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Love this series,
This review is from: Rebel Angels (Paperback)
REBEL ANGELS is the second book in the Gemma Doyle trilogy and goes to prove that A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY, the first in the series, was not a one-trick pony. The sentence on the front of the cover, "A gripping sequel of passion and peril", does not do the novel justice.
The book's main character, Gemma Doyle is a young girl who is a student at Spence Academy for Girls. Gemma suffers from visions and she is the one who is able to go from this world into another known as the Realms where magic runs free. The Realms can be heavenly - your every wish can be granted, but because Gemma does not know all that there is to the Relams and the magic it contains, how safe it is is another matter. As heaven can quickly turn to Hell.
In this installment, Gemma and her friends are looking forward to Christmas; to the balls and social events. But since their last battle in the Realms, the magic is now loose rather than being stable. And Gemma's visions are becomeing more intense. Three girls in white are haunting her, trying to warn her of something.
In order to maintain stability, Gemma has to return to the Realms to bind the magic once more. But who, if anyone can she trust, and just what are the dangers Gemma faces?
That is a very basic plot. This book - as with the first in the series - has a lot going for it. Bray takes on a variety of issues; drug abuse, child abuse, self harm, friendship, loyalty and betrayal to name but a few. And this is what I love about the books. Although they have the touches of magic and romance, at the root of them they also have a stark honesty to them which is relevant at any time in history.
While some reviewers may not like or understand why Gemma would be friends with Ann, Felicity and Pippa because she seems to have irritations about all of them, I think this is a true reflection of the friendships that many girls, and women, have. Humans are complex; there is good and bad, light and dark in all of us and often friendships cannot be fully comprehended from the outside. In my personal opinion, this only goes to make the series more interesting.