Title: Rebel Belle
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Series: Rebel Belle (Book 1)
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy/Adventure
Publication: April 8, 2014
Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.
Just when life can’t get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she’s charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper’s least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him—and discovers that David’s own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.
With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y’all beg for more
Finally picked this up! I haven’t read a book that made me laugh in a while. I loved that this book combined the girly, contemporary feel of a high school teenager’s life with the action packed, butt-kicking that I love to read. I think Harper is a pretty unique character, and I loved reading the sass between her and David.
I thought this was pretty predictable, but it is still an enjoyable read. I also thought the magic element in this novel was really interesting; I haven’t read many books involving Paladin’s and history that involves Charlemagne! This book also has one of the best female friendships (which is pretty rare for books), and I definitely recommend that you read this! Don’t worry if you don’t like “girly” books – it’s not.
GO READ THE BOOK IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY!
I loved how this book immediately opened with action. The absurdity of so many situations in this book was hilarious. Harper was put into this position of being a Paladin, a protector, all because she forgot to apply lip gloss on the day of her homecoming. The magic transfer system via a kiss was also hilarious, especially when Harper complains how her “superhero” story isn’t as epic as Superman, etc – she was kissed by a janitor. I really enjoyed all the action-based parts of the story such as the awesome car chase, the scene at the scholarship interview, and of course, Cotillion. Every scene still had its humor woven into it which was always fun to read. I had a few problems with the way Harper and David handled Blythe because there were very obvious ways that they could have prevented a lot of what happened, but they weren’t really thinking.
I also enjoyed the romance in this book! There was kind of a love triangle – but it was pretty obvious who Harper would end up with. Harper and David for life. I loved reading Harper and David’s banter with each other, and seeing them finally realize that they liked each other was awesome. The I’m-going-to-die-so-we-are-going-to-kiss scene was a little cheesy but I liked the fluffy romance that was going on amidst all the seriousness.
Also, what I love about this series is that Rachel Hawkins isn’t going to ignore Harper’s old friends. A lot of times when a main character changes (gets powers, etc.) his/her old friends are usually left behind. However, in Harper’s case, they are getting dragged into the mess with her. I am so excited to see Ryan, Harper, and David forced to work together, and I’m sure it is going to produce some very sassy and funny moments!
Can’t wait to read Miss Mayhem!
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