Series: Rebel Belle #1
Narrator: Amy Rubinate
Published by Dreamscape Media on 04-22-14
Genres: Young Adult
Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
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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.
I was fairly certain I would like this book when I first heard mention of it. I loved the idea of a Southern Belle who had to completely change the way she saw herself and those around her. The main character is Harper Jane Price, a modern-day Southern debutante, who is struggling to overcome tragic loss by throwing herself into her school work as well as school-related activities. It is during preparations for the Homecoming dance that Harper is given an unwanted gift from a dying man. This gift turns Harper’s life upside down.
I was completely accurate in my belief that this would be a great book. I’m from the Midwest and therefore the only taste of Southern living I get is through reading. Hawkins portrayal of life in the South is exactly how I imagine the South to be, lots of sweet tea and politeness. I read a few other reviews on this book and I’m not sure why so many disliked Harper? I found her to be a very intriguing character. Yes, she is a teenage girl which makes her inherently selfish, but the important thing is that when push came to shove she put aside her dreams to protect those that required protecting. I think the author’s choice of staying true to the character and not pushing Harper to do a drastic 360 degree turn in the span of one book was refreshing.
As I am a hopeless romantic I enjoyed the build-up between David and Harper. They have the classic Benedick and Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing) relationship. They are constantly bickering and are the only two who can’t see how perfect they are for one another. I’m not sure what is going to happen with the two of them after the events at the end of the book, but I cannot wait to see where the future leads them.
I was extremely pleased with the narrator. On occasion I have issues with audio books, not because of the book itself, but the narrator has a voice that grates on my nerves. Amy Rubinate has a wonderful reading voice and I’m glad I can add her to my list of narrators I’m willing to listen to for hours on end.