still didn't see it coming.

  10. I haven't accept it- though my subconscious knows this is the right ending, my heart says the contrary.

  11. Sounds cool. I'm just now fixing to read A Great and Terrible Beauty.

  12. Okay, toally confused!!!! I just got to the good part and I lose the book!!! How am I supposed to read the great ending you all talk about???


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