Title: Rebel Belle
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Release Date: 04/08/2014
Reviewed by: Emily
Harper Prince, once the perfect image of a southern belle, is given super strength and lethal fighting instincts after a violent occurrence at a school dance. She’s been turned into a Paladin, a magical guardian, and even worse, she must protect her worst enemy: David Stark. Between fighting for her life, dealing with David, trying to keep her friends safe from her secret, and getting ready for Cotillion, Harper has her work cut out for her.
I really enjoyed Rachel Hawkins previous series, Hex Hall, so I was excited to read Rebel Belle. It was a fun story of, as the author puts it, “Legally Blonde meets The Terminator.” I loved the subtle Buffy the Vampire Slayer reference, and that Harper was allowed to enjoy both dressing up for school dances and an action movie other characters scorned for being “too guy-ish,” because those two things aren’t mutually exclusive. It was very Buffy-esque, but with fantasy and Mages instead of paranormal and vampires. Don’t be fooled by the beginning; there is action and it can get pretty bloody. (Harper starts off murdering a man with a stiletto heel in his throat!) I bet this book will turn just about everyone who reads it into a Rachel Hawkins fan.
(The quote is from the acknowledgments in an uncorrected reader’s copy, and may not be present in the final published copy.)