Rebel Belle

Rachel Hawkins
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.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2019-05-24
I want to give this 5 stars, but I can't, and I'm honestly not exactly sure why. I think it may be tweaky things that will be fixed between the ARC and the final published book, but until I can reread a final version, I can't be sure. Of course, I have a totally huge crush on fellow Alabama girl Rachel Hawkins (seriously, we should be BFFs), so I could be biased, but I loved Harper and David. And Ryan and even Bee, who I didn't expect to like going in. Maybe it's because the author is actually from Alabama, but she managed to capture a lot of the truth of small town Alabama (or small town South in general) without it becoming a caricature or a cliche. To be fair, the setting wasn't used almost like a character here like in some other recent books, so that probably helps, but I still felt like I recognized so much of Pine Grove. I also understood and identified with a lot about Harper, even things that weren't discussed in the book, just because I grew up with some of the same expectations and settings - although I never did Cotillion. ;-)

The problem with having an ARC is that now it's just that much longer that I have to wait for the next book, and quite frankly, I want it now!
Reviewed: 2016-02-19

After reading that first sentence (top of this review), I wasn't sure I wanted to read about such a shallow girl (my mom likened her to Cher from the movie Clueless). I mean, why would she care about helping someone outside of her social circle? But as the story progressed, I came to understand her more. Sure she was a bit shallow, but she also really loved her school and wanted to make it and her community a better place. This book has a little bit of romance, a little bit of action, and a whole lot of fun (well, not for the characters).

Reviewed: 2015-08-26
Rachel Hawkins has done it again. Absolutely loved this book. Can't wait to get my hands on the next one.
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