Today I'm reviewing Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins.
More after the jump!
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
Review: Rachel Hawkins is fast becoming one of those authors whose books I buy without even reading the back cover (or inside flap, as the case may be). Why? Because she takes what might be a far-fetched ridiculous idea and not only makes it work, but makes it awesome. Also, she sets stuff in the South, which I really like because she keeps the characters sounding normal and not at all redneck-ish. Anyway, the book. In addition to having a great cover (amirite?), Rebel Belle has a great story. Harper reminds me greatly of the Blair Waldorf character from Gossip Girl (the show, not the books - which I never read) who basically stumbles into being a superhero. As I mentioned earlier, this does seem farfetched and potentially disastrous, but Hawkins handles the story deftly and seamlessly interweaves Greek mythology with modern day characters that once you get to know, you are sure to love. Highly recommended.
Rating: 5/5 Stars