Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
or: OMG YES!!!!
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.
I ADORED this book.
It’s not often you find a book like this, and boy am I stoked that I decided to get this book
This is one of those rare cases where a pretty cover hides a BOMB ASS FANTASTIC book. This story is just what I needed, and after having my eye on it for quite some time, It’s a relief to say that this book was definitely worth the wait.
Looking for a kick ass, realistic and perfect Main Character? Harper Price is what you need in your life. Her clever, dry humor was perfect and combined with the banter from David, it makes for an excellent book.
Southern Charm drips from this book like someone has an endless supply of sweet tea within the pages and the surprises are generally gasp inspiring and the plot twists extremely well done. Don’t expect too much complex plot here, this is just a fun book with not too much depth. Don’t take it too seriously. Go in with zero expectations and to just enjoy an entertaining read. Because that’s what this book is- it’s not made for analysis. It’s a light-hearted romp with a the sort of strong, independent Main character that the world needs right now.
Don’t mistake me though, this book does have substance, just don’t look too far below the layer of cake under the frosting. You’ll just end up with a plate. Just eat the cake and enjoy it. I get tired of analysing stuff, and sometimes just want to read a book that doesn’t question life or draw metaphors out of complex problems. This is definitely a summer/spring read.
This book, while determined as a Young Adult book, definitely isn’t limited by it. Anyone can enjoy this book and I can guarantee you, the next time someone asks me for a recommendation, this book will be my top recommendation.
Even the supporting characters in this book are bomb. Saylor (David’s Aunt) is a sassy boss ass bitch, Bee (Harper’s bestie) is the perfect best friend and oh my god Harper’s 3 aunts – May, Martha and Jewel- are side-splittingly funny. The rest of the back up cast are just as excellent and I often found myself gawking or straight up laughing out loud as I read this book.
There is the perfect amount of mystery in the book and nothing is predictable which is a relief quite frankly. There are so many questions left unanswered by this book that the second and third (I think this is a trilogy, I’m not certain) books are definitely warranted. I’m so eager to see what happens to David and Harper now that Cotillion is over.
If I need to sell you any more on this book? The opening scene is so damn shocking and amazing it deserves an Oscar or something. Who wouldn’t want to read a book where the main character is attacked in a bathroom at homecoming by the school janitor who kisses her and then promptly dies?
Trust me, walk your little butt into the nearest bookstore and grab this one. You really won’t regret it.
Read: American Paperback Edition