On My Wishlist (3)

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday.  It’s where I list all the books I desperately want but haven’t actually bought yet.  They can be old, new or forthcoming.  It’s also an event that you can join in with too – Mr. Linky is always at the ready for you to link your own “On My Wishlist” post.  If you want to know more, click HERE

Scrolling through the list of books for one of my reading challenges this year, I came across a book that looked really interesting, only to find it’s the first in what’s so far a three book set.  Since I’m a sucker for series’, those are what’s on my wishlist for this week:

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libby Bray (Gemma Doyle Trilogy Book 1)

Publisher: Delacorte
Publication Date: March 22, 2005
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls—and their foray into the spiritual world—lead to?

Rebel Angels by Libby Bray (Gemma Doyle Trilogy Book 2)

Publisher: Delacorte
Publication Date: December 26, 2006
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Ah, Christmas! Gemma Doyle is looking forward to a holiday from Spence Academy, spending time with her friends in the city, attending ritzy balls, and on a somber note, tending to her ailing father. As she prepares to ring in the New Year, 1896, a handsome young man, Lord Denby, has set his sights on Gemma, or so it seems. Yet amidst the distractions of London, Gemma’s visions intensify–visions of three girls dressed in white, to whom something horrific has happened, something only the realms can explain. . . .

The lure is strong, and before long, Gemma, Felicity, and Ann are turning flowers into butterflies in the enchanted world of the realms that Gemma alone can bring them to. To the girls’ great joy, their beloved Pippa is there as well, eager to complete their circle of friendship.

But all is not well in the realms–or out. The mysterious Kartik has reappeared, telling Gemma she must find the Temple and bind the magic, else great disaster will befall her. Gemma’s willing to do his intrusive bidding, despite the dangers it brings, for it means she will meet up with her mother’s greatest friend–and now her foe, Circe. Until Circe is destroyed, Gemma cannot live out her destiny. But finding Circe proves a most perilous task.

The Sweet Far Thing by Libby Bray (Gemma Doyle Trilogy Book 3)

Publisher: Delacorte
Publication Date: April 28, 2009
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

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.

Goodreads Summaries

So what’s on your wishlist this week?




  1. These sound good and the covers are really nice. Haven't read this author before.

  2. Haven't read this series yet but it sounds good.

  3. I hope you get your books soon and that they are everything you hope them to be. Wanna see what is On My Wishlist?

  4. Haven't heard of this series but they sound really good- gonna add them to my list as well.Happy Weekend!On My Wishlist

  5. Haven't heard of these…. but quickly added them to my never ending TBR list!Kat

  6. Hope you get to read these soon! Have a great weekend!As the Pages Turn Blog

  7. Ten new wishes added to my wishlist. Some of them are belated Christmas wishes.

  8. I read Book 1 of the series in 2008 so the storyline is a little fuzzy now but I recall enjoying it enough to want to read books 2 & 3. Cant wait to hear your thoughts on them:)

  9. Thanks for the thoughts, everyone! Saturdays are not good for my wishlists, I get too many ideas when I'm wandering around checking out everybody's too!

  10. I read A Great and Terrible Beauty awhile back and enjoyed it. I need to continue on with this series sometime soon!

  11. Haven't heard of this series before, but it really sounds like a series I could enjoy. I am a fan of historical stories. Get them soon, can't wait for your reviews;)

  12. I have looked at these as well and I think I might try them sometime in the future too 🙂

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