Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: April 2014
Synopsis: 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.
Comments: While I found the book entertaining, as in I kept turning the pages… I felt like many things were surfaced over. We get the bare gist of things but never really delved any deeper whether it be emotions or plot points. Which may be remedied in the later books, as this is a trilogy I believe. Don’t get me wrong the book was fun, light-hearted, and I feel like it doesn’t take it self seriously… but for me, I wanted a little more deep stuff AND more dangerous things. Though I must say, that fight scene in the bathroom was super great. Finally, a girl hero in a scene that actually does something violent because she thought of it and not from some “accident” or someone else doing it for them. Hey when faced with life or death, these kinds of scenes – where the protagonist chooses to make a very violent action – interest me more because let’s face it… when faced with a life or death situation… accidents do not happen to save your insignificant behind – no matter how much everyone else tells you how important you are – it doesn’t happen. You accept life or death and act accordingly…
While I liked Harper, I couldn’t care about her boy relationships. It surprised me how much people felt like the relationships was a triangle… it didn’t felt like that to me. The pairing was obvious from the start and Harper hanging onto her boyfriend felt more like her trying to hang on to normalcy… but that’s my opinion.
Another plus, the “mythology” behind the book is new to the current Young Adult realm, though it is a subject I am not familiar with so I don’t know how much has been changed to fit the book’s need.
Ultimately, the book was enjoyable… and I would recommend it to others. But it’s not something I will feel a needy rush to read the sequel … or tell folks you have to read NOW. But you should pick it up if you are looking for a fun easy read.
(Covers are hyper-linked to their Goodreads’ page. On another note: it was kinda hard to find read-a-likes for this book, because Harper was a hard character to find others like her… other Queen Bees who actually kicked butt – like really, really… not just verbally… in their heads. And was also princess-y in some way still. That made it somewhat difficult to find okay similar books.)
Why the Recommendation: Harper in Rebel Belle is a southern belle… perfect, “society” – approved personality and intellect. This book supposedly has a whole group of them. Both novels also attempt to come from a comical point of view, where the positions these girls are placed in are dire but the approach isn’t too wholly serious.
Why the Recommendation: Both books features two beautiful young girls with special abilities that they use to triumph over evil. Their beauty seems to be a focal point that others in the book have to see beyond to appreciate them. This is a high fantasy novel though.
Why the Recommendation: The lore behind this book is also very much different like in Rebel Belle. Both fantastical myths behind these two books are much less traveled in the young adult scope and possibly even in the adult area (though I don’t look for these books so I won’t know… I haven’t come across them in my adult readings.) Both books cover two different mythologies… are not the same, but if you are looking for something different…