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Lady Renegades (Rebel Belle Series #3)
     

Lady Renegades (Rebel Belle Series #3)

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by Rachel Hawkins
 

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Hex Hall comes the sparkling finale in the beloved Rebel Belle series.
 
Just as Harper Price starts coming to terms with her role as David Stark's battle-ready Paladin, protector, and girlfriend—her world goes crazy all over again.  
 

Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of Hex Hall comes the sparkling finale in the beloved Rebel Belle series.
 
Just as Harper Price starts coming to terms with her role as David Stark's battle-ready Paladin, protector, and girlfriend—her world goes crazy all over again.  
 
Overwhelmed by his Oracle powers, David flees Pine Grove and starts turning teenaged girls into Paladins—and these young ladies seem to think that Harper is the enemy David needs protecting from.  Ordinarily, Harper would be able to fight off any Paladin who comes her way, but her powers have been dwindling since David left town, which means her life is on the line yet again. 
 
Now, it’s a desperate race for Harper to find and rescue David before she backslides from superhero to your garden-variety type-A belle. 
 
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins brings the fun once again in the finale of this pitch-perfect romantic paranormal comedy series.

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Praise for Lady Renegades

"Reminiscent of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer show, Hawkins’s novel does not disappoint in this final addition to the Rebel Belle trilogy. Funny and sassy, Harper is the perfect combination of strong heroine and Southern lady." —VOYA

"Mythic adventure at the country club." —Kirkus Reviews

"Harper's fans need wonder no more about how their supremely talented all-American girl will get her guy back." —Booklist

 Praise for Rebel Belle 

* “Harper is as quippy as you please, with a sass born of a sharp intellect…as surprising as it is delicious.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"Plenty of merriment, even for Yankees."—Kirkus Reviews

“Fun with a twist of supernatural and Southern charm.”—VOYA

“The romance, coming-of-age aspects, and a well-drawn heroine with a crackling wit will lure in readers.”—Booklist

“Hawkins strikes a pleasing balance between humor and drama, giving the ‘chosen one’ narrative a welcome dusting of irony and a glowing Southern setting.”—Publishers Weekly

From the Trade Paperback edition.

VOYA, February 2016 (Vol. 38, No. 6) - Jennifer McIntosh
Normal school girl Harper Price has accepted her new life as a warrior Paladin—a mystical bodyguard for the future-predicting Oracle. She has accepted her new role as the Oracle's girlfriend. She has accepted her ex-boyfriend's new position as the Oracle's Mage. After finally doing all this accepting, Harper's life drastically changes once again when Oracle David cannot control his powers and escapes the safety of Pine Grove. As David loses more of his humanity, he unwittingly turns teenage girls into more Paladins who believe his number one threat is Harper. As if battling her sadness over David's departure was not enough, now Harper has to protect herself from his new Paladins, all while her powers grow weaker in David's absence. Determined to save him from himself, Harper embarks on the ultimate summer road trip to find David and make things right. Reminiscent of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer show, Hawkins’s novel does not disappoint in this final addition to the Rebel Belle trilogy. Funny and sassy, Harper is the perfect combination of strong heroine and Southern lady. Although Hawkins gives enough information for new readers to pick up the story, reading the first two books greatly enhances enjoyment of the third. Lady Renegades is a must-read for fans of books with the "chosen one" storyline, as well as fans of strong female lead characters. Reviewer: Jennifer McIntosh; Ages 11 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
2016-02-02
Adolescent Alabama belles have taken on the magical powers of ancient Greek heroes and mystics, with complicated results. Now they try to resolve it all in this third installment of the Rebel Belle series. Protagonist Harper, now a powerful Paladin fighter, begins the book by getting into a battle with another Paladin. Harper wins but is puzzled—she's supposed to be the only one. She and her friend Bee, with help from former enemy Blythe, a powerful Mage, realize that the only force able to create new Paladins is David, Harper's boyfriend and the powerful Oracle whom it's Harper's duty to protect. However, the new Paladins she continues to encounter tell her that David believes she will kill him. David is on the run, so Harper reluctantly teams up with Blythe, and the two head out into neighboring states to find him. Harper, however, has another problem: her Paladin powers seem to be fading. And why does David think she's trying to kill him? Hawkins drives her plot forward while throwing in enough rival-girl and friendly-girl chatter to keep chick-lit fans engaged. If the ending relies heavily on deus ex machina, fans won't mind. It's a satisfying conclusion to the mostly paranormal-with-a-bit-of-romance tale, all done with a definitive emphasis on well-to-do white Southern culture. Mythic adventure at the country club. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399256950
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
04/05/2016
Series:
Rebel Belle Series , #3
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
64,600
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
930L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Rachel Hawkins is the author of Rebel Belle, Miss Mayhem, and the New York Times bestselling series Hex Hall. Born in Virginia and raised in Alabama, Rachel taught high school English for three years before becoming a full-time writer. Follow her on twitter @LadyHawkins.

