Rebel Angels Libba Bray
  • Title: Rebel Angels
  • Author: Libba Bray
  • ISBN: 9780385730297
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rebel Angels Libba Bray Rebel Angels 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
    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 vAh, 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 The lure is strong, and before long, Gemma, Felicity, and Ann are turning flowers into butterflies in the enchanted world of the realms that Gemma alone can bring 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 The mysterious Kartik has reappeared, telling Gemma she must find the Temple and bind the magic, else great disaster will befall her Gemma s willing to do his intrusive bidding, despite the dangers it brings, for it means she will meet up with her mother s greatest friend and now her foe, Circe Until Circe is destroyed, Gemma cannot live out her destiny But finding Circe proves a most perilous task.
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    About Libba Bray


    1. What is it about writing an author bio that gives me that deer in headlights feeling It s not exactly like I m going to say I was born in Alabama and somebody s going to jump up and snarl, Oh yeah Prove it At least I hope not.I think what gets me feeling itchy is all that emphasis on the facts of a life, while all the juicy, relevant, human oddity stuff gets left on the cutting room floor I could tell you the facts I lived in Texas for most of my life I live in New York City with my husband and six year old son now I have freckles and a lopsided smile I m allergic to penicillin.But that doesn t really give you much insight into me That doesn t tell you that I stuck a bead up my nose while watching TV when I was four and thought I d have to go to the ER and have it cut out Or that I once sang a punk version of Que Sera Sera onstage in New York City Or that I made everyone call me Bert in ninth grade for no reason that I can think of See what I mean God is in the details So with that in mind, here is my bio Sort of.TEN THINGS YOU DON T KNOW ABOUT ME by Libba Bray1 I lived in Texas until I was 26 years old, then I moved to New York City with 600.00 in my shoe cause muggers won t take it out of your shoe, y know riiiiight and a punchbowl my grandmother s gift under my arm I ended up using the punchbowl box as an end table for two years.2 My dad was a Presbyterian minister Yes, I am one of those dreaded P.K.s Preacher s Kids Be afraid Be very afraid .3 The first story I ever wrote, in Mrs McBee s 6th grade English class, was about a girl whose family is kidnapped and held hostage by a murderous lot of bank robbers who intend to kill the whole family including the dog until the 12 year old heroine foils the plot and saves the day It included colored pencil illustrations of manly looking, bearded criminals smoking, and, oblivious to the fact that The Beatles had already sort of laid claim to the title, I called my novel, HELP My mom still has a copy And when I do something she doesn t like, she threatens to find it.4 My favorite word is redemption I like both its meaning and the sound My least favorite word is maybe Maybe is almost always a no drawn out in cruel fashion.5 My three worst habits are overeating, self doubt, and the frequent use of the f word.6 The three things I like best about myself are my sense of humor, my ability to listen, and my imagination.7 I have an artificial left eye I lost my real eye in a car accident when I was eighteen In fact, I had to have my entire face rebuilt because I smashed it up pretty good It took six years and thirteen surgeries However, I did have the pleasure of freezing a plastic eyeball in an ice cube, putting it in a friend s drink, Eyeball in your highball and watching him freak completely Okay, so maybe that s not going down on my good karma record But it sure was fun.8 In 7th grade, my three best friends and I dressed up as KISS and walked around our neighborhood on Halloween Man, we were such dorks.9 I once spent New Year s Eve in a wetsuit I d gone to the party in a black dress that was a little too tight too many holiday cookies and when I went to sit down, the dress ripped up the back completely Can we all say, mortified The problem was, my friends were moving out of their house everything was packed and on a truck and there was nothing I could put on but a wetsuit that they still had tacked to the wall I spent the rest of the party maneuvering through throngs of people feeling like a giant squid.10 I got married in Florence, Italy My husband and I were in love but totally broke, so we eloped and got married in Italy, where he was going on a business trip We had to pull a guy off the street to be our witness It was incredibly romantic.


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    2. 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 and I [...]

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    3. 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 realms [...]

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    4. 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 ball.you get the idea But the adolescent female characters are all well drawn and I love how their major rela [...]

