The Sweet Far Thing

The Sweet Far Thing It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy Her mother murdered her father a laudanum addict Gemma has relied on an unsuspected strength and has discovere

It has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy Her mother murdered, her father a laudanum 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 neIt has been a year of change since Gemma Doyle arrived at the foreboding Spence Academy Her mother murdered, her father a laudanum 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.

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  1. What is it about writing an author bio that gives me that deer in headlights feeling It s not exactly like I m going to say I was born in Alabama and somebody s going to jump up and snarl, Oh yeah Prove it At least I hope not.I think what gets me feeling itchy is all that emphasis on the facts of a life, while all the juicy, relevant, human oddity stuff gets left on the cutting room floor I could tell you the facts I lived in Texas for most of my life I live in New York City with my husband and six year old son now I have freckles and a lopsided smile I m allergic to penicillin.But that doesn t really give you much insight into me That doesn t tell you that I stuck a bead up my nose while watching TV when I was four and thought I d have to go to the ER and have it cut out Or that I once sang a punk version of Que Sera Sera onstage in New York City Or that I made everyone call me Bert in ninth grade for no reason that I can think of See what I mean God is in the details So with that in mind, here is my bio Sort of.TEN THINGS YOU DON T KNOW ABOUT ME by Libba Bray1 I lived in Texas until I was 26 years old, then I moved to New York City with 600.00 in my shoe cause muggers won t take it out of your shoe, y know riiiiight and a punchbowl my grandmother s gift under my arm I ended up using the punchbowl box as an end table for two years.2 My dad was a Presbyterian minister Yes, I am one of those dreaded P.K.s Preacher s Kids Be afraid Be very afraid .3 The first story I ever wrote, in Mrs McBee s 6th grade English class, was about a girl whose family is kidnapped and held hostage by a murderous lot of bank robbers who intend to kill the whole family including the dog until the 12 year old heroine foils the plot and saves the day It included colored pencil illustrations of manly looking, bearded criminals smoking, and, oblivious to the fact that The Beatles had already sort of laid claim to the title, I called my novel, HELP My mom still has a copy And when I do something she doesn t like, she threatens to find it.4 My favorite word is redemption I like both its meaning and the sound My least favorite word is maybe Maybe is almost always a no drawn out in cruel fashion.5 My three worst habits are overeating, self doubt, and the frequent use of the f word.6 The three things I like best about myself are my sense of humor, my ability to listen, and my imagination.7 I have an artificial left eye I lost my real eye in a car accident when I was eighteen In fact, I had to have my entire face rebuilt because I smashed it up pretty good It took six years and thirteen surgeries However, I did have the pleasure of freezing a plastic eyeball in an ice cube, putting it in a friend s drink, Eyeball in your highball and watching him freak completely Okay, so maybe that s not going down on my good karma record But it sure was fun.8 In 7th grade, my three best friends and I dressed up as KISS and walked around our neighborhood on Halloween Man, we were such dorks.9 I once spent New Year s Eve in a wetsuit I d gone to the party in a black dress that was a little too tight too many holiday cookies and when I went to sit down, the dress ripped up the back completely Can we all say, mortified The problem was, my friends were moving out of their house everything was packed and on a truck and there was nothing I could put on but a wetsuit that they still had tacked to the wall I spent the rest of the party maneuvering through throngs of people feeling like a giant squid.10 I got married in Florence, Italy My husband and I were in love but totally broke, so we eloped and got married in Italy, where he was going on a business trip We had to pull a guy off the street to be our witness It was incredibly romantic.

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  1. This was okay, definitely not as good as the other two books in the series primarily because it was so unnecessarily long I was pretty bored Gemma was also much of an unlikable character than usual But overall I enjoyed the trilogy a lot

  2. I am utterly distraught by this book My first hour free of it s torture I was a ball of fury Nothing made sense, the writing was crappy, and I had so many questions My poor husband didn t want to come near me and I didn t want to talk to anyone.I had such high hopes for this book Kartik and Gemma would finally find a way to be together, the magic of the realms would be figured out and dealt with, and Felicity and Ann would finally become real friends of Gemma s or else be rid of I definitely exp [...]

