Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins [Review]

Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle, #2)3.5 out of 5 Robots!

Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins

Series: Rebel Belle #2
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: April 7, 2015
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon

Book Summary:
Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and best friend Bee has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can return her focus to the important things in life: school, canoodling with David, her nemesis-turned-ward-slash-boyfie, and even competing in the Miss Pine Grove pageant.

Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done. The Ephors have decided they’d rather train David than kill him. The catch: Harper has to come along for the ride, but she can’t stay David’s Paladin unless she undergoes an ancient trial that will either kill her . . . or connect her to David for life.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
This book wasn't quite as good as its predecessor, Rebel Belle, but it was still a lot of fun.  Rachel Hawkins books are always chockful of fun characters and tons of action.

Here is what I liked:
**I love Harper.  She is a take-charge, no-hold-bars kind of gal, with impeccable manners.  I love that she tries to keep all of her plates spinning, even as everything seems to be spinning out of control.  Harper isn't perfect, but she tries really hard to protect everyone in her life.

**I like the humor quite a bit.  Snappy dialogue.  A lot of tongue in cheek observations.  Witty banter.  I liked it all.

**The premise is hilarious and awkward.  In the first book, Harper discovers she's supposed to protect her nemesis, David, who is an Oracle.  To make matters even more complicated, she ends up falling in love with him and breaks up with her boyfriend...only to have him become a Mage and become wrapped up in the whole Oracle thing.  The complication ensue in this book and I liked how the awkwardness between everyone plays out.

Here is what I didn't like:
**It was missing that zaniness I liked in the first book.  Like, some of the joy was missing, you know?  It felt heavier and a little sadder.  Which was ok, but it took away a large part of what I liked about the first book.

**The plot is ridiculous and there is no way to get around it.  The Ephors decide they want to train David instead of killing him, because reasons.  Then they decide Harper has to go through a mysterious and deadly trial, because reasons.  It really made no sense.

**Is this the final book?  Or the second in a trilogy?  I can't figure it out and it seems like it could be either.  The ending seems pretty final though.  


If you liked Rachel Hawkins other books, you will like this series.  While I didn't enjoy the sequel as much as the first book, I still enjoyed reading it!

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