Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Rebel Belle is the slayer destiny of the chosen on of Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets the southern belle Lemon Breeland of Hart of Dixie.

"A sword. Our history teacher attacked you with a sword in the bathroom and you killed him."  This sums up prom night for Harper Price. Harper is a sassy Southern Belle that has everything going for her. She's captain of the cheer leading squad, class president, had a super cute boyfriend, goes to a prestigious school, and is on her way to prom queen. Her junior year of high school is just this side of perfect until she's locked in a bathroom with the school janitor on prom night and he transfers her paladin super powers. From this moment on, she's destined to protect her sworn enemy, David Stark - editor of the school newspaper and hipster extraordinaire.

Official Synopsis:
"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."

I listened to the audiobook version, so I was treated to the lovely southern accents and quirks of Harper's personality. I enjoyed this book not because it was entirely original, but because it wasn't afraid to be funny, quirky, and effed up. Harper is on track with the perfect life, the perfect grades, the perfect boyfriend, friends, etc, and gets this thrown all out of whack when she all of the sudden has the super powers of Buffy.

Once she realizes what she's supposed to do with these powers, protect the person who's been her arch nemesis since they were in diapers, all she wants to do is take that Southern hospitality and punch him right in the face. 

But she can't. Part of being a paladin and protecting David includes protecting him from herself. Together over the next 6 weeks, they learn that David is an oracle descended from ancient Greek myth, watched over by an ancient order called the Effers, the Paladins are an order that have always been sworn to protect the Oracle, and there are mages who help boost the oracle's powers.

This is where things start to get crazy. Harper's life starts spiraling out of control trying to manage school, boyfriend, family, and destiny. People are trying to kill her and all she wants to do is have a moment's rest. In the end, I'd say Rebel Belle is definitely worth your time, especially if you like audiobooks. The narrator is great and the story is bound to make you crack up. Great for fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Beauty Queens by Libba Bray.

Have you read Rebel Belle? What did you think? Anyone else huge Buffy fans out there?



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