Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle Trilogy Book 2) - Libba Bray

Gemma takes on a new role - to find the Temple and bind the escaped magic in the realms. But like any other challenge that she and her friends had faced, locating the Temple is not an easy task. With unfriendly creatures of the realms dogging and hindering their every move, they become farther and farther from reaching their goal.

Gemma's enemies are not only the ones from the realms though. Circe's still out there painstakingly trying to find her, the key to the realms' entrance. Plus, there's the Rakshana, a group which is supposed to protect the Order, yet, their real purpose still remains a mystery.

And let's not forget Simon Middleton - rich, funny and handsome Simon Middleton - who seems to truly like Gemma despite her eccentricities.

Rebel Angels, the sequel to A Great and Terrible Beauty, continues Gemma's journey into adulthood as well as in the world of magic.


Rebel Angels is almost twice as long as its prequel, A Great and Terrible Beauty. Two things can happen when another novel is longer, (1) It can explain the events more fully and solidly prepare the way for whatever climactic part the author has planned, or (2) It becomes filled with unnecessary material that it becomes a bit boring. I'd say what happened in Rebel Angels is the combination of the two. Though the first one outweighs the latter by a huge margin, so, I still enjoyed reading it.

In terms of the plot however, I'd say this was definitely better than the first. I also love how Gemma's blossoming into a charming and quite pretty lady, something that the first book lacked as it continually depicted Gemma as well, quite ordinary. I mean, who doesn't want the heroine to have some sort of attractive quality? :)

I love how Libba Bray sort of puts clues out there for the reader to see. Like, halfway through the book, I already had an inkling of what's gonna happen but Gemma still doesn't seem to figure it out. Or maybe that's just me and my exceptional ability in solving mysteries. LOL.

Watch out for my review on the third book in the trilogy, The Sweet Far Thing, as soon as I finish reading it. :)

Plot: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Book Love: 3.5/5

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