Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle Series #1)

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Harper Price was born to be an Alabama homecoming queen. A perfect teenager in every way, she was waltzing towards high school honors when it hit her. In an instant, she was transformed into a Paladin with lethal powers and the sudden, totally responsibility to protect David, a super-dork she detests. Rachel Hawkins' Rebel Belle is a paranormal comedy with nearly nonstop action punctuated by frequent giggles.

Publishers Weekly
04/14/2014
Harper is a popular overachiever with the perfect boyfriend, Ryan; she's driven by a need to prove she's not like her sister, who died driving after drinking on Homecoming night. Right before Harper is inevitably crowned Homecoming queen, the dying school janitor breathes an ancient power into her, making Harper a Paladin, protector of the oracle who happens to be David, her archenemy since kindergarten. Harper's priorities quickly shift from maintaining her image to using her new fighting skills to keep nefarious forces from closing in on David. It all culminates at Cotillion, a formal ball where girls are presented and officially recognized as women. Harper's sharp wit and slow coming-to-terms with her imperfections make her fully relatable in a solid series kickoff. Hawkins (the Hex Hall series) strikes a pleasing balance between humor and drama, giving the "chosen one" narrative a welcome dusting of irony and a glowing Southern setting. The Ryan-Harper-David love triangle sizzles, and there are just enough surprises to keep readers on their toes. Ages 12–up. Agent: Holly Root, Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. (Apr.)
Voya Reviews, April 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 1) - Elizabeth Norton
Harper Price is a true Southern belle. She is a cheerleader and is president of the SGA at her exclusive prep school, and she has a perfect boyfriend and tons of friends. She is also preparing for her cotillion and is sure to be crowned Homecoming Queen. But when a lip-gloss disaster puts Harper in the wrong place at the wrong time on homecoming night, things start to get really strange. After witnessing the deaths of a janitor and a history teacher, Harper finds herself suddenly imbued with ninja-like superpowers. As it turns out, Harper is a Paladin, part of an ancient society bound to protect seers since the time of Charlemagne. Who is the seer she is bound to protect? It is none other than David Stark, the geeky school newspaper reporter who has been her nemesis since third grade. This first volume in a planned series is fluffy and fun with a twist of supernatural and Southern charm. Harper’s struggle to balance her normal life with her newfound supernatural abilities is believable and, at times, humorous, though the plot is mostly predictable and many of the background characters fall flat. The romance that develops between Harper and David is natural and well executed, and the ending leaves plenty of room for further entries in the series. This should be an easy sell to girls who like supernatural romance and fans of the author’s previous work. Reviewer: Elizabeth Norton; Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
Gr 7 Up—Harper Price is not your typical Southern belle. When the ancient powers of a Paladin are passed on to her during Homecoming, her life changes instantly. According to the legend of Charlemagne, a Paladin is a guardian charged with protecting a particular being. In Harper's case, this being is none other than her sworn enemy, David Stark. As her new abilities grow, they threaten to ruin her relationships with her parents, her boyfriend, and her best friend. Armed with the advice of those who have lived with this responsibility, along with the best knowledge the Internet has to offer, Harper faces her uncertain future with her pearls and agility skills at the ready, prepared for whatever adventure may lie ahead. With Rebel Belle, Hawkins provides a soft place for readers of her "Hex Hall" series (Hyperion) to land. Rife with legendary beings and their accumulated lore, the novel presents a worthwhile heroine in Harper Price. Overscheduled and overly responsible, she is a familiar character to teens, and by the end of the book, Hawkins convinces them that she may be the perfect recipient of the power of a Paladin.—Colleen S. Banick, Westport Public Schools, CT
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-15
This paranormal chick-lit comedy finds a queen-bee high school girl from Alabama gaining superpowers that require her to protect the boy she's disliked all her life. There's no accounting for the title, which has virtually nothing to do with the book's content, but laughs will be flying as fast as ninja kicks when the too-good-to-be-true student-body president, head cheerleader and 4.0 student with the Perfect Boyfriend finds herself transformed into a Paladin in the bathroom while waiting for the announcement that will crown her homecoming queen. Seventeen-year-old Harper just wants to get into a great college, marry longtime boyfriend Ryan and become the second female governor of Alabama. So being attacked by her scimitar-wielding history teacher comes as a surprise, but suddenly she can fight back with style. Now, though, she finds herself compelled to protect David—superdork, her rival for valedictorian and the bane of her existence since kindergarten. Worse, she must protect him to the death, an event that may occur, as the dreaded Ephors, guardians of the oracles, do not want a male oracle. Alas, David is that oracle. As the two spar, however, they also find themselves attracted to each other, a condition Harper strongly opposes. Comedy ensues. The story itself stands up as decent paranormal suspense, but it's the snarky humor that gives it legs. Plenty of merriment, even for Yankees. (Paranormal comedy. 12-16)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399256936
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 4/8/2014
  • Series: Rebel Belle Series , #1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 23,292
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Hawkins

