Published by Putnam Juvenile on April 8th 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.
This book was quirky, cute fun. I wouldn’t expect anything less after reading Hawkin’s Hex Hall trilogy, which I also adore. Playing like an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (in more than one way), Rebel Belle is fast-paced and action-packed.
You can tell that Hawkins is a huge Buffy fan, not just because of the multiple references, but also because of this book’s plot: bitchy, popular girl turned kickass warrior overnight with a “destiny” involving saving someone and/or possibly the world. As an avid Buffy fan myself, I definitely got on board with this storyline. I love kickass heroines, especially snarky ones.
Harper Price is stubborn, dedicated and smart. She’s got to be number one – queen at the dance, Valedictorian and so forth. She’s constantly competing and arguing with fellow student, David Stark. These two do not mix well. Harper tries to avoid David at all costs, until low and behold, the unbelievable happens. After witnessing the school janitor bleeding out, Harper is forcefully given the powers and responsibility thrust upon the ancient role of a Paladin. Paladins are basically super strong, agile and quick-thinking warriors, created to protect a certain type of charge. The charge in question? David Stark. Talk about cruel twists of fate!
One of things I liked most about Rebel Belle was that we jumped right into the action. Within a dozen pages or so, Harper gains her “powers” and new status as Paladin. David also quickly finds out that he’s extraordinary. I liked that everyone was on the same page, sooner rather than later, because this story would have dragged if Harper continually had to hide her mission while protecting David.
Though not the most epic of books, Rebel Belles was entertaining and light. In a lot of ways it reminds me of the funnier episodes of Buffy. People are in danger, but there’s still some fluff and humor to make the situation less serious. This is one of those series that you don’t take too seriously, just plainly enjoy the ride.
There’s another cruel and kind of funny twist of fate at the end of Rebel Belle that is sure to draw out some dramatic and also funny storylines in book two. I’m looking forward to what comes next.