My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.
With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y’all beg for more.
Beware spoilers ahead!
This was such a refreshing read! You didn’t even have to take everything seriously. It was fluffy, light, and fast!
The book begins with Harper explaining that had it not been for the fact that she left her lip gloss she wouldn’t have been in this mess. She is about to go into Homecoming when her best friend Bee points out that Harper isn’t wearing any lip gloss. Harper realizes that she must have left her lip gloss home and will now have to borrow Bee’s.
On her way to the bathroom she runs into David Stark. Harper and David have loathed each other since they were in day care. David works for the school’s newspaper and he tends to write rude things about her and her club. Little does she know she is going to get used to seeing him more often.
Just as she is applying the second coat of lip gloss the school janitor enters the bathroom and locks them in. She has no idea what is going on. She tries asking Mr. Hall but he is trying to catch his breath and does not answer. She then notices that he is bleeding.
At this point he has slumped on to the floor. She informs him that she must open the door so that she can get him some help but he insists that she not. He asks her name which she gives him. He apologizes and she assumes it’s because he is preventing her from helping him. But then he gets close to her face and kind of kisses her. She tries pushing him off but he has a very strong hold on her and doesn’t budge. Once he is done she feels cold all over and almost like she has powers.
Mr. Hall is now on his death bed and he informs her that she must protect a guy. He dies before she can get a name out of him. She is in complete shock and has no idea what to do. Eventually she settles on leaving the bathroom. Before she exists she remembers that she left Bee’s lip gloss on the counter. As she turns around to get it the bathroom door explodes.
Her history teacher enters. At this point Harper is extremely weirded out and Bee’s lip gloss actually saved her life. She discovers that her history teacher is the one that murdered Mr. Hall. As he is about to kill her she some how manages to fight him. Out of nowhere she developed fighting skills and the knowledge behind the fighting skills.
By the end of the fight she kills the teacher in self defense. She is now in even more shock and exits the bathroom. As she makes her way to the gym where homecoming is being held she feels the urge to vomit. She runs to the boys bathroom. Once she is done vomiting she passes by the girls bathroom surprised that there isn’t a trace of the fight with the history teacher nor the bodies.
Harper’s character was the best in this book. Yes she was a snob, materialistic, and a bit rude. But unlike most YA characters she was dedicated to all her tasks. Anytime she wanted to do something she put all her effort into it. Once she became a Paladin she put her all into training and understanding the history. She made an effort to balancing her social life with her Paladin life. I actually admire her for these qualities.
What is different from most fantasy’s is that Harper and David started working together to try and figure out what is going on. At first nobody comes to inform them anything. They put the pieces together. What normally happens in fantasy’s and early in the books is that someone confronts said characters and informs them of their destiny. Also once Harper fully understand what being a Paladin means she didn’t want to be one (at first). The only reason she does so is because she doesn’t want David to die and if she is the one to protect him she’ll do just that. She also try’s to hang on to her social life while still being a Paladin.
Despite the fact that this is fluffy and light there are deaths in this book. And some near death situations. There is a plot which mostly consistent of staying alive and making sure that David is safe. The romance does not take away from the plot. In fact Harper and David begin dating in the end of the book. They were to busy trying to stay alive to really consider a relationship.
There is in a sense a love triangle. At the beginning of the book Harper is dating Ryan. But soon their relationship begins to crumble as they realize that they are not right for each other. I can actually see David and Harper working out. They have a good understanding of each other. And their relationship makes sense.
I really did not like how the characters went on-and-on about how David and Harper have had a thing for each other sense they were little. It was very obvious that Harper did not think of David that way. Which I was happy with. The love-hate relationship has gotten very old and I personally find it frustrating. I think David did actually have a crush on her but that didn’t stop him from writing articles about her, he didn’t dislike Ryan just because he was dating Harper, and also did not stop him from giving it to her when the situation demanded so. This is partly the reason this is a 4 star another reason being that I didn’t love it. But I still thoroughly enjoyed it!
Overall this was a good book! I would recommend it to fans of Hex Hall (click on the book to read the synopsis), anyone who is looking for a light fantasy, and a fast book.