  3. And so ends the trilogy that began withA Great and Terrible Beauty, continued withRebel Angels, and concludes in this final volume I liked the first one well enough because of its unique blend of a wild, magical, mythical realm barely constrained behind stiff Victorian curtains I really got into the second one as the plot became complex, Gemma came into her own powers, Felicity and Ann s stories became layered, and poor beautiful Pippa was relegated to the Realms indefinitely When I saw how th [...]

  4. This was by far my favorite in the series, and I think a lot of it had to do with what Libba Bray was willing to have happen to her characters The others have had their dark moments, but this was definitely the darkest of the lot Makes sense, since it is the conclusion of a trilogy, and so there s got to be pretty big events to keep the story going.It does take a while for the story to pick up, like in the others Oh, and there s a veritable ton of Victorian society happenings that some readers m [...]

  5. Thankfully, this is over I thought I would never get through this last installment of Gemma Doyle trilogy Why, oh why does this book have to be so long Take out 300 400 pages of unnecessary secondary characters and going nowhere plot lines, its 5 epilogues, and The Sweet Far Thing would be a reasonably decent book I suppose But alas, Bray chooses to ruin her own rather original series with this endless and bizarre last installment.I ve read quite a few reviews and know how many people are disapp [...]

  6. WrensReads Review This was a reread of a reread of a reread et cetera literally can t tell you how many times I have put myself through this book 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 so here are a few of those Libba Bray does not hold back when it comes to your heart Yes, this book is [...]

  7. Series review video youtu a2qPNQILwqEThe good Nay.The bad Wayyy too long I was bored The thing wasn t even resolved they won a battle but not the war The worst bleeping love triangle I ve ever read.The problematic Fat shaming 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.

  8. Here s what I expected from this book that it would maintain the part snarky, part serious, part romantic tone of the first two books that the characters would grow a bit and the relationships would be as fraught as ever that there would be some good old fashioned suspense leading up to the conclusion of the trilogy 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 e [...]

  9. Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray contains spoilers I finished the final installment of the Gemma Doyle trilogy last night 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 VERY 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 ver [...]

  10. 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 Absolutely raw I couldn t breathe And I cried 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, that it had [...]

  11. And that is how change happens One gesture One person One moment at a time I have been reading this book for 2 weeks and I finally finished reading this book at lunch 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 Doy [...]

  12. I think I liked this one the best of the three in the trilogy I can t be sure because I read the other two about two years ago, and I just have a vague impression of them The first two were interesting, but I didn t really connect with the story 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 tightly plotted, at least The Sweet Far Thing had a lot of good and a lot of bad First, Libba Bray has a lovely, poetic writ [...]

  13. I cannot even describe my love for this trilogy It is simply amazing.Girls finding their wings, and finding their light and dark corners You will have to read to find out what that means lol, it is beautifully written, this author does not twist the truth, which i love 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 about myself The person i want to become, and how much life [...]

  14. i ve finally finished the eight hundred some pages of The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray 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 [...]

  15. 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 A 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 oh well Over all, this is a fantastic series with a fascinati [...]

  16. Out of the three books in this series, this one was probably the best It contained of a well developed, central plot, stronger characters, twists and turns than one would have expected.BUT DANG WAS IT LONG.Eight hundred pages is too long for a YA book, if you ask me.I really do think Libba stepped up her game with this, though For once, I actually felt a sense of connection to the realms they weren t weak and flimsy feeling as they had been for me in the previous two books I really began to ca [...]

  17. Can I just start by saying that the 2nd book in this trilogy is the best of all After reading the third book, I find myself still FULL OF QUESTIONS AND DISAPPOINTED with the ending Seeing that this book is the last one, I expected to have a lot resolution to the story of Gemma Doyle I feel that the book was not edited well enough as well The plot was all over the place, which means you had no idea where the story could go, and there were no rules to follow I usually expect that fantasy or scien [...]

  18. In the final book of the Gemma Doyle trilogy, the Order, the Rakshana and the creatures of the realms all want one thing the magic Gemma is caught between as everyone around her tumbles into chaos and the fight for the magic begins in earnest While the creatures of the winterlands make a bid for control and Circe stirs, Gemma struggles to come to terms with the magic she holds and her place in this world and in the realms As the story unfolds, Gemma discovers that nothing, and noone, is as they [...]

