If the Tree doesn't have any more magic, how can it have this power to accept his sacrifice and why is it needed?
If the Tree still holds on its evil power, how does Kartik's sacrifice change anything? Doesn't it mean that the Tree will continue its evil business in the Winterlands and will eventually corrupt Kartik the same way it did Eugenia? How is this a solution? Now to Felicity and Pippa. Seriously, where does the gay issue come from? I have no objections to homosexuality being portrayed in YA literature, but it is handled very heavy-handedly by Bray in this book.
First of all, there is no clue about this in the first two books - Felicity is caught kissing a gypsy man, Pippa dreams of a knight in shiny armor. This leads me to believe that this turn in the girls' relationship is an afterthought on Bray's part. Another issue here is that considering that Felicity is only 16 and a victim of sexual abuse, can we really be sure that her newly found sexual preference is a real one and not caused by the abuse? I just think Bray shouldn't have brought up this issue if she didn't have time to handle it responsibly and thoughtfully.
This third book is unnecessarily full of numerous subplots, redundant scenes, and pages of feminist propaganda. Overall, a disappointing conclusion to an imaginative and original series. Two stars only because I was able to finish it and it gives some kind of closure. View all 27 comments. But I knew I needed to read this book again to have it fresh in my mind in order to review it correctly. When asking my sister who introduced this series to me in grade school how I should review this book, she stated that I should just use crying gifs Libba Bray does not hold back when it comes to your heart.
Yes, t WrensReads Review: Yes, this book is a really, really long one, but Bray likes her descriptions and her character development. There are so many things going on in this book that are just on the side, but are so important to the characters and why they make the decisions that they make. You also have to understand this is a bunch of girls who are just trying to get the upper hand on each other, and that is an easy stab.
Libba is very big in the diversity and acceptance community; with that said, that would never be her intent to do that to anyone. Our three girls Gemma, Felicity and Anne believe they are in the clear. They put Circe in her place and all they have to do is share the magic with some of the creatures and people in The Realms and things will be great. What if Felicity and Anne want the magic to change the path their parents and guardians carved for them to take?
What if, putting Circe in her place actually was exactly where she wanted to be? What if changing the path of the magic opened new doors for the Winterlands? It breaks my heart every time I read it and it legitimately makes me cry every time. I read this with a friend this time, knowing she would need emotional support, and she got mad at me because I put her through that roller coaster. This series is so close to my heart. It is the series that made me not just love books but into a reader. This book means the absolute world to me. Why am I reading this again? Apr 13, Trina Between Chapters rated it did not like it Shelves: The thing wasn't even resolved they won a battle but not the war.
The worst bleeping love triangle I've ever read. Horrible attitudes toward disability. Sexual orientation used as a plot twist. Issues of non-consent were never addressed. Sexual abuse backstory to excuse a character's meanness. View all 5 comments. Mar 17, Jess rated it did not like it Shelves: Here's what I expected from this book: If any of those elements were present in this book, they got lost under pages and pages of sub-par writing; I don't come to books like this for Great Literature, but the others w Here's what I expected from this book: If any of those elements were present in this book, they got lost under pages and pages of sub-par writing; I don't come to books like this for Great Literature, but the others were enjoyable even when I rolled my eyes.
I was too busy slogging through to roll my eyes. Ultimately, I didn't really care what happened to any of the characters, and the supposed-to-be-heart-wrenching twist towards the end did not wrench my heart - but I did manage to roll my eyes. I didn't buy the vision of Gemma's future that we are given; I didn't care what happened to Felicity; I was pleased for Ann but it was a bit predictable.
I never felt like Gemma really came to terms with using the power that was given to her, and that was a big disappointment. The fantasy elements weren't strong enough to support the whole thing: The whole thing felt more like a scene out of that obnoxious movie, What Dreams May Come, than anything else.
I was relieved to be finished with it. But then you'll probably think the ending IS heart-wrenching, and I will lose all respect for you. View all 9 comments. Jan 15, Erin rated it really liked it Recommends it for: People who love Twilight, Harry Potter, and strong female main characters. It took me over two weeks to finish and I came very close to throwing the damn book across the room with only 70 pages to go.
