Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Posted May 1, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 11 Comments

Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Rebel Belle

by Rachel Hawkins
Series: Rebel Belle #1
Published on April 8th 2014
by Putnam Juvenile
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Superheroes, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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.

4.5 Stars

This was such a nice surprise! I started this book a bit hesitant because the main character is actually the exact opposite of me and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to connect to her. But I did and I even loved her! Rebel Belle is original, fun, cool and the action and superpowers (and everything that comes with it) are just plain awesome.

Harper Price knows exactly how her life is going to go. She has the perfect boyfriend, is going to be Homecoming Queen, will go to the best college,… But her life takes a turn for the seriously weird on the night of the Homecoming Dance. She forgets to put on lip gloss and when she goes to the bathroom to put it on, the janitor kisses her. Giving her superpowers with it. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts. As if that all wasn’t enough, the one she has to protect is David Stark, quite possibly Harper’s least favorite person.

I think this is one of the most surprising books I’ve read so far. The writing is so good. This book has great humor, swoon-worthy moments, beautiful Cotillion dresses, cool action scenes and a main character you want to root for even if she’s the complete opposite of you. And I was really scared it would make me not like the book because I wouldn’t be able to connect to her, but I did! I’ll admit I had a bit trouble with the first two or three chapters because of her personality. Such a fuss about lip gloss? Yeah, that never happens to me. But I tried not to take it so seriously, so it was actually kind of funny. But then the stuff with the janitor happens and I started to get to know Harper and I really liked her more and more each chapter. She grows a lot as a person in this book. And there’s more to her than what you’d think in that first chapter.

I felt like I had stepped into a nightmare. Five minutes ago my main concern had been whether Salmon Fantasy would clash with my pink dress. Now I was cradling a dying man on the bathroom floor while some crazy person pounded on the door.

I really liked the history behind her powers. It’s not just superpowers, there’s more to it! The whole story with the Paladins and Alaric and the King (forgot his name) centuries ago! And the witches (sorry, Mages!) and Oracles and all that stuff. I loved it! It gave the book a lot more depth too! And Harper could kick some serious ass. I wish I got more of that though. Maybe in the next book?

There were a lot of twists I didn’t see coming, especially toward the end, but the romance was a tiny bit predictable. I didn’t mind though. I really liked the romance! David was such a sweetheart. Like I said before, there’s always a time and place for badboys, but in the end it’s the genuine good, nice guys that do it for me. And david is one of those. I loved him! Totally book boyfriend material. I liked Saylor, his aunt, too and of course I loved Bee, Harper’s best friend. It helps that my nickname is her actual name, haha. I didn’t feel like there were to many characters either. They all had their purpose, however small it was. View Spoiler »

“I feel like now would be a good time to use the F-word.”

Rebel Belle is fun, cute, original, full of exciting action scenes and swoon worthy moments. I feel obligated to read the Hex Hall books now because I’m officially a fan of Rachel Hawkins now. And guys, seriously. That cover is just perfect for this book.


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11 responses to “Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

  1. Jessica @ a GREAT read

    OOh very nice review! I can’t wait to read this one myself. I was a bit hesitant to get it, but I did LOVE her Hex Hall series–and I was even hesitant about those but ended up loving them! So I’m sure this is going to be one I love too! Can’t wait to read it! Again, awesome review!!

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