I just read Rebel Angels by Libba Bray, and I have to say, this is one of the best young-adult novels I have read in a very long time. My review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
In one word: amazing. Rebel Angels had everything I missed in A Great and Terrible Beauty. The love is bitter-sweet, the realms magical, the action thrilling and the friendship genuine.
The writing also improved greatly since the last book, and unlike in GBT I actually understood what was happening without having to read back. The mystery was maybe a little predictable, but still very well done.
I admire Libba Bray for taking risks and not stay inside the safe-zone. She actually dares to talk about sexual abuse and neglect and self-mutilation in a young-adult novel, without describing it too shocking or explicit.
I also think she has done some good research on the age she is writing about. The balls and visits feel like Austen, only written in a modern way.
Haunting book. Absolutely loved it.
Give me more Kartik!
And Mrs. Bray gets extra points for her awesome covers. I can keep drooling at them for hours.
To Read Before I’m Allowed To Touch My Shiny New Books: 9
Up Next: Labyrinth I guess… Will have to finish it someday.