|AUTHOR: Rachel Hawkins|
SERIES: Rebel Belle, book 1
PUBLISHER: Putnam Juvenile
PUBLICATION DATE: April 8, 2014
GENRE: paranormal, action
GIVE IT TO: MS, HS
REVIEW: Oh, Rachel Hawkins, how do you ALWAYS write such cute books? I discovered Rebel Belle's upcoming release when I was looking for a sequel to the adorable School Spirits, and I knew I HAD to read this one, too. If the name Rachel Hawkins wasn't enough to hook me, the pearls and knife on the front cover sure would have done it.
And once again, Ms. Hawkins does not disappoint! As with Hex Hall and School Spirits, I devoured most of this book in one day. It's cute, fun, action-packed, and romantic. There are a lot of similarities to School Spirits--particularly between David in RB and Dex in SS--but it didn't really bother me much. I really loved Harper's tough-in-high-heels character and, of course, that cool twist at the end.
I only hope this one doesn't end up like School Spirits, which appears to have no sequel in sight. Sequels for both, please!
THE BOTTOM LINE: Cute and fun!
STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: Oh yeah, I'll be getting this book. My students love, love, love anything by Rachel Hawkins. I've even hooked some boys on School Spirits!
READALIKES: Hex Hall series (Hawkins), School Spirits (Hawkins), Paranormalcy (White)
- Overall: 4/5
- Creativity: 3/5--similar to School Spirits
- Characters: 4/5
- Engrossing: 5/5
- Writing: 5/5
- Appeal to teens: 5/5
- Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5
- Language: medium; several sh**, Harper frequently says "eff" instead of "fu**" but readers will know what she means
- Sexuality: mild-medium; sex is alluded to but none takes place, some kissing
- Violence: medium; murder by scimitar, ninja fighting
- Drugs/Alcohol: none
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