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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Throwback Thursday: The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature co-hosted by Never Too Fond of Books and The Housework Can Wait. This is a fun way to write about and review beloved books we haven't read in a while.

Here’s how it works:
1. Pick any book released more than 5 years ago. Adult, YA, Children’s; doesn’t matter. Any great book will do.
2. Write up a short summary of the book (include the title, author, and cover art) and an explanation of why you love it. Make sure to link back to The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books in your post.
3. Link up your post at The Housework Can Wait or Never Too Fond of Books.
4. Visit as many blogs as you can, reminisce about books you loved, and discover some “new” books for your TBR list!
This week, my throwback is The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy

Goodreads Blurb:
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.
My Review: 
The Sweet Far Thing is the final book in the Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray. This was the longest as well as the darkest book in the trilogy. The beginning is a little slow, but the second half will keep you engaged. There are unexpected twists and an ending that I definitely didn't see coming. Each character had their own story within this trilogy. I can't say that they all got their happy ending, but their were no loose ends left in their stories. I have a definite love-hate relationship with the ending. To avoid giving too much away, I'll leave it at that.

Check out my reviews of the previous two books in the Gemma Doyle Trilogy: A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels.

To learn more about Libba Bray and her books, visit her website and blog.


  1. You've got me officially interested in this trilogy after the last few weeks of featuring it :-) And I'm actually okay with 3rd books in a trilogy being a little longer and more developed - by then, I'm invested in the characters, so I don't mind some added heft :-)

  2. I'm the same way. I prefer the last book in a series or trilogy to be long. That makes it last that much longer.. in my head anyway. lol!


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