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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 vis ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
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Beth F.
So I emailed a friend today and explained that the only way I could think of to describe this series was to imagine tossing Mean Girls & The Craft (both of the cheesy teen movie persuasion) into a blender with the whole Harry Potter English boarding school concept just to see what comes out. And what results is an addicting, fast-paced story that is difficult to put down.

I’m actually a bit shocked by how engrossing this story has become. Libba Bray wields literary red herrings quite masterf
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Jenny
I love this book. I love the entire series. I found them first in seventh grade, but the third one hadn't come out yet. I was scanning my middle school library's shelves, when I noticed an interesting cover near one of my favorite book series. I read the back and I thought the plot was interesting. So I decided to give it a chance and read it. I thought they were great. I mean, I really didn't consider them as some of my favorite books. Eventually, I went on with my life and sort of forgot about ...more
Moira Russell
I loved the GR reviewer's crack that this series was like a mashup of The Craft + Mean Girls in Harry Potter. My take on it just as I was settling into the second book was "Picnic at Hanging Rock on acid." In this one, the Magickal Rules are still just about as bad as the Magickal Geography, there are several entirely unbelievable visits to Bedlam, an OPIUM DEN, a suitor offering absinthe at a ball....you get the idea. But the adolescent female characters are all well-drawn and I love how their ...more
(G)Emma
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Summer
OMG. Okay. I have to get The Sweet Far Thing. Like. now. Blast... it's only in hardcover... I don't know what to do. My brain isn't working.

So far I love this series way too much to be healthy. You know you've got me hooked when I start going all delusional and forget that there is this thing called reality, and that I shouldn't be sitting in bed with my eyes closed trying to picture a door of light.

But more than just the fantastical element... I really enjoyed how much more we learned about th
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Stray
Jun 29, 2010 Stray rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: who read the 1st
Shelves: zzz-2010, in-english
Book Name: Rebel Angels
Author/s: Libba Bray
Language English
Original Title:Rebel Angels
Publisher, year: Simon and Schuster, 2007
Page total:548
Date Read: june 27-28
Genre/s: YA, fantasy, paranormal, historical fiction
First line of Book:"Herein lies the faithful and true account of my last sixty days, by Kartik, brother of Amar, loyal son of the Rakshana, and of the strange visitation I received that has left me wary on this cold English night."
Review: This is a relatively good sequel to A GREAT AND
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kaitlyn
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Kassidy
Loved it!! *4.5*

At first I was kind of on the fence about it, but the last 100 pages were awesome, and totally captivated me.

Loved:
-The depth of the relationships between Gemma, Felicity, and Ann. I enjoyed seeing Felicity grow and show a more vulnerable side.
-The change in Gemma. I felt she really matured and stepped up to the plate in the end and I feel more connected to her than I did in the first book.
-The love interests. Now she has Simon and Kartik. I went back and forth on who I was root
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Tatiana
I enjoyed "Rebel Angels" just as much as I did its predecessor - "A Great and Terrible Beauty."

In this book Bray continues exploring constraints of Victorian society, and their suffocating effects on young women's lives. This time we go beyond the borders of the finishing school - Gemma, Felicity, and Ann are in London for their Christmas holidays. We accompany them to opera, ball, and various social events. To add to already dark Gothic atmosphere of the story, we visit an insane asylum and an
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
I think the story is getting even more interesting, and also a bit sad. It didn't take me long to read it either! Truly, these are such fun books, and the world behind the door of light is getting more and more interesting. In this sequel to A Great and Terrible Beauty, set two months after, a new, mysterious teacher has arrived at Spence, three ghostly girls are trying to give Gemma a message, and Kartik tells Gemma she must find the Temple and bind the magic that she let loose when she broke t ...more
Julie
After reading the first book it was good enough to keep reading the other books although I didn't love it. I really liked the second book, but after the whole series was finished I was rather disappointed. I thought the story was compelling, but if you're looking for a book appropriate for you teenage girls I didn't think this was it. There are far too many points of view that conflicted with my beliefs. I really wanted to like these books, but after the insertion on homosexuality (hinted at in ...more
Kei
Mar 24, 2009 Kei rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who hated Twilight for its anti-feminism
Recommended to Kei by: People who hated Twilight for its alleged anti-feminism
Find the bloody Temple and bind the stupid magic already! All of the contrived riddles and guessing games, near death experiences, etc., just didn't do it for me because this story has been drawn-out with other filler stories just to make the book unnecessarily thick. Oooh 548 pages...why not go for an even 600? Just add another meaningless event, like Simon tells Gemma more juicy gossip or take her on a shoplifting spree.

