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Early Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Rebel BelleTitle: Rebel Belle

Author: Rachel Hawkins

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Rebel Belle (Book #1)

Publication DateApril 8, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 384 Pages

ISBN-10: 0399256938 (Penguin Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0399256936 (Penguin Teen)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

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.

Quick & Dirty: This was a great read full of action, witty characters, and humor. I am a hug fan of Rachel Hawkins and this is another great book to add her wonderful collection of stories

Opening Sentence: Looking back, none of this would have happened if I’d brought lip gloss the night of the Homecoming Dance.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Harper Price is the perfect picture of a southern belle. Born and raised in a small wealthy town in Georgia, Harper grew up with dreams of attending Cotillion and grow up to be a beautiful young women. But not all dreams are meant to come true. It is Harper’s senior year and she is getting ready to attend the homecoming dance with her dreamy boyfriend. It is pretty obvious that she is going to be homecoming queen, but right before the crowning she realized that she forgot to put on lip gloss. She runs to the bathroom to apply the much needed gloss to her nekkid lips and her life changes forever.

She leaves that bathroom as a Paladin; a person with superhuman powers that make her a lethal fighter and fierce guardian. She is charged with protecting a very important person that holds the fate of the world in the palm of his hands. Unfortunately,  that person is the boy she has despised since they were in kindergarten; it is none other than David Stark. But the more Harper gets to know him the more she realizes how wrong she was about him all these years, and falling for him is starting to become inevitable.

Harper is such a funny and sweet girl with a great personality. She is polite in every way possible, but becoming a Paladin has really put a wrinkle in her perfect life. She wants everything to remain as normal as possible, but she soon realizes that is impossible. I found Harper to be really charming and honestly it was very entertaining being inside her head. Her life isn’t nearly as perfect as she paints it to be and I loved that she has some pretty big flaws, it made her easier to relate to.

David Stark is a total jerk most of the time, but there are moments when he can be such a sweet guy. He is very competitive and that is really the main reason he and Harper have had such a hard time throughout the years. They were always competing against each other and once they join up as a team they are quite a force to be reckoned with. They have undeniable chemistry and I am really interested to see how their relationship develops in the next book.

Rebel Belle is a wonderful story with action, humor, romance, and adventure. From the first chapter you are thrown into this suspenseful story that just keeps getting better the more you read. The characters are engaging and so easy to root for. The pacing was done perfectly and I never felt a drag in the story. I have been a huge fan of Rachel Hawkins ever since I read her Hex Hall series a few years ago and I think that this is a great addition to her fantastic collection of books. I am really looking forward to reading more in this series and I would highly recommend this to anyone that is looking for a great YA paranormal read.

Notable Scene:

I cleared me throat and picked up my book bag. As I turned to go, David called out, “Harper?”

“What?”

He took a minute, like he was trying to decide if he should say whatever it was he wanted to say. I wondered if he felt like I had, like he didn’t want to say something hateful, but I’d made him.

“You know, all the articles aside, I actually thought you were better than this,” he finally said. “Nice to know that you are just another high school bitch.”

Maybe it was that his words were so close to what Dr. DuPont had said right before he nearly murdered me. Maybe it was because a little part of me felt like David might be right. Or maybe it was because I just really didn’t like being called names. Whatever  the reason, my right hand shot to slap David Stark across the face. I didn’t even consider my new superpowers, and if those new powers would mean David’s head would go flying off.

But it didn’t matter. Half an inch from David’s cheek, my hand stopped midair. And it wasn’t because I had some crisis of conscience, either. It was like my hand hit an invisible wall right by his head.

Rebel Belle Series:

1. Rebel Belle

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FTC Advisory: Putnam Juvenile/Penguin provided me with a copy of Rebel Belle. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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