Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Ahhhhh. God bless the advanced reader's copy! I read A Great and Terrible Beauty , by Libba Bray mainly because of the corset on the front cover (even on the galley). That was a great read. And I was sad when my friend Jen told me, "Wait...it's only the first in the trilogy!" I tend not to have high hopes for sequels. Sorceress, by Rees gave me hope. After loving Witch Child so much (again...an awesome cover!) I had been worried. So this is the hope I clung to waiting for Rebel Angels to come out.
I love having friends on the BBYA and Printz committees because it means that I can get my hands on EVERYTHING that is getting published BEFORE it gets published. To a librarian, this is dreamy. So, after Jen got RA, I got to read it.
I was disappointed. At first. It did start slowly for me. I wasn't sure that I could believe in Gemma and Felicity's friendship, seeing as only 2 months had past since the last novel. But then Libba did it again. I read and read and read, and only slowed down at the end because I wasn't ready for it to be over yet.
Gemma has smashed the runes in the realms and the magic is no longer contained. Pippa is still trapped in the realms and is dead and buried in London. I don't want to tell too much of the plot until the book is released in the fall, but the reader learns much more about the Order, the Rakshana, Kartik and London society.
It is fast paced, exciting and as a reader I really feel that I know Gemma a lot better than I used to!