It gave a fresh and exciting environment. Why I didn't give it 5 stars: I just felt that I got a little bored in the beginning-middle. I can't quite say what it was, but I was not enthralled with it. I loved certain aspects but as a whole, I just was not thoroughly into it. The huge plot twist really threw me back into the story and the ending was fantastic!
Jan 30, Emma Blue rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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.
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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, more 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, I can't decide which book is better.
As good as the first, with a darker edge. Dec 08, Kei rated it did not like it Recommends it for: People who hated Twilight for its anti-feminism.
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Recommended to Kei by: People who hated Twilight for its alleged anti-feminism. Find the bloody Temple and bind the stupid magic already!
All of the contrived riddles and guessing games, near death experiences, etc. Oooh pages Just add another meaningless event, like Simon tells Gemma more juicy gossip or take her on a shoplifting spree. This one wasn't as enthralling as the first book in the trilogy A Great Find the bloody Temple and bind the stupid magic already!
This one wasn't as enthralling as the first book in the trilogy A Great and Terrible Beauty. I am sick of Gemma, Felicity, especially Pippa, and even Ann has started to get on my nerves. I am sick of The Realms. I think it's stupid that they keep going in even after everything that happens at the end of RA. One more thing, I was sickened by the fact that Felicity's dad is a child molester and Simon Middleton is a date-rapist.
No one ever addressed this, not even Gemma. View all 3 comments. Nov 13, Lauren Kammerdiener rated it really liked it Shelves: , own , young-adult , fantasy , fiction , historical-fiction , reviewed , london. 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 ne Rebel Angels did a lot more for me than its precursor, A Great and Terrible Beauty.
One thing I do like about this series is that it addresses certain issues that are never really touched on in other books in this genre: Ann's cutting, the racial problem with Kartik and other Indians during this period in British history I really like that the primary love interest in this series isn't another obnoxious white boy , the view spoiler [the abhorrent sexual abuse Felicity suffers. But all positivity aside, my God, these characters are pretentious. Sometimes I love them and their sweet little friendship, but a lot of the time I want to smack them for being so, well, schoolgirlish.
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I can see Bray trying to develop their characters and make them rounded, but it's not working. Strong, fluid characters are really important to me, and this series doesn't really have a lot of them. The plot, too. The mystery of the whole Temple thing made this book a little more bearable than last book's silly schoolgirl antics, but I feel like Gemma barely even tried to find it until the last like seventy-five pages. Also, every freaking time they went into the realms, I found myself skimming ahead to get back to the fun social life in London things.
If you can't make the reader care about the central plot, you're doing something wrong. The entire setting of the realms also felt very weak and undeveloped to me. I had a hard time envisioning it beyond a dilapidated courtyard. As I did with the last book, I'm giving this four stars, but once again I feel like that's a little high.wykyzyli.tk
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Damn Goodreads and their lack of half-star ratings. 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 I enjoyed "Rebel Angels" just as much as I did its predecessor - "A Great and Terrible Beauty. To add to already dark Gothic atmosphere of the story, we visit an insane asylum and an opium den - both creepy and exciting adventures.
There is also a greater emphasis on romance element - Gemma has a new suitor of high stature and wealth, but, of course, things are complicated by Kartik's presence. Another great quality of Bray's storytelling is her ability to introduce modern dark themes into the old-fashioned setting. I am not sure if Victorian girls were really that well aware of matters of drugs, sex, and child molesting, but these elements are weaved into the story very skillfully.
In spite of the many enjoyable elements of book, there were some that are quite bothersome.
For one, the friendship between the girls seems not to be a friendship at all. Rather, it's a sick, very often destructive relationship, in which Felicity always gets what she wants, Ann sides with the strongest in any argument, and Gemma acts against her better judgment under pressure from her so-called friends.
Another thing, while the world of Realms is very imaginative, it's getting more and more complex, with numerous new supernatural players, whose motivations are very often hard to follow.
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And finally, I am yet to understand the appeal of both Realms and magic. Gemma powers don't really help her in any way in real life, as for magic in the Realms, girls still do not go beyond making themselves pretty and conjuring gems out of leaves. Hopefully, these aspects of the story will be explored better in the final chapter of this quite enchanting trilogy. Reading challenge: 14 - 2 of View all 9 comments.
Jun 28, Andrez rated it liked it Recommends it for: who read the 1st. Shelves: zzz , in-english. Gemma finds herself attracted to Simon Middleton, the viscount's son, and apparently, he fancies her too. But not everything's fine. The magic of the Reals is free, and Gemma is haunted by more visions, but this time, they're more vivid and real and intense. Not all is well in the Realms-or out of them. This book was okay. Rating: 3. What if evil is something dreamed up by man, and there is nothing to struggle against except out own limitations?
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