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Rebel Belle Paperback – March 3, 2015
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“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
About the Author
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0147514356
- Product dimensions : 5.5 x 0.95 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Speak; Reprint edition (March 3, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Reading level : 12 - 17 years
- Best Sellers Rank: #570,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Who doesn’t love a book that mentions World of Warcraft? Not only have that, but a female paladin, sign me up. Harper is a noob with the whole paladin protection service and to be honest does not want to protect her charge, David Stark- who is totally not related to Tony stark. Stark is Harper’s niemizes and has been since grade school. Their rivalry has continued in highschool with the valedictorian slot up for grabs. Why they hate each other no one can say- they just like ti better that way.
Harper really is a sweet southern belle. Not an ounce of meanness in her body- she can’t even be mean to the gal trying to steal her man. I have to say the only issue I had with the book is the mention of a hummingbird cake. Having grown up in the south, I have never heard of this famous southern cake before. I even looked it up- my only rational is that I was raised by Yankees in the south. So that could be the reason I haven’t heard of it before.
A fabulously entertaining tale that will cause you to want to sit on your front porch with a cold glass of sweet ice tea, some cake and the quiet hum of the crickets as you read.
My Rating 4 out of 5 stars
Favorite Quote “Well, bless your heart,” he drawled in a not very nice (if kind of accurate) imitation of my accent.
Bee- Harper’s bestie extremely supportive
Ryan- Harper’s boyfriend, I kinda don’t like him-but for no reason at all
Saylor- David’s guardian and Mage, only he doesn’t know it
<a href="http://readingcave.blogspot.com/2014/06/review-rebel-belle.html"> My Review</a>
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.
Harper is the epitome of a Southern Belle. She’s smart, beautiful, elegant, outgoing, popular, loves all things pink and cute, and has the perfect boyfriend. So, it’s no surprise that she is about to be crowned Homecoming Queen. While she is in the ladies room preparing to gloss her perfect lips, chaos ensues. The school janitor locks himself in the bathroom with her. Okay… I almost freaked out with Harper. I was thinking that he was about to rape the poor girl or something. He’s bleeding from a wound on his stomach and it’s pretty obvious he’s about to die. As Harper tries to make a run for help, he stops her and starts mumbling about protecting someone and – here’s the kicker – kisses her. I know, ewww right? Well, it’s not a kiss per se. He’s breathing something seriously cold into her mouth. In comes the history teacher. He obviously is the person who did this to Mr. Hall. After a few words exchanged between the two, Harper gets all superheroish on him, and he’s dead. The only thing left to do is find out what is happening to her. Of course, she’s like any other sane person, she thinks that it’s all a dream and that when she gets to school on Monday, all will be well. Wrong.
The other side of this coin is David Stark, Harper’s foe since grade school. Of course he’s the person she’s to protect. Paladins, prophecies, oracles – seems cool to me. But, there wasn’t much going down here to make it be really kick-butt. The whole Southern Belle turned Paladin thing is very distinct. I loved the humor, the gowns, the banter between Harper and David. It’s a fun read that you can easily get into on a rainy or snowy day. I loved the fact that Harper, being this poised young lady, can curse like a sailor. I think that was key here, because had she been so perfect, it may not have worked for me.
I kind of like Harper’s boyfriend Ryan. He was a true Southern gentleman when warranted. Of course, he’s also a teen boy and he gets jealous like the rest of them when another guy is pissing on what’s his. Harper is an overachiever. So, you can only imagine how this has affected her. But, she is a strong young lady and makes do with what she has. Super powers aside, she really is a great character. I love all that she stands for, and this is girl power at it’s finest. I think this book will definitely appeal to the younger crowd because of the school setting. There’s magic, a little mayhem, frilly dresses, high school drama, mythology, and the perfect amount of humor to make this book, what I call, brain candy. Very fun. Recommended.
Top reviews from other countries
I bought the book fully expecting a nice chick-lit book a la gossip girl. But I was really wrong - again I could have read the back of the book or the goodreads summary but hey, I’ll never ever learn.
As someone who despises most supernatural stories, this book started off as a challenge for me. Harper Price is the main character - a Southern beauty queen-ish girl who is suddenly given the responsibility to protect David Stark. She’s his Paladin, an ancient protector who has supernatural powers.
Obviously, Harper can’t stand David - though for unexplainable reasons, they ALWAYS interact with each other. Harper is worried that this new “job” will ruin her relationship with her flat-charactered boyfriend Ryan and her friendship with her best friend. Instead of trusting people, and showing them that she has superpowers, she decides to hide everything from everyone (because that’s always a good idea?).
Rachel Hawkins, the author, knows how to write, which makes this book a pleasant read. It’s difficult enough to keep a reader interested while at the same time keeping a good, and quick, flow in the story. This is a skill - one that Rachel has managed to master. Action scenes are followed by conversations and there is enough diversity in this book to please any YA reader.
Harper is not an unpleasant main character, but she didn’t really do much for me. She makes a journey from average high school pretty girl to kickass protector of the most important person on earth. I would expect some major personality changes to accompany this transformation, but there really weren’t. She has some doubts about accepting her role, but she knows that David will die if she doesn’t help him, so it’s not a real surprise that she casts those doubts aside pretty soon.
David Stark is the cliché quiet guy who turns out to be pretty damn charming. Does he really change? No. But we do get to see more and more from him as the book progresses.
The real disappointment in this story comes from Ryan and his role in the story. He’s described as the perfect boyfriend - handsome, sporty, popular… Everything a teenage girl dreams of. BUT when he’s in scenes in the book, he just falls completely flat for me. He was boring, uninteresting and really, does he have nothing to say about anything at all? Ryan was also doomed from the being to end up in a love triangle with his complete opposite David.
Is that love triangle necessary? Not really, but teenage girls these days apparently love to read about a girl who has two guys drooling away after her (I don’t know why there are so many of these books anyway). Is the flat boyfriend and love story a reason to not read this book? No. There is enough action to please an anti-romance reader and the Paladin thing is original enough to keep a reader interested.
Overall, Rebel Belle is a good YA read and one of the more original ones I’ve read so far. It would have been totally perfect if some characters were less flat and just more… like teenagers.
One of my favourite things beside Harpers brilliance, is the chemistry and sparks between herself and David. I was literally melting from either the sexual tension or cuteness every time I read them. The ending I would also like to add was a stroke of brilliance and I couldn't stop laughing at the sheer irony of the whole situation, which also is why I'm desperate for the second book!!
I enjoyed the setting (very different to my home town) and there was lots of girlie bits to enjoy too.
A nice read that's perfect for girls who enjoy reading about other girls kicking butt!