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Tea & Book Chat: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins (Rebel Belle #1)

I have been drawn to Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins ever since I glimpsed the cover! It depicts a glamorous set of pearls tied together with a pink ribbon and adds an edge by positioning a knife through the bow.   After I finished reading, I read the acknowledgements and learned that Hawkins sold this book as Legally Blonde meets The Terminator and I wish I had known that sooner because I wouldn’t have waited so long to grab it off my shelf!  Rebel Belle was such an enjoyable story.  It was like the equivalent of reading Buffy the Vampire Slayer sans vampires.  The book itself is overflowing with pop culture references to comics, tv shows and movies and it made the story a pleasure to consume.

Harper Price is just your above-average-overachieving-valedictorian-homecoming-queen until one night when she is bestowed with some superpowers.  While Harper is still very concerned with things like lipgloss and clothes, she takes her newfound abilities very seriously and puts in the necessary research hours to assess her situation.  Harper is hilariously funny (I definitely laughed out loud on my commute several times) and while she may seem too perfect, she has much more going on than she lets the world know.  Harper is kind and always trying to protect her loved ones at any cost and she’s incredibly intelligent.  I don’t even want to give anything away about any of the other characters because the story is too good to ruin!

Rebel Belle

I also really enjoyed the little southern touches and places that Harper and her friends frequent.  I would jump at the chance to visit Annemarie’s tearoom with Harper and her aunts.  I adore the phrase “bless your heart,” and although I’ve never partaken in Cotillion, I always find it fascinating to read about (I blame The O.C.).  It was so much fun to read about Harper try to juggle school, family, friends, extracurricular and her ninja moves.  I still can’t believe I waited so long to read it but I’m almost glad I did since I can now jump right into the second book!

Final Thoughts: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins is a must read for any fan of pop culture.  If you’re like me and are still feeling a Buffy the Vampire sized hole in your heart, Harper Price will help you fill that void.  Hawkins developed a very intriguing plot with a rich backstory while referencing all of the best movies, comics and tv shows in the past thirty years (omg the 80’s are not 20 years ago anymore).  Rebel Belle will make you laugh out loud.

Rating 5

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. (via Goodreads)


4 Responses to “Tea & Book Chat: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins (Rebel Belle #1)”

  1. Will totally be adding this to my summer reading list!
    xx mal

  2. Alexa S. says:

    Oh, hooray! I honestly haven’t heard all that much about Rebel Belle, but I’m now intrigued. I’m definitely adding it to my TBR based on your review!
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  3. Ari Carr says:

    I’ve been wanting to read this for ages and I’m happy to hear it’s good!

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