Title: Rebel Belle
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
Excerpt 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.
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.
Everyone knows Harper Price. She’s Homecoming Queen, a cheerleader, and in many clubs at school. Everything changes the night she witnesses the school janitor die in the bathroom during homecoming and is almost killed by one of her teachers.
Harper is chosen, or forced, into becoming a Paladin. Her life’s mission is to protect David Stark at all costs, even if that cost is death. What makes David so special? He’s an Oracle. An Oracle is a being that can predict the future, which makes him very appealing to many people, bad people.
This book was riveting. From the moment I began reading this beautiful work of art, I couldn’t stop. Everyone is used to the common young adult paranormal topics, such as witches, ghosts, mermaids, vampires, etc. But Paladins, Oracles, and Mages? This was something completely new and fascinating to me! Now mages aren’t actually new to me, but Paladins and Oracles were so refreshing!
This book is one of the best I have read this year. Luckily, the second installment in this duology was recently published, so I won’t have to wait long to read the rest of the story. A part of me almost doesn’t want to read the second installment just yet, because then the story will be over! If you haven’t read this book yet, do yourself a HUGE favor and read it now!
5 out of 5 stars
Meet The Author
Rachel Hawkins was born in Virginia and raised in Alabama. This means she uses words like “y’all” and “fixin'” a lot, and considers anything under 60 degrees to be borderline Arctic. Before deciding to write books about kissing and fire (and sometimes kissing while on fire), Rachel taught high school English for 3 years, and is still capable of teaching you The Canterbury Tales if you’re into that kind of thing.
She is married to a geologist, which means that they have incredibly strange dinner conversations (“So today at work, I wrote a chapter where killer fog, like, ATE PEOPLE.” “Huh. Well, I was chased by an angry reindeer while trying to map parts of Norway.” “Um…okay.”)
Rachel also has a little boy whose main hobbies are playing video games, running around in circles, and plotting his Future Intergalactic Take-Over.
When not writing books, Rachel enjoys reading, travelling, and knitting (very terribly.)