My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and her best friend, Bee, has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can focus on 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 make her more powerful than ever.
Beware spoilers ahead!
As soon as I finished reading Rebel Belle I immediately picked this book off of my book shelf. I really needed to know what happened after that ending! While this was good and entertaining it was not as good as the first book.
This book takes place six months after the first book. It begins with Harper and David driving to a frat party. Readers discover that at the end of the last book when Harper and Ryan try to help David with his visions something in the room blew up. After that David was in pain. To prevent this from happening Harper and Ryan put up some Wards that will stop most of the visions from coming. Thus saving him from going through physical pain.
David does still get small visions. He predicated that the twins would go to a frat party and Abi would fall head-over-heals with Spencer. Her and Amanda will not be as close anymore and rather than going to college she would marry Spencer. Harper is convinced that she needs to stop Abi from meeting Spencer to avoid the predication from coming true. David goes along with this because it still means that he gets to help someone.
Harper goes alone to the frat party. She finds the twins and makes them leave. On their way out a guy blocks their way and start flirting with Abi. Harper yet again reinforces that she and the twins should leave. Spencer yet again insists that they should stay. He touch’s Harper’s shoulder and it hurt her. She then flips him over. The twins stand there in shock and Harper lies saying that she took some self-defense classes.
They leave to find David hunched over and tells Harper that they need to go there now. Having no idea what there is Harper rushes the twins into the car and they drive off. Harper texts Ryan so that he can erase the twins memories. They reach the twins house to find Ryan parked in their driveway. Harper explains Ryan that she wants the twins memories erased and that David had a vision.
Once the twins are dealt with Harper, David, and Ryan set off. It is revealed by David that they are going to see the Ephors. And that they may be able to get Bee back. Harper naturally does not think that they should be going but David is firm that this is what they must do.
Once they reach the house they are greeted by Alexander the head of the Ephors. He brings them into his office. He explains that the Ephors no longer have an interest of killing David. He proposes that they work with him. Harper, David, and Ryan disagree. David explains that he doesn’t trust him after the events of the first book. He then puts his hand in front of David and he asks David to see his intentions. Hesitant David touch’s Alexanders hand and says that Alexander means them no harm.
Harper is completely dead against this and says that they do not need Alexander’s help. That they are doing fine without him. That David has a Paladin and a Mage by his side. Alexander surprises everyone by saying that while Harper has the powers of a Paladin she is not officially a Paladin.
He explains that in order for her to have the title ‘Paladin’ she must take the Peirasmos trails. Peirasmos consists of three different trails. It could test her physically, mentally, and her duty. According to Alexander the trials begin the minute she stepped into the house with David and Ryan. If she passes the Peirasmos she gets to live and become David’s Paladin. If she fails she’ll be killed and Bee will take over as David’s Paladin. He excuses them letting them leave with Bee.
Like I said above this was entertaining but the book was kind of lacking. This was more of a contemporary than a fantasy. The trials weren’t that interesting and I found that Harper passed them too easily. Readers got to see more off Ryan in this book. In the first book he was simply described as ‘the good boyfriend’. You actually get to see a rather unappealing side of him.
There is a new couple that comes in this book. I wasn’t too happy about it. In fact I’m starting to wonder why the romance with said couple happened very quickly. It was a bit odd and didn’t make sense. Towards the end of this book Ryan and Bee make a decision that they shouldn’t have. I’m not sure why this decision was made. It made no sense. But I suppose it’s for the plot to move forward.
Harper’s character was awesome in this book! You can see that she has grown a lot. She struggles with all the decisions she has to make and about juggling her life now that the Peirasmos is in place. She truly misses Saylor and on more than one occasion wishes she could talk to her and ask for her advice.
Her relationship with David was really sweet! I loved reading about the two of them. I was happy the Bee became more involved in the plot. It was fun to read about Harper and Bee’s friendship. In this book Harper decides to inform a family member of her Paladin life. It was nice to see that she could tell this person everything and how this person was there for Harper. It was also fun to read about Bee and Harper participating in the Pageant.
David’s character also goes throw a lot of growth. He is starting to become more Oracle like. And he’s really struggling to avoid that. He misses Saylor and feels like he is dragging Harper, Ryan, and Bee down because of his Oracle powers. I wish that David’s friendships were shown in this book. And it would’ve been nice if he and Ryan were friends.
That ending though! I am absolutely confused with the direction that the plot is taking. I kept on trying to re-read the synopsis of the third book to make sense of the plot direction. Unfortunately that did not help. I really hope this series ends on a happy note.
Overall this was a good book! I would recommend it to those who have enjoyed the first book, fans of lighthearted fantasy, and fans of the author.