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Rebel Spirits

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,221 ratings  ·  213 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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jv poore
The first feature to grab me was the tone of Rebel Spirits. It is more than confident, not yet cocky; accepting, unapologetic; charming; and totally void of any defensive vibe. As the story centers around “nearly seventeen” year old Lorelei; this reader was stunned by Ms. Ruby’s ability to, seemingly effortlessly, capture the open desire, the willingness to believe, that most teens still carry inside of them (albeit, some much…much deeper than others). While her steadier, yet clearly open-minded ...more
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
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Brad Sells
May 14, 2013 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
It was stupid and unintentionally hilarious. Well worth my fifty cents. 😂
Amanda Lasen
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
”My dream is to win a beach volleyball game, and then take a dip in the ocean. Icy raspberry lemonade will be delivered to me by a surfer boy with golden hair. My dream is definitely not moldering in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, population: eight thousand people obsessed with a bloody past.”

3.5 out of 5 stars

Well, considering how absolutely unrealistic this novel is (and the fact that it read more like a 90s teen novel than one set in the present day), this was a surprisingly sweet read.

Lori Ch
Jun 21, 2013 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
Cameron Bennett
May 21, 2013 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
Kaly Winton
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a great book, I enjoyed the mystery aspect of it and also the romantic drama.
Apr 05, 2013 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
Feb 14, 2014 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 28, 2013 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
Jan 29, 2014 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
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
I tought the idea was good, but it was missing something in the writing.
Emily Ann ♡︎♡︎♡︎
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I AM SO SORRY BUT I WILL NOT BE REVIEWING THIS :( However, read my other reviews!!
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The history and mystery filled teen tale Rebel Spirits by Lois Ruby takes place in present-day Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The town is still obsessed with the Civil War. When Lori Chase and her parents move into an old inn she is told that the inn is occupied by the ghosts of Civil War soldiers. One ghost in particular, the overwhelmingly handsome Nathaniel Pierce contacts Lori to help him solve an age old mystery. His own death off the battlefield. Lori had only seen a few ghosts in the past but ...more
Raven R. (AvalonReadsBooks)
What the hell did I just read?

Okay, I'm not even going to get into the glaring plot holes because I'm just so angry about this whole book. Warning, some spoilers, not gonna lie.

How did this teenager fall for a dead guy in less than 20 seconds? This was worse than Twilight. Another thing, how the hell was everyone just okay with her seeing ghosts? No one really had a weird reaction to it. They just took it in stride. Also, how the hell was the love triangle between a dead guy and a living guy. FO
Ali S.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Though the plot of Rebel Spirits was quite intriguing (I can assure you that I've never read anything quite like this), I do have a few issues with the book.

Number One, the title. Rebel Spirits. But, in the American Civil War, the Confederate soldiers were called Rebels, and Nathaniel is a Union soldier..? It just doesn't make sense.

Number Two, the characters. All the characters in the book (I didn't mind Evan or Nathaniel, actually) were quite stale and I found it hard to connect with the mai
Aleshia (Mad Scibrarian)
I got this book for free several years ago and held on to it, thinking one day I would read it. And while I did read it, I certainly outgrew this type of story a long time ago. I would say a good age for this book is about 12, because it's a YA romance written by a middle grade author. It ends up being part murder-mystery and I'm not a huge fan of mysteries period. The plot is pretty predictable, and the romantic part is lackluster due to practically zero romantic tension. I could see my 12 year ...more
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lori Chase has the 6th sense ( to see the dead), and now lives in Gettysburg, PA. Were she meets a ghost Nathaniel Pierce a Union soldier. Nathaniel only has one reason he cannot pass over, that he murdered. They must work together to find out who but why it was done. And they only have a few days to find out. I like how Rebel Spirits by. Lois Ruby tells about the most costly war in US history, the Civil War, many different ways. If you like history, mystery, or romance then this book is a must ...more
Rebecca Berinstein
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: civil-war, ya
So this book was good, very YA for sure, and I did enjoy it, but it could have been based anywhere. The author chose Gettysburg because of the ghostly connections and she exploited that while not talking much about the town, battle, or battlefield. The never find out exactly where the Coolspring Inn is so couldn’t say how unfactual this was in terms of location. Good work there. I lived in Gettysburg for a summer and have visited countless times. I wanted more of the modern town and battlefield ...more
Allison McGuire
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've read this book a million times by now and it's one of the few books I never get tired of. My family and I go to Gettysburg every year and I've made it a tradition to read it in the week before I go. I absolutely adore this book and I remember the day I bought it and finished it a day later. This is a book that I recommend to all of my friends looking for a new book and now I recommend this book to those reading this.
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
A nice thrift store find with no great expectations other than being a quick, YA paranormal romance - according to the cover. Sure the characters could have had a bit more depth, the plot a bit less Nancy Drew improbable but sometimes just want a light, fluffy read. Any other day, I might have thrown this book across the room, as I do with most cheap mystery and romance books that I will give a second chance once every ten years. I guess today was this book's lucky day.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anything to do with the civil war and I’m typically sold...combine a little mystery, ghosts and a sweet teen romance and I’m ready to sing to the masses to read the book. Its well written and has a nice unique story plot. It’s great when a book can truly take you away from the realities of life but still be set in a current timeline. I think this is a great book for teens (and young a heart) who enjoy a little history mixed with their paranormal. It would be a fun Mother/daughter read.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Although many people find the book "Rebel Spirits" to be too far-fetched or not historical, I (as a historian) thoroughly enjoyed this novel! It does have a historical aspect which is, in a sense, unconventional compared to other Gettysburg stories. This, however, is why I enjoyed the book. It doesn't necessarily follow the "normal" of historical fiction because it is also a clean, unique YA romance. I would highly recommend this book to readers who love history and clean YA romance novels!
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
I can suspend my disbelief for ghosts, and centuries-old murders to solve, but I can't suspend it far enough to go with the storyline that has the main character falling in love with a ghost practically the second time she sees him. If the romance was left out, this book would have rated much higher for me. I did love the dad's line at the end though, when she tells him she's fell in love with a ghost - "With a ghost? In three days?" Thanks for having some sense there, Daddy-o.
Melanie C
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love a good ghost romance story, and this has all of it. plus a mystery rolled up in one....I also love hearing about Gettysburg, since i lived in that area for awhile and have visit the battlefield, even at night, which is very creepy to say the least but also delicious...i recommend this book to anyone who loves a ghost romance...Sometimes i wish i had that hehehehe
Debbie Shoulders
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
This is an entertaining enough tale but as in the case of much of YA literature lacks real depth and too much romance at the expense of theme. Lori's parents move her to their new home in Gettysburg, Once there, she meets a "spirit" who asks for help discovering who murdered him. Relying on Google, and successful plot elements, she is up to the task.
Monae Doyle
Jun 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
I find that I did not like this book. I thought that this book was going to be a good ghost story but it failed on that regard. It also failed to be a love story. It almost felt like I was reading a history book once the book got started. I was left disappointed after having read this book. I wish I had never read this from start to finish.
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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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