My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
From the New York Times bestselling author of Hex Hall comes the sparkling finale in the beloved Rebel Belle series.
Just as Harper Price starts coming to terms with her role as David Stark’s battle-ready Paladin, protector, and girlfriend—her world goes crazy all over again.
Overwhelmed by his Oracle powers, David flees Pine Grove and starts turning teenaged girls into Paladins—and these young ladies seem to think that Harper is the enemy David needs protecting from. Ordinarily, Harper would be able to fight off any Paladin who comes her way, but her powers have been dwindling since David left town, which means her life is on the line yet again.
Now, it’s a desperate race for Harper to find and rescue David before she backslides from superhero to your garden-variety type-A belle.
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins brings the fun once again in the finale of this pitch-perfect romantic paranormal comedy series.
Beware spoilers ahead!
After I finished reading Miss Mayhem I was in shock. That cliffhanger was horrible! Then I read the synopsis for this book and just about died. I was so happy when this came in the mail early and I got to read it immediately. I am happy to report that this was an awesome conclusion!
The book begins with a prologue in Davids point of view. David’s head always hurts now. At this point he has avoided contact with everybody and really misses his home. At the time leaving seemed like a really good idea. Harper would get to live her life rather than be held back protecting him. But now he’s not so sure.
David’s lost a lot of weight and he now wears sunglasses everywhere. So that people won’t notice his eyes. His powers have gotten stronger. Sometimes he’ll get in his car without thinking about anything just drive. It’s almost like he knows but doesn’t know where he wants to go. Some gut feeling. He has so many nightmares that he’s not sure whether they’re supposed to be visions or just nightmares. Sometimes he’s even had them while being awake. And all those terrible things he’s done to those girls haven’t left his mind.
We are then taken to the first chapter in Harper’s point of view. It’s summer and Harper and Bee are now lifeguards. With nothing to do over summer Harper decided to become a lifeguard so that she could save people and it’ll keep her busy. Bee became a lifeguard as well to keep Harper company.
Harper isn’t having any fun though. The most that happens in the pool is that some of the younger kids goof up and could hurt themselves. No one has drowned. She spends most of her time sitting on a high chair and reading some books.
They have a fairly normal day at work. When the two of them are ready to go home Harper realizes that she forgot her book. She goes to look for it and finds it in her locker. Then the lights go out. Harper assumes that maybe someone is playing a prank on her. But once she starts calling out to the pool clean-up people and they don’t answer she starts to get worried.
After awhile she realizes that she isn’t alone and whoever is in the room with her hasn’t shown his/her face. Harper mentally prepares herself for a fight. Apparently there is a female with her and the two start fighting. The girl reveals that she’s a Paladin as well. Harper is utterly shocked. Then she realizes that David must have turned her into a Paladin. She asks the girl about David. The girls reveals that yes it was David who turned her and that David sent her after Harper. The girl reveals that David told her that Harper is going to kill him.
During the fight Harper’s powers stop working. Having no idea what to do Harper still continues to trudge on until she is beaten. Right before the girl slits Harper’s throat Bee enters the room. Bee and the girl fight for a bit. But then all of a sudden the girl screams in pain and runs away. Bee and Harper have made it out of the fight alright. The two decide to go and check on Ryan to make sure he’s okay.
Man was this book an emotional ride! I am so happy that this book was short so that I could read it faster! This book took place around a few weeks. What was interesting is that David’s point of view comes in a few times. Which are written in third person. His point of views tended to be creepy and terrifying. There are some new characters which are introduced. And an old one comes in this book as well. Let me tell you I was surprised that Blythe was actually a main character for this book.
Bee, Harper, and Blythe take a two week road trip to find David and get him back to normal. Meanwhile Ryan stays behind to keep on eye on their home. The only who knows how to help David is surprising Blythe. Hence her appearance in the book. At first Bee and Harper aren’t comfortable with having Blythe around. But seeing no other options they suck it up. Not without coming prepared though.
This book was really fast paced and pretty short. There’s action and magic pretty much non-stop. The Paladin girls story line was interesting. But it did become annoying having these girls attack Harper repeatedly. Luckily Bee and Blythe were there to help. There are some major reveals.
You get to read about Aunt Jewel again. Which was of course lovely! It was nice how much she supported Harper and helped her as much as she could. Bee and Harper’s friendship is a big part of this book. I loved the two of them together! It was very interesting to read about Blythe. It was nice to read about her interactions with Bee and Harper and how Blythe actually became their friend. I grew to like her as well. She is one of the more developed characters along with Harper.
There was Harper’s usual snark and determination in this book. It was interesting to read about Harper’s journey. Harper takes a back seat when it comes to being the group’s leader. Blythe was the leader. I liked reading about how Harper dealt with it and every other situation in this book. I liked how the author showed us that not everything goes according to plan. Despite the fact that this is a fantasy this can be applied to everyday life.
While David’s point of views come in a few times, David himself doesn’t come in a lot. Nor does Ryan. This didn’t bother me at all. It was nice to read about all the girl power that went on in this book.
The ending was a bit predictable. I’ve seen this from the first book. But it didn’t bother me because it was handled well and some of it wasn’t predictable. In fact I actually liked the ending. As far as the romance goes Harper and David’s relationship doesn’t really come into play. But Bee’s and Ryan’s relationship does. I think that if you are a fan of Harper and David you will like the ending.
Overall this was an awesome conclusion to a wonderful series! I recommend this series to anyone looking for a girly fantasy, anyone looking for light fantasy, and fans of the author. I am definitely looking forward to the authors upcoming middle grade series Journey’s End.