It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle first arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy. Her mother murdered and her father a laudanum addict, Gemma has relied on her 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. Gemma and her friends see Pippa , but she is not the same.

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Shelves: young-adult This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am utterly distraught by this book. Nothing made sense, the writing was crappy, and I had so many questions. I had such high hopes for this book. I I am utterly distraught by this book. Here are just a few of my troubles Why the crap does Kartik turn into a tree? It is retarded. There is no sense in this, unless her goal was to piss people off.

Why are Pippa and Felicity lesbian lovers? Some people have mentioned in their reviews that they saw signs of this coming. Whatever signs they saw seemed like normal female friendship to me, especially for Victorian period writing. Besides the fact I think that it was just silly, the kiss was random and out of some teenage boys lesbian lovers fantasy. I however, was satisfied when Felicity chose the good side, despite her love for Pippa, who has always irritated me.

The writing was just bad. For someone who has published 2 books already, the writing should have been much better. The plot should have been thought out.

The dialogue should have been less George Lucas inspired by this I am referring to his ability to make very good actors sound like dunces. I am very frustrated by how poorly the magic of the realms was understood. Obviously Circe was evil, but how did she turn out to be so much better than the the people who were supposed to be good and why did she make so much more sense?

Bray turns the evil person back to good - to a degree - and than she turns Kartik into a tree? I thought to myself at one point that maybe it was just me and that I was a little sensitive to people and their soap boxes Thinking for yourself is not at all a bad idea, but honestly. Themes like that are supposed to be thought provoking, not obnoxiously present.

There are so many, many things that I find very wrong with this book. It was a very huge disappointment. I expected so much more than what I was given here. There were enough good things that I finished the book, but I definitely would not recommend it to anyone.


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