Author: Rachel Hawkins
Series: Rebel Belle #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: April 8, 2014
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
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.
First Sentence: Looking back, none of this would have happened if I’d brought lip gloss the night of the Homecoming Dance.
I love Rachel Hawkins’ books. Seriously, Rachel Hawkins is the person who invented ARCHER FREAKING CROSS. (If you don’t know who he is, I strongly recommend you pick up a copy of Hex Hall because you need him in your life.) While I didn’t really enjoy her latest Hex Hall series spin-off, School Spirits, I really love and worship her Hex Hall series. Rachel Hawkins’ Hex Hall series is fun, sassy, and the romance is just flail-worthy because ARCHER FREAKING CROSS. However, before I first started Rebel Belle, I was nervous about it, hoping that I would like it better than I liked School Spirits. In the end, I found myself enjoying Rebel Belle more than I enjoyed School Spirits, which is definitely a good thing in my book.
Getting superpowers was supposed to be a good thing. You helped people. You didn’t nearly twist your boyfriend’s hand off. (81)
Rebel Belle started off great. The first sentence got me engaged with the book asap (look at it – how could it not?) and Harper was laugh out loud hilarious. Rebel Belle started off fun, sassy, and the book and I just clicked. Although I really enjoyed the first half of Rebel Belle, I felt my excitement slowly die down as I read on. The last half of the book didn’t impress me as much as the first half did, but it was still a great read nevertheless.
Rebel Belle is advertised as Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets something else that I forgot (I’m really bad at memorizing taglines and I can’t find this particular one again). I mean, freaking GILES from Buffy the Vampire Slayer was mentioned in the book. From then on, I was sold. The fighting scenes in Rebel Belle also reminds me of the fighting scenes in Buffy the Vampire Slayer – there was kicking, dodging, and even knife/sword skills involved. There were definitely some kissing moments and other swoon-worthy moments too.
“Because you were crying!” David shouted, his voice cracking with fear, and, I thought, anger. “You were upset and I felt bad…and even if I don’t always agree with the things you do at school, you do try and you didn’t-”
He broke off and sagged against the seat, closing his eyes. “I just…I don’t like crying girls, okay?” (90)
Speaking of the romance, David Stark (I honestly love that name) was so cute. David is not cute as Archer Cross of course because let’s face it, nobody can beat Archer in terms of cuteness or anything. David has his own style (I actually like his outfits) and his own way of doing things. All the Harper and David moments in Rebel Belle had me swooning and giggling like I’m a fourth grader all over again. You can literally feel their chemistry leap off the pages.
There were a few cliches in Rebel Belle. There was the feeling the magic power enter into your body when you transfer a magic power from one person to another cliche and the whole “am I going crazy or am I not crazy?” cliche. However, despite all the cliches used in Rebel Belle, Rebel Belle was an enjoyable read nevertheless. In fact, the cliches made things even more entertaining and enjoyable to read about. Reading Rebel Belle was like watching a drama show that isn’t too dramatized or too silly.
“There is nothing…passionate about me and David. I’ve spent most of my life despising him and while I’ll admit that this – this situation has made me appreciate him a little more, there’s nothing going on between us. (298)
Overall, I definitely recommend Rebel Belle to everybody. If you need some fun and awesome moments in your life, Rebel Belle will definitely achieve that. I mean, how can you resist a Southern belle fighter and protector?