"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Albert Einstein

13 June 2014

Rebel Belle

Hawkins, Rachel. Rebel Belle. G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2014.

Harper Price is a model student, a cheerleader, vying for homecoming queen. In the wake of her sister's death due to drunk driving, Harper has become the perfect daughter. She is involved in every club, has just the right friends, and even snagged the perfect boyfriend. But when disaster hits on the night of the prom, Harper becomes a Paladin, complete with fighting skills that would make Chuck Norris run for cover. When she discovers that her skills are to be used in protection of her arch enemy, however, Harper has second thoughts. How can she fulfill her destiny as a Paladin and maintain her image as the model student and perfect daughter, especially if she doesn't want to ruin her makeup?

If Lemon Breeland from Hart of Dixie had a love child with Percy Jackson, the result would be this book. Loved it, regardless of its very pink status. I'm sure the kids in my library will love it, too. Now I just have to decide where to shelve it - in paranormal with the Hex Hall series by the same author, in mythology since it seems very Percy Jackson-like, or in chick lit with all of the "pink books."

Recommended for: teens, tweens, fans of mythology and action books
Red Flags: lots of action violence and near death experiences; Harper uses euphemisms for her cussing, but occasionally mentions that someone said "the f word" without spelling out the word itself
Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Penguin's Young Readers Program.

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