I am most definitely not reading the second book, and when I tell you why, you're going to hate me. Probably. You'll get over it. Probably not.
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Title: Rebel Belle
Series: Rebel Belle, Book 1
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publiser: Speak, Reprint Edition (3 March 2015)
Synopsis: 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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Looking back, none of this would have happened if I'd brought lip gloss the night of the Homecoming Dance.
That is the first line of the first chapter. It's a beautiful opeing, and Hawkins had me hooked the moment I set eyes on the period.
After a perfect view into the perfect life Harper Jane Price has and a heatless argument about why her Coral Shimmer lip gloss is obviously better than her bestie's poorly named Salmon Fantasies lip gloss, Harper sucks it up and marches her stylish self to the girl's bathroom to apply the latter.
And it's while she's applying the lip gloss in the lady's restroom that the school janitor stumbles in, delirous and bloody. He locks them in the bathroom, and then slides to the ground in a bloody heap. He's obviously running from something. But what?
He haltingly asks Harper to help him stand, and she helpfully obliges. They make it to the bathroom stall doors before he collapses again. And in the midst of his final breaths, he crushes his lips to Harper's -- and breathes into her his powers as a Paladin.
The bathroom door is hacked to pieces as the janitor's murderer steps in, weilding a long sword. After searching the janitor's body, he turns on Harper. She's seen too much, and now, she must die. He attacks her -- but she parries him easily, surprising him with her battle prowess and gaining the upperhand and knocking him out.
Just as she thinks the battle is finished, he grabs her by her hair and swings her into the bathroom sinks. She collapses, and he kicks her in the stomach, and while she struggles to draw in just a single breath, he rants and raves.
And as he swings his sword up to end her, she plants her pretty pink heel in his neck, effectively (and stylishly, I might add) ending him first.
After this, more life-threatening shenanigans ensues as Harper struggles to keep her secret -- and her charge -- safe.
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So I am about to light this thing on fire! Adele has had a great affect on me, so let's hop to it!
The best thing about this book was the beginning. The way the book opened was designed with the readers in mind, I tell you. The opening wasn't face-paced, but it was tense and held a great promise of the havoc that was about to be wreaked on poor Harper Jane.
The cover -- I love the cover so hard, it's probably not funny, but I just chuckled like crazy when I typed that. I love how clean cut and stylish the cover is. I also happen to like (and own) knives and pearls. We obviously know what that means.
Descriptions! The descriptions were great and vivid, and I loved every single second of them; from objects to situations to places and settings to characters--speaking of which.
The characters -- I actually fell in love with each and every main character. Particularly David. As a snarky person myself, I can tell you that I'm also sadly a little friendless. But, back on track, the character development was strong and consistent. Our characters were always changing -- no behavior was inconsistent and character was given too little or too much "screen time". Each character that helped progress the story was important in their own way, and Hawkins did an absolutely beautiful job of (secretly) communicating that.
There were only two things that I actually hated about this book. (Wow, that turned ugly quick.)
1.) The villian.
The villian was crazy, scheming, and totally earned the glorious ending she gave us. #PerfectCreeper
But seriously. My only problem her is that the villian is quite obviously *bleeping* insane. My problem was that there was no . . . rhyme or reason to it. You know? Like there was nothing to beget or explain the craziness. Maybe it's better that way, but it really ate at me.
2.) The perfection of the whole *bleeping* thing.
Don't look at me like that. I warned you it was coming.
When the book ended, everything had a place. Everything has a reason for it'd happened, and even the cliffhanger had been slid in there so perfectly, that I couldn't find a single flaw with it.
I always, always say, "I like my endings wrapped up nicely, in a bow, and without having to leave the readers guessing." Well, obviously I'm a dirty *bleeping* liar because that's exactly what Rachel Hawkins gave me, and I am completely disgusted by it.
There's not a single thing I can remember that felt out of place. Not a single action or situation that wasn't begetting in some way, shape, or form and handled beautifully and/or appropriately.
I guess I would have to say that my biggest problem is that, all throughout the book, Harper is a complete mess. Everything is a complete mess, and Harper can barely tell left from right as her life spirals down the drain.
And then the book ends perfectly, with a neat little bow on top and a cliffhanger that's already caused me to bite four of my nails down to the quicks.
Am I the only one who has a problem with this?
I have a very big problem with how this ended so perfectly, and I'm not completely sure why. It just seemed so out of place when everything had been such a maelstrom of misery for Harper before then. It seems like there should've been something . . . off.
Harper's life eats dirt the night of prom. Everything then spirals so far out her control, she's almost getting seasick from how much her life is spinning. The battle at the end of the book was epic and full of pain and sorrow. And in the midst of it all, this pefect little ending rises from the ashes of Harper's life, like a Phoenix reborn, and now it lives to pester me.
Quite frankly, how everything fit together so well was almost anti-climactic. I feel like such a hypocrite.
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