A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

#65. Rebel Angels

Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
Second in the Gemma Doyle series

Pages: 548
Finished: Aug. 29, 2007
Reason for Reading: next in the series, this is one of my picks for the RIP Challenge
First Published: 2005
Genre: YA historical fantasy
Rating: 4/5

First Sentence:

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.

Comments: This is my favourite series at the moment. I can't wait for the sequel to come out in December of this year. While not quite as much of a page-turner as A Great and Terrible Beauty this was pretty close. This book combines all my favourite genres into one : Victorian, fantasy, historical fiction and Gothic mystery. I am so intrigued with the fantasy world Bray has created. I find myself wanting to visit the Realms along with the characters. I'm really pleased with how the plot developed in this volume although I did figure out the surprise ending fairly early on. There is a satisfying sense of conclusion in this book but also the set up for conflict in the next book leaves me wanting more. Recommended!


  1. Nicola,

    I really really loved this book. I don't know what it was about it. I actually preferred this one over the first in the series. I'm not exactly sure why. They're both good though. I can't wait for the sequel to this one! But I'm sure they'll be quite a long hold list at the library. It seems *everyone* can't get enough of Libba Bray.


  2. I am very much looking forward to the third book in this series!

  3. I had quite enjoyed this book in the series, though not quite as much as the first one. Like you, the series has my favourite elements in it - fantasy, gothic and victorian bits. Happy to hear you liked it. :)

  4. I just finished A Great and Terrible Beauty and will be looking for Rebel Angels!

  5. I looked for this one at the library, today. It's checked out, but I think I'm over-piling, anyway. Thanks for the review. I'll have to get to it *some* day!

  6. Another good book to add to the list?