Review: ‘Rebel Belle’ by Rachel Hawkins

Review: ‘Rebel Belle’ by Rachel HawkinsRebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Series: Rebel Belle #1
Published by Putnam Juvenile on April 8th, 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 345
Format: Audiobook
Source: borrowed from the library
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.

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I didn’t know what to expect from this one because I didn’t even read the synopsis but I rather liked it. I was hovering between a 3 or a 4.

Harper annoyed me so much. I felt her denial for her feelings for David was rather ridiculous. And she treated Ryan like an object to be used and then discarded. She could be very mean and snobby and I really couldn’t like that. I am hoping that Harper will go through a character arc and realize how much she’s grown. Here’s to hoping she becomes more mature by the end of the series!

I didn’t get too much of the history between the Mages, Paladins and Oracles and want to know more. Though the pacing was a little off only because there was a lull within the middle when Harper was training and not a lot happens until the very end. The ending turned out to be rather convenient and predictable but it also turned out to be really awkward and is a good plot twist to get the drama going.

Overall, a solid read if you like your southern belles with a taste of butt-kicking powers, pick this one up. I’m curious as to see what happens in the series.

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  1. thebigfatf

    December 31, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    The cover looks so pretty! I think thats the only reason I want to read it.

  2. Jaime Lynn

    December 29, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    As a Southern, opposite of belle!, gal I was curious about this one. And I absolutely adore the Hex Hall series, and the author. I had heard about this book for years before it finally received a pub date, and as soon as it was released it was mine. I really ended up liking it. It is definitely best not to take it, or the belles, too seriously!

  3. Gabbie

    December 28, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    I was also a bit confused on some of the world building issues. And Harper was a bit…unique in her personality. I am hoping that it will improve with book two–I enjoyed Rachel Hawkins’ other books, so I’m hoping with all my heart that I end up enjoying this series as well. Great review!

    Gabbie @ Rampant Readers

  4. Breanne

    December 23, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    I so badly want to read this book. I still haven’t been able to get my hands on it! Sounds amazing!!! Great review.

  5. Sophia Rose

    December 23, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    I’m on the fence about wanting to read this. I really have a low tolerance for heroine issues so I think I’ll just do a wait and see- maybe grab it as a library read.

    • giselle

      December 23, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      Geah definitely.. I waited to borrow at the library. Don’t think I’d reread it again anytime soon

  6. Cali W.

    December 22, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Good review. I like that it is about southern belles. 😉

  7. Kyra

    December 22, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    I really want to read this! Sorry you didn’t love it as much. 🙁 Great review! <3

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