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.