By Libba Bray
It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mom, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is sent off from the existence she is aware in India to Spence, a formal boarding university in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and vulnerable to visions of the long run that experience an uncomfortable behavior of coming real, Gemma’s reception there's a cold one. To make issues worse, she’s been by way of a mysterious younger Indian guy, a guy despatched to monitor her. yet why? what's her future? And what is going to her entanglement with Spence’s strongest girls—and their foray into the religious world—lead to?
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We’ve been waiting . ” My scream implodes inside me. Mother looks back, sees the dagger lying there, grabs it. The thing howls in outrage. She’s going to fight it. She’s going to be all right. A single tear escapes down her cheek as she closes her desperate eyes, says my name soft as a prayer, Gemma. In one swift motion, she raises the dagger and plunges it into herself. No! A strong tide yanks me from the shop. I’m back on the streets of Bombay, as if I’d never been gone, screaming wildly while the young Indian man pins my flailing arms at my side.
When he does, he reveals a young man behind him wearing the same sort of strange cloak. For a moment, the young man and I lock eyes. He isn’t much older than I am, probably seventeen if a day, with brown skin, a full mouth, and the longest eyelashes I have ever seen. I know I’m not supposed to find Indian men attractive, but I don’t see many young men and I find I’m blushing in spite of myself. He breaks our gaze and cranes his neck to see over the hordes. “You should be more careful,” Sarita barks at the older man, threatening him with a blow from her arm.
We might be here all night. The drunken man leers at me, winks, makes an extremely rude gesture involving his index fingers. Disgusted, I turn away and look down an empty alley. Tom’s leaning out his window. I hear him, condescending and impatient, trying to reason with the couple in the street. But something’s gone wrong. His voice grows muffled, like sounds heard through a shell held to the ear. And then all I can hear is my blood quickening, thumping hard against my veins. A tremendous pressure seizes me, knocking the air from my lungs.
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, Book 1) by Libba Bray