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Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
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Mar 09, 09

bookshelves: ya-class-books, teen-books, fantasy
Read in March, 2009

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Rebel Angels is the second book in the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray. The series is set in Victorian England and is about Gemma and her friends who attend Spence Academy. They are preparing to take their place as young ladies in society, but feel constrained by all of the expectations and rules that girls in their positions must adhere to. Gemma and her friends have a secret, though. Gemma is able to enter the realms, a magical place where they are free to do what they please and feel like they have control over their lives.

However, trouble is brewing in the realms and it is up to Gemma to contain the magic that she let loose in the first novel. Outside of the realms, Gemma and her friends also struggle with what their futures may become as they try to enjoy their school holiday.

This book would probably mostly appeal to girls who like historical fiction and or fantasy. It’s full of adventure, but is also realistic to the time that it is set in. The characters are unable to escape from their problems, even though they try to fix things with magic. Though they seem to have little control over the courses their lives will take, they try to change their future. Like other fantasy novels (i.e. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Ender’s Game), it involves characters who start out as insignificant outcasts. Due to circumstances beyond their control as well as their own choices, these characters are able to make great changes. I think many teens could relate to feeling like they don’t have much control, but books like these could make them realize that they still have important choices to make.

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