I have to say that I am very upset that Kartik died. The tension, and affection between Kartik and Gemma was what kept me reading.
I was constantly waiting for her to see his red bandanna or meet him in the boathouse. I will admit that the book ended very well but I was still very angry. I have never cried while reading before, and I have told my friends that I don't understand why people do. I cry in all movies but with a book, you control the tempo. You can stop whenever you please. Simply close the book and try again later, that is how I roll. However, I shed a few tears at the end of Sweet Far Thing. When Kartik died and in the end when Ann and Felicity got what they really wanted, I was very emotional.
I am so very glad Libba decided to make both of their characters good in the end. Ann irritated me so much in the first two books, but really held her own in this one, especially towards the end, when she had to stand up to Pippa. I felt like she was always ready to abandon Gemma for the others but in the end that proved false. Felicity could have gone either way right up to the very end because of her love for Pippa, but I was happy to see that she got her inheritance and intends to live as she has always wanted, free and daring, and out from under th hold of her father.
I also appreciated how she wrote Circe's character. At work I always tell people that this trilogy is a mix between Harry Potter and the Twilight series, and Circe was Snapelike in my opinion. I am sad that these books are over. I look forward to reading whatever Libba Bray writes next, but can't imagine a character being a strong, confused, and brave as Gemma. Definitely one of my favorite characters of all time.
I think it is important to remember that a young woman can be powerful and challenge authority, but still long for love and romance. Not only because it was pages but because SO much happened. I can't really remember what happened at the beginning of the book. View all 12 comments. Dec 16, Cyndy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Okay, I'm going to start off with a warning. I will be talking in detail about how this book made me feel and if you haven't read it yet it is possible that my feelings will give away a crucial plot point.
With that all I can say is I feel raw. A lot of tears were shed. The ending is by far one of the most brilliant, brave things I have EVER read, that does not mean that it wasn't absolutely horrible to read. And knowing that it was necessary, tha Okay, I'm going to start off with a warning. And knowing that it was necessary, that it had to happen, that it's the perfect ending does not really comfort me but I'll take what I can.
The emotion that Libba Bray churned up in me was astounding. From absolute highs, to absolute lows and I do mean absolute , I loved riding the roller coaster of it all. My second favorite series ever. Cry along with me. Feb 23, Ben Alderson rated it it was amazing. Jan 02, Pinky rated it really liked it Shelves: One moment at a time. I am currently in class and since I finished all of the things that I need to do, I thought that I would write a quick review on this book.
This book was beautiful, I loved it so much, I was so sad when I finished it. I can't believe I finished the book, it was so crazy and so much happened. This book is the last book in the Gemma Doyle trilogy. It was an amazing installment and made the perfect ending. Some people were upset with the ending of this book and I was too, but I loved this book so much because there were so many things that I didn't believe would happen in this book.
I still can't get over this book and I don't know when I am going to recover. It was so epic and there was so much action near the end of the book. When everything was starting to get chaotic, I was going crazy myself, I was so excited and jumpy.
It felt like I was in a different world. Whenever I read, I always zone out and jump into the beautiful worlds and I never want to leave. Sometimes, I forget where I am and lose track of time. It seems that I am always in a state of wishing and rarely in a state of contentment.
Some of the decisions did not make sense and I felt like if she did things differently, nothing horrible would have happened.
I wish she would think before she acts and think of a proper plan. I felt bad for her because at parts she felt alone. I felt like I could relate to her in many ways. Kartik was one of the characters that were my favorite. Gemma's character development was amazing and she is so strong. She had Felicity and Ann, but I felt like they weren't that supportive at times and they weren't always there for Gemma. Kartik was one of those characters who had your back.
Everyone could be untrustworthy at times and it is so hard to find a person who will help you out. Sure there were a few people who were there, but they weren't always there for you because they were selfish Anyway, I feel like I kept getting tricked because I trusted the wrong people.
Gemma made so many mistakes with trusting the wrong people. I want to grab hold of it and leave my mark upon the world. The ending was bittersweet but I still loved the book. Although it was slow in parts, I still enjoyed reading this book and I recommend this to those who haven't read this series. It is amazing and you won't regret it But at the same time, you might because of the ending Okay I am scared that I am going to spoil this book so I am going to go to my next class.
