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Lady Renegades: a Rebel Belle Novel Hardcover – April 5, 2016
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Praise for Lady Renegades
"Reminiscent of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer show, Hawkins’s novel does not disappoint in this final addition to the Rebel Belle trilogy. Funny and sassy, Harper is the perfect combination of strong heroine and Southern lady." —VOYA
"Mythic adventure at the country club." —Kirkus Reviews
"Harper's fans need wonder no more about how their supremely talented all-American girl will get her guy back." —Booklist
Praise for Rebel Belle
* “Harper is as quippy as you please, with a sass born of a sharp intellect…as surprising as it is delicious.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
"Plenty of merriment, even for Yankees."—Kirkus Reviews
“Fun with a twist of supernatural and Southern charm.”—VOYA
“The romance, coming-of-age aspects, and a well-drawn heroine with a crackling wit will lure in readers.”—Booklist
“Hawkins strikes a pleasing balance between humor and drama, giving the ‘chosen one’ narrative a welcome dusting of irony and a glowing Southern setting.”—Publishers Weekly
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About the Author
Rachel Hawkins is the author of Rebel Belle, Miss Mayhem, and the New York Times bestselling series Hex Hall. Born in Virginia and raised in Alabama, Rachel taught high school English for three years before becoming a full-time writer. Follow her on twitter @LadyHawkins.
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David has left town in order to protect Harper. His Oracle powers are getting stronger and he doesn’t want to endanger Harper by having to let her protect him from all the dangers in the world and bad guys that are after him. Harper has been feeling pretty sore about David leaving. She misses him. Then suddenly one summer evening, she is attacked by another Paladin who claims she will kill Harper in order to protect the Oracle. Which obviously, Harper has no intentions of hurting David even if she knew where he was.
It’s when battling this new Paladin that Harper’s powers go haywire and fail her in a crucial moment. If it weren’t for Bee’s intervention, she might have been killed indeed! Then Blythe rolls back into town and it’s the last thing Harper and Bee need, but she claims that she wants to find David and help him out, she’s on her own path of redemption for all the chaos she previously caused. And since Harper and Bee want to find David, they decide to take the road trip with Blythe to do just that!
While a fairly short read at just over 250 pages, Lady Renegades was still a delightful, action packed, suspenseful kind of read! I was eating up the pages eager to find out what would happen and if Harper and David would be reunited. For as the girls continue to look for different clues on how to help David and find him as well, the growing realization that Harper may have to kill the boy she loves is starting to dawn on them.
Since I can’t really remember the first two books well, I can’t say if having brief moments of David’s point of view in this one was new or not! Needless to say, we get to see what David is up to every now and then. It’s sort of heartbreaking too. He never asked for these powers that he suddenly has and they’re just too much for him to handle. And since he’s not sure who he can trust anymore, he’s sort of floundering…and somehow making more Paladins!
The plot was a tad simplistic too. Not that that’s a bad thing or anything. Just saying. The road trip is about finding David and ways of helping him. Naturally encounters with these other Paladins delays the girls on their journey. But it does make for intense altercations!
Sadly, since Harper and David are separated for the majority of this book, there’s not a lot of romance in this one. Which is kind of heartbreaking after hearing both David and Harper’s thoughts of one another. Though there’s a sort of nice moment towards the end, but the sort of is key there. I won’t get into further details though.
But oddly enough, the lack of romance didn’t bother me so much. There was a great bonding time happening with Harper, Bee, and even Blythe. I can’t really remember why I was supposed to be hating her—memory problems again—but I must say I really liked her path of redemption she had going on. Sure, she still had a few Blythe moments, but by the end I can honestly say I didn’t hate her anymore! Lol!
The ending! Wow, that ending! This is definitely an ending that will take you by surprise! I don’t think Rachel could’ve done it any better! It was positively the perfect kind of ending for a series finale. While a part of me still has a sore heart over it, I know it’s for the best!
There’s a reason why I love Rachel’s books so much, they are truly works of art! They are filled with incredible heroines, a healthy dose of humor, great friendships, overcoming all odds of impossibilities and just overall incredible amazing storytelling skills! I cannot wait to see what she cooks up next!
Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars
This book truly showed me that this trilogy can be compared to the iconic 90's occult show Buffy The Vampire Slayer, which I might add is my favorite show of the 90's, and practically the best show ever. But I digress.
