In Rebel Angels, Bray continues her story of Gemma Doyle, a young English lady-in-the-making at the turn of the century.
This series does a great job of crossing genres. It's fantasy, it's historical fiction, it's romance -- it refuses to be pigeonholed. In this installment, there's more magic than in the last. Gemma and her friends Ann and Felicity step out of their corseted lives in the "real world" to escape the Christmas ball season of high society London. Rather than accepting invitations for stuffy teas and afternoon calls with her grandmother, Gemma is focusing her attentions on what to do with her newly received magic, and how to best manage the growing unrest among the tribes of magical creatures she's encountered in the Realms.
Also new to the table is a new love interest, Simon Middleton, a dashing proper English lord. When pitted against her Rakshana protector, Kartik, Bray makes a great love triangle.
The historical notes continue to be interesting, particularly the in-depth exploration of Bedlam, a famed psychiatric hospital in turn of the century London. I learned a lot reading this book. However, the most important thing that I learned was that I couldn't wait to get my hands on The Sweet Far Thing to read the conclusion of Gemma's story.
I liked this book just as much as I liked the first one. I thought both were enjoyable but I wasn't falling out of my chair or anything. I think they read on a middle school level. If they were a little more advanced, such as on a high school level, they would be more intriguing. Great concept though!
Rachel C. reviewed Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle, Bk 2) on
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Twists and turns galore, I think! Again, Libba Bray has captured my attention and made me feel as if I was a part of this story. Wanting things to happen, worrying, crying. Everything that makes a great book is here!
I enjoyed this whole series! There were realistic characters with realistic problems... well, aside from the supernatural aspects. :o) The book was well written and enjoyable to read. Libba Bray is a great author!
I've been looking forward to reading this one for a while now, and it did not disappoint. Although I figured out one of the big things about halfway through the book, there were lots of twists and turns and surprises. And it looks like it's set up for another book to follow but I'm not sure if there will be or not. I hope so!
best of the series! I hope she can write more on this or on this type of subject, . read my 1st review on the `1st book..
I dont recommend reading this if you haven't read the other 2.. you wont understand it. theres so much to this book.. the relationships and the era.. .. its like she lived in that time... I felt transported there for a short time.. great book...
this is the second book in the trilogy libba bray has written. the first book "a great and terrible beauty" was exciting and i couldn't put it down. so read the first book to enjoy and understand the second. i know you'll enjoy reading this book as well as the others by libba bray. the main character emma is on a mystical quest and fantasy while growing up and understanding her powers.