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Review: Rebel Belle (Hawkins)

AUTHOR: Rachel Hawkins
SERIES: Rebel Belle, book 1
PUBLISHER: Putnam Juvenile
ISBN: 9780399256936
PAGES: 384
SOURCE: Edelweiss
GENRE: paranormal, action

SUMMARY: Harper Price is a wealthy southern belle attending a posh private school in a smallish Alabama town. She’s very busy being perfect–getting perfect grades, being a perfect cheerleader, having the perfect boyfriend, and being perfect at her upcoming Cotillion. But being perfect becomes much more difficult when a fateful encounter in the school bathroom causes Harper to become a Paladin, a superhero ninja with the strength and innate ability to kick some serious butt. Unfortunately for Harper, her powers must be used to protect David Stark, the most infuriating boy she knows.

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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