Skip to main content

Once Upon A Rebel Belle & A Giveaway!

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
Pages: 345
Find on: Amazon, Book DepositoryGoodreads
Rating: 4.5/5

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 for construction on GR, so please try and avoid that at all costs. Thanks.

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.
~
"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? ;-)
~

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Comments

  1. I've always wanted to read this series because of all the great reviews, and your thoughts make me even more interested! The characters sound awesome and I'm glad things weren't too confusing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. omg Alise it's so fab! It's such a bright ball of sunshine. A cute beach-type of read! And since summer IS approaching, it's perfect!

      Delete
  2. Aww, what an awesome review! And congrats on being nearly 2 years old. THE TODDLER YEARS ARE UPON YOU. :') I did enjoy reading Rebel Belle...I think I read it last year?! It was really funny and light and whenever Harper was stressing out but saying she WASN'T stressing out was mildly hilarious. XD

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. hahaha. nononono. there's quite a while till that! I loved Rebel Belle, too! It was hilarious and sassy and Harper/Ryan were the original OTP. ;) Harper really was a stressworm, though. Like, girl, calm yourself. Seriously, but we had to love her!

      Delete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Blog Tour Review: Christmas In London

Anita Hughes - Christmas In London Published: October 3, 2017 by St. Martin's Griffin
Genres: Adult, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Pages: 288
Source: Publisher
Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads
Rating: 4.5/5

A charming, glamourous love story set at Claridge's in London during the magical week before Christmas starring a sweet NYC baker and the Cooking Channel Producer who could change her life.

It’s a week before Christmas and Louisa Graham is working twelve hour shifts at a bakery on Manhattan's Lower East Side. When a young cooking show assistant comes in from the rain and begs to buy all the cinnamon rolls on her tray, she doesn’t know what to do. Louisa is just the baker, and they aren't hers to sell. But the show burned the rolls they were supposed to film that day, so she agrees.

The next morning, Louisa finds out that her cinnamon rolls were a hit, but the star of the show was allergic, and the whole crew is supposed to leave for London that afternoon. They want L…

Review: The Inconceivable Life of Quinn

Marianna Baer - The Inconceivable Life of Quinn Expected publication: April 4, 2017 by Amulet Books
Genres: Contemporary, Magical Realism, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads
Rating: 2.5/5

Quinn Cutler is sixteen and the daughter of a high-profile Brooklyn politician. She’s also pregnant, a crisis made infinitely more shocking by the fact that she has no memory of ever having sex. Before Quinn can solve this deeply troubling mystery, her story becomes public. Rumors spread, jeopardizing her reputation, her relationship with a boyfriend she adores, and her father’s campaign for Congress. Religious fanatics gather at the Cutlers’ home, believing Quinn is a virgin, pregnant with the next messiah. Quinn’s desperate search for answers uncovers lies and family secrets—strange, possibly supernatural ones. Might she, in fact, be a virgin?

Review: Antisocial

Jillian Blake - Antisocial Published: May 16, 2017 by Delacorte Press
Genres: Contemporary, Thriller, Romance, Young ADult
Pages: 256
Source: NetGalley
Find on: Amazon, Book Depository, Goodreads
Rating: 2/5

Alexandria Prep is about to be exposed.

Senior spring was supposed to mean sleeping through class and partying with friends. But for Anna Soler, it’s going to be a lonely road. She’s just been dumped by her perfect basketball star boyfriend—with no explanation. Anna’s closest friends, the real ones she abandoned while dating him, are ignoring her. The endearing boy she’s always had a complicated friendship with is almost too sympathetic.

But suddenly Anna isn’t the only one whose life has been upended. Someone is determined to knock the kings and queens of the school off their thrones: one by one, their phones get hacked and their personal messages and photos are leaked. At first it’s funny—people love watching the dirty private lives of those they envy become all too public.

Then the hack…