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. (taken from goodreads)
I remember seeing this book and thinking "Oh, this looks like a cute contemporary read!" then I found out it had a bunch of fantasy elements thrown in there. The deal was sealed.
Rebel Belle follows Harper Price, an over-achieving girly-girl, who's concern for the right shade of lip-gloss leads her to the most life-changing moment of her life. While in the bathroom fixing up her make-up, she runs in to the school janitor. That's when things start to get weird. He kisses her and before she knows it, she has some new crazy abilities. She learns that she is what is known as a paladin. She merely knows what that means, though.Throughout the story, Harper must figure out how to balance school, her love-life and protecting David Stark (whom she basically hates) with everything else in between.
This book is the ultimate mix of girly and bad-ass. It's characters are some of the best I have ever read about. With their sassiness, and hilarious attitudes they make for one of the most exciting and amazing stories you'll ever read. Not to mention the brilliant character development. Harper Price is without a doubt one of the most kick-butt female characters I have ever read about. I just loved her and her wit.
As for the action in this book, it was on point. Truly exhilarating from the beginning to very last page. Keeping you on the edge of your seat wanting to find out more. I merely can't get over how Rachel Hawkins was able to make the contemporary and fantasy elements work together. Plus, the writing is amazing! It's clear and easy to read without being mediocre. I also really enjoyed the set up for the story, since this is the first book in a series.
It was a real epic book and I'm so excited and eager for the next book to come out, it's not even funny.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves action filled books with a little bit of romance thrown in. Definitely a must-read.