Rebel Angels

by Libba Bray

Random House Children's Books | December 26, 2006 | Trade Paperback

Rebel Angels is rated 4.57142857142857 out of 5 by 21.
Gemma Doyle is looking forward to a holiday from Spence Academy—spending time with her friends in the city, attending balls in fancy gowns with plunging necklines, and dallying with the handsome Lord Denby. Yet amid these distractions, her visions intensify—visions of three girls dressed in white, to whom something horrific has happened that only the realms can explain.

The lure is strong, and soon Gemma, Felicity, and Ann are turning flowers into butterflies in the enchanted world that Gemma takes them to. To the girls' great joy, their beloved Pippa is there as well, eager to complete their circle of friendship.

But all is not well in the realms—or out. Kartik is back, desperately insisting to Gemma that she must bind the magic, lest colossal disaster befall her. Gemma is willing to comply, for this would bring her face-to-face with her late mother's greatest friend, now Gemma's foe—Circe. Until Circe is destroyed, Gemma cannot live out her destiny. But finding Circe proves a most perilous task. . . .

This sumptuous companion to A Great and Terrible Beauty teems with Victorian thrills and chills that play out against the rich backdrop of 1895 London, a place of shadows and light . . . where inside great beauty can lie a rebel angel.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 576 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 1.2 in