  19. I think it is a great testament to an author s skill in writing prose, when they can evoke within you such emotions that makes you want to throw your book across the room, when the characters are being stupid, blind, or just acting in ways that are so frustrating you want to scream at them Or, it is a well written story when your own heart beats against your ribcage when the main protagonist is feeling love, fear, or anger In my opinion, what also makes for a good book is when you want to do not [...]

  20. Oh man, the feels and nostalgia This series will forever be a favorite I realize that this book was definitely way too long probably 300 pages too long but that honestly doesn t make me love it less Gemma was a full on badass toward the end The other girls were total turds for most of the book though Overall, I like the ending minus one sad sad thing and would totally read if she wrote Just sayinnnnnnn.

  21. After reading the first book it was good enough to keep reading the other books although I didn t love it I really liked the second book, but after the whole series was finished I was rather disappointed I thought the story was compelling, but if you re looking for a book appropriate for you teenage girls this is not it There are far too many points of view that if you call yourself Christian you will probably have a problem with I really wanted to like these books, but after the insertion on ho [...]

  22. WOW.Spoilers ahead.The Rose of Battle By William Butler YeatsROSE of all Roses, Rose of all the World The tall thought woven sails, that flap unfurled Above the tide of hours, trouble the air, And God s bell buoyed to be the water s care While hushed from fear, or loud with hope, a band 5With blown, spray dabbled hair gather at hand Turn if you may from battles never done, I call, as they go by me one by one, Danger no refuge holds, and war no peace, For him who hears love sing and never cease, [...]

  23. This book was wonderful I m very sad to see the Gemma Doyle trilogy come to an end, but Bray sure took it out with a bang in The Sweet Far Thing.Rather than talk about what happens in the novel, I want to touch upon one thing that really held my interest throughout all three novels the discontent that Gemma feels over the restraints and limitations placed upon girls and women Bray takes the opportunity through Gemma, Felicity, and Ann to make her female readers aware of the expectations placed u [...]

  24. This book wow this book hahaOverall the series wasn t AMAZING to me, I really enjoyed the time period and the gothic feel, but I was never really in love with the series With that said, this book is a great book, especially the ending After 800 and something pages I felt very attached to the characters and the story, and I guess I did not really get that in the other two books The beginning was fairly boring and sometimes hard to get through, I got a little put off because of the length and I ju [...]

  25. The rules of magic, my dear, are best not discussed For once we understand the illusion, we no longer believe in it Dr Van Ripple, The Sweet Far Thing, P 314 Libba Bray built up to the finale of her Gemma Doyle trilogy with a pair of quality novels, but neither compares to the ambitious excellence of The Sweet Far Thing It s an eight hundred nineteen page behemoth, with enough text for four or five lengthy novels, but Libba Bray works her magic as I ve never seen from her before There s a civil [...]

  26. 700 pages of this book are totally useless Seriously I admit that my reading habits during the term aren t conducive to falling in love with long books because I tend to read them in such fragments But this book I read mostly in enormous hunks And even though it is a quick read in terms of style, Bray seems to want to be J.K Rowling and imagines that she has created this huge world here with lots of intricate characters and terrain and oodles of plot twists in the last book of the trilogy Follow [...]

  27. 20 1 2 hours of torture, knowing what I do, but I m doing it, anyway Because the story is so lovely in its sadness and life isn t all sunshine and rainbows and at least I can appreciate the fact that Libba Bray didn t lie to me about itA Not quite as sad the second time aroundI found it hopeful than anything else So glad I took the time to revisit this amazing series.

  28. I know, I just finished reading Rebel Angels less than 24 hours ago, and here I am again Yes, right after book 2, I immediately read The Sweet Far Thing because I want to finish this series and absorb every detail as much as possible And boy was I blown away The best series ever The girls are back and the Realms become sinister than ever in Book 3, The Sweet Far Thing All have their own agenda and you re not sure whether it benefits main gal, Gemma Doyle Pippa and the girls are becoming undead [...]

  29. Kartik sobs I ve never cried so much over a book character in my life This wasn t even a sniff here, a little sob there This was heart wrenching, devastated WEEPING I felt so depressed I felt hurt.This book was amazing Because of that and because Libba Bray managed to make me feel so much about this book and that character, I gave it five stars This book WOW Seriously I don t know what else to say, except that I just loved this book, and I wish this series could go on forever I am very grateful [...]

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