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Rebel Angels

(Gemma Doyle #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  101,930 ratings  ·  3,359 reviews
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, 548 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Ember (first published August 23rd 2005)
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Elias I haven't read this series yet, but Libba Bray is a terrific author and everyone says that Rebel Angels is much better than AGATB.

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Maddie Dix
Jun 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Cristina Monica
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Do NOT read this series if you feel like you hate the whole world. Because these three girls—Gemma, Felicity and Ann—will make you want to bang your head against a wall. But please do read it if the combination of silly and serious intrigues you and you feel like losing yourself in a deeply fascinating world-building.
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 masterfully
Wren (fablesandwren)
WrensReads Review:

I need everyone to read this series. It touches on so many topics and it’s just such a pretty tale.

There will be spoilers from the first book, but no spoilers for this current book.

One of the four has passed away from the real world. Felicity, Ann and Gemma are all dealing with the death of their dear friend Pippa in their own ways. Mostly everyone blames Gemma, including Gemma herself, even though no one forced Pippa to eat from the realms.

They have not been back from the rea
May 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Trina (Between Chapters)
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Edit: It's only a few weeks since I read this but I have since finished the series and am lowering my rating of this book from 2 stars to 1 star because the things I found to be problematic were never redeemed and I cannot overlook them.

Original review:
There were more things I didn't like than I liked, which causes it to fall just below a middle of the road rating.

TL;DR - Predictable, run of the mill historical fiction with occasional
Moira Russell
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
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 get the idea. But the adolescent female characters are all well-drawn and I love how their ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was really scared of how this book would turn out because I loved the first book in the series. And I didn't want any of the characters to die or anything. But I had to pick this book up because I wanted to know what happens next. And I am so glad that I picked it up.

“Sometimes we seek that which we are not yet ready to find.”

This book continues off after A Great and Terrible Beauty, it is the second book in the series. If you haven't heard about it, it's pretty much about a girl named
Jul 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Re-read 2020: this is one of the most perfect books ever written. Thank you. Goodnight.

ALSO I don't mean to be rude but why on earth has this series not been made into a Netflix film/series???? The audacity
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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.

-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
Nov 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, 2009, ya
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
Emma  Blue
Jan 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Lauren Kammerdiener
Rebel Angels did a lot more for me than its precursor, A Great and Terrible Beauty. This I'm mainly going to attribute to the London setting, which I loved probably too much.
Bray's Victorian London was dark and interesting, and you got to see a lot of it, which I really appreciated. Her London society, however, I found a little wobbly and lacking at certain points, but it still gave the story an enjoyable twist.

One thing I do like about this series is that it addresses certain issues that are ne
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars

It's hard to put into words how I feel about Rebel Angels. It has its good moments and its bad ones. I would say they even out but my overall enjoyment was meh.

I think what made me not enjoy Rebel Angels as much as I wanted to was an issue that I had in the previous book, A Great and Terrible Beauty. Two separate stories mashed into one to the point where I can't tell what the book is trying to be. A historical fantasy or a Victorian-era drama. It also doesn't help that I am not fond of a
Dec 08, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Megan  (YABookers)
I really loved Rebel Angels, much more than A Great and Terrible Beauty. It was magical, enchanting and truly captivating. I really love Gemma, and I think she is pretty damn awesome. She is intelligent, brave and curious and I think she had some great character development. The same can be said with Ann and Felicity, and while I sometimes dislike them, I have to admire they are pretty great characters. Pippa was a character which really surprised me in Rebel Angels and I can't wait to read more ...more
Jun 28, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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?
Ben Alderson
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
finished this book after many days of putting it off! i did enjoy this book!
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Oct 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 2007, fantasy
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
Jessica Avery
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
So far I'm loving this series. This book was quicker paced than the first one and goes into more detail about the realms. Makes you think you know things but then it turns out you're wrong. Highly recommend
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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13-year-old me: these books are the greatest and I'm having an amazing time

25-year-old me: these books are not the greatest but I'm having an amazing time
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Solid 4. Good job, book.

EDIT (Lengthier review now.)

I started this book. Put it down as it seemed pointless and I wasn't up for sitting through more school room antics. One night, my insomnia kicked in and I remembered that reading helped somewhat. That night I breezed through the entire book. After the last past, I put it down and felt thoroughly satisfied.

Gemma and the Powerpuff girls come back at the same place, but at Christmas time. That bit was boring. Thankfully, the story does not take p
Jul 13, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Feb 22, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Dec 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-read-2011
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.!
Alice Lippart
Sep 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
A fascinating and exciting sequel.
Jun 10, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Jan 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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