Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

I received this book for free from Edelweiss/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel HawkinsRebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Series: Rebel Belle #1
Published by Putnam Juvenile on 04/08/2014
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss/Publisher

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 haven’t read many of Rachel Hawkins’ books – only Hex Hall and now Rebel Belle, but I’m going to make a big generalization here – I think Hawkins knows how to write freaking awesome characters.

Harper Price, popular girl and homecoming queen, was a really interesting main character.  I loved that even though Harper was in the popular crowd, she wasn’t written stereotypically.  She’s really a nice girl, and although she does try to keep up appearances to an extent, she’s not that mean girl.  And I was all for that!

You know what else is totally awesome about Harper?  She’s given these crazy superpowers and she has to protect a boy in school.  I love this role reversal where the girl is literally stronger than the boy.  Actually, not just this specific boy, but pretty much all the guys in her school.  Harper’s personality really leapt off the page, and the fact that Rebel Belle is told from Harper’s POV makes this book even better.

This boy that Harper has to protect – David Stark – is basically a hipster.  He wears tweed, writes for the school newspaper, and really enjoys giving Harper a hard time.  Of course, I think Harper enjoys giving David a hard time, too.  Their bickering is pretty hilarious, and of course there is a reason for all the bickering.  But, as Harper and David are forced to spend time together (since she has to protect him and all) they get to know each other, and I liked seeing them being nice to each other, too.

As I’ve stated many times all over the internet, I’m not a fan of love triangles.  And there is one sort of in Rebel Belle, but honestly, it didn’t really bother me.  I’m not sure, because I really have zero tolerance for them, but the love triangle isn’t really this huge thing.  It’s not really a “who should I be with, I love them both” thing and that made it more than bearable on my part.

However, as much as I enjoyed the characters in the book, I didn’t always think the plot was stellar, especially the climax of the book.  I was underwhelmed at the end, and I wish that all this leading up to this big ending was more climatic and more understandable.

Overall Rebel Belle is a really fun read, and if you liked Hex Hall, you will like this.  It’s got a great cast of characters, so I think people who are more character-driven than plot-driven would like this more.  But Rebel Belle does have a decent plot, too, it’s just not perfect.  I don’t think you could go wrong with giving Rebel Belle a try.


5 Responses to “Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins”

  1. Valerie

    Thanks for the awesome review! I’ve been wondering about Rebel Belle, and I wasn’t sure if I should pick it up sometime in the future. But I think the role reversal is definitely interesting, AND PLUS I WANT TO KNOW WHAT KINDS OF POWERS SHE HAS.

  2. Candice @ The Grown-Up YA

    Oh yay! I’ve been wanting to read this one for like forever. I really loved Hex Hall and want to read the rest of that series. But this one sounds just really cute and fun! Not to mention SUPER POWERS! YES!

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