Series: Rebel Belle #2
Published by Putnam Juvenile on April 7, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Mythology
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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 ancient trial that will either kill her . . . or connect her to David for life.
Characters & Relationships: In this second installment all the characters, not exactly grow, but they are given more layers you know? The first book read a lot like just fluffy cute stuff but in this one things get more dangerous really fast so the characters start to having to deal with the fact that things aren't doing great for them, like Harper that is always saying that everything is okay, that she can do everything she did before the paladin thing start to realize that maybe she can't do everything - I really liked this being show, how tense things are and how difficult it actually is to manage high school + paranormal things (which is something The Vampire Diaries totally forgets all the time). With this changes on the characters we also have more complicated relationships, there is much more high school drama in this book, even I found most of the drama unnecessary it didn't bothered me but it was the kind of stuff that if everyone just sit down and talked could have been resolved. Also, not easy times for our favorite couple, Harper & David are passing through a hard time since they have different ideas of what's best for the oracle part of David, so prepare for the feels.
Paranormal aspects & pace: the paranormal aspects continue to be unique in this book, now Harper has to pass this ancient trial or die, so yeah we have action/emotional sequences but also there is always that edgy feeling while reading the book that anything could happen at any time, which gave the story a turning page factor, this time around I didn't get bored - actually I couldn't stop reading at any free time that I could get!
Overall I fell like this book is an amazing sequence to "Rebel Belle", it took the stakes higher, created a more complex world & characters for this paranormal world and gave me a lot of feels - like painful ones, that took this series from my "fluffy" shelf.
Recommended to: readers who enjoyed "Rebel Belle", readers who like their paranormal that will rip your heart out with all the damn feels, readers looking for something unique & fast paced.