This one wasn't as enthralling as the first book in the trilogy (A Great
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Lowed
I'm surprised she did not see it coming! If you have read my review of the first book, you'd see at how I might be inconsistent with it. With a really good prose [this time], this is an excellent follow up of the first book.

It's good seeing the development of the characters, although I still think they are a hateful bunch. But it was still nice enough to make me want to read the last book in the series.!
Tapestrymlp
In this is sequel to Libba Bray's excellent YA fantasy novel, A Great and Terrible Beauty, Gemma, Felicity and Anne venture to London over the Christmas holidays. Gemma finds a new love interest among the peerage and Felicity and Anne undertake a daring deception about Anne's social status. Amid the social whirl they continue to venture into the magical land of the realms, seeking to escape the strictures of their lives. But Circe's agents are closing in, hunting Gemma and a way to claim the mag ...more
Rachel Lightwood
DNF 34%

I am sorry but I cannot read any more about Gemma and her bitchy friends. All the characters are shallow, selfish and vain. I don't like any of them, I don't care about any of them. The plot was dull, monotonous and boring. I forced myself to read through it and it shouldn't be like that0. I read because I love it.

Sorry to all my friends that love this series, I am just not one of you. Once again in the minority - cue a heavy sigh. Oh well, I am off to read more exciting stuff!
Safae
if i had thought that a great and terrible beauty was a wonderful book ..this one was much better..during the book we fall again through Gemma's world, the writer taking us years ago to the 1896, when we can enjoy the beauty, elegance, and charm of that era as much as being confronted with the lies lying just beneath the surface of such a terrible society.
I enjoyed reading about the different customs , the cruelty of that world, and the terrible outcomes of such a small things that we take for g
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Kamaria
Have you read the first one yet-A Great and Terrible Beauty? If you havent, I just cyber smacked your face!! If you have, we would be great friends. Libba Bray has done the impossible and made the second book even greater than the first!!!! In this continuation of the story, Gemma has come to terms with her mothers final death, and Pippa's. Or so she thinks. Gemma thinks shes learned most everything there is to know about the realms, and the magic of the Order. Then she finds out that by her set ...more
Kelli Lee
Okay ladies, suck in your breath, cinch those bodices nice and tight - if you’re not feeling lightheaded, you’re most certainly doing it wrong! - then (assuming you haven’t fainted) raise your Absinthe-filled champagne flutes and let’s toast to a fabulous Christmas as we bop from soiree to soiree, hobnobbing with London’s elite whilst quadrilling till the wee hours of the morn. (I just couldn’t resist!)

Each time I would begin reading Rebel Angels and even its predecessor, it’s as if I took a ste
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Misty
I was a little leery of reading this. I didn't really like the first book all that much, though I thought it had potential. But I am taking part in a summer YA reading challenge, so I thought I'd give this a shot.

But first:
Rebel Angels continues the story of Gemma Doyle, a 16 year old girl at Spence, an English boarding school. In A Great and Terrible Beauty Gemma discovers she is a very powerful girl, daughter of a member of a group called the Order, and able to enter "the Realms" and use magi
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Maree
I was very prepared to write this book off, with its very obvious plot spinning and simple to unravel threads, but I have to say that I was very captured by the latter quarter, which has an honesty behind the mask of politeness that I was happy to see. It had a lot of truths to the thoughts in Gemma's mind, about how the world is not ideal and that honesty doesn't always make everything better, as it does at the end of Jane Austen novel.

