Author: Rachel Hawkins
Series: Rebel Belle #2
Publisher: Putnam’s Books for Young Readers
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Source: Lent to me as part of an ARC tour
*****WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE FIRST BOOK IN THIS SERIES, REBEL BELLE. DON’T SAY I DIDN’T WARN YOU****** I loved Rebel Belle, so of COURSE I jumped at the chance to participate in the ARC tour! I loved this book, too, so gird your loins! Here’s your synopsis from Amazon:
Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and best friend Bee has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can return her focus to the important things in life: school, canoodling with David, her nemesis-turned-ward-slash-boyfie, and even competing in the Miss Pine Grove pageant.
Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done. The Ephors have decided they’d rather train David than kill him. The catch: Harper has to come along for the ride, but she can’t stay David’s Paladin unless she undergoes an an ancient trial that will either kill her . . . or make her more powerful than ever.
1. You think life would become easier for Harper after all that crazy stuff in the first book. Well, it doesn’t.
So Harper finds out she has to participate – and pass – these trials called the Peirasmos. If she fails, she dies. The first thing we find out is that she is not a true Paladin, after all she’s been through with David. Plus, having Ryan in the mix – who, by the way, I feel is a horrible choice for a Mage, what was Saylor thinking?! – is super awkward for everyone. They find Bee, but I won’t tell you where. There’s crazy stuff going on with her, too. AND you find out a bunch more about the Ephors and their craziness. This is all in the first few chapters.
2. I ship David Stark and Harper forever. I love them so much.
So we know that in the first book, Harper dumped Ryan to be with David – who used to be her sworn enemy. They are super cute together and you get to see a lot of them in this book. Not only because Harper is his Paladin, but because they’re, you know…together. I love David. I have loved him since the first time I met him in Rebel Belle. I feel like he’s a part of me because he’s such a nerd. You go, David.
3. This book focuses a lot on the Oracle and fate vs. choice.
Harper and David seem to think that if David has a vision, they can stop it from coming true. If they just diffuse the situation, change some things, and get that particular person out of a situation, they think they can change the future. However, they come to find out that even though they change these things, a person can still choose when it comes down to it. For example, if meeting a certain person dooms someone to a life of misery, but they still meet that person, they still amble down the original path. So, really, all Harper is doing by trying to change the future (in some cases) is futile, because it will come to pass anyway.
4. Harper Jane Price loses it, and it is wonderful.
We all know Harper is an overachiever. She never lets anyone help her and she bogs herself down with all of these extracurriculars – along with being a Paladin. She does the same thing in this book, even when going through the Peirasmos. She struggles a lot more and we get to see her true self – rather than the mask she dons for everyone – shine through that exterior of perfect. I loved that about this book. She breaks down and she is real for the first time. We see her greatest fears, worries, and stresses. She never shows that. Here is a great quote from page 216 of the ARC: “No one can repress better than a good Southern girl.” And oh man, does she prove that. It’s a miracle to me how she stays put together through all of the things going on in her life OTHER than being a Paladin. Can I borrow some of her ambition?
OVERALL: FIVE STARS!!!! Again, going to warn you, the ending of this book was mean and horrible and I can’t believe Rachel Hawkins would do her readers like this! However, I have asked, and there is a third book in the works, so never fear, readers! This book goes on sale April 7, 2015 so click the link below to pre-order! You know you want to!