Unique Blend of Fantasy and Historical Fiction
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A Great and Terrible Beauty is an interesting teen read. Libba Bray's ability to blend historical fiction and fantasy effortlessly made this book stand out for me from other books centered around the life of teen girls at a boarding school (of which, as we know, there are many). Sometimes portions of the book can be a bit confusing, since readers can never be sure exactly what is real and what is not. It is easy to forget at some points that the book is a fantasy novel and not just historical fiction. That being said, the storyline of A Great and Terrible Beauty is fascinating and unique. Readers will get interesting descriptions of Victorian life for wealthy young girls while also delving deeply into Bray's fantasy world of the Realms. I would recommend this to most teen readers who enjoy historical fiction as well as adults looking for an easy read and an atypical story.