November 27, 2014

Review of Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins (100th post)!

 Release Date: April 8, 2014
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Page Count: 345
Format: Hardcover
Genre: YA/Fantasy
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.

If I had to sum up Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins in one word it would be: disappointment. On paper it had all the "requirements" of a good book but in reality featured a bad plot, weak characters, and a cringe-worthy implementation of the two (there were several times where I actually cringed).

Rebel Belle is set in the South, other than that there's not really much to say. As far as settings go it was OK, there was nothing to give it that extra boost or uniqueness that would have improved it. Harper Price, the main character is a Southern belle who cares about her image and social status way too much. In the beginning of Rebel Belle she gets attacked in a bathroom (really?) and receives powers and a job. That job is to protect a person whom she extremely hates, David Stark who has a power that can destroy the world. There are other reviewers who liked these two but I disliked them, Harper was plain annoying and David was uninteresting. I almost DNF'ed halfway through the book due to the fact of not caring about what happened to them. While I won't be reading the sequel I hope that Rachel Hawkins manages to improve the majority of this book by then.

A pretty cover and interesting cover lured me into reading Rebel Belle but I was left with disappointment and unfulfilled hopes. This is one of the few cases I would say that the quote "Don't judge a book by it's cover" is true, unless you don't mind taking a risk avoid this book.

2/5 - Fairly bad book

1 comment:

  1. I can see how you didn't enjoy this, but I actually liked it!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings