Sunday, October 20, 2013

Book review: Rebel Angels by Libba Bray

I loved A Great and Terrible Beauty and I was in the mood for a little Libba Bray last week so I picked up a copy of Rebel Angels. While it was a little slower in the beginning and there were some plot twists that seemed a bit contrived, overall it picked up and was engaging and propelled the characters' story arc along enough for me to want to read the next book in the trilogy.

The holidays are upon Gemma and her friends Felicity and Ann and soon they'll be able to escape Spence Academy for some much needed vacation time to spend with families and attend holiday balls. Yet the girls still struggle with the loss of Pippa and Gemma in particular feels the pang of guilt for Ms. Moore's dismissal from the Academy. There's also a mysterious replacement for Ms. Moore who Gemma doesn't quite trust, a new suitor that would mean a boost in society for Gemma, mysterious visions, and a newfound source of information on The Order. The girls must juggle obstacles both at home and in the Realms in order to bind the magic and undermine Circe.

I liked that much of the book took place outside of Spence. We get to see Gemma's interaction with her father, brother, and the social circle in London and we get more background on Felicity and Ann and why their personalities are the way they are. While the beginning was a bit slow I felt the story really started to pick up once Gemma was home in London and had more freedom to research The Order and touch base with Kartik. However I did feel like there were some holes in the story, promises were made in the Realms and then never acted upon and characters were introduced but then didn't seem to function for anything other than a plot twist at the end that made them a moot point... But perhaps those characters will play a larger role in the next book, The Sweet Far Thing, and if this book and the one before it are any indication, then it won't disappoint!

Rating: **** (4)

1 comment:

  1. I like your taste. Great blog too. Surprised to find a quote from Madeleine L'Engle.