Series Wrap

Series Wrap: ‘The Gemma Doyle Trilogy,’ Libba Bray

June 4, 2014

Series Wrap is a mini-feature where I sum up what I loved and loathed about a particular series upon completion. The rules are simple: I must have read and reviewed ALL books in said series and the series must be completed by the author. These posts are seperate from reviews.


About The Gemma Doyle Trilogy

Two months after her mother’s sudden and puzzling suicide, Gemma Doyle travels from India, where she was raised, to England for her new life at an all-girls preparatory school. At Spence Academy, Gemma feels dispirited by the stringent etiquette and her classmates’ cruel pecking order, but she finds herself befriended by a group of girls with aspirations of being more than “proper ladies.” Aside from school troubles, Gemma is also preoccupied with nightmarish visions, and following her discovery of a long-lost diary that describes “the Order,” she learns that she has supernatural abilities that link her to the spirit world, her mother, and an evil force that wants to usurp Gemma’s powers. And it’s almost too late before Gemma realizes that she holds the key to her own and her friends’ destinies.


Quick Picks

Favourite Character/s: Felicity Worthington. Gemma Doyle. Pippa Cross.
Favourite Pairing/s: Gemma/Kartik. Felicity/Pippa.
Favourite Cover: The Sweet Far Thing.
Favourite Book: Rebel Angels.

Summing Up

Why I liked this series

Libba Bray has a fascinating way of writing historical fantasy, making her my favourite author of this genre. Perfect world-building and genuine, emotional characters. I’ve re-read this series three times now and each time I’m never disappointed.

I can’t stress enough just how much I fell in love with each and every one of the characters within ‘The Gemma Doyle Trilogy’. Even the ‘baddies’ were so well-written and all had a motive and had a goal. Felicity Worthington remains my favourite literary heroine and even though our protagonist, Gemma Doyle, was a little slow on the uptake at times, I loved her completely.

As for the relationships, they were all so intricate and unique. The friendship between Gemma and Felicity was my favourite aspect in that regard, but I could take any relationship from this series and describe what I loved about it.

There was a good mix of humour in these books, too.

Why I disliked this series

There’s not much I didn’t like about this series, but if I had to pick one thing, it would be the length of The Sweet Far Thing. Yes, I wanted more and more, but some things felt a little unnecessary. While I stomped and wanted to cry over the ending, I wouldn’t say it was something I ‘disliked’. It was bittersweet, but I felt that it closed the chapter on the series as a whole.

In Conclusion

Would I read this series again? Yes, and I have many times already.
Would I recommend this series? Absolutely. Always. Yes.
This series in one word: Favourite.

Individual Reviews

A Great & Terrible BeautyRebel AngelsThe Sweet Far Thing

Did you read The Gemma Doyle Trilogy?
Have you read anything else by Libba Bray?


  • Reply aentee June 24, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    I love the format of this wrap up post!

    As for the series, I read the first book years ago but never managed to get around to reading the rest of them. Thanks for jogging my memory, I need to put the series back on the TBR.
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  • Reply Katie @ KKatiereads June 8, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Hi Brittany!
    This a really great wrap up! I read A Great And Terrible Beauty when it first came out but now you’ve given me a reason to try it again. I don’t even remember what I didn’t like about it the first time so now I’m dying to pick it up and try again. Thanks for the awesome post!
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  • Reply Siobhan June 5, 2014 at 4:00 am

    I remember you recommending me these books years ago! I have read them a few times since then and do love them! The ending always depresses me though haha

  • Reply Ebony @ Paperbacks & Protagonists June 4, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks for the fantastic series wrap! I read A Great and Terrible Beauty when it first got published and I loved it! Read it in a day! However, it took me 5 or so years to get a hold of a matching copy of Rebel Angels, (and, as it turns out, I still don’t have a matching copy of book number 2), so I’ve never got around to finishing the trilogy off because I now need to re-read the first book…this series wrap has definitely given me the motivation to do so – I’m so excited now.
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