Review: Rebel Belle

Rebel Belle
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.

I was crazy excited for this book when it was to come out. Unfortunately, I kept putting off the reading part until this Sunday when I was in need of a light-hearted travel read. Mostly I was satisfied with the tenor of the book, but maybe I was a bit too excited about Hawkins’ next book because I felt a bit disappointed.

The story sets out quite in a tsundere way – Harper and David are childhood nemeses, and who can’t stand each other most times. David is the newspaper geek and a valedictorian rival for Harper, who is an overachiever (due to her sister) and mostly their only interaction is sniping at each other. Then suddenly on the night of Homecoming, Harper is chosen as a Paladin, and at first she gets excited at the sudden superpowers. But when she finds out that her charge is David, things go to hell pretty soon. They are suddenly being chased by people who want them dead, a witch who wants to charge up David and keeping all of this hidden from the people of their town.

While I loved the writing, and I appreciate the humor blended into the plot, I felt some things were not made clear – specially about the Paladin. Like, who was the second Paladin? (there had to be two) The end, while on a good note, opened up a lot of questions as to what direction the next book might take. Frankly, I am still excited over the prospect of the sequel, even if it had an okay start. 3.5 stars!

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