Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Review

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Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 345
Series: Rebel Belle #1

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2.50 Stars

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You know, for a book having such a cool plot, it was surprisingly weak. And that’s probably because it wasn’t even close to what it claimed to be.

The book claimed to be about a “southern belle” Harper Price who has a strange run-in at a highschool dance which leaves her with superpowers. Now she is tasked to protect, with her life, the person she’s never gotten along with. And that person is David Stark, whose life is in danger due to him being an oracle.

That sounds like a cool plot, doesn’t it? Who doesn’t want to read princess-turned-ninja story with a touch of love/hate romance? Unfortunately, this book isn’t that at all. It just wants to be.

Actually, most aspects of the book are pretty ‘meh’. The plot: Meh. The romance: Meh. The love/hate relationship: Meh. Friendship: Meh. Badassery: Meh. David: Meh. The writing and pace were okay but when you add in the bad parts, this book simply isn’t very good.

Harper is a weak protagonist that I did not care about. And I’m talking weak as in not well-developed and not that likable sense. In fact, there were times when I was angry at her. Like when she would go to extreme lengths to maintain her supposedly perfect life. She was so self-obsessed and cared so little about anything other than her reputation that someone could be bleeding to death and she’d be more worried about what people would say if they saw her with the dying person.

And I didn’t like the fact that she flat-out refused to help save David’s life. I’m not saying she should’ve been willing to die for him, but if you find out that an innocent person might die and you’re the only one who can save them, you would have to be extremely selfish to not help just because it would disrupt your social life.

Harper was that person, and then suddenly she wasn’t. She flipped personalities and we never even got to know how or why. I think it’s because the author didn’t care to come up with an explanation.

Another thing about the book that wasn’t good was the world-building. There wasn’t any. We got some vague info but that info did not include what David’s importance was. Sure, he could possibly predict the future, but how was that talent utilised but this Greek group? And how did the oracle thing work? There was nothing.

Now that I think about it, there wasn’t much to the book at all. It’s not a very big book but it’s also not that short. What even happened the whole time?

The fact that I can’t clearly remember half-an-hour after finishing the book should be a good indication of how not-memorable it was. Nothing stuck out and it felt half-assed. It couldn’t even live up to the southern thing. Other than the occasional “y’all”, there was nothing southern about it.

It did try at some parts though. Like the friendship aspect. I wasn’t done as well as it could’ve been but at least the author tried. There was also a love-triangle I didn’t dislike and which was properly resolved. I was very happy with that.

Overall, I didn’t dislike this book, but it wasn’t anything special either. It was kinda entertaining, easy to get though, and didn’t annoy me. That’s why I will be reading the next book. I hope it has more depth to it.

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