Saturday, June 15, 2013

Rebel Angels by Libba Bray Review

Title: Rebel Angels
Author: Libba Bray
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Gemma Doyle Trilogy, book two
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Every bit as thrilling, creepy, and lovely as its precursor, Rebel Angels had me utterly entranced--I couldn't put it down!

Gemma Doyle is back--and it's Christmastime at Spence. Struggling to find a balance between herself, Felicity, Ann, and their magic, along with the pressures of normal Victorian society--being courted by Simon Middleton, having to deal with her father's opiate addiction, and her brother's snobbery--Gemma finds herself locked in an even deeper mystery--and this time, she could pay with her own life.

What I enjoyed:
-The way Rebel Angels pulled me immediately under
-Gemma, and her struggle to find a balance between controlling her magic and her normal life
-The mystery, especially the cool riddle near the end
-The background that we learn about Felicity
-The Rakshana and the Order's struggle for power
-Gemma's confusion as to who to trust
-Miss Moore
-Asha and the Cave of Sighs
-The gorgon

What I didn't enjoy:
-Pippa, at times
-Gemma's father
-The water nymphs

I really, really enjoyed Rebel Angels and can't wait for the Sweet Far Thing! Next on deck: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead!

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