Mini Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Mini- Reviews are a new feature I am trying as my solution to my Reviewing Problem
Rebel Belle“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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Why was I excited?
If you didn’t already know, a group of popular BookTubers (PolandbananasBOOKS, Katytastic, Jessethereader, ArielBissett and Elizziebooks)do a read-along each month which they have dubbed BOOKSPLOSION (Follow on Twitter here). This month’s book is Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins which I was really excited about anyways because of the unique idea for the story AND Rachel Hawkins will also be attending TeenBookCon so I was reading up anyways.
What was my favourite part?
Either the part with David and Harper racing through the suburbs in David’s car which was HILARIOUS or Harper trying to figure out how her powers worked and then throwing the pen at that random girl in her history class, she’s so indiscreet about it and awkward the whole “oh, I had lotion on my hands and was writing so quickly it slipped and whacked her on the head, I’m so sorry” I was DYING! #lotionproblems (see PolandbananasBOOKS review to understand)

Who is my favourite character?
While usually, I seem to prefer secondary characters, i really was a fan of Harper, even though I thought I wouldn’t be. The book opened up and I was expecting Harper to be such a one dimensional character but as the book progressed we got to see so many more sides to her. Around the middle of the book when her perfect facade started to crumble she was left with just her Paladin duties and weirdly, even though that is the abnormal commitment, it was at that point when she felt the most real.

How Did I picture the Characters
Usually I don’t have a very clear picture of main characters but in this book I did, I have addressed before that if a character in a book has the same name as one in a Tv show or movie, I usually latch on to that so

Other things I should mention:

  • Oh my gosh, having just come off of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer Bingewatch, can I just mention how much I loved the constant references to Harper looking for her “Giles”.
  • I loved how Harper never swore so she was always substitution curses for other euphemisms. I particularly enjoyed “mothertrucker” I, DIED
  • The fact that she told Bee that Saylor was teaching her kung-fu and she insisted upon coming with her to call her bluff, I really liked Bee she was such a good friend. I really liked how she was willing to give up cotillion for Harper even though she later coerced her into reconsidering.
  • I really LOVED the writing style of this book, it was like Harper was chatting with you, telling you the story and she had a really good, light-hearted tone which was really fun to read, for example at the beginning of the book when she said that none of it would have happened if she hadn’t forgotten her lip gloss. Oh the trauma of having to wear a lipgloss with Salmon in the name
  • Okay, personal story time. My Chemistry teacher is called Mr Hall so in that scene I literally pictured my History teacher wearing some random kilt outfit murdering my Chemistry teacher in the girls bathroom, can you feel my confusion!!!
  • Can we just address the fact that Harper told her mum that she fell into the swimming pool which had the lights on so that it was very visible, oh my god her excuses are so terrible I was laughing all the way through this book!
How Long Did it Take to Read?
3 days
   Overall – 85%
   Worldbuilding (where applicable) – 75% I’m still a bit confused on the details.
   Cover –  90% Its sooooooooo pretty and intriguing and goes so well with the story

Funny Quotes

“I picked up the nearest weapon I could lay my hands on: a stapler. I lifted it, going for “menacing.” I admit it lacked a certain elegance, but hey. It was worth a shot. David placed his hand on my arm and pushed it back down.
“Just . . . that’s embarrassing for all of us,” he replied.” 

“Bruce Wayne’s parents get killed and he goes to Tibet or whatever, and Superman is an alien, and Spiderman had that radioactive spider. Me? I kissed a janitor in the school bathroom.” 

“If by ‘graciously volunteered,’ you mean ‘was threatened and coerced,’ then yes, I did,” 

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