About the Book:
Sixteen-year-old Gemma longs to flee her unconventional life living in India with her mother, and everything gets thrown into turmoil the day she foresees her mother’s death in a dark, swirling vision and it turns out to be true. Although she thought she’d always wanted to live in London, Gemma is less than thrilled to be shipped off to England where she is enrolled in an all girl’s academy with secrets in the halls. At the academy, Gemma finds herself enmeshed in a treacherous clique of unruly girls and that Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns Gemma that she must fight off her visions at all costs, has followed her from India. Gemma ignores Kartik’s warnings, only to discover that she is a link between worlds with devastating consequences.
Miss Riki’s Review:
This book is so full of beautiful! It’s got a gorgeous cover, beautiful, lush writing, and a stunning sense of setting that completely transported me to another time and place. The book is such a wonderful mishmash of genres. It is part sumptuous historical fiction and part creepy ghost story, with a wonderful magical element that is woven throughout.
I loved Gemma as the main character. She is smart and a little sarcastic, while still longing to do the right thing. I loved the way she falls into unlikely friendships that begin on shaky ground and develop into something real. Bray writes such incredible female dynamics in this book, and I could just feel the snubs and heartache of a girl, who doesn’t quite fit in, and then her triumph in forging ahead and making a space for herself in a tough to crack clique. This book might very well be set in a time long past, but the emotions and actions of teenage girls hasn’t changed much. There’s a universal feeling to the situations in this book that I identified with, even as a much more modern girl myself.
I loved this book and will definitely be reading the next in the series, REBEL ANGELS.