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.
When I heard of this book, I vowed that the synopsis was way too cheesy for me to ever pick up. And here I am, nearly three years later, and I’m loving this book.
Rebel Belle has that Beautiful Creatures vibe; a tiny southern town where everyone knows one another with long held traditions surrounding them. Meet our protagonist: Harper Price. Harper is an over-achiever, she has to get everything done and she has to do everything. She’s a straight A student and has her foot in every committee at her small town Alabama’s elite private high school. Now, meet David Stark; his school performance matching Harper’s and has always been academically competing with her since they were children, to the point of resentment.
At her homecoming, Harper gets confronted by a- quite literal- deathly event that turns her into a Paladin- a supernatural protector of a specific person. As a Paladin she is given killer instincts and strengths to assist her in her duty of protection. And, surprise surprise, she’s now none other that David Stark’s personal body guard. But why does he need protecting by a supernatural protector? Well. . . read the book!
Rebel Belle is riddled from start to finish with an extremely unique take on the supernatural and the paranormal, it’s inspiration being the stories of medieval times and the Greek. What I really love about supernatural/paranormal books is the way authors become the magic that they write, manipulating it from its original source to fit the readers’ experience. Rachel Hawkins did an amazing job with that.
The humor and wit found in this first book of the Rebel Belle trilogy brings back the air of lightness when the magic and phenomena gets to be too dark and heavy. This book’s cover may give the impression that it’s a cliche and cheesy story, but it’s anything but. With a kick-ass plot, amazing action and a powerful heroine, Rebel Belle is described to be, “Legally Blonde meets The Terminator”
Although I love Rebel Belle, I think that the characters took to their world being turned upside pretty well and quickly. It surprised me how easy Harper slipped into her role of a Paladin, and how fast David accepted his own supernatural destiny. But then again, Harper is a Paladin. Isn’t that their job?
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