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Rebel Belle is one of those books that have been on my "to read" list for a really long time, and no matter how many times I had planned to pick up a copy and read it, something always came up and I never got around to it. Now that I've read it, however, I'm kind of mad at myself for taking so long.
Rebel Belle is a light, fun read, filled with fantasy elements, high school drama, and a sweet romance that makes you weak in the knees. There aren't really any deep elements here - Rebel Belle doesn't add any difficult story lines - rather, it stays on track with being a very fluffy read. I see a lot of people were a little put off because of that, but honestly, I think that's what was so amazingly charming about the book - it stayed true to itself and was just downright fun. Since this is what I was actually expecting (and hoping for), I wasn't disappointed in the slightest. To be honest, it was an addicting read that I couldn't put down until I had finished it.
Rebel Belle starts off at Harper Price's homecoming dance, where we meet her, her boyfriend Ryan, her best friend, Bee, and Bee's boyfriend, Brandon. The four of them are best friends, and this homecoming dance is where Harper (who pretty much excels at everything she does and is the head of a good number of school clubs and organizations) is a shoo-in for homecoming queen. However, things don't go as planned, when a simple trip to the bathroom to apply some lip gloss turns into an event that will change her life forever.
When Harper discovers she has superpowers - powers such as super strength and accuracy - she also discovers what she is supposed to be doing with those powers. The event in the bathroom at homecoming have changed Harper into a Paladin - essentially a protector - and when she finds out who she is destined to protect, she's none too pleased.
She's supposed to be protecting David Stark - her enemy since childhood. Harper and David have essentially been at each other's throats for years now - and they can't stand each other long enough to even be in the same room together for five minutes, let alone spend the rest of their lives bound together. But David is an Oracle, and since Harper is his new Paladin, the two of them are going to have to figure out how to get along once and for all.
Rebel Belle is pretty predictable as far as the relationship aspect of the book goes - but it isn't something that will ruin the reading experience. I found myself spending the entire book just waiting for it, and I wasn't disappointed, either. It was definitely one of my favorite parts about the book (alongside the magic and the ass-kicking heroine). However, when it comes down to the whole fantasy/magic parts of the book - well, it gets a little crazy, and incredibly fun.
Which brings me to the characters in the book: I loved them all. Harper was fantastic - she was definitely bad-ass - from the very first scene in the bathroom where she obtained her powers to the last part of the book, she knows how to take care of business, and I love that about her. She just does what she needs to do, and doesn't wait for someone to come to her rescue. Also, she knows she's a dramatic southern belle type (who has the annoying habit of having to be perfect at everything), so it just adds more fun to the story. Even the supporting characters, like Harper's best friend Bee, are interesting and well written. I love seeing supporting characters who actually have personality, instead of just being your "typical YA best friend" or "typical YA boyfriend" type. They all stood out, which really added a lot more to the novel.
If you haven't read the series yet, it's a great time to pick up the first book and give it a go, since the final installment will be releasing soon! If you're in the mood for a light-hearted and fun read, let Rebel Belle be one that you add to your list! I'm so glad I finally bought this one, and I'm incredibly addicted to the series now.
Unlike the Hex Hall series this one’s not so paranormal like. Sure, we get introduced to Oracles and Paladins, but I’m getting ahead of myself there! Harper is your typical Miss Popular kind of girl. She gets good grades, she does a lot of extracurricular activities, she has a perfect boyfriend and a circle of great friends. She has it all! Then on the night of homecoming, she witnesses a murder between the janitor and one of her teachers. When the dying janitor “kisses” her, something happens and Harper suddenly has amazing abilities.
Her life changes completely after that moment. While waiting around for her “Giles” to turn up and start explaining things to her, she learns that despite all her amazing abilities, she can’t hurt the one who antagonizes her most, David. David is her arch-rival in all things. They’ve been at it since they were kids and when there’s moment when she really wants to slap him across the face, she finds she can’t.
Soon her “Giles” makes an appearance, and it’s the last person she expected it to be, David’s Aunt Saylor. A somewhat stubborn old woman who was never really on Harper’s nice list. But when Saylor explains what’s going on, Harper realizes she has to protect David at all costs, even putting her life on the line. She’s his protector among other things.
A lot of the book dealt with Harper trying to learn about her new abilities and harnessing them. She’s constantly trying to juggle her Paladin duties with school, all her extracurricular activities, her friends, boyfriend, and family…it becomes a little too much for her. She starts to withdraw from her boyfriend, and you can pretty much see where this is going. But despite that I really liked the hate to feelings relationship Harper and David had. It was enjoyable. Yet I feel like we never really learned what ignite the animosity between them. They just pretty much hated each other since day one. And that lack of moment in history bugged me. I wanted to see a reason for the hate, not just seeing the hate itself. But really, it’s such a tiny thing it hardly matters in the grand scheme of things.
The pacing to this one was perhaps a little slow, but maybe because it’s a book one thing. There’s a lot to know about what Harper is now and all the history behind that as well. And I liked how we got just enough details about all that history and not have it bombard us with facts and dates and all that kind of stuff. It’s a simple history lesson in a way. The character development through this pacing was nice as well. Though again, I am missing that moment. Harper and David still don’t really get along all that well, but once things were explained and they are forced to be together due to forces beyond their control, a friendship is formed, of sorts. But again, there didn’t seem to be that moment, or click when they started looking at one another in a different way. It was just sort of seamlessly happening before our eyes. Sure a little thing or two might have happened, but I felt like there should’ve been more depth to this budding relationship. But this could totally be because I read too much and have been spoiled by other reads! ;)
The end to this one was quite shocking! A lot happened and then we’re left with an ending that kind of leaves you wondering what will happen next. Not cliffhanger territory exactly, but more the calm before another storm! Thankfully I have book 2 at the ready so there’s no waiting involved! But what I say after finishing that one will be something totally different!
Rachel Hawkins brings us a brand new story that’s as exciting and lovable as her previous one, but in a less magical way. There’s still the usual snark which I was especially glad to see again! If you haven’t read Rachel’s books yet, I highly recommend them! They are fun, quirky reads that are sure to bring a smile to your face!
Overall Rating 4/5 stars
Moments later the bodies, the broken door and damaged restroom are magically put to rights leaving Harper with super powers and lots of lots of questions. She soon learns that she has inherited paladin powers and needs to keep the current oracle from harm. The problem is that the current oracle is her dreaded nemesis and competitor David Stark who delights in writing things about her in the school newspaper that make her mad.
Now Harper has to juggle all of her school responsibilities including the up-coming cotillion with protecting David from being murdered to make way for a more acceptable oracle.
The dialog was great and had a lot of humor. Despite her excessively Type A personality, Harper was a sympathetic character who had an interesting back story. Her friends, including the boyfriend she is growing out of, were well-rounded characters too. And David, despite his poor fashion choices, made an interesting hero.
This is an entertaining start to a series.
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