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    5. Series review video youtube watch v a2qPNEdit 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 things I didn t like than I liked, which causes it to fall just below a middle of the road rating DR Predictable, run of the mill historical fiction with occasional magical elements and fat shami [...]

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    6. 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 them Th [...]

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    7. 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 Gemma who mov [...]

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    8. 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.Loved The depth of the relationships between Gemma, Felicity, and Ann I enjoyed seeing Felicity grow and show a vulnerable side The change in Gemma I felt she really matured and stepped up to the plate in the end and I feel 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 rooting for, but I thin [...]

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    9. I can t decide which book is better Ah but the second is great Gemma has the same fire, the character development is as good as it was in the first New characters are dark My favorite newie Nell Hawkins Oh and my thoughts on Simon Middleton, handsome, but I m still praying for a romantic relationship between Gemma and Kartik, fire, tension, and mystery, who can t love that All I can say is that Felicity s, Gemma s and Ann s journey for the temple is a great one As good as the first, with a dark [...]

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    10. OMG Okay I have to get The Sweet Far Thing Like now Blast it s only in hardcover I don t know what to do My brain isn t working.So far I love this series way too much to be healthy You know you ve got me hooked when I start going all delusional and forget that there is this thing called reality, and that I shouldn t be sitting in bed with my eyes closed trying to picture a door of light But than just the fantastical element I really enjoyed how much we learned about the characters this go roun [...]

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    11. 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 opium den b [...]

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    12. 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 pageswhy not go for an even 600 Just add another meaningless event, like Simon tells Gemma juicy gossip or take her on a shoplifting spree This one wasn t as enthralling as the first book in the trilogy A Great and Terrible B [...]

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    13. Rebel Angels did a lot 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 never re [...]

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    14. I really loved Rebel Angels, much 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 of her story [...]

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    15. I think the story is getting even 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 and 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 the runes But it [...]

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    16. I have a strict rating policy if I did not finish a book, I won t give it a rating because how is that even fair to the author or the book This is one of those rare cases where that policy doesn t apply for multiple reasons I trudged through A Great and Terrible Beauty, and I mean trudged, and at the end of it I had a few main concerns The characters were so FLAT and boring I just didn t bring myself to care about a single one of them The writing was dreadfully lackluster, I didn t care if Gemma [...]

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    17. Besides the obvious again with the Felicity and Ann are my best friends Felicity is such a spoiled brat Ann is so annoying Oh, they re being so rude to me, but they re still my best friends, yay there was one thing in particular that got me about this book It s small and probably shouldn t bother me this much but it really did Why, after Gemma tells her about how they discovered the Order s use of anagrams, would Miss Moore write down her full name so that Gemma could figure out her own anagram [...]

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    18. Book Name Rebel AngelsAuthor s Libba BrayLanguage EnglishOriginal Title Rebel AngelsPublisher, year Simon and Schuster, 2007Page total 548Date Read june 27 28Genre s YA, fantasy, paranormal, historical fictionFirst 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 TERRIBL [...]

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    19. 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 the f [...]

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    20. Why do I like Rebel Angels so much 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 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 Someone should [...]

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    21. 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.

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    22. So far I m loving this series This book was quicker paced than the first one and goes into detail about the realms Makes you think you know things but then it turns out you re wrong Highly recommend

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    23. A fascinating and exciting sequel.

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    24. Check out my video review youtube user thereadab

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    25. finished this book after many days of putting it off i did enjoy this book

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    26. This series is simply sweet droplets of bliss I was overjoyed the entirety of reading this These girls and their personalities were even adored than the first book READ THESE BOOKS EVERYONE You won t be disappointed, for they are lovely.

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    27. 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 ma [...]

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    28. 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 magic [...]

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    29. 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 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 place at schoo [...]

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    30. 4.5 5 stars.Okay, so I reread the first book in this trilogy a few months ago So I thought I d continue the series and read this book for the first time I really like the first book so I was really hoping that this book wouldn t disappoint and it didn t I really enjoyed this.This book was so action packed and those last 100 pages or so were so intense oh my lord, so much was happening.Gemma, man do I love Gemma She s so kick ass and brave, I really like her As well as her friendship with Felicit [...]

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