Title: Rebel Belle
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Series: Rebel Belle #1
Recommended for: 7th grade and up
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 read this on my daughter’s recommendation. She described it as a cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Legally Blonde. That pretty much sums it up. When Harper suddenly becomes a paladin she still has to deal with being student body president, perfect student, southern belle and prepare for cotillion. What’s an over achieving southern girl to do? Keep evil at bay with snarky humor, incredible fighting skills, and of course good manners. Lots of fun for middle school and older fans of witty girl hero books.