I was just re-reading this series the other day! Libba Bray did a fantastic job writing this book; the plot and characters were well designed and the writing was magnificent! The book takes place in the late 1800s and you can tell Libba Bray really did her research. The main character, Gemma Doyle, is so funny! Told from a first-person POV, Gemma tells of her lovely adventures.
This book is actually really serious, but some parts are really funny, too. After her mother died, Gemma goes to Spence Academy for young ladies in London. There, she meets Pippa Cross, Felicity Worthington and Ann Bradshaw. The four frienemies go on a magical adventure throughout the realms and discover what really happened to Gemma mother.
There's also two groups that want Gemma's magic; the Order and the Rakshana. They long for Gemma's power and will do anything to take it from her.
There's even some romance, but just enough so it doesn't take away from the plot. One of my favorite quotes from the books is: “Warning: If you are insufferable, do not walk here. We shall eat you down to the marrow.”
This exciting book is a trilogy, and you can get all three by entering my follower giveaway here. They are in e-book form and a lovely prize.
Ok. So I've seen a lot of posts about this particular topic, so I've decided to talk about it: ARCS!
For those who don't know, ARCs are advanced reader's copies of books. I love them because it's a great way to expand what I read. So here's how you can get them:
Start a blog. I know, it's hard work, but then, you can go on book tours. Basically, book tours consist of one arc going around to many bloggers. So you get usually one week to read the book and then send it to another person. They're pretty much free except for shipping costs. I recommend getting one book at a time, just because of the time limits. But don't start a blog for JUST this reason. You should start a blog because you want to, and getting ARCS as a bonus.
Contests. Goodreads hosts a lot of ARC contests and it's really great; you can win a lot of ARCs this way.
Contact the publishers. If you write a really nice email, professional and JUST ONE, you can get them. This was is efficient, but there are rules: a) you can't sell the ARCs after you read them. Not even on ebay, for this is BAD FOR THE AUTHOR and you are using the publisher's hospitality. b) You must write a review of it on your blog. If you're reading it just because you want to, the publishers aren't going to send it to you. They want publicity. Be nice in the email. Don't spam them or expect them to say yes, because they will review your blog. Keep the emails short and professional and don't be offended if they say no. If they say no, just move on or get more followers! If you ask them repeatedly, they will just ignore you. c) Ask for smaller books first. These unpopular books will most likely get popular, so it's OK to start out small.