Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Title: Rebel Belle
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile/Speak
Pub Date: April 8, 2014
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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.

This book was recommended to me because it reminded someone of Buffy. So, what I’m going to do instead of a cut-and-dry review is a post comparing Buffy Summers and Harper Price, as well as their respective worlds.

Buffy Harper
spends first season resisiting her destiny as slayer spends beginning of book resisting her role as protector
badass superstrength badass superstrength
has been slayer since birth role as protector passed on before previous protector’s death
goes to prom, gets Class Protector Award goes to Cotilion, almost gets killed, no award given.
cares about lipgloss and dresses cares about lipgloss and dresses
has Scoobies, Giles, family who know her secret has Saylor and David, but no one else knows her secret
ridiculously clever comebacks sometimes has comebacks
spends time patrolling Sunnydale to kill evil things spends time watching over David to keep him safe
boyfriend is involved in vamp-fighting boyfriend is glaringly normal
has guide, Giles, is a watcher has guide, Saylor, is a mage
has friends who practice magic has guide, Saylor, who can kinda do magic but not too well

Here’s what I’ve decided: Harper is more similar to Cordelia than Buffy. Just like Cordelia, Harper had her role forced onto her by The Powers That Be. Harper and Cordy could probably go on for ages talking about fashion. They both have that kind of “I’m just a normal girl!” sort of thing going for them.

Either way, Rebel Belle was an entertaining and thrill-packed read. I would highly recommend picking it up on one of these lazy summer evenings. 🙂

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