- Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
- Format: Hardback | 345 pages
- Dimensions: 142mm x 213mm x 36mm | 363g
- Publication date: 8 April 2014
- ISBN 10: 0399256938
- ISBN 13: 9780399256936
- Sales rank: 4,015
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.
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Rachel Hawkins is the author of the "New York Times" bestselling series Hex Hall. She was born in Virginia and raised in Alabama. Rachel taught high school English for 3 years before becoming a full-time writer. Visit her at readingwritingrachel.com.
By Ryann Dannelly 04 May 2014
This was definitely an interesting and highly humorous read. What makes this book stand out against other supernatural paranormal stories is the realness to it. HarperÃ¢??s transformation is completely believable. Sure she wakes up with this new fighting power, but itÃ¢??s her reaction to suddenly having this power thatÃ¢??s spot on. SheÃ¢??s utterly confused but strangely excited about her sudden badass status.
Harper is an entertaining main character. She needs control in every aspect of her life, which doesnÃ¢??t bode well for the fact that sheÃ¢??s no longer in control of her body. Since the story is from her voice, the reader really get inside her mindset.
I laughed when Harper goes out in search of her Professor-X-like mentor. Her way of making sense of her new ability is to equate it to MarvelÃ¢??s superheroes, which is entertaining, but letÃ¢??s be honest, is probably what I would do too.
The interactions between Harper and David were the other parts of the story that I thoroughly enjoyed. They love to hate each other, and anyone can see where that plot line is headed. The dialogue between them is witty and realistic as they try to keep up this facade while acting tough in situations where they really have no idea what theyÃ¢??re doing. (Like trying to use a stapler as a weapon to threaten someone into submission.)
This book is a fun and light read. ThereÃ¢??s nothing too complicated about HawkinsÃ¢?? writing style. ItÃ¢??s sarcastic and snarky in all the right places. The combination of the witty dialogue, HarperÃ¢??s internal monologue, and the intense yet realistic hand-to-hand combat scenes make for a fun read.
If youÃ¢??re a fan of the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stoh, you should definitely check this book out, as there are some overlapping themes. But really, if youÃ¢??re a fan of any supernatural paranormal stories, this book will be right up your alley.
* Harper is as quippy as you please, with a sass born of a sharp intellect .as surprising as it is delicious. Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review "Plenty of merriment, even for Yankees." "Kirkus Reviews" Fun with a twist of supernatural and Southern charm. "VOYA" The romance, coming-of-age aspects, and a well-drawn heroine with a crackling wit will lure in readers. "Booklist" Hawkins strikes a pleasing balance between humor and drama, giving the chosen one narrative a welcome dusting of irony and a glowing Southern setting. "Publishers Weekly""