Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

The Sweet Far Thing
(Gemma Doyle Trilogy #3)
by Libba Bray
Summary from Goodreads:

"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 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."


First of all, I have to admit, when I picked up The Sweet Far Thing, I immediately checked the number of pages I’d be reading and asked myself: “What could possibly be in this book to use up over 819 pages?” I winced at the thought that this might be slow-paced. And unfortunately, it was.

Bray’s writing was indeed beautiful. But more than half of the book was a drag. It was only kept interested by a few stolen moments between Gemma and Kartik. Every other chapter just showed why I loathe (and love) the characters; they threw their wrath at each other; they were greedy and selfish, annoying and deceitful. One other interesting thing that went in between the chapters was the revelation of Felicity’s identity. The whole lot of the story was thrown in at about Chapter 60 (Page 687), imagine the long wait! Although, I do understand that it was meant to give the reader time to absorb and mould the idea of the tale. Still, I wish I could’ve been at least a bit lesser than 819 pages.

As I reached page 777, I was starting to feel edgy and by the end of the book, my face was sleek with tears. The ending was heartbreaking. It seemed unfair, since I’m a sucker for happy endings. I didn’t expect how it turned out, yet it was rightly fitting. Despite being torn from what happened, The Sweet Far Thing has brought me a bittersweet tale that is well to be remembered.

1 comment:

  1. I was crying at the end also. LOL I absolutely hated the ending of the book.


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