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Rebel Belle

Cover: 'Rebel Belle'

Staff Review: "Rebel Belle" by Rachel Hawkins

★★★★

If you enjoy YA books with a strong female protagonist, give Rebel Belle a chance. Seventeen-year-old Harper is an overachieving, popular teenager at a private school in Alabama, until she witnesses a deadly fight at a school dance. Suddenly, Harper is given magical powers, including superhero strength from a dying Paladin, and a quest to protect an Oracle, who just happens to be a childhood rival. Comparisons to Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, another popular cheerleader turned superhero (and thus social outcast) are inevitable, and Harper holds her own as a fun and engaging character. The plot moves rather quickly, and should keep readers with shorter attention spans engaged. I also enjoyed the Southern charm and references to life in the South, including sweet tea and cotillions.
 

Audience: teens | Genre: fiction, fantasy

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