Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins – review

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Series: Rebel Belle (#1)
: April 8th 2014 by Putnam Juvenile
Genre: fantasy, young adult
Pages: 345p
Source: library borrow
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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.

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I have had this specifically recommended to me at least three times since it was published. I picked it up from the library skeptical, but willing to give it a shot. I liked it enough to read 200 pages in one sitting, even if it was a bit silly and too contemporary for my taste. I was genuinely interested to see where it would go. I was fine with the romance too –

And then I read the last nine pages. Why?! *Kill Bill sirens* Love triangle central here, folks. No stops, no return tickets. I had to scream into my pillow I was so disappointed in the way the ending was handled. Most of the action happened away from Harper so you don’t even see much of it at all. I can’t see myself continuing with the series (despite having turned to my partner just ten minutes before reading the last chapter and saying “I might pick up the next one, this is alright”) given the 115% chance of love triangle angst. I don’t care enough about Harper or what little worldbuilding there was around Paladins and Oracles to put myself through it. Just really not my kind of thing.

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