Series: Rebel Belle #1
Published by Putnam Juvenile on April 8, 2014
Source: ARC borrowed thru Around the World ARC Tours
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 has me seriously re-thinking my stance against high heels. Turns out, they can be deadly useful.
~ I’ll probably say this a lot, but this book is so funny. It reminds me of a Southern Buffy (more the movie version where she’s first coming into her powers).
~ I loved the way Harper went about trying to figure out if she was protector of just David, or of her whole school. I felt bad for her (and her reputation), but there were some very hilarious moments.
~ Harper has flaws, she’s not perfect although she struggles very hard to be so. I like that when she does threaten David, she kind of hates herself for doing it. Harper isn’t immediately on board with the whole Paladin thing, which was a nice change. There were things she wanted to do in life, and sacrificing it for someone else was not on her agenda.
~ The mythology of Paladins, Oracles and Mages was very interesting, mostly because it’s not an area of mythology I’m all that familiar with. I didn’t have many per-conceived notions, so maybe that helped me accept Harper’s new role and the rules that went along with it.
~ So Harper has a dead older sister, Leigh Anne, who was perfect up until the moment she screwed up and died doing something stupid. That’s fairly common in YA, but what I liked about it here is that it explains why Harper is the way she is, that she’s not coping with it as well as she could, and that Leigh Anne’s death was not some big huge mystery. She died in a way that a lot of teens die, and it’s not glorified.
~ I really adored Saylor Stark, especially her reaction to finding out that Harper was David’s Paladin. Along with Harper’s crazy card playing, chain smoking aunts, she was my favorite character.
~ I love the feud between Harper and David! It works, their “I can’t stand you/Come over here” attraction has a very old school charm about it. Although, I’m with Harper, I do not get his fashion sense.
~ What better night to have a Cotillion than on the night that something really awful is destined to happen?
~ I liked Harper’s relationships- with Bee, with her mom and with Ryan. But where the hell was her dad? He’s mentioned maybe once, but never seen.
~ This is a first in an untitled series, and I am definitely ready for the next book! I felt this book had a great ending, but definitely leaves room for more story, and left me wanting more of Harper, David, and the aunts. Also, Ryan! Because things are very interesting with the group dynamics at the end.
Harper Pierce- southern belle, think Scarlet O’Hara meets Buffy Summers.
Bee Franklin- Harper’s bff, although I couldn’t get a handle on her early on in the book, eventually she grew on me.
David Stark- Harper’s hipster rival, whom she now has to protect.
Ryan Bradshaw- Harper’s handsome, practically perfect teen romance boyfriend.
Saylor Stark- David’s aunt, she’s the grande dame of the town.
Mr. Hall- janitor/Paladin.
Dr. DuPont- hmm, he’s basically the opposite of a Paladin. Currently wearing a spiked heel in the place of a unicorn’s horn.
Aunt Jewel, Aunt May, Aunt Martha- Harper’s adorable Southern great aunt’s who would be at home starring in Arsenic and Old Lace.
Blythe- young, bad to the bone Mage.
Mary Beth- friend and possible love rival to Harper.
Brandon- Bee’s annoyingly realistic teen boyfriend.
The Cotillion! There’s a kiss that’s pretty magical, and then there’s all the funny craziness with the girls participating in the Cotillion, plus a beat down between two people that I did not see coming.
Stop the Clock:
I can definitely recommend this one to all my blogger friends- it’s funny and fabulous, and I loved it!
Rachel Hawkins— Website |Reading Writing Rachel
Rebel Belle gets a Midnight Book rating of: