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Top Ten Books For People Who Like A Great and Terrible Beauty

A Great and Terrible Beauty doesn’t get talked about a lot, but it’s a classic historial fantasy, and I love how the books develop (despite the killer ending to the series! Gah!)

Below are some of my favorite YA historical fiction/fantasy choices that are somewhat similar to A Great and Terrible Beauty.

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Top Ten Books For People Who Like A Great and Terrible Beauty

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1Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber – The book is set in the early 1800s and involves a mystical painting that’s more than it seems. I loved this book!

2Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle– Set in England around the time of Queen Victoria, Bewitching Season involves magical sisters and shenanigans.

3Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers — Medieval times (not the Orlando attraction) with a butt-kicking nun blessed by Death himself.

4Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier – All things celtic with Marillier. Gotta love the Fair Folk and brothers who turn into swans.

5Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood – I adored this Salem witch trial time period with real witches.

6Masque of Red Death by Bethany Griffin – Hmm, this book both seems to be set in the past AND in the future. Either way, there are fancy dresses and nasty diseases.

7Legacy by Cayla Kluver — Royalty and princesses dominate this story – along with love triangles and TONS of outfit descriptions.

8Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergen — Sisters are sent back in time to medieval Italy. Gotta love this realistic-feeling setting.

9The Diviners by Libba Bray — This book is set during the time of speakeasies in Manhattan. I haven’t read it yet, but I have a feeling Bray will ensnare me once again.

10Gilt by Katherine Longshore – Henry the 8th is king and Kitty is in the middle of court intrigue. Plus, there are hot men in doublets.

What read-alikes do you think match A Great and Terrible Beauty?

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I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Ohhh great list! I LOVED the Gemma Doyle books! Kartik…le sigh! I also really liked Born Wicked which I read recently. I just bought Darker Still for my Media Center so I have my eyes set on that one too. Seriously this is a great list and will be super helpful in the future! 🙂

  • This list is great! I love the Gemma Doyle series, so I’ll be adding some of these to my TBR list.

  • I can see I’m going to be busy!