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@Read Book ì The Sweet Far Thing Ý It Has Been A Year Of Change Since Gemma Doyle Arrived At The Foreboding Spence Academy Her Mother Murdered, Her Father A Laudanum Addict, Gemma Has Relied On An Unsuspected Strength And Has Discovered An Ability To Travel To An Enchanted World Called The Realms, Where Dark Magic Runs Wild Despite Certain Peril, Gemma Has Bound The Magic To Herself And Forged Unlikely New Alliances Now, As Gemma Approaches Her London Debut, The Time Has Come To Test These Bonds The Order The Mysterious Group Her Mother Was Once Part Of Is Grappling For Control Of The Realms, As Is The Rakshana Spence S Burned East Wing Is Being Rebuilt, But Why Now Gemma And Her Friends See Pippa, But She Is Not The Same And Their Friendship Faces Its Gravest Trial As Gemma Must Decide Once And For All What Role She Is Meant For Okay, I m going to start off with a warning I will be talking in detail about how this book made me feel and if you haven t read it yet it is possible that my feelings will give away a crucial plot point With that all I can say is I feel raw Absolutely raw I couldn t breathe And I cried A lot of tears were shed The ending is by far one of the most brilliant, brave things I have EVER read, that does not mean that it wasn t absolutely horrible to read And knowing that it was necessary, that it had to happen, that it s the perfect ending does not really comfort me but I ll take what I can The emotion that Libba Bray churned up in me was astounding From absolute highs, to absolute lows and I do mean absolute , I loved riding the roller coaster of it all My second favorite series ever Read it Love it Cry along with me. This was okay, definitely not as good as the other two books in the series primarily because it was so unnecessarily long I was pretty bored Gemma was also much of an unlikable character than usual But overall I enjoyed the trilogy a lot I am utterly distraught by this book My first hour free of it s torture I was a ball of fury Nothing made sense, the writing was crappy, and I had so many questions My poor husband didn t want to come near me and I didn t want to talk to anyone.I had such high hopes for this book Kartik and Gemma would finally find a way to be together, the magic of the realms would be figured out and dealt with, and Felicity and Ann would finally become real friends of Gemma s or else be rid of I definitely expected a little bir maturity to be given out by those girls, at least by Gemma, because generally when a person is given a large amount of responsibility, despite their age, and consciously decides that they need to live up to it, they don t act like retarded and petty 12 year olds.Here are just a few of my troublesWhy the crap does Kartik turn into a tree This doesn t make any sense I understand the sacrifice that he is making, but there is no sign that the magic can t be dealt with in another way until the very point where Libba Bray turns him into a tree It is retarded There is no sense in this, unless her goal was to piss people off.Why are Pippa and Felicity lesbian lovers I don t get this at all Some people have mentioned in their reviews that they saw signs of this coming Whatever signs they saw seemed like normal female friendship to me, especially for Victorian period writing Besides the fact I think that it was just silly, the kiss was random and out of some teenage boys lesbian lovers fantasy DUMB I however, was satisfied when Felicity chose the good side, despite her love for Pippa, who has always irritated me.The writing was just bad For someone who has published 2 books already, the writing should have been much better The plot should have been thought out The dialogue should have been less George Lucas inspired by this I am referring to his ability to make very good actors sound like dunces.I am very frustrated by how poorly the magic of the realms was understood Obviously Circe was evil, but how did she turn out to be so much better than the the people who were supposed to be good and why did she make so much sense Bray turns the evil person back to good to a degree and than she turns Kartik into a tree Whatever My final annoyance for this review is that of Bray s obsession with womens rights Holy crap, she went a bit overboard don t you think I thought to myself at one point that maybe it was just me and that I was a little sensitive to people and their soap boxes until at the very end Gemma s last request for the girls to be taught how to think for themselves and blah blah blah Thinking for yourself is not at all a bad idea, but honestly Themes like that are supposed to be thought provoking, not obnoxiously present.There are so many, many things that I find very wrong with this book It was a very huge disappointment I expected so much than what I was given here.There were enough good things that I finished the book, but I definitely would not recommend it to anyone. And so ends the trilogy that began with A Great and Terrible Beauty, continued with Rebel Angels, and concludes in this final volume I liked the first one well enough because of its unique blend of a wild, magical, mythical realm barely constrained behind stiff Victorian curtains I really got into the second one as the plot became complex, Gemma came into her own powers, Felicity and Ann s stories became layered, and poor beautiful Pippa was relegated to the Realms indefinitely When I saw how thick the third one was, my eagerness ratcheted up a notch After all, I have been sitting around lately asking for longer books Suddenly, here one is.Unfortunately, 800 pages later, the best thing about it remains the first four words, it s lovely title, taken from a poem by W.B Yeats And it does capture the extremely bittersweet feel of the last portion of the book But somehow this installment failed to capture my imagination It frustrated me than anything Instead of making good use of everything she fought for in Rebel Angels, Gemma spends the entire novel trying to decide whether or not to do what she decided to do at the end of the last book Not until the final pages does she get a grip on herself and do what needs to be done I thought we were done with crippling indecision in the previous books I wanted the Gorgon to just let loose and throttle her Meanwhile, Felicity and Ann are apparently thirteen again and spend the majority of their time being petty and distrustful, backstabbing Gemma whenever they get the chance Pippa is the most interesting of the original friends, munching on the berries of the dead in all her Miss Havisham glory But her path is extremely predictable And Kartik Fiery, beautiful Kartik Sigh The end to his story had far too much in common with Merlin s fate for my taste I will say that the scene where Gemma and Kartik place their hands inside the stone was achingly beautiful But, as with much in this hefty book, it was too little too late and I m left feeling sad Wishing, somehow, it could all have gone differently.