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23 October 2017

Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

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.

Source: Purchase

5 Words: Power, responsibility, secrets, kick-ass, oracle.

This was not at all what I expected, but I loved it.

After seeing the author's #SexyHistory posts on Twitter, I knew I needed to read her books. Rebel Belle has actually been on my TBR for years because of that beautiful cover, but it's a wee bit difficult to get hold of over here because it's not a UK publisher. But, spurned on by her amazing tweets, I bugged my local bookshop into ordering a copy for me.

I opened this book in a hospital waiting room and it was the perfect tonic for my nerves. I quickly got lost in the story.

I found Rebel Belle a very quick read. It's fast paced and gripping, and I was loath to put it down. I loved the little dramas that are oh so important to someone individually, but on a larger scale seem petty. I loved the humanity these brought to the characters. There was a balance between action and planning, drama and humour.

Harper is excellent. She stays herself at heart despite the great responsibility thrust upon her. I loved how she could now kick ass, but was still an actual teenage girl. She worried about her friends and boyfriend and family. She struggled with her feelings and her loyalties. And damn, she wanted to look good while she tried to figure everything out.

I would absolutely recommend this book to everyone. I loved the blend of contemporary drama and mythology, of teenage struggles and fantastical magic. I will definitely be reading on in this series and picking up the Hex Hall series too.

Have you read Rebel Belle or any of the author's other books?


  1. I've been wanting to read this book for ages!!! How many stars would you give Rebel Belle?


  2. oooo! I am intrigued, I've seen this book around so much but kinda dismissed it thinking it be more chick flick type read but I have to admit I now want to pick it up! Great review Cora!

  3. I have read that book or any from this author but i would love too! the story intrigues me and i want to read it now! xx corinne

  4. Just shows you can't judge a book by it's cover, I wasn't expecting that sort of story when I saw it on goodreads the other day! Definitely intriguing xx

  5. Hi, your summary of this book is great as always. I want to go and get it now even though it is completely different to what I would normally read.

  6. This sounds fabulous! I love Southern settings (my fave is Bluebell in Hart of Dixie, which I shall be very impressed if you've heard of!)
    Amy xx

  7. Ah I've seen the author's Sexy History tweets and loved them! I would definitely like to check this book out. It sounds really interesting and since graduating I haven't been able to get properly stuck in to a book. I think I need something that hooks me immediately because I've spent so much of my time reading books that I didn't always enjoy over the last three years that my brain is rejecting anything that doesn't immediately capture my full attention. Maybe this could be the one to break me out of that!

  8. This sounds like a fascinating read - I'm not sure it's my kind of book but it's fab that you enjoyed it. I really must get back into reading. It's so enjoyable to get engrossed in a good book x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

  9. I'm not surprised that you found that beautiful cover so attractive, it really drew me in to this post! I love the sound of the combination of Southern American life with fantasy! Also, the author's #SexHistory series is something I must check out!!

    Abbey 🍂

  10. I've had this on my tbr for ages - I'd love to try it! Thanks for sharing and great review. :)

  11. I completely agree! This is such an entertaining and book and I'm so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. :) Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage


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