Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins [Review]

Rebel Belle4 out of 5 Robots!

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Series: Rebel Belle #1
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: April 8, 2014
Hardcover: 352 Pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book 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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Rebel Belle is good frothy fun.  It is a lighthearted and sometimes a bit silly.  But that's what makes it so entertaining.  At first glance, the plot seems a little crazy-pants, but Rachel Hawkins manages to rein it in enough so it doesn't come across as too ludicrous or too over the top. 

Harper Price could have easily been another cliched debutant, but Hawkins manages to ground her and make her more than just her Southern Belle status.  Harper is driven and a bit of a control freak.  And it is NOT on her agenda to become a Paladin.  But like everything else in her life, she excels at it.  Even if that means protecting her nemesis...who may not be such an nemesis after all.  I wasn't sure about David at first, but once he drops his guard a bit, I came to love him.  His banter with Harper was a lot of fun and was easily my favorite part of the novel.

And of course, Hawkins is always good at the witty inner dialog that make you feel like you are in on the joke.  I thought Rebel Belle was a little more toned down that her previous Hex Hall series and I really liked this more mature feel.  But it still maintains the wit and tongue in cheek you can expect from a Hawkins novel.

If you are a fun of lighthearted paranormal books, I definitely recommend checking this one out!

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