Harper Price is the kind of girl you would love to hate and hate to love in real life. She's perfect. She's deeply invested in school and all social functions: SGA President, head of the debate team, helps run the school Newspaper, Chearleading Captain, etc. Oh, let's not forget that's she's totally beautiful too.
Even with all of that going on, she juggles it with her new found supernatural role in society, that of a Paladin; a super strong and fast fighter that is supposed to protect the Oracle. The Oracle happens to be David, who's also her boyfriend. And to round out the team is Ryan, who's the groups Mage, and Harper's recent ex (before Harper met David), and last but not least, Bee, another Paladin (compliments of David's out of control Oracle powers, since there was only supposed to be one paladin), who is now Ryan's current girlfriend. And oh, she's also best friend's with Harper. Sound like your local soap opera? Not surprised. It gets juicy!
In this book, David's Oracle powers are out of control after the events of book two. Blythe, the last member of the team, played for the other side in book's one and two. She helped Alexander and the Ephors turn David into a super-powered Oracle. You see, David is the second male ever to be an Oracle. The last one that went by the name Alaric, killed all the Paladins in his time, (after he created so many), and he even blew up his hometown.
Blythe wants to right the wrongs she has made, and teams up with Harper, Ryan, and Bee in order to bring David back from his journey to destroy everything. Our trio at first doesn't want her help, with good reason. She did kidnap Bee and tried to kill Harper--- I'll say, oh, 2.5 seconds ago, so I definitely don't blame their hesitancy.
Throughout the book, David inadvertently creates Paladins and his evil Oracle side begins sending them after Harper to kill her. You see, David isn't all bad. Somewhere deep inside him is still the same, geeky, fashion road-kill boy, the one who calls Harper "Pres", (short for President, a play on her title as SGA President), who Harper still knows and loves. Harper battles with the images of the two David's in her mind and we see that inner turmoil throughout the book.
Harper, Bee, and Blythe go out in search for a spell that Blythe thinks she can use on David to get his Oracle powers under control. They run into many road bumps, and there is one particular reveal about David's parentage that definitely had my mouth drop open. There's plenty of action and I felt the story was very fast paced. There was never a dull moment.
Hawkins has a way of writing that just flows well. There are never any awkward, long, or super dry moments. The dialogue is witty, the action puts you on the edge of your seat, and the plot twists are exciting.
I love the characters in this trilogy, particularly in Lady Renegades. It was beautiful to see Harper and Blythe team up together despite their past. They are both fierce women, and it was nice to see some vulnerability in Blythe at the end.
The end. What can I say about it? It's really bittersweet. It was predictable which made me give this book 4 stars instead of 5. While I'm happy with the choice Hawkins made, I wish she could have thrown in some kind of a curveball at the end to end on a spicy note. Or at least she could have written an epilogue, like a one year later kind of thing. Nevertheless, this book and trilogy has everything a young adult would love to read about. It's relatable because it takes place in the real world. School elements will resonate with young adults, and it adds the splash of the supernatural. It really is a lot like Buffy.
Lady Renegades and the Rebel Belle trilogy exude southern culture, and it's full of humor, light romance, action-packed fight scenes, and is a fast-paced read. Now that all three books are out I suggest you go out and buy them. You can easily finish each one in a day or less. If you love Buffy, love when real life clashes with the supernatural, you will love this trilogy.
I loved being with Harper on her journey and watching her grow. This final book was really heavy on the friendship elements of her story, and Bee definitely had the chance to redeem herself after the events of Miss Mayhem. Also, I was so hesitant about the addition of Blythe at first, but in the end, I think the direction she went was absolutely perfect.
In Miss Mayhem, there was a small lack of action and I missed it, but this book leveled that all out pretty well. Still not as much action as Rebel Belle, but I am fine with that. These books make me laugh and cry in a way that is just so special to this series.
One thing I did miss in this book was DAVID. I love that boy so much and he (the normal David, not the one that is in so much pain and agony in this book!) just almost didn't even exist! I mean, the main plot here is to find and save him, but we didn't get to spend time with him. Or him and Harper together, for that matter. I love their relationship. So I really missed that.
But that ending - OMG - after crying my eyes out, I was then rewarded with such an adorable ending! I mean it was just so sweet, and I'm so pleased with it. This series is so awesome, and it is such a quick read. With summer heading this way, I highly recommend this as a fun, southern, summery series to marathon through!