Rachel Hawkins is the author of the New York Times bestselling series Hex Hall. She was born in Virginia and raised in Alabama. Rachel taught high school English for 3 years before becoming a full-time writer. Visit her at readingwritingrachel.com.

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  • Posted May 1, 2014

    Buffy Meets 'Legally Blond.'

    Buffy Meets 'Legally Blond.' I had real doubts about this when I picked it up, but decided to give it a try. I am really glad I did. This is a fun, funny, YA book where a prim, proper, OCD and overachieving Southern Belle accidentally winds up Buffy-like powers of Ninja fighting skills--all to protect a guy she's never liked. Anyone who enjoys YA fantasy with some humor and an original plot should dive in here. This is obviously the start of a series, and I cannot wait to the next one.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2014

    Holy bleep, this book was good! I had decent expectations for th

    Holy bleep, this book was good! I had decent expectations for this book, but it just blew them out of the water! Rebel Belle was fun and flirty, with a nice dose of action and magic. The main character, while maybe not the most likable, becomes really kick-butt! I loved the book and can't wait for book two!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2014

    I loved this book. I wasn't sure if I was going to, because when

    I loved this book. I wasn't sure if I was going to, because when I first heard about it, it didn't really seem like my thing. But I'm so glad I read it, because I loved it. It was hilarious, sassy, and just so much fun.

    Harper is totally my kind of girl. Which isn't exactly true, because we wouldn't exactly run in the same circles in real-life. In fact, without getting to know each other, we would probably hate each other. But, Harper sarcasm and sense of humor was so much like my own, I was able to connect with her in a way I usually don't with female MC's. 

    I also have a weakness for romances thy start where the two actually hate each other. I don't know what it is, but those are actually my favorite (if done well). David was nerdy cute, which is my favorite type of guy (he won me over at Doctor Who tshirt), and although a bit obnoxious, still loveable. Harper and David always at each others' throats was hilarious and just fun to read about. 

    I wouldn't say this had non-stop action, but the action parts were well done. This concept of Paladins was different, and I think Hawkins did a very good job executing them. This isn't usually what I read, but I loved it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Fun and Action-Packed

    I thought it was a little bit hard to relate to this class president, homecoming queen, valedictorian type character, torn between her normal life and her paladin duties, but it was really fun with surprises around every corner. I feel like the final battle scene was cut a little bit short and the ending held an annoying cliffhanger.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

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    I really just wanted to be the first review, so ya.

    1 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2014

    Alright

    I found the protagonist to be very shallow and annoying, but the pacing was great and made for a fun and easy read.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2014

    Ugh

    Not as good as i thought it wold be. Didnt like the character oter then Mary Beth and David for she maybe shy but she still the most real characters. The story dragged on and the only really good part was the fighting, and the last three chapters. The rest of the book was Harper being supposely smart to acting really dumb. I dont know if i want read the next book even though i wan to find what happens. But for now its a no.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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