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Friday, August 7, 2015

Book Review: Rebel Belle


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.

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If you know me, then you'll know that I am a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  I loved that show, even going to a Buffy Convention once to be a complete fangirl and get autographs.  So it will come as no surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed Rebel Belle, by Rachel Hawkins.  No it does not have vampires, but it has all the elements of an affirming girl-power story.   

Harper Price is trying to be all things to all people: perfect daughter, straight-A student, adoring girlfriend, and reliable pillar of the community, at all times with an immaculate fashion sense.  But her life takes a turn and she is now thrust into a world of new responsibilities as a Paladin, protector of the Oracle.

At it's surface, the story seems like a straight forward fantasy of empowerment.  But there is so much more going on.  Harper is more than just a pretty face.  She is smart, loyal to her friends and family, and has a strong sense of right and wrong.  This compels Harper to accept her responsibilities, but she does it on her own terms.

The book is also a commentary on the enormous pressure teens are under to do it all so they are the complete package for college.  There is also the added element of Harper trying to live down the infamy of her sister's tragic mistakes that makes this story compelling.

I loved all the characters, from best friend Bee to the bickering old aunts.  It breathed life into the town Harper lived in and the complicated life she lead.  All in all, Rebel Belle has big heart, which makes me breathless for the next in the series, Miss Mayhem.

Source: Public Library
Format:  Hardcover
Recommendation: YA fantasy fans will enjoy it.

Will I read more from this author:  Yes!
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