Convince Me To Read (13): Rebel Belle Series by Rachel Hawkins

Posted May 21, 2016 by Jamie in Convince Me To Read, Features, Reviews // 0 Comments

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About Convince Me To Read Reviews

While we all have fairly similar tastes, sometimes we need a little push to read a certain book. The Convince Me to Read Review will be a review of the novel plus a section on why we think the other would enjoy it.

This Convince Me To Read Post is different because I am doing an individual review for EACH of the books in this series because I want to discuss my love for them all individually and make Dani read them all.

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Convince Me To Read (13): Rebel Belle Series by Rachel HawkinsRebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Published by Putnam Juvenile on April 8th 2014
ISBN: 0399256938
Pages: 345

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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 loved Rachel Hawkins first series Hex Hall and Rebel Belle promises to deliver the same sort of laugh-out-loud situations while still being swoon-worthy and full of action. (Also, Rachel Hawkins is really nice and these covers are really pretty so you should go buy a copy of this book). Please note that I listened to this as an audiobook while following along in a physical copy which made the book that much more fun because I got the “voices” of the characters and felt that much more connected to them. However, Hawkins’ books are always a blast to read and really easy to get into, so I will always recommend them.

Harper is your typical Queen Bee. She has her hands in everything and wants to make the school experience great not only for herself but also for everyone else who attends. But this hits a snag when she watches a janitor die and gains amazing fighting powers. One of the best parts about Harper’s character was seeing her grow into accepting her responsibilities. She was such a strong character without the abilities because she was always taking on more than she probably should have so that everything would be Perfect™. I really liked being inside her head because it was nice to see her thought patterns around how she was supposed to act versus how she was acting. I also liked seeing her start to freak out and really being herself at the end. It was nice to see that some situations call for you to tell people to get in line and follow suit rather than to just be polite and nice. I could really connect to Harper throughout this novel and think I will be able to in the future as well.

The plot was really great as well. I liked seeing it unfold and that this novel had it’s own arc but also had plot points for the future books as well. I liked that there were tidbits of what we can hope to expect in the future without giving too much away for the readers while also keeping us intrigued and wanting to continue the story. I thought the ending was a bit unfortunate in a way but also pretty great. I am excited to see what the next book brings. I think the overall story idea is one that I wouldn’t trust anyone but Rachel Hawkins to write and deliver perfectly to us.

I liked the relationships that Harper had with Ryan and David. I think they both felt realistic and had good natural progression. I liked that Ryan was portrayed as a good boyfriend rather than an asshole Harper had to get away from. I also really liked that they both came to the conclusion that they would be better off NOT being together rather than sticking it out. I think it will be an interesting dynamic in the next book between the three of them.

I just felt like Blythe was a little underdeveloped. She was introduced a bit too late and wasn’t given enough screen time for me to connect to her as a villain. I hope there will be more of her in the next book, as well as more of an explanation of what her group actually wants. I think there was a bit of a hint at it, but not quite enough for me to be fully hooked. I think the rest of the book and characters made up for that lack of villainous behaviour however. And while I understand that Blythe doesn’t feel like she is a villain, I would have liked to see just a bit more from her so I could see why I should feel more than indifference towards her.

Overall a really good introduction to what promises to be another fantastic series by Rachel Hawkins.

Convince Me To Read (13): Rebel Belle Series by Rachel HawkinsMiss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins
Published by Putnam Juvenile on April 7th 2015
ISBN: 0399256946
Pages: 273

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Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and her best friend, Bee, has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can focus on the important things in life: school, canoodling with David (her nemesis-turned-ward-slash-boyfie), and even competing in the Miss Pine Grove pageant.

Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done. The Ephors have decided they’d rather train David than kill him. The catch: Harper has to come along for the ride, but she can’t stay David’s Paladin unless she undergoes an ancient trial that will either kill her . . . or make her more powerful than ever.

My heart is sobbing. I love Rachel Hawkins’s books because they have so many layers to them that you get so swept up in the story, the characters, and the setting and completely forget about the real world. Her writing is truly magic. I have lots of good to say about this one because it was a good sequel but I was a tad bit disappointed with the very very end. I feel like it almost wrapped things up in case someone didn’t want to continue on with the story. (But I have LADY RENEGADES at home so I will be finishing the series in the next couple of days)

I freaking love Harper Price. Harper Price is literally the best thing to happen to literature because she is your typical Queen Bee character but she is so dang likeable. At the same time, she makes mistakes but 1. she gets called out for them and 2. she makes them because she is trying to protect the people she loves. I thoroughly enjoy Harper and everything she stands for. She is such a good role model and such a BAMF. I don’t even mean that because of her supernatural ability to literally kick ass — she is a quiet BAMF who takes control, takes action, and deals with the consequences. She is very much the type of person I want to be.

I thought the other characters were good this time around but not great. I feel like Bee was useless this time around and served just to be a “fall back” for Harper if she screwed up. I thought there could have been a lot more she did to be a part of the story rather than just a View Spoiler » because I was not a fan of that at all. I think Harper was right to be angry but not at the same time because even though it is over, it is still crappy to have two people you love and care about lie to you. I also thought it was just kinda thrown in there as another obstacle for Harper rather than something that really furthered the plot. I thought Ryan was meh this time around. We got to see a side of him that was different from the loving boyfriend which was great but it also made me like him less. He could be really rude sometimes and I wasn’t a fan of that. I did like that he was doing the best he could under the circumstances but I felt like he hid too much from Harper considering he went to her for other things. The Aunts and Harper’s parents were minimal this time and I felt like they could have been a lot more useful in the plot but just kinda kept around to remind the reader that Harper had authority figures in her life that loved her.

