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Rebel Spirits

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  917 Ratings  ·  175 Reviews
Infused with history and mystery, this tale of ghosts, love, and murder takes place in present-day Gettysburg, where the Civil War still looms large.

Lori Chase doesn't know what to think about ghosts. She may have seen a few in the past, but those were just childish imaginings...right? Only now that she is living in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, spirits seem to be on everyone'
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by Point (first published January 1st 2013)
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Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
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Laura Martinelli
I really try not to judge books by their cover, caption, blurbs or jacket copy. I’ve found books that sound interesting but were terrible, and I’ve found books with beautiful covers but terrible insides, but then again I have a lot of books I’ve picked up on a whim and absolutely loved, even if the cover looked generic or the blurb wasn’t the greatest thing ever. When my boss handed me the latest crop of YA ARCs at work, I looked at Rebel Spirits’ cover blurb…and immediately rolled my eyes. “Wha ...more
Brad Sells
May 14, 2013 Brad Sells rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-own
I hate to say it, but I was disappointed by Rebel Spirits. While the plot was intriguing, I couldn't get past the characters.

I'll go ahead and start with the problem I had with Rebel Spirits - the characters just felt too two-dimensional for me. I couldn't connect with Lori, which was the biggest problem I had. She just seemed too flat for me to get in touch with, and I just didn't like her. Nathaniel was better because of his secretive backstory, and I enjoyed learning about his past!

And luck
Jun 21, 2013 Whitney rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-fiction
Rebel Spirits isn't exactly a bad book, but it certainly isn't a good one either. The general premise (high school girl falls in love with Civil War Confederate soldier who has asked her to solve his murder) is simultaneously interesting, and ridiculously cliché. The writing was what ruined the story for me. The book only take place during three short days (during which time the characters manage to fall in love, AND solve a long ago murder), so events are extremely rushed, and therefore highly ...more
Sep 01, 2013 Cameron rated it really liked it
I loved this haunting twist on the classic Romeo Juliet style forbidden love. A lot of people are saying that they didn't like it because they felt that Lori fell in love too fast, but ever hear of love at first sight? Think of the movie The Titanic. Rose and jack were head over heals in even thess time than Lori and Nate. As a total sucker for romance and mystery, this book was a great choice for me. Although I do wish the author would have done a better job of explaining why Nathaniel had to g ...more
Feb 14, 2014 Modear rated it it was amazing
I really love this book. It's my favorite!I was at my school book fair, I was looking at the history section because I love history. Then I saw a picture of an handsome solider and I automatically take it and buy it. I brought 5 books totals including this one. I like so many books, I was deciding should I take the books or not. I judge the book by its cover. I saw this book in my hand I automatically decided that I have to take this book. I didn't know what it's about, I didn't even read the su ...more
Jun 29, 2016 Alex2739 rated it liked it
So this book .. (I feel like I'm starting every review like this) I have a lot to say about it.
The main idea sounded so good and intriguing.I liked the landscape and the place that the book took place. The way the author handled the mystery was fantastic and it made you be on the edge of your sit.
But I had lots of issues with the romance. How did she even fall in love with the ghost?? They met two times and then they started kissing and caring too deeply for each other. That damaged the whol
Apr 16, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: egalley
Being the history lover that I am, when I saw this book summary on Netgalley about a Civil War era YA title; I had to give it a try. And, I'm happy to report I was not disappointed.

Lori and her parents have just relocated from Philly to Gettysburg to take on ownership of a bed and breakfast. Along with the staff that seems to think they come with the home, the locals who re enact Civil War battles each year and the teen hot shot who mows the lawn; there is also a resident ghost. Nathaniel is dr
Amanda Caldwell
Originally post at The Book Babe.

Let me make something clear. I don't like writing negative book reviews. I'm sorry Scholastic, you're a great publisher, a favorite of mine since I was a child. I gave the last review I wrote for you, Better To Wish, 5 out of 5 stars. To the author, I'm sorry also. I could never write a book, so you at least have better writing talent than I do. However, I did not enjoy this book. AT ALL. I actually stopped reading for about a week because I just could not force
Jul 03, 2013 Amy rated it it was ok
I'd probably give this book a 2.5 because 2 seems harsh but, its not exactly a 3 either. The idea is nice, girl falls in love with ghost and solves his murder. However,I kept asking myself, "What do they think is going to come of this?" Are they just going to keep dating even though he's dead?

