Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
(The Gemma Doyle Trilogy Book #2)

61%

8 Critic Reviews

While the characters and setting lack the lush richness and depth that made the first volume appealing, Gemma’s shivery adventures, lacking easy answers, make for an exciting mystical quest.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Libba Bray

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Libba Bray is the author of the New York Times bestselling Gemma Doyle trilogy, comprised of A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, and The Sweet Far Thing. She is also the author of Beauty Queens and Going Bovine, which won the Michael L. Printz Award. Libba lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, son, and two cats. Visit her at libbabray.com.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 564 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Travel, History. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Rebel Angels
All: 8 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Above average

While the characters and setting lack the lush richness and depth that made the first volume appealing, Gemma’s shivery adventures, lacking easy answers, make for an exciting mystical quest.

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Blog Critics

Good
on Sep 29 2005

Bray's writing is inventive and convincingly captures the sense of Victorian London's high society and penchant for proper decorum at all times.

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Suite 101

Below average
on Nov 06 2010

These events feel repetitive and overly drawn out. The creatures they encounter in the Realms are intriguing, but there are so many of them, each more bizarre than the last, that the overall effect is disorienting.

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Teen Reads

Good
on Oct 18 2011

Like its predecessor, REBEL ANGELS is an intelligent page-turner that keeps the reader guessing about secret identities, prophecies and risky alliances.

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Large Print Reviews

Good
on Mar 03 2006

Like A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels is a coming-of-age tale mixed with an exciting mystery, all set against a rich Victorian backdrop juxtaposed against the decadent freedom of the Realms.

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BookDragon

Below average
on Feb 11 2012

How such a memorable start can devolve to such simpering dribble is disappointment indeed.

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Teen Ink

Above average

If you are looking for a thrill, if you are looking for an edge of fear, pick up Rebel Angels, but only if you have read A Great and Terrible Beauty.

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Helium

Above average
on Feb 01 2007

Rebel Angels was a breathtaking, book. I couldn't put it down.

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