Tag Archive: magic

Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire, by Derek Landy [Teen Fiction]

Reviewed by Natty

Playing with Fire, by Derek Landy is the second book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series. This book is funny very action-packed. Valkyrie and Skulduggery have to stop the Grotesquery (a monster) from bringing back the faceless beings in two days! Can they? It is a great book.

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A Great and Terrible Beauty series

A Great and Terrible Beauty series, by Libba Bray [teen fiction]

Reviewed by Jocelyn, 10th grader

A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, and The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray are three books in a fantastic series. In these books, Gemma makes friends with some unusual people at an old finishing school. She becomes friends with the two most popular girls and they end up using her for the powers she unlocks in herself. She learns of ancient powers her mother and others in her family passed down to her. She finds out that her secret romance is forbidden and her love is used against her. This series is amazing and one of the best books I have ever read.

Rebel Angels

Rebel Angels, by Libba Bray [Teen Fiction]

Reviewed by Annie, highschooler

I’ve just finished Rebel Angels by Libba Bray and I thought that it was the perfect sequel to A Great and Terrible Beauty, while also leaving room for third book, which is now out, and I intend to read it next.  I would give this book THREE STARS ( * * * ) because I thought the plot was very addictive.  I really liked how Gemma, Felicity, and, Ann explore more of the realms and I loved how I got to sort of create my own idea of the beautiful lands, using Libba Bray’s descriptive imagery.  The twist at the end of the book was something that I never would have expected, but I was kind of disappointed, I really like Miss Moore!  I thought that Pippa’s character would become even more evil in the end, but Bray left that portion somewhat open-ended to leave plot for the third installment.  I do hope that the alliance between Kartik and Gemma holds strong in the next book, because, I LOVE KARTIK!!!!  Oh, and also, what is with this Simon kid?  Does he really love Gemma, or does he just think they would “make a fine match”?  I really hope Gemma picks Kartik in the end!! (I would!) It seems as if I’ve truly become engrossed in this series’ plot, but the part that I really love about the books are the time period that they are set in; 1895.  The detail is great and everything is quite accurate. In addition, I love to imagine that beautiful everything of the era; it takes me back in time…  I love it!!!!

A Great and Terrible Beauty

A Great and Terrible Beauty, by Libba Bray [Teen Fiction]

Reviewed by Kathleen, 12th grader

This is an awesome book about a girl who moves to England from India in the 1800s. She is followed by a prophecy and magic. I loved this book because it was a good blend of history, mystery, and magic.