May 08, Britt rated it liked it Shelves: I think I liked this one the best of the three in the trilogy. Clearly, I liked them enough to read the whole trilogy though. Looking at the size of each book, I am guessing the first two were more tightly plotted, at least. First, Libba Bray has a I think I liked this one the best of the three in the trilogy.
First, Libba Bray has a lovely, poetic writing style. I love some of her descriptions. I was surprised by how well written I found it because I remember being a bit indifferent to the prose in the first two. But it probably could have been quite a bit shorter. It seemed to wander aimlessly, and I sometimes wondered what the point was. It also took a long time to find out anything of importance.
It was rather repetitive in going over the same information we already had again and again. Maybe I was reading too quickly to catch everything, but it was a bit confusing. So, we are told numerous times that the magic is changing. It could have been really interesting to look at the magic as an organic, living thing. Instead, the changing magic was used as an excuse to make the magic do whatever the heck Bray wanted with no rules or guidelines.
I guess what we are generally told through books and movies and other forms of art and communication is that we must rip down our illusions and embrace the truth. This is clearly seen in her push for female empowerment. The characters in this were way too modern for their time. This bothered me in all the books. Their language was often too modern, and they would not have gotten away with everything they did. So, good ideas, but it got a bit preachy, especially in the end. I tend to get a little annoyed when authors spend paragraph upon paragraph telling me what they want to say.
Along the same lines, I thought she could have dealt with facing the consequences of your actions, developing responsibility or maybe working hard to get what you want, but another fail. I put these together because I see the failure coming from the same place. Gemma is in charge of all this magic and is supposed to be protecting it and making decisions regarding the realms and she and Felicity and Anne are going through a variety of issues at home, but they just play with the magic. They use the magic to get what they want with no work on their part. They suffer no consequences from doing this.
The only one who does learn anything from using the magic is Anne. She is writing about multiple characters who all have a lot of suffering in their backgrounds prior to when the novels start, so perhaps for a fictional fantastical book it is not necessarily bad to portray these characters trying to free themselves and be who they are without suffering the often necessary compromises of real life.
I love Kartik; I think he is the most interesting character, possibly the most well done despite his fairly small part. I think all the girls are well-realized teenagers with their own unique qualities and flaws. Anne grew the most, I think. We actually saw a progression in her. Pippa changed at least, though it was her corruption we saw. Even Tom grew as a character, though maybe it was a bit abrupt. Gemma would waffle between being insecure and confident, but nothing she did really lead to any actual change in her.
She was told numerous times to search her dark corners, which could have provided for some great realizations and growth, but she just brushes it off. Is Gemma incapable of internalizing any lesson taught her? The most we see is that she charms the family who is sponsoring her for her debut. Nobody can deny this. Why did he have to die? And we do not want this to happen, right? To save the magic from the Winterlands? Am I missing something? What debt is there?
Why should there be any debt? Why is it necessary for someone to die?
I am totally willing to admit that I am missing something here, because again, I find the magic muddled and confusing. After emphasizing how not alone Gemma can be through a number of relationships , why take away the relationship that could arguably be the deepest? Feb 19, Sunny Rae rated it it was amazing. I cannot even describe my love for this trilogy. It is simply amazing. Girls finding their wings, and finding their light and dark corners.
Apr 28, Pages Young Adult Buy. I am so very glad Libba decided to make both of their characters good in the end. I don't know what else to say, except that I just loved this book, and I wish this series could go on forever. The fantasy elements weren't strong enough to support the whole thing: So, whenever I think of this book, I think of that.
You will have to read to find out what that means. She tells the story as if it might happen to everyone, like the characters own personal plots. There are many unexpected twists huge crying moments I really did find out more about myself. The person i want to become, and how I cannot even describe my love for this trilogy. The person i want to become, and how much life ccan be bent into whatever i choose it to be.
This book is my favorite book. Girls kick ass, revenge, love, affairs, deceit, all that good stuff. Here are some of my favorit quote, go to the authors website, she is quite a character, i love her writing: I must remember to forgive myself. Because there is a lot of grey to work with. No one can live in the light all the time. They could not care less. Hollow vessels of girls to be rinsed of our own ambitions, wants, and opinions, just waiting to be filled with the cool, tepid water of gracious compliance.
