Title: Rebel Angels
Author: Libba Bray
Published: December 2006
Hardcover: 592 pages
Reading Level: YA
My copy: traded on swaptree.com
My rating: 4.5 out of 5 wicked stars
Rebel Angels is the second novel in the Gemma Doyle trilogy, following A Great and Terrible Beauty. See my review of that book here. Libba Bray creates a fantastic world in the book that is concentrated away from Spence Academy where the first book was focused. In my opinion, this opened up the novel to many great possibilities that the first one was limited by, one of which is a love triangle. You know how we love those! The mysterious Indian boy, Kartik, makes a repeat appearance with added value to his character and he does something quite surprising at the end. A new character was added, the boyishly cute Simon Middleton.
I actually enjoyed this book more than the first, there was more drama, more character development and some lingering questions from the first were answered but not resolved. It leads nicely into the third book, A Sweet Far Thing. If you are looking for a darkly fast-paced series, I recommend trying this one out.