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.
Review: You know those TV shopping ads that tell you to get the product with some kind of urgency. Well, if you haven’t read anything by Rachel Hawkins, I’m telling you—with my sad attempt to mimic those announcers of the ads, imagine that—to get your copy and read one of her books. I’m not kidding the woman can write snarky heroines with complete ease. One that won’t annoy you but instead will make you laugh pretty darn bad. And if Sophie and Harper did ever meet, it’s absolutely, without a doubt a riot. What the hell am I babbling about? Oh right, I loved Rebel Belle, ignore my unnecessary long and nonsensical introduction, that’s the only thing that matters.
The story sort of reminded me of her early work, Hex Hall series. It was fun. It has snark. And it has tons of magic. You see Harper is not just your average southern belle, she’s Paladin. Paladin is an honorable knight. They are warrior that secures the safety of the person or a place. But Harper wasn’t buying it; she actually thought the idea was lame. But she got the biggest surprised when she found out who she needed to protect: David Stark, her least favorite guy.
Oh man, this effing F-U-N. Yes, that’s all in caps because it deserved it. I’m not sure why I didn’t expect to like this book when I did enjoy the author’s previous works. But I guess it turned out to be good thing because I think it raised the enjoyment a notch higher. Not a dull moment when this girl was concerned.
Gosh dang it, I loved Harper. She’s sassy. She’s hyper. She’s authentic. She’s hilarious. Yeah, all I have for her are praises. You love her because of her. Not only because of her love interest. And definitely not only by her superpowers (though contrary to her first impression I thought it was cool. But who am I contradict the amazing Harper). She was just plain awesome to me. I loved how people restrained themselves from cursing, haha. Harper evidently wanted to drop the f-bomb numerous times.
“I feel like now would be a good time to use the F-word.” – David
(I too thought it was the right time, LOL)
And by the way, I also liked her love interest, David. I sort of forgot what the story was all about when I started reading the book. So you could say I went in blind. At the beginning she already had this perfect by her standard boyfriend, Ryan. So when David entered the equation and the way the two interacted, it got me hooked. They banter all the time. David joked about her fashion; he thought she was this ditsy girl. And she thought he was this nerdy boy with old-fashioned eyeglasses, who will write unpleasant things about her. But the chemistry was so there so I’m so happy how things turned out.
So yeah, I had lot of fun reading this book. It made me laugh. Made me swoon. And it was just pure fun. I know I already said fun, don’t mind my redundancy, I just don’t know what else to say, if you want a nice and entertaining book, you should definitely check Rebel Belle.
Format: Advance Reader’s Copy
Preview Quote: “This was what was between me and David Stark? This was what seventeen years of snarking and fighting and competing had been covering up?”