Rebel Belle: A thrilling, magic ride set in the South!

I went into this book without really knowing what it was about. My sister recommended it to me, and said to give it a shot. So I did. And I was very pleasantly surprised.

Without getting into spoilers, Harper’s life is turned upside down when she inherits magical powers and now has to protect one of her arch enemies, David, (cue love interest). The hijinks that ensue are hilarious and heart warming. Harper, whose entire life has been about homecoming crowns and cotillion dresses, learns some great life lessons. Her ‘perfect life’ is turned upside down, and she’s forced to deal with not only her new powers, but also being a High School Student. Between destroying her car, being chased by bad guys and several other fast paced adventures, she always seems to keep her southern charm.

I was really impressed with this one. As soon as the whole magic thing happened, I was convinced it would be like every other young adult book on the market. About using these powers to ultimately save the entire planet from some super evil villain (haven’t read the sequel yet, but we’ll see). The magic element serves as an aid to the story to help achieve certain goals and make some information believable but is not the end-all-be-all. It has some weaknesses and a lot of rules.

The character relationships were incredibly well done. Everyone seemed well rounded, even the adults! (which given that it’s YA, is somewhat surprising). There is a romance element and a sort-of love triangle, but they’re handled with grace. I never felt like they were being thrust out there or forced. They seemed genuine and natural, and very sweet.

4stars

This book should definitely be read. It’s not very cerebral, but it’s got a lot of humor and action. Rebel Belle sets the bar very high for it’s sequel, and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for Harper.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rachel Hawkins is the author of the bestselling Hex Hall series. She lives in Alabama.

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