Sunday, December 21, 2014

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins -- ESSENTIAL

Hawkins, Rachel Rebel Belle, 352 pgs. Putnam Juvenile, 2014.  $17.99. Violence: PG-13; Mature Content: PG-13; Language: PG-13 (49 swears; 0 'f').

Southern belle Harper Price is smart, poised, organized, pretty, and never flustered. She's a shoe-in for homecoming queen, and she's going to ace her upcoming cotillion. But when she walks in on a deadly fight in the school bathroom, she suddenly finds herself imbued with a supernatural ability to kick serious booty -- in heels and poofy dresses, no less. Only problem? Her ability comes with the obligation to protect the one boy she detests most in the world.

Rebel Belle is a whole lot of fun, and I found myself cheering for Harper throughout. I especially loved that she could be deadly and feminine. Hawkins's voice is hilarious, with many laugh-out-loud lines, and the action and plot twists kept me involved in the story. The slow-burning romance may have been predictable, but it was still satisfying, and it unveiled itself nicely throughout the course of the book. All in all a great read.

HS -- ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: Caryn

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