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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Review: Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle #2) by Libba Bray

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 visions intensify–visions of three girls dressed in white, to whom something horrific has happened, something only the realms can explain. . . .

Rebel Angels is the second book in the Gemma Doyle series and takes Gemma and her friends out of their boarding school and out on to the streets of London. When she’s not in the Realms battling water nymphs or in London vying for the attention of Simon Middleton Gemma finds herself visiting a very mad girl named Nell Hawkins. Nell is a patient at a local institution where Gemma’s brother is employed. I found the loss of the boarding school setting did not do this continuation any favors, a certain feeling was lost along with the school and its creaking floor boards and closed down wings, but the institution was a welcome change from the fantasy of the Realms and put a very interesting spin on Gemma’s adventures. For me this book did not meet the expectations that I had for the series after finishing A Great and Terrible Beauty but it was still enjoyable. Gemma Doyle continues to be a refreshing YA series full of clever characters and unexpected twists and turns.

Rating: 3.5/5

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