The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

Reviewed by Libby, age 14, Wisconsin
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

School. It's never fun. Whether it's mandatory or not, whether your teacher is giving you a lecture or you're taking a test, we all get sick of school once in a while. But if you think you hate it now, take a time machine back to the late 1800s when The Sweet Far Thing, by Libba Bray, took place. Back then, women didn't learn about physical activities or mathematics. They went to school to become ladies. And Spence Academy is the school Gemma Doyle gets sent to in this series.

The Sweet Far Thing is the last book in Bray's trilogy which began with A Great and Terrible Beauty and continued with Rebel Angels. Chances are, if you've already read the first two, you've read the last one also. But for those of you who have never heard about the Gemma Doyle series, here's a little background information: After Gemma's mother dies, her father sends her off to Spence Academy to become more proper. During her time there she reveals secrets about her mother that may not be so flattering. She also discovers she is the key to open the realms, another world where dark magic runs wild, and she holds all the power.

The Sweet Far Thing is definitely one of my favorites in the series. It may have over 800 pages, but I flew right through them. It's the plot and Libba Bray's writing style that made me fall in love. One of my favorite things in this third book is the characters. You learn so much about the characters, and you're even introduced to new ones. I could never predict what a character might do next, and it was fun to make guesses. Some of the behavior seemed to come out of nowhere, but if you thought about it, it made sense. One thing I personally think makes a good book is that it's unpredictable, and this book is certainly that.

If you're thinking this book is too long or sounds too boring, think again. You'll be through the entire thing before you know it, and you'll be striving to have the next one in your hands. The series provides something for everyone. There's evil, magic, and even romance. So go and pick the Gemma Doyle series by Libba Bray at a local Target or Borders, or you can go to your local library. These books are worth the read!

My Rating:
The Sweet Far Thing: 4 stars (of a possible 5)
The Gemma Doyle series (as a whole): 4.5 stars (of a possible 5)

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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