It's been so long since I'd read the first book that I'd fo
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Laura
Jan 02, 2008 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who liked A Great and Terrible Beauty
Shelves: 2007-08
548 pages (counts as two books)
My opinions on this book changed with almost every chapter. When I first started, I was somewhat disappointed. What I liked so much about the first book in the series, A Great and Terrible Beauty, was how realistic the dialogue and narration was for the time period. I felt like the voice of the main character, Gemma, was believable for the 1800s. It seemed to me that Gemma lost some of her credibility in the second book. She had more of a modern "teenagery" tone (
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Emily
The series still offers the kind of fluff stress-relief I need right now. The novel is very readable: the pages fly by and you can read it in a couple of bedside sittings.

It's greatest strength is still there: the young women retain their complex, realistic relationship as they struggle to figure out if a balance is possible between what is expected of them and the opportunity to find out what they want out of life.

The downside? Three "twists" that aren't twists. Slight spoilers follow.

The one i
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Rhiannon
Why do I like Rebel Angels so much more than A Great And Terrible Beauty?

That's easy: Balls.

Not THOSE kinds of balls. These kinds:



Maybe because all those par-tays made the pace of the novel seem faster and the story more compelling. But, also, we get to see Gemma interact with her family and the snooty-high-society all around her. This makes for some excellent characterization of both the major and secondary characters.

Would this series have been able to sustain itself without a love-triangle?
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Emma
Oct 15, 2008 Emma rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who liked the first book
********Don't read this review if you haven't read the book!!!!!**********


This book's way better than the second, because she gets away from Spence, and there is more action. I like the fact that Simon's there (Kartik has some competition!), and that he's still going to be there in the next one. I don't think much happened with Ann, but nothing much CAN happen to Ann. Well, now that I think about it she does pretend to be Russian royalty, and has to go home in May, so I guess that's enough. I li
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snowplum
I liked this book less than book 1, A Great and Terrible Beauty, probably because it felt as though the author decided to add a few heaping spoonfuls of More Social Issues to a book that didn't need them. Book 1's take on feminism and ways that teenage girls suck toward each other and themselves was a bit heavy-handed and artless, but certainly in line with general expectations of the genre. And therein, perhaps, lies the problem. I think we may have a case of an author who decided she wanted to ...more
Krystle
Oh, man! Why did I wait so long to read this book? It was bloody awesome! If it’s at all possible this book was way better than the first one! The characters were all back in their lovable forms and the plot had more depth and complexity to it. Not to mention it was a bit more action packed than A Great and Terrible Beauty.

At the halfway point it was a suspenseful rush towards the finish and I just devoured it with wicked page-turning speed! The main character, Gemma, finally developed her own
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Susan
Rebel Angels is the second book in Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle trilogy. After reading the first book, A Great and Terrible Beauty, I wasn't all that excited to finish the series. I just felt that the book promised something that it couldn't entirely deliver. I'm really glad I gave the series a second chance though, because Rebel Angels was really terrific!

In this sequel, Gemma continues to pursue her destiny as the one who can bring order back to the realms. This book takes place over the winter br
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Erin
Rebel Angels is the second book in the Gemma Doyle Trilogy. I finished the first, Great and Terrible Beauty, earlier this month and was not intending to read this one so soon. I read a few other books then found myself wondering what was going to happen to "the Order." Ashley was also reading them and told me how they all get better. It was true. This one was so much more exciting than the first.

I love how it is a girls Fantasy that is based in the late 1800s. It combines so many different thing
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I think what gets me feeling itchy is all that emphasis on the facts of a life, while all the juicy, relevant, human oddity stuff gets left on the cutting room floor.
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