My poor, sweet David. I have actually ache in my heart thinking about him in this story. I feel so bad for him and everything he went through. I have an actual physical need to hold him and Harper and be like “I will protect you, my poor sweet babies.” I think his decision at the end was one that fit his character but was also STUPID AF. STUPID. STUPID. STUPID. GAH. I can’t wait to see where this takes them in the future, though.

I liked the plot in this one a lot. I especially liked that it tied in the craptastic event from the last book and furthered that along while bringing in new elements and allowing them to develop and overflow to the next book. I was a tad bit disappointed with the trials because I thought they would have been a lot harder, especially since Harper was threatened her death if she wasn’t successful. But I liked the introduction of Alexander and the Ephors. I feel like their integration was natural and really meant a lot to the story. It was kinda nice to see the “other side” of the story in a sense and I am hoping we get more of that in the next one.

I am really excited to see how this series concludes. I am really enjoying this series and I highly recommend it. Harper is charming and take charge and the fantasy elements are a lot of fun. With the right amount of action and Southern living, Miss Mayhem was a really entertaining and enjoyable read.

Convince Me To Read (13): Rebel Belle Series by Rachel HawkinsLady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on April 5th 2016
ISBN: 0399256954
Pages: 264

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Just as Harper Price starts coming to terms with her role as David Stark’s battle-ready Paladin, protector, and girlfriend—her world goes crazy all over again.

Overwhelmed by his Oracle powers, David flees Pine Grove and starts turning teenage girls into Paladins—and these young ladies seem to think that Harper is the enemy David needs protecting from.  Ordinarily, Harper would be able to fight off any Paladin who comes her way, but her powers have been dwindling since David left town…which means her life is on the line yet again.

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins brings the fun once again in the finale of this pitch-perfect romantic paranormal comedy series.

LADY RENEGADES is such a satisfying conclusion to this series. I loved that the visions “came true” but that there was so much more to it than what we were anticipating. I also super loved that it was all about GIRL POWER and learning to trust one another even when someone had previously … stabbed you in the back. Rachel Hawkins really outdid herself with this one and I highly recommend this series if you like kick butt girls who literally kick butt, but also kick butt in a quiet sense by following rules and adjusting them to fit their needs. I LOVE THAT. I LOVE HARPER.

I feel like I can’t say much about this one without spoiling it, but there were so many good moments in it. I loved that Harper wasn’t sure if she was trying to save David FOR David or for herself. I also loved that she was willing to do whatever she had to in order to save EVERYONE ELSE. Like I just. I just have so many feelings about Harper Price and how badass she is. She is my role model.

I was disappointed that Ryan wasn’t really utilized in this one. I feel like he had a lot of potential to be more than just Harper’s (ex-)boyfriend but he never really got his chance to shine. I think it was a good development from Perfect Boyfriend to Friend for them, but I would have liked to see Harper and Ryan have to interact more. I also felt like Bee was just There but not really doing anything other than being There. I would have loved to see her be more active in her role as Harper’s Best Friend and also Paladin.

I also wasn’t a huge fan of the David POVs. I feel like switching out of Harper’s head into David’s was a weird thing to do considering how little it was done in this one and it felt like it didn’t serve a purpose other than to tell us where David was. Except we knew that from Harper’s connection to him so it seemed redundant to me. I also found them a bit confusing.

But this series man. I loved how it subverted tropes but also played into them. I loved Hawkins’s writing. I loved everything about it. If you were a fan of Hawkins’s HEX HALL series, you will definitely enjoy this one. And if you liked Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you will also like this one. If you just like girls being girls and also girls being badasses, you will also like this one. Basically: READ THIS SERIES.

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Dani my dear, it is hate-to-love!!! And like really good hate-to-love. Plus there is fighting evil and stuff and like it reminds me of Buffy so you should just read it! The series also ends in SUCH a perfect way. I think you will shed a couple tears but also just generally really enjoy it. I so so so hope you pick it up. I’d send you my copies but they are signed and mail is unpredictable.


About Rachel Hawkins

Rachel Hawkins was born in Virginia and raised in Alabama. This means she uses words like “y’all” and “fixin'” a lot, and considers anything under 60 degrees to be borderline Arctic. Before deciding to write books about kissing and fire (and sometimes kissing while on fire), Rachel taught high school English for 3 years, and is still capable of teaching you The Canterbury Tales if you’re into that kind of thing.

She is married to a geologist, which means that they have incredibly strange dinner conversations (“So today at work, I wrote a chapter where killer fog, like, ATE PEOPLE.” “Huh. Well, I was chased by an angry reindeer while trying to map parts of Norway.” “Um…okay.”)

Rachel also has a little boy whose main hobbies are playing video games, running around in circles, and plotting his Future Intergalactic Take-Over.

When not writing books, Rachel enjoys reading, travelling, and knitting (very terribly.)

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