Rachel Hawkins - Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle #1)Published: April 8, 2014 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Young Adult
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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.
~Rebel Belle is nearly two years old. Can you believe? Someone hold me before the tears start.
So I adored this, obviously.
My original review is still up
The cover initially drew me in as all covers do. Oh wait, not all covers allure me like the Rebel Belle trilogy, let's be honest. Seriously, have you taken a look at the beaut? All sorts of gorgeous.
But when I (first) read it, I wasn’t immediately immersed. I lost interest within the first few pages and dropped it. I know. I KNOW. Still, I kept running back into it again and again and again, rereading other reviews and continuing to admire the cover quietly, so I caved. Fast. I decided to give it another go and stuck to it.
Harper Price has always dreamt of winning the Homecoming tiara. She and her boyfriend, Ryan, are a high school power couple. But when her best friend, Bee Franklin, tells her she's lacking lip gloss, she scampers off, horrified, to fix the situation. The lip gloss situation is appropriately handled, but when the janitor walks in her, she's obviously scandalized and the scene gets wild.
Harper is an actual doll, the very essence of a Southern belle. She’s class president, an overachiever, and sassy as heck. The F-bomb may as well be the ultimate sin. She also has the perfect boyfriend in Ryan. Her friendship with Bee is phenomenal. Honestly, Bee herself is phenomenal. Literally, the girl is the ultimate best friend. There're even a few moments worthy of an actual LOL. When Harper climbed into David's lap to drive, I was practically cackling.
I’m totally craving hummingbird cake now. Just saying.
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"Harper is as quippy as you please, with a sass born of a sharp intellect....as surprising as it is delicious."
– Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, STARRED REVIEW
"If Buffy the Vampire Slayer were Southern instead of SoCal, raised on good manners, Cotillion and sweet tea–she would be Harper Price." – Justine
"Hawkins strikes a pleasing balance between humor and drama, giving the 'chosen one' narrative a welcome dusting of irony and a glowing Southern setting." – Publishers Weekly
"This series–about an Alabama belle who is suddenly gifted with supernatural powers–has everything you could want from the genre and more: heart, smarts, scares, swoons and best of all, LAUGHS." – Kirkus Reviews
~At first, I was a teensy bit confused with the workings of Paladins and Oracles and Mages (oh my!) and how they were explained, but it's moderately easy to decipher, compared to the workings of other dystopians. David Stark is something adorable, but I secretly liked Ryan better. Annoying as David was, I do dig boys in hipster glasses. (I imagine David looking like Penn Badgley. Or Henry Cavill. Imagine either of them in hipster glasses. You're welcome.)
In conclusion, this was a thrill. An adorable thrill, no less. That ending was, of course, something. No spoilers. It was just something. Miss Mayhem is a must-have.
And PenguinTeen has been gracious enough to give away the whole series. I may've been tempted to enter myself. The world may never know. The cover of Lady Renegades is a gem in itself, and if you haven't entered to this giveaway or even preordered it, what are you doing with your life? ;-)
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