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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

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Title: Rebel Belle
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Penguin
Pub. Date: April 8, 2014
Genre: YA
Rec. Age Level: 14+

Popular queen bee Harper Price has worked hard to be Homecoming Queen and nothing is going to ruin her night... except, maybe, becoming a Paladin. When a freak encounter leaves Harper the unwilling inheritor of supernatural abilities and the responsibility of protecting an unknown individual, winning the crown is the least of her concerns. Of course, the guy she's bound to protect would be David Stark, quite possibly the most annoying person Harper has the displeasure of knowing. As Harper and David struggle to figure out what their new relationship entails, Harper must fight off evil forces that seek to take them out and the uncomfortable new feelings she seems to be developing towards David.

To offer some clarity regarding Paladins, these individuals were the foremost warriors of Charlemagne's court, sworn guardians with supernatural powers. Of course, Hawkins explores the mythology in REBEL BELLE, though I can't tell you how closely it follows (or doesn't follow) popular mythology surrounding Paladins.

I'm a huge fan of Rachel Hawkins' Hex Hall books, so I knew REBEL BELLE would be a must-read. Can I first just mention how wonderfully awesome the cover of this novel is? It totally fits the premise and the main character, Harper, a southern belle with a dangerous edge.

What I loved most about Harper is the fact that, even before she inherits the role of Paladin, she's already ready to kick butt and take names. She might be sweet as pie on the outside, but she's got enough backbone and sass to put anyone in their place. While becoming a Paladin makes her life a lot more complicated, it also makes her a much more complex and, arguably, better person. I loved her character development.

The novel's description pretty clearly states that there's some romantic tension between Harper and her sworn charge, David. Despite the fact that I knew this romance was going to develop, I still loved the push and pull between the two characters. Their witty jabs and banter was entertaining and the development wasn't near as predictable as it could have been.

Overall, I really enjoyed this first installment to Hawkin's new trilogy. I can't wait to read more about Harper and David!


  1. I am so glad you enjoyed it! I requested the library to order this one, so I hope they do soon!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  2. This book was so much better than I expected it to be. I love that she included Paladins. I don't know much about them either, but it made the book stand out from the usual supernatural books.

  3. I really liked Rebel Belle, too! And I agree, the cover is great. Also, I really like what you said about Harper. How even before she became a Paladin, she had a strong backbone. I loved that about her!

  4. To be honest, when I first heard about this book I didn't think it was for me but I've read several reviews now and I'm excited to read it. It sounds like a lot of fun!


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