Title: Rebel Belle
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Release Date: April 8th 2014
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
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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 by Rachel Hawkins is about Harper Price, high school Queen Bee, who on the night of homecoming, gets trapped in the bathroom by the school janitor (and her history teacher) and her life changes FOREVER!!1!11
Okay, I'm really bad at describing book plots to people, especially if I like the book. I'm being intentionally vague because this is one of those stories where the less you know going into it, the better it will be.
One thing you should know and is vital to point out is that this isn't an instance where Harper is the popular girl clichè. She's not a stupid, walking parody of the trope with a Ken doll on her arm. That was one of my biggest reservations on reading this novel and I would have never picked it up if it wasn't the Booksplosion read-along book of the month (join the Goodreads group here!) and the positive reviews that this novel had. The author recently announced that this will be a series which isn't too surprising considering the ending.
I'm giving this book five stars because it is executed flawlessly. The pacing is strong and steady, never losing its rhythm and we learn everything about the supernatural universe at the right time with Harper, the main character, without it becoming infodump. All the rules and names are easy to follow even if you're not the biggest supernatural reader. The characters are all developed and three dimensional for the roles they play into the story and while the plot isn't the most original, it was certainly fun to read.
I didn't fall head over heels in love with this book since the plot isn't original or groundbreaking for the genre, but it's a fun, lighthearted read, especially for the summer.
What did you think of Rebel Belle? Let me know down below in the comments!