A fissure forms in the vessel. Jul 10, Kristi rated it really liked it Shelves: And I must say that in the last two days I have felt what I believe to be every possible emotion there is.
I almost find myself at a loss for words in the shock that I still feel. We once again join in the adventures of the girls of Spence that we have grown to love. The story once is centered on the magic of the Realms and what Gemma must to with it now that she has bound it to herself. Although I rather enjoyed the underlying storyline of Gemma and Kartik, which is just one of many that concludes this tale. It seems that everyone and everything are against Gemma. She fears that the magic has not chosen her to continue in the Order.
The Sweet Far Thing is a novel by Libba Bray that was released on December 26 , It is the sequel to the best-selling A Great and Terrible Beauty and. The Sweet Far Thing has ratings and reviews. Hailey said: This was okay, definitely not as good as the other two books in the series primari.
The mysterious East Wing is being rebuilt and a masked ball is to be held in its wake. And Gemma has still not seen Kartik, and his whereabouts are also a constant strain on her thoughts. When all else fails Gemma feels she will never return to the realms until a mysterious stone is found in the midst of the East Wing construction. Which turns out to be a secret door in which she has seen in her visions complements of a Miss Wilhelmina Wyatt, former Spence Lady and author of A History of Secret Societies.
Once back in the Realms, Gemma cannot deny the changes that are happening around her, but yet she is still not ready to share the power. Gemma must carry around the responsibility of the magic, figure out whom she can trust, try to help her friends and also work toward her debut season! No wonder it took eight hundred pages! The plot twists where plenty! Felicity was her brash self and Ann as insecure as ever, but in the end these girls surprised me for the better!
The writing was detailed and painted vivid pictures even more so than the two previous books. My old review for this sucked so I'll attempt to sum up my thoughts in a slightly better way. Well, this book is kind of near and dear to my heart because I was reading it on the night right before my little brother was born. So, whenever I think of this book, I think of that. I also remember how it kept me up until like 3 in the morning because it was so scary and thrilling and awesome and whatnot.
The ending was a bit frustrating, but Over all, this is a fantastic series wi My old review for this sucked so I'll attempt to sum up my thoughts in a slightly better way. Over all, this is a fantastic series with a fascinating blend of fantasy and history. The characters are compelling, the writing is great, yada yada.
Also, Libba Bray is a super cool person. I met her over the summer and she was really nice. Also she signed my copy of this book. The prologue begins with two men who are searching a river in London three years before the events of the book for dead bodies to fence any jewelry or money left upon them. They come across the body of a girl wearing a crescent moon amulet identical to Gemma's own. At Spence academy Gemma struggles to open the Realms. Pressure builds on her as her friends plot to use her magic to alter the courses of their lives. But after much struggling Gemma finds a backdoor-like entry into the Realms.
By touching a mysterious stone unearthed during the reconstruction of the east wing of Spence Gemma can enter the Realms. There Gemma, Felicity, and Ann find Pippa among a group of girls she claims to have saved from entering the Winterlands. Pippa leads the group of girls and attempts to teach them manners in a similar fashion that she was taught at Spence. Pippa asks Gemma to help her cross over from the Realms into a heaven-like area but finds that she cannot because she has been in the Realms too long. This causes her a great deal of distress and a guilt-ridden Gemma begins giving her an allowance of magic to help her get through the sadness.
After a three month absence, Kartik finds Gemma at Spence Academy to tell her that their destinies should not cross again. Heartbroken, Gemma angrily stomps off, trying to appear aloof. A later meeting at a boat dock in London crushes Gemma's hope that they could be together. He refuses to reveal to Gemma the details of his business with the Rakshana or what he will do beyond being a sailor. Despite his coldness, Gemma continues to long for his touch. While waiting for his boat to come in, Kartik lives with the gypsies and helps Gemma arrange a meeting with the Rakshana.
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.
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. Buy the Audiobook Download: Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks. Also in The Gemma Doyle Trilogy. Also by Libba Bray.