Unique, sassy, and southern!
Published by Putnam Juvenile on April 8th, 2014.
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Well, first of all, this book is in the south. I’m in the south! So I was initially very excited to read this book because YA is mostly based in the northern states *sigh*. This book had so much sass and it was amazing!
The plot was for sure different. The genre is what I can best describe as today’s world fantasy. It is kind of like Percy Jackson (I LOVE PERCY JACKSON WITH ALL MY HEART) in the way that there were magical powers, but it was also like Hourglass in the way that there was no big organization or group of people. It was just a few people with powers that were basically alone.
Harper Price is the actually nice most popular girl in school. She is shallow, but not mean or rude. All of that changes after an unfortunate encounter with the janitor. She subsequently receives kung-fu ninja skills. But, with one catch. She has to protect David Stark, a boy who has been nothing but rude to her for the longest time.
The rest of the book follows Harper and David as they try to learn what is happening in the midst of all of the madness.
Harper. Oh boy, can you say character development?! She changed so much for the better. At the beginning I wanted to punch her in the face fifteen times because all she seemed to care about was purses and lipstick. She was still a kind popular girl, which is not common in any book or script ever. She learns to care about more important things and become a very powerful Paladin so she can protect David. She also puts aside her ardently poor feeling about David to protect him (those feelings change, obviously). She’s basically Elle Woods with super powers.
David. David is raised by only his aunt because his parents died when he was young. He is a journalist and the editor of the school paper, which Harper is often the target of. David is a huge jerk towards Harper at the beginning of the book. He progresses to where he does care about her and realizes that he is being way too harsh. He has to face a tough reality about himself and he handles it very well.
The relationship. Harper and David really did hate each other at the beginning of the book. That slowly changes to where I was screaming:
The relationship take SO LONG SO MUCH FOREVER but it is super cute and completely clean.
This book had witty dialogue and reminded me of Gilmore Girls in that aspect. Harper was hilarious and sassy. I loved hearing y’all in book because I say that in real life so it is refreshing! I loved this book and I cannot wait for the sequel which is coming out next May!
4.5/5 stars. I would recommend this for ages 12+ is it completely clean.
READ IT IF YOU LIKE GOOD BOOKS!
Your favorite fangirl,
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”