It’s been a while since I read this book which is the first in the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray. This was another recommended reading from my daughter and her friends and again, their taste is right in line with mine. I’ve only read up to the second book of this trilogy so I can’t really tell yet whether I like it as a whole.
This first book was interesting enough. The story starts in India where Gemma Doyle grew up with her parents. After her mother’s death under mysterious circumstances, Gemma returns to England, to a boarding school for girls. The boarding school for girls is, as it often is, rife with intrigues, cliques and conflict between the students. Not long after arriving at the school, Gemma finds out about a forbidden wing in the school where the students aren’t supposed to go. But of course, as soon as you tell someone not to go somewhere, what do they do? Of course they go in!
All through the adjustment to her new environment, Gemma soon realizes that she has a guardian of sorts and a hidden talent that is just slowly starting to materialize. She finds out that an Indian young man, Kartik, followed her all the way from India and is keeping an eye on her. She soon finds out though that right where she is, in England, is where an ancient order existed and her mother was somehow part of it. The bottom line is, Gemma has a talent or power, whatever you’d like to call it, which sets her apart from everyone else.
This was a nice read and I’d really like to finish off the series.