Friday, June 6, 2014

(Review) Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Title: Rebel Belle
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Pages: 345
Published: April 4, 2014
PublisherPutnam Children
Review Copy: No

Why did I want this book?
I fell in love with that cover and it sounded like a fun read.
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.

I love the cover art! It is just beautiful and looks great on my shelf.

The title fits perfectly. Harper is everything, but a predictable hero. She is a Rebel Belle for all it's worth!

Writing style:
The writing is great. I've read this book in a couple of hours because I didn't want to put it down anymore. Harper is such a lovely protagonist and tells her story from the first person point of view. It is funny, ironic and definitely something new!

The most important characters are Harper, Ryan and David. Harper is a popular high school girl from the southern states: Pretty, homecoming queen and a cheerleader. Of course she has the perfect boyfriend in Ryan. Her life changes completely when she becomes Davids paladin. The only problem is, they hate each other! While they struggle to get along, Ryan doesn't like the fact, that his girlfriend spends so much time with a guy she clams to dislike. Ryan was a bit one-dimensional. He's a nice boy, but unfortunately, that's it. I hope, his character gets deeper in the second book. David on the other hand was really interesting. Don't get me wrong, he's a jerk at the beginning but he has a lot of different layers.

The idea of this book was completely new to me. Usually we have shy girls thinking they are ugly and so on. Not in this book: Harper knows, that she is close to perfect and her boldness is pretty funny. This was really refreshing!

Stuck in my Head:
“Bruce Wayne's parents get killed and he goes to Tibet or whatever, and Superman is an alien, and Spiderman had that radioactive spider. Me? I kissed a janitor in the school bathroom.”
What I didn't like:
Nothing to complain!

Quick and dirty:
It's a girly book, no way of denying that but it is so charming and lovely in its own way, that I had a lot of fun reading it. I enjoyed every page and look forward to the next book! Bottom line: It doesn't just look nice, the story is great as well! My recommendation of the week!

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