Published: December 26, 2006

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385733410

ISBN - 13: 9780385733410

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Series Great Series.
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not My Favourite. I love the first and the third. This one just was meh. First one of the series I read though, good christmas book... if you like Poppy Warriors attacking your dreams. Pippa really bugged me in this one. But still a okay book.
Date published: 2009-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good book, but it's not over yet It is strongly recommended that you read A Great and Terrible Beauty first as it introduces you to the characters and the actual start of the big picture. I really enjoyed this book a lot more than the first one as I had so many unanswered questions left when I finished it which is why I rushed like mad to find Rebel Angels. It does a good job giving you more information on The Order and the Rakshana and their little magic world that's just behind "that door". So now with that good amount of information the plot in this book goes very smooth and combined with the action and mystery, it makes for a very good Victorian Gothic style book to read. There is enough mystery and intrigue in this book to keep you guessing who's really the "bad guy" here and when you finally do figure it out you might probably feel a bit of shock at first because you thought you knew all along or you may not be surprised at all. It's hard to say. I had quite a few guesses but my first initial guess was wrong so I suppose it was a pleasant surprise for me. If I was right it would have been predictable and perhaps boring. However I liked how you were given options on who might be behind it all so chances are maybe it's meant to be written that way so it won't be so predictable. Gemma is extremely more likable every time she opens her mouth or has a witty thought. If you liked her in the first book, you'll like her even more here. I liked her sense of independence and she did have this extra spark in her personality which made her stand out against the rest of the other characters. Speaking of wit, despite the real serious dark tones in the novel, there's little bits of comedy here and there that made me chuckle several times. I think it was because you can also hear what Gemma is thinking and some of the things that run in her head is actually quite funny (especially when Felicity and Ann decide to pick at her and laugh) The ending of the novel leaves you with wanting more. You know that the fight isn't even over. They're just taking a break before the big one begins. If you have ever seen Lord of the Rings The Two Towers remember the ending? yeah, it feels like that. You know there's something big that's going to happen in the grand finale. I'm really looking forward to how this ends.
Date published: 2009-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Sequel a perfect sequel to the first book. it was funny but there was also romance and adventure. the elegence of the victorian era where this book was set was perfect. definitly makes you want more
Date published: 2009-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutley Brilliant!! This was the perfect sequel, the adventure continued with more mystery, suspense and thrill. I could not put this book down, at all!! Each page draws you in to read more, Gemma`s search for the Temple is exciting and full of mystery. Libba Bray writes these books beautifully, the words come to life on page, and as Gemma is having her visions its like you can see them yourself. I love this series so far, I hope the next book, The Sweet Far Thing is as good as the first two.. or even better!!
Date published: 2009-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Sequel to A Great and Terrible Beauty This book was just as good as the first. it picked up right were the first left off, and never skiped a beet. If you like the first you will definetly enjoy reading the second, it still has the same lovable characters as the first and the plot just continues to deepen. I Couldn't put this book down, and i recommend it to all the Libba Bray fans out there.
Date published: 2009-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Follow Up Gemma visits London during the Christmas holiday with her alcoholic father, pretentious brother, and frigid grandmother. Gemma is experiencing late 19th century London as a young lady; dallying with the handsome Lord Denby, being watched over by Kartik, and attending grand balls and operas. While in London, Gemma, Ann, and Felicity return to the realms, and discover their dead friend Pippa, awaiting them in the garden. But not is all merry and bright in the realms, or in Gemma's sub conscience - visions of three girls dressed in white, haunting Gemma with the horrific events that happened to them. Circe is about, the powerful magic of the realms has been unleashed, and it is up to Gemma to find the Temple and bind the magic. Along the way, she encounters many a strange, and sometimes frightful, creatures all promising their aid, but for something in return. Rebel Angels is a great book, even better in my opinion, than Great and Terrible Beauty. Much more deceit, surprising twists and thrills, fantasy creatures and myths, all while Gemma is still trying to figure out who she is and why she has been given such an extraordinary gift, and dealing with that extraordinary responsibility.
Date published: 2009-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally love it I just love so much this book, I read it all the night till a finish it! This book surprise me so much, lot of thing were unexpected. The writting is very nice and you fell a strong connection to Gemma like she is your friend and she's talking to you. The only thing that annoy me was her friends: Felicity and Ann, they don't act at all like friend, they just are mean to each other and they don't care for the others feelings. They even look like they are "friend" with Gemma because she can enter the realms. Except for this, the book is excellent and I just adore the it.
Date published: 2009-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just as Enjoyable as the First Continuing from where A Great and Terrible Beauty left off, it is Christmas time at last and the girls of Spence Academy are free for the holidays. With Gemma, Felicity and Ann heading to London, mischief is bound to occur. Once there, in between fancy ball gowns, the declining state of mind of her father, and a dashing new suitor, Simon Middleton, Gemma has to deal with three ghostly visitors, all while attempting to decipher the mad ramblings of a young woman who claims to know a great deal about the Order. There is a definite distinction between the magical and ordinary aspects of life in the novel. The balls, romance, and worries of a young woman are separate from the Realms, but each life hovers discreetly on the edges. This book also seemed more finished than the first, the story ended more distinctly, but it still left room for the next part of the trilogy. I’ve always had a soft spot for Felicity and in this book my love of her character grew. This novel was slightly more mature than the previous book, which I enjoyed, since it shows how Gemma has to grow up. The one part I did not enjoy was how the majority of the story was fairly predictable. Recommended For: 12+
Date published: 2008-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The adventure continues! Rebel Angels is the second book in Libba Bray's trilogy about Gemma Doyle and her magical world. The first book, "A Great and Terrible Beauty" takes place in a private school for girls near London. "Rebel Angels" is the sequel; taking place in London, mainly, during Christmas. Not to forget, that this is London in the 1800's, a beautiful period of time specially for a story like this one. I love the period of time, I love the characters and I love Gemma's adventures. It's a "young adult" book, but I would say that anyone can enjoy it!!
Date published: 2008-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I could not put this book down. It was just as great as the first book, if not better. I am pleased that this is in my collection of books. I love it!.
Date published: 2008-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I love this sequel!! one of the best! it has mystery, magic, and romance! it's sooo good, i could'nt put it down till i was finish!!! loved it!!!
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This book is great. It keeps you wanting to read more. I couldn't stop reading it. I've read all three in the series. Libba Bray is an amazing writer.
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What Sequels AAre Made Of Much darker than the first novel, but the pace continues and the story develops quite nicely. A Very good companion to the first novel! :)
Date published: 2008-01-18
Rated out of 5 by from Incredible!! I loved reading this book! I couldn't put it down - I finished it in two days! If you were a fan of the first book, than this sequel will not disappoint you. You should read this book if you enjoy novels of fantasy or drama. Libba Bray did an amazing job of describing character's feelings, and creating an aura of suspense. Overall, this novel was just absolutely fabulous, and I can't wait to read the third book - The Sweet Far Thing.
Date published: 2007-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO ENCHANTING i love this series so far - and i agree, it is very much like a girl version of harry potter. that's saying a lot, considering how much i absolutely obsess over harry potter. i absolutely cant wait for the next book!!
Date published: 2007-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite series!!!! This book was awesome!!! Gemma Doyal is like the girl version of Harry Potter!! I can't wait intil the 3rd book in this series comes out (The Sweet Far Thing---- December 26) I would recomend this book to anyone who likes romances, comedy and Victorian time period books! Please read this book! But beware you will be hooked!!
Date published: 2007-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguingly Fabulous Libba Bray’s “Rebel Angels” is written in first person, where the internal narrator is a young teenage girl experiencing the world around her. This book revolves around four main girls that appeared in the first book of this series. All these girls are complete opposites of each other. They bring their own uniqueness to the book. Libba Bray does an excellent job in exploring the other character’s minds by using the main character’s thoughts and what she sees (reaction on the other character’s faces, their tone of voice, etc.). Since the setting of the novel is in London, England 1895, everyone in the novel exudes a proper essence. The mood of this book is very dark due to the setting of the novel and also the presence of evil surrounding the main characters. Although the genre of this novel is fantasy/science fiction, this series of books deals a lot with reality and it is very easily relatable. The main theme in “Rebel Angels” I found was trust. I found that this thread strung along and all the events that had occurred in the book led back to the question of who to trust and who not to trust. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and loved it just as much as the first novel of this series (“A Great and Terrible Beauty”). This book is highly unpredictable unless you pay close attention to the most miniscule details. Just when I thought I had the whole book figured out, it turns out that my predictions were completely off. I love how this book is subtly suspenseful. I could not put the novel down because it keeps you guessing at the end of each chapter. It has a little bit of everything in this book (yes, even romance) and it is just absolutely wonderful. Want to explore life in the 1895’s through the eyes of an adolescent girl . . . with extraordinary powers? Why not do it through reading an amazing book.
Date published: 2007-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good!!! Well...what can I say about this book? It's a very great book I must say!! very well written. It makes me want to live in the old days where women used to wear wonderful gowns and such. Well. I can't say much because I'm still halfway through the book. So ya, I highly reccommend this book.... very good!!!!!!! 100000000000000 thumbs up!!!!
Date published: 2007-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is an amazing fantasy sequel. This book stays with you long after you've finshed its delightful and intriguing story. 100 hundred thumbs up (even though thats physically impossible..)
Date published: 2007-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY GOD! My god this book was amazing! Even better then A Great And Terrible Beauty! I love it! I COULD LITERALLY NOT PUT IT DOWN!
Date published: 2007-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! I couldn't put it down once! One night and read until 12am(so I read for 2h) and when i finally decided I should sleep, before I fell asleep I couldn't stop thinking 'what will happen?' and I put myself in Gemma's shoes and then I'll think about what Karitik is thinking about Gemma. It is one of my favourites.
Date published: 2006-11-20

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Rebel Angels

Rebel Angels

by Libba Bray

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 576 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 1.2 in

Published: December 26, 2006

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385733410

ISBN - 13: 9780385733410

Read from the Book

December 1895Spence Academy for Young LadiesAh, Christmas!The very mention of the holiday conjures such precious, sentimental memories for most: a tall evergreen tree hung with tinsel and glass; gaily wrapped presents strewn about; a roaring fire and glasses filled with cheer; carolers grouped round the door, their jaunty hats catching the snow as it falls; a nice fat goose resting upon a platter, surrounded by apples. And of course, fig pudding for dessert.Right. Jolly good. I should like to see that very much.These images of Christmas cheer are miles away from where I sit now, at the Spence Academy for Young Ladies, forced to construct a drummer boy ornament using only tinfoil, cotton, and a small bit of string, as if performing some diabolical experiment in cadaver regeneration. Mary Shelley's monster could not be half so frightening as this ridiculous thing. The figure will not remind a soul of Christmas happiness. More likely, it will reduce children to tears."This is impossible," I grumble. I elicit no pity from any quarter. Even Felicity and Ann, my two dearest friends, which is to say my only friends here, will not come to my aid. Ann is determined to turn wet sugar and small bits of kindling into an exact replica of the Christ child in a manger. She seems to take no notice of anything beyond her own two hands. For her part, Felicity turns her cool gray eyes to me as if to say, Suffer. I am.No, instead, it is the beastly Cecily Temple who answers me. Dear, dear Cecily
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Gemma Doyle is looking forward to a holiday from Spence Academy—spending time with her friends in the city, attending balls in fancy gowns with plunging necklines, and dallying with the handsome Lord Denby. Yet amid these distractions, her visions intensify—visions of three girls dressed in white, to whom something horrific has happened that only the realms can explain.

The lure is strong, and soon Gemma, Felicity, and Ann are turning flowers into butterflies in the enchanted world that Gemma takes them to. To the girls' great joy, their beloved Pippa is there as well, eager to complete their circle of friendship.

But all is not well in the realms—or out. Kartik is back, desperately insisting to Gemma that she must bind the magic, lest colossal disaster befall her. Gemma is willing to comply, for this would bring her face-to-face with her late mother's greatest friend, now Gemma's foe—Circe. Until Circe is destroyed, Gemma cannot live out her destiny. But finding Circe proves a most perilous task. . . .

This sumptuous companion to A Great and Terrible Beauty teems with Victorian thrills and chills that play out against the rich backdrop of 1895 London, a place of shadows and light . . . where inside great beauty can lie a rebel angel.

About the Author

Libba Bray is the author of the New York Times bestselling Gemma Doyle trilogy, comprised of A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, and The Sweet Far Thing. She is also the author of Beauty Queens and Going Bovine, which won the Michael L. Printz Award. Libba lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, son, and two cats. Visit her at libbabray.com.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17