Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Rebel Belle

By Rachel Hawkins

Blurb: 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.

Genres: Young Adult Paranormal Romance

Publication Date: April 8, 2014

Series: Rebel Belle (book 1)

Pages: 345

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Confession time...I may or may not have gone into this thinking this was a historical fiction novel. Oops.
Initial disappointment aside, this was a really well done paranormal romance. Possibly one of the best I've read in a really long time; I usually hate this genre, but I gave this a try because hello, Rachel Hawkins? Instead of being a suck-fest, this was as cute as its cover. (AND I REALLY LIKE THE COVER GUYS I REALLY LIKE IT.)
Harper is an unexpected main character. She's so different from the typical Para MC and it's great; she's popular, super type A...and usually I would read those two qualities and think, crap, this is going to be a mean girl character, but no. Harper is actually super nice, which is a great change from the stereotype.

Then we have David. David I didn't like as much because how he was set up in the beginning and how he ended up being seemed a bit different to me. However, he was a likeable character...smart, funny, a bit sarcastic. He and Harper were perfectly suited for each other.
However, it seemed that at the beginnning David is as rude as can be. However, ten pages later, he mysteriously has a change of heart and becomes more "sarcastic and misunderstood" than the slap-worthy jackwagon at the beginning. 

The paranormal stuff in this book is all so new to me; I've read one other book about paladins. It sucked butt and I ended up not finishing it, so for all intensive purposes we'll say this is a whole new concept to me. And I loved it! The background was fleshed out, the powers were so ninja-y (I promised myself I wouldn't use the word kickbutt to describe it. I've been using that word too much lately) and the plotline was very paladin-centric. Which may seem like a given to you, but this is paranormal romance we're talking about. Most paranormals go more like the MC and their partner sucking face and making heart eyes at each other and then in the end there's some battle that somehow the MC prepared for in between the kissing.

From the beginning, this book was action packed. Sometimes in a borderline-yuck way. I don't want to have to think about how Harper killed her attacker in the first couple chapters again, though it was definitely a new move I'd not read before, so that was nice. But there was also some Southern hospitality, with balls and dresses...it was very nice.

Normally I would classify this ending as a cliffhanger, but I've already read the second book's blurb so there goes that suspense. Grr. But it's notthis book's fault, I suppose.
I was pleasantly surprised by this series! It is a fun series that I'll definitely be continuing.


  1. Duuuude I thought this was a historical fic as well before I actually went to read the synopsis, hah! It's something about the cover, I guess. I'm glad that you liked this one, overall! It was such a fun and light read - I need to get to book 2 sometime soon.

    Lovely review <33

    1. Yeah, the necklace or something I suppose? Plus I swore someone mentioned this was HF to me so I just didn't even think to make sure it wasn't. But yeah, it was definitely still worth the read! Thanks Melanie. ^_^

  2. Lovely review! ahahahha lol, but I get your thinking that this would be an historical novel. It can be confusing :) Fortunately for me, I checked the genres - which mentioned paranormal - as I always before starting it. And enjoyed it too! The second book as well, although not as much. I'd suggest lowing your expectations a little, if you do not want to be disappointed :///

    1. Yeah, I should have done that. XD Oh, really? D: That's too bad, I had hopes the sequel would really launch the series. Did you at least find it okay, or did you dislike it a lot?

  3. Aahh, I really enjoyed reading your review, well said. I haven't read this book although I should. I've heard a lot of praise about it so your review does have me curious about it now :) <3 Benish| Feminist Reflections

    1. Aww thanks Benish! I hope you get the chance to check it out soon, it's really quite fun! :D

  4. It stinks to go into a book thinking it's something specific and having it actually turn out to be something completely different. :| I totally relate to you on that. Despite that though, I'm glad you liked it besides those minor flaws. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ♥

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

  5. I totally thought this was historical fiction before I read it, too. I had the arc, and never read the blurb, so I was confused for the first few pages. I did enjoy this book, but didn't love it. I do plan on reading the sequel, too. Great review!

  6. This is on my TBR, but I never read the blurb so I actually thought this is a contemporary. *facepalm* But it's great to know that you liked this paranormal romance. Sounds like an interesting read. The sequel just came out so I'm thinking of binge reading the two books. Nice review, Gabs! :)


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