Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle Series #1)

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle Series #1)

by Rachel Hawkins
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Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle Series #1) 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.

“As surprising as it is delicious.”—BCCB, starred review 
 
“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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399256936
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/08/2014
Series: Rebel Belle Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 259,151
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: HL780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

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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Rebel Belle 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
irishclaireKG More than 1 year ago
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.
Tween_2_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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!
itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was awesome. I found my self laughing along with the crazyness of this book. I also loved how she hated (well disliked strongly) david at first but then fell in love with him. It is a funny but and a nail bitting story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have only read the begining and wow the sample is making me want to get it .this book is blast tastic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a pleasant surprise, I didn't think I'd be into it but it was great! Can't wait to read the rest of this series!
BooksPixsCoffeeFix More than 1 year ago
Rebel Belle- Book Review February 20, 2016 Rebel Belle 3/5 Rebel Belle is a weird mystery, Sci-Fi, Romance Book and strangely combines to make a okay book. To be honest I didn't think the book could get any weirder at the begging. There was a killer History teacher, and a janitor with special powers! Like seriously what weirder than that!?! Anyways this book is about a teenage "Southern Belle" Harper. Harper is your typical popular school girl. Wants to win homecoming Queen, has the most popular guy for a boyfriend, is apart of many school clubs and is on the Cheer squad. Harper forgot her lipstick the night of the homecoming dance, so she went into the bathroom to apply some. In there she saw the Janitor rush in severely injured, Then moments later Harpers History teacher comes in with a sword, I know WIERD!! Harper was given special powers by the Janitor. She got incredible powers and fought back the History teacher and killed him with her shoe. She ran out and into the nearest bathroom (the boys ) and puked, Harpers "enemy" David Stark was the only person in there washing his hands. After that was done Harper went back to the bathroom and everything had diss appeared. Long story short Harper became and Paladin, Won Homecoming Queen and Went to sleep claiming she was "sick". I ended up not finishing this book but still wanted to do a small review on it. I didn't finish this book because it really just wasn't for me! It is still an excellent book that some people would enjoy! It was just not my type of book. The author is wonderful and did a fabulous job of writing this book and her word choice was beautiful! I ended on page 147 and stopped there!
BoundWithWords More than 1 year ago
Characters & Relationships: Harper is an amazing female lead that knows very well how to kick ass while keeping her appearance perfect and being the top of her class - can I just say an amen to female characters that have it all? Amen. Also she had me cracking up at so many times, plus her interactions with her nemesis, David - another character that I loved with his always sarcastic tone. But one thing that bothered me was that the "love triangle" was so completely and utterly unnecessary, it was clear since the first chapter what the ship was and still this situation dragged until the last part of the story. Paranormal aspects & pace: the whole paranormal set on this one is really good and completely unique (for me), it started in a way that right from the first chapter it got me thinking "what the heck is going on" which keep me reading and reading but towards the middle it kind of hit a wall - there wasn't anything really happening, except from training and love triangle stuff, it just seemed like some things could have been cut out to make the pace more quickly for impatient readers like me. Recommended to: readers that love the paranormal gender looking for something fresh, unique & light, readers that aren't that into paranormal but would like to give the gender a try, readers looking for something fun, fast & cute.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall: 3 Narration 2 Story 4 I was in need of something light and amusing and Rebel Belle from Rachel Hawkins seemed to be a great choice, and for pure entertainment value, this is a great listen. Now, I do have an issue with the never-solved, never-ending love triangle (oh why do YA authors feel the need for these – it makes it difficult to empathize with characters who can’t make a choice!) but a unique spin on the high schooler finds she has magical powers and has to save the world was enough to keep me intrigued. On the surface, Harper’s live is one that would be suited to a how to be a deb in the south sort of life: good friends, a wonderful boyfriend, popular, solid family, and plans. But one forgotten lip gloss later and ALL the blooms are off the magnolia tree. She discovers a destiny, is granted powers and tasked with protecting the broody hipster. Oh – and this all happens during homecoming, with dead bodies and a murder attempt. So we are right into some action without her really having a grasp of her destiny or her purpose. So Harper puts on a smile, fluffs her hair and moves forward. Clever characters and friends depicted as coming off the page, Harper’s boyfriend Ryan is the high school boyfriend everyone deserves, almost too perfect Problem is, Harper’s protectee is David – skinny jeans wearing, hipster with an attitude thorn in her side David. And she’s got to split her focus between Ryan and David… and fails miserably. And here –the triangle becomes problematic: why can’t girls and boys (or men and women) be friends without romantic entanglements? Apparently the author thinks it impossible – as the scenes with Harper and David overwhelm her time and relationship with Ryan. So – not thrilled, but oh the characters do make up for that huge gaffe- and there is action as Harper (and the readers) learn about her powers and abilities, get history on Paladins and find out just why David is such a target. Yes, they all grow and discover some truths, and as a start to a new series, it brings some clever moments together with a heroine that is hard not to like after her great indecisions. Narration for this story is provided by Amy Rubinate, and I am thoroughly torn on her performance. I think she captured Harper, but there was a stoic almost wooden lack of emotional oomph for the characters, and there was limited distinction in voicing between characters. Unlike narrations with more variation in pitch, pacing and delivery, Rubinate is simply presenting the words without actually telling the story. I have the second title in the series to review, and hope for a better performance. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The summary of this book does not give it enough credit, even though the summary is what sells this book the story is so good The story takes a turn when the unexpected happens and the sequel is even better After reading thr first book yout going to be glad there is one
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I enjoyed this book so much more than I expected too. I twas humorous, romantic, and full of action. This book kept me hooked and I never put it down. It's a fantastic, light read, yet I still find myself begging for the sequel. This is one everyone should experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this so much! Cant wait for the next one! I couldn't put it down! btw I love david!
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I will be there. I love you xoxo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bbt