Staff Review: "Rebel Belle"
If you enjoy YA books with a strong female protagonist, give Rebel Belle a chance. Seventeen-year-old Harper is an overachieving, popular teenager at a private school in Alabama, until she witnesses a deadly fight at a school dance. Suddenly, Harper is given magical powers, including superhero strength from a dying Paladin, and a quest to protect an Oracle, who just happens to be a childhood rival. Comparisons to Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, another popular cheerleader turned superhero (and thus social outcast) are inevitable, and Harper holds her own as a fun and engaging character. The plot moves rather quickly, and should keep readers with shorter attention spans engaged. I also enjoyed the Southern charm and references to life in the South, including sweet tea and cotillions.