Rebel Belle By Rachel Hawkins
Rebel Belle #1
Published April 8th 2014
Summary: 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.
Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic!
What a lovely joy ride Rebel Belle has been. Don’t let the pink girly cover fool you — Rebel Belle has more to offer than sweet pearl-wearing teenage girls.
Rebel Belle is the story of Harper Price who gains superhero powers after a traumatic turn of events (in a bathroom, no less). And of course she has to protect the one guy she hates the most: David Stark. In between preparing for cotillion, being President of the student body and boys, Harper now has to add kicking ass to her list of things to do.
Rebel Belle offered more action than I had expected. The book was incredibly fast paced filled with so much action, I don’t know where to begin to explain it. I really loved how action packed it was, it kept me flipping through the book in no time. The summary’s right; I’m begging for more!
I enjoyed Harper’s character as she tries to settle into these newfound powers and trying to save her nemesis. There was a bit of character growth throughout the book, where Harper went from queen bee, perfect Southern Belle, to trying to find herself and a deeper meaning to friendships and relationships. Harper was portrayed as someone perfect and an overachiever, but we later see that there are flaws in her and this humanizes her as she goes along.
There were a lot of fantasy/paranormal/witchcraft-type of elements in this book, which made it a lot more interesting than your average assassin book. As Harper didn’t know much about her new powers and Paladins and Oracles, it was so much fun trying to figure out what all of this is about with her. It feels like we went on this journey together from the get go.
Rebel Belle was wonderfully executed. There was a good mix of action, romance, friendships and relationships, mystery as well as character building all in one book. With the ending, I’m curious to see how the book continues. I wasn’t too crazy about the ending but the rest of the book was sufficient for me to give this book a 5/5 rating. I can’t wait to read the next book, I need more now! Highly recommended!