I didn't dislike this books, but I wasn't liking it either. The writing felt very "fanfiction-y" and Mary Sueish. For example, when Lori tells her friends and family shes talking to a dead ghost no one thin
Giselle Martin
Feb 01, 2014 Giselle Martin rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book that has everything! From love, ghosts, to mystery. It has a lot of suspense, and a lot of shocking parts. The characters are very easy to fall in love with. The author made a well-written book that was able to capture my attention, and I hope to be able to read more books by this author in the future, and that the author keeps writing books like this one, filled with romance and mystery. I do recommend this book for people who like suspenseful reads, and mysteries with s ...more
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Jan 13, 2015 Indy rated it it was amazing

In Lois Ruby’s Rebel Spirits we got the perspective of a girl named Lori Chase. She moves to a town where ghosts and spirits seem to be really important to that town.
In the book Rebel Spirits by Lois Ruby, the story line is a bit complex. Basically, the town she moves to had is crazy about a civil war that happened a really long time ago. The inn that her parents run is supposedly haunted by ghost (soldiers from the civil war). When Lori meets a really handsome soldier named Nathaniel Pierce w
Emma Martinez
Rebel Spirits by Lois Ruby has history, romance, friendship, lies, and betrayal. What more could you want? This book is a quick easy read that doesn’t miss a beat. Ruby does a great job of description and detail to leave you guessing on what happens next.

Lori is sixteen and just moved to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to help her parents run a bed and breakfast. Once she got there she realized she could see spirits and ghosts, and one in particular. Nathanial. A soldier from the famous Civil War. Nath
Klaudia Janek
Oct 19, 2014 Klaudia Janek rated it liked it
Shelves: libres
Lori’s parents have just yanked her out of her home in the big city of Philadelphia and they are moving to Civil War crazy Gettysburg. Lori does not want to leave her senior year of high school to move out in the middle of nowhere to help her parents run the B&B they just bought. Lori has the gift of being able to see and communicate with ghosts. Unfortunately, Gettysburg has a lot of ghosts in its past. Nathaniel is a Civil War solider who is trying to get Lori to figure out who murdered hi ...more
John Clark
Jun 11, 2014 John Clark rated it it was amazing
Lori Chase has grown up living in hotels managed by her parents. When they announce that they have bought an aging one themselves and the family is moving from downtown Philadelphia to Gettysburg, She's upset for several reasons. She wasn't involved in the decision, she'll lose her friends and she's going to have to spend her senior year at a new school without knowing anyone.
When she arrives, she discovers the whole town is obsessed with the Battle of Gettysburg, even to the point of staging a
Apr 19, 2014 Lmcsoccer6 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! It is about a girl who falls in love with a Union soldier known as Nathaniel Pierce. Nathaniel was murdered back in the war, I know what you are thinking. How was he murdered? You see Nathaniel was not killed during battle, he was killed by a Union soldier. He does not know who killed him. That's how Lorelei comes in. Her family moves to Gettysburg and moves into and inn. That they now own. Rumors are that you can still hear the screams of the soldiers that are being operated o ...more
Kiera Beddes
Genre: supernatural romance, murder mystery, I-see-dead-people
Summary: Lorelei Cordelia is the daughter of two history buffs who have just bought a bed and breakfast in Gettysburg, PA. She is grumpy about the move, but her latent talent to speak with spirits come to the forefront as Nathaniel, the spirit of a Union soldier who was murdered, asks her to solve the mystery of his death. For some unknown reason, Lorelei falls in love with this spirit. And scrambles around trying to solve a 150 year
Isis Garcia
Mar 31, 2014 Isis Garcia rated it it was amazing
I thought that this book was really amazing because at first Lori did not want to move. Then when she got there and saw the neighbor mowing the lawn she began to have second thoughts. Then when she begins to fall in love with Nathaniel it turns her whole world upside down. Later on when she realizes that she has very little time left to stay with Nathaniel she begins to feel both sad and determined to solve the mystery of Nathaniel's death. All in all, the book Rebel Spirits was an amazing book ...more
Jul 20, 2014 Shayla rated it it was ok
Rebel Spirit was a bargin book I picked up at the Scholastic book fair. It definitely has its cheesy, corny, over the top moments and presses a little too hard with the teenage angst and romance, but it's overall a cute, entertaining, read that I think younger girls who like Twilight and ghosts and romance will enjoy. Lori it's kind of a stupid heroine and the author tries to make her tough and quick witted but never quite pulls it off. The romance between Lori and Nathan never really becomes an ...more
Emily Ann
Jun 30, 2016 Emily Ann rated it really liked it
I AM SO SORRY BUT I WILL NOT BE REVIEWING THIS :( However, read my other reviews!!
R. A.
Jan 27, 2015 R. A. rated it really liked it
My husband, who is a middle school teacher, brought this home from a book fair for me. You're probably wondering why he would do that, but he's recently discovered my love language is gifts and he's trying. I write ghost stoties and love the American Civil War so this book was right up my alley.

Te main character, Lori, is bring uprooted from her home and friends right befor her Senior year. As you'd expect, she's not happy to leave everything to persue her panents' dream of owning a bed and brea
Ashley A
Jan 21, 2015 Ashley A rated it it was amazing
In my opinion this book was really interesting to read for me because I liked how it was adventures and a love story at the same time. It would of been better if it had more information about the history of the battle. A connection I would have to this book would be the girl how she goes and discover things and has a adventure. I would say the writing was effective. The strengths would be when the girl discovers new things about the history of the ghost boy, and the weakness would be when they d ...more
S.E. Smith
Feb 08, 2016 S.E. Smith rated it really liked it
I read this book forever ago. I actually got it at the scholastic book fair at my elementary school for like, a dollar or two and I am THRILLED to find this on here. I began reading it without much expectation for it to be good. But I was so wrong. This is like... the pinnacle of what a paranormal YA book should be. Its so so so sadly underhyped, the main male protagonists are simply swoon worthy and although the one is dead... he's still among the most romantic men I've read about. Anyone with ...more
Apr 28, 2015 LeAnn rated it it was amazing
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Jules Goud
Not the greatest book in the world. I knew what I was getting into when I read the blurb, but somehow, the book went lower.

Way to much romance. Too little mystery. I mean, this book isn't exactly a Disney movie! Alas, the main characters feel in love in three days.

Then the mystery was a couple of paragraphs. Seriously. It was all Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel. I was disappointed with that.

There wasn't much character development either. They were the same through out.

The only saving grace was
Apr 13, 2014 Emrald rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book! Took me only two days to read (I have a very busy schedule), and I would get so pulled into it that I only put the book down is I absolutely had to. I felt every emotion surge through my body. I could vividly see every scene whether it was Nathaniel's battle scene or Lori in her "tower" or even Gertie swimming. The romance was so realistic I could see it happening in today's society. Like any reader, I did not what the story to end. If there were any typos at all in the ...more
Feb 28, 2014 Sabiha rated it did not like it
This book was horrible. I don't see why anyone actually likes it. First off, the romance was rushed. With in the first 70 something pages, the two were in love. WHAT? Not only that, but the author completely went off point. Instead of focusing on the plot, she would have scenes of Lori debating with herself. More than once I wanted to take a chair and punch her in the face repeatedly. The characters were horrible, they were hardly developed. Lori was the worst. UGH. The book would have been shor ...more
Mar 04, 2013 Janell rated it it was ok
I tought the idea was good, but it was missing something in the writing.
Dirt Poor Duchess
Feb 02, 2016 Dirt Poor Duchess rated it really liked it
Rebel Spirits is a pretty interesting read! The cover is beautiful too, but the girl on it isn't the way I would imagine her to look like. But still, I enjoyed the telling of Nathaniel's story and how Lori wanted to help him. I just loved the historical background throughout the book. It made it even more so interesting and fun to read! I would say that this book would be great for a preteen or young teen to read! I am much older than that, but did enjoy it. Oh, and I felt Lori to be a very good ...more
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Lois Ruby is the author of fifteen books for middle-graders and teens, including STEAL AWAY HOME, SKIN DEEP, and THE SECRET OF LAUREL OAKS. She and her husband live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the foothills of the awesome Sandia Mountains. Lois explores lots of haunted places, including ghostly locations in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and even a few spooky spots in Australia and Thailand. No spir ...more
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