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-
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.
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)