Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Harper Jane Price has it all. The President of the SGA, head cheerleader and girlfriend to the most perfect boy in all of Grove Academy. However, all of that is about to change. Thanks to a run in with the janitor in the bathroom, Harper is bestowed with the powers of a Paladin. With these powers comes super strength and amazing fighting ability and the not-so-minor problem of having to protect David Stark, her archenemy since diapers.

Harper and David are both hyper-competitive, and Harper feels like he has made it his goal to destroy her life with his newspaper articles. Their bickering is intense and humorous at times, and their chemistry is undeniable.

Along with Harper and David is a cast of characters that are genuinely entertaining to read about. From Bee, Harper's best friend who would do anything for her, to David's Aunt Saylor who controls most of the town, including the cotillion that Harper has been waiting years for.

Rebel Belle is different from the typical Young Adult book in that the main character is the quintessential cheerleader, the perfect southern Belle. It's interesting to see how she tries to balance a semblance of her normal life with the new powers that are bestowed on her as a Paladin. As she and David start to piece together their new reality, more and more trouble keeps popping up and Harper begins to lose her grip on her friends and regular life.

The story was interesting and fresh, and there were a couple twists that were surprising towards the end. Some aspects of the story dragged on a little too long, and there were a few things that weren't quite as fleshed out as they should have been. But all in all, it's a great start to a trilogy that is sure to be amazing.

No word yet on when the sequel will be released.

4 Stars.
Similar Works: Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton, Jinx by Meg Cabot, The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade.

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