Book: Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
Book Info: Published by Random House Children’s Books; 592 pages
Source: purchased for my Nook
Genre: YA: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Fantasy
Goodreads Summary: 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.
I loved Rebel Angels even more than I liked A Great And Terrible Beauty. You really get to see the consequences of what Gemma did.
I really like the realms in Rebel Angels, and that is because you get to see more of them. Like the Cave of Sighs and the Temple and the forests. What I loved the most was that things moved along, and it didn’t feel like a middle novel at all.
The readers are kept on their toes, with the mystery and the anagrams. Circe was the last person I expected: I didn’t see it coming. I love that a lot of the novel is spent away from Spence. You get to see Gemma and Felicity in their homes, with Ann staying with Felicity. A lot of time is spent in the realms, of course, which I just love. And seeing how staying in the realms, and not crossing over, has changed Pippa. I don’t think it’s the last we’ll see of her, and I don’t think it will end well.
I loved seeing London, and thought it was a nice contrast with the realms. You have a city that’s changing, with Felicity being too headstrong to get a nice British man, and the little hints about how London going away from gaslamps towards electricity. And you have another world that is more complex and corrupt than you could ever imagine. They’re very different, and yet there are some parallels between the two.
The characters didn’t seem very different in this book, which is the only thing I didn’t really like. I know it’s only a couple months or so after A Great And Terrible Beauty, but it didn’t seem like the characters had changed very much, other than Pippa.
It gets a 5 out of 5. I enjoyed it a lot, and I can’t wait to read the last book!