Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins | Book Review #42

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‘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 favourite 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.’

Rebel Belle is one of those books that everyone raves about and then you read it. You end up liking it, but then you look back on the book and you just think “Why do I not like it as much now?” so that is what happened with me and Rebel Belle. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it much, either.

The story is fast paced, so its not really ever boring because within a few pages something new is already happening, and I could still follow along with the story.

And Rebel Belle isn’t one of those novels where it is so stereo typical where “the man needs to save the day.” No. This story is about a girl who has to protect a boy. A boy who could be potentially harmful to himself and others around him because of the powers he has.

The Good.
Harper. She is a teenage girl whose family was struck with a tragedy when her sister was killed in a drunk driving accident. And while Harper had been putting up with everyone’s stares and whispering, she tells everyone she’s okay. And really only one person can see through her. Her arch nemesis, David.

We start off the story with Harper witnessing someone -who isn’t her sister- die. And then not even 5 minutes later, she kills someone! (This isn’t much of a spoiler. It happens within the first few pages of the book.)

The idea of the story to this novel is really interesting. Here you have this girl who is a control freak, and (I think) is at the top of her class, has everything going for her, and then this crazy power-shift thing happens and she suddenly knows all these crazy kung-fu moves. Harper is so badass.

The Bad.
There’s a freaking love-triangle in this book. Love triangle’s are getting old, people. I hate how she was always having this internal struggle over the two boys. Just go with your heart. All be damned to the consequences. I like Harper’s relationship at the end of the book though..

Most of the “excitement” scenes, fell flat. For me and really the only one I was excited about while reading, was a scene near the end.

I guess you could say that the book got better nearing the end of the book.

You can find Rebel Belle on GoodReads here.

Thanks for reading! Until next time,
Adele.

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