Rating: An Entertaining Read! (3/5) // AMAZON
Pages: 368 pages | Publisher: Putnam | Format: Paperback
Source: Bought | Age Group: Young Adult
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.
When I first saw this cover, the book didn’t initially catch my attention. But, after reading the book, I think the cover is a good representation of the book. The knife holding the pearls perfectly describes Harper–a Southern Belle and Paladin fighting machine.
Honestly, I wasn’t going to pick this book up at first. But I’m a huge fan of Rachel Hawkins’s Hex Hall series and I read several positive reviews about Rebel Belle. I didn’t exactly know what to expect, but I found myself entertained the entire time.
Personally I liked Harper, but I can see why some people weren’t big fans of her. She’s a perfectionist, and I can totally relate to wanting to have everything match that perfect vision in your mind. There were plenty of laugh-out-loud worthy scenes due to Harper’s inability to not speak speak her mind. Throughout Rebel Belle, Harper’s character is able to grow from being a shallow, somewhat annoying teenage to a much more likable character. By the end, Harper was an awesome mix of Southern charm, sass, and kick-ass fighting skills. After a weird run-in during a school dance, Harper gains some strange powers and later learns that she’s become the Paladin. Now she’s supposed to use her Paladin powers to protect David–her nemesis and fellow classmate and Oracle. From the beginning, I thought Harper and David had chemistry. They constantly bicker and disagree, but become closer throughout the series. I really liked the development of their relationship from the epically hilarious car scene to the cotillion battle.
The plotline about a Paladin, Mage, and Oracle was really interesting and something I hadn’t read about before. When we first learn about the Paladin there’s a lot of information dumped at once, but a lot of questions are still left unanswered. I understand that information was held to make the plot more suspenseful, but it left me confused about various things.
Rebel Belle was a fun, entertaining read that had been laughing the whole time. The story is very unique, and Rachel Hawkins adds a fresh twist with the Southern Belle sass. Although I can’t deny that I always have a good time reading her books, I’m not dying to pick up Miss Mayhem.