I finished reading Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins today for an Around the World ARC Tour.
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.
It took me a while to get into this book. The beginning was weird for me for some reason. But once things were explained better and I got what was happening, I started liking the book more. And Harper got on my nerves at the beginning. Her whole perfect, into everything personality was just grating although I guess I got used it because by the middle she didn't bug me anymore (or maybe once her powers kicked in, she became less annoying).
The storyline was familiar but new. Familiar in that a teenage girl suddenly has magical powers. New in that I'm not sure I've read about Paladins before.
But there wasn't a lot of action...really only two parts and one was pretty light. In fact everything was pretty shallow. I mean, we know that Harper sister died recently but it didn't really delve into how she felt about it. Just skated the surface of how she was trying to be this perfect daughter now.
I enjoyed it but I definitely like the Hex Hall series by the same author better.
I gave it a rating of 3.5/5.
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.