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Lady Renegades (Rebel Belle Series #3) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
manduhpaigereads More than 1 year ago
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars! Unpopular opinion... but I LOVED this book! I thought it was a great conclusion to this story. I do think these books could have been either one very long standalone or a duology, BUT I thought it was a great series. I did marathon read all three of these books in less than 72 hours so that could be why I loved all three so much. If you haven't read any of these books I suggest reading them one right after the other so the story flows better. But the characters are fantastic and hysterical, especially the main character. I'm sad this series is over and that we won't get any more books narrated by Harper Price because she was just so great. She was hysterical and pretty realistic as a teen girl thrown into something completely strange. I really highly recommend reading this series for some laugh out loud moments and a kick butt heroine, and there is definitely a swoon worthy love interest in these books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wished there would have been more David but I really did like this series.
mdemanatee More than 1 year ago
David has left Pine Grove, leaving Harper alone with a summer of lifeguarding duty. With David gone, the supernatural hasn’t been rearing it’s ugly head. That is until David starts inadvertently making new Paladins on his journeys, Paladins that occasionally come back to Pine Grove and try to kill Harper. Soon Harper is on a road trip with her best friend, and her enemy, on a quest to save her boyfriend. She just has to be back before her SGA duties resume. After all, a girl had priorities. I don’t know. I missed some of the romance and banter of the first two. I really loved watching Harper and David interact, and they were separate for basically all of the book. The lighthearted tone remains, but the stakes are higher. Except, the stakes don’t necessarily feel higher? It is David’s life on the line at this point, but it can be hard to grasp what we’re fighting against because it’s not as tangible as in the first two, though the mythology was firmly established. At this point we’re more fighting against David’s destiny, which feels a little more ephemeral. And there was some quality girl bonding time here, but honestly I could have taken more. It felt like the action was kind of rushed. Still, I did like the fast-paced nature of the book. And I loved Harper as much as ever. I’ve drawn Buffy comparisons since the beginning here with a strong cheerleader/leader-type female protagonist, and this book definitely gave me some end of season 2 vibes (in the bittersweet kinda heartbreaking sense. Not as tear inducing as the season 2 finale don’t fret).But I guess I was expecting to go out with a little more of a bang. Hawkins writes some of the most fun contemporary supernatural books in the YA market right now, and I was just hoping for a little more oomph. I guess I would also accept a sequel to School Spirits.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I've loved Harper from the beginning, so I was really eager to see how the story was going to play out. Especially after the semi-cliffie from book 2 and reading the synopsis for this book. And Rachel didn't disappoint. There's loads of Harper's sass and snark. The epic quest is pretty epic and has an interesting twist to the ending. It wasn't something I was expecting, but I did love how it happened. My main complaint is that we didn't get enough Harper/David time. The two of them were adorable together and I could have happily read an entire book of them bickering. Overall, a satisfying ending to a series I've enjoyed right from the beginning. I can't wait to see what Rachel gives us next.