World building: 6/10
Writing style: 7/10
Character building: 8/10
My Opinionated Review
Rebel Belle was an entertainment at its best. A perfect blend of funny and action-packed themes, the book kept me interested throughout the whole story, making me laugh at more than a few occasions.
This story has a Buffy/Gossip Girl southern style vibe, and only these reasons were enough to make me enjoy this book. I loved the typical clique use of small town undercurrents, gossiping old ladies, small town traditions, rivalry-driven character dynamics, and a great, funny, witty and smart overachiever-perfect-good-girl female lead. Although the story is of supernatural nature, it was so easy to forget this element, and at times it just felt like a contemporary coming of age typo of the book, just with the addition of certain twists to keep the action going.
The book has one of the best female lead narration, it was a delight to read from Harper’s perspective. Her unique and delightful voice made me laugh quite a lot. She was such an unusual, yet amazingly multi-layered character and her dealing with the whole supernatural change in her normal life was very believable. Sometimes supernatural books start in real worlds and then completely forget about it, and it was very entertaining to see Harper trying to juggle her supernatural-ness with her previous life.
Did the whole supernatural world seem amazing? Not really. I do not think it was the story’s strong point, making the contemporary elements of the story the most enjoyable part. However, despite the supernatural world, the author has created did not really captivated me, it did add to the story with its never-ending mystery and most of the chapters ending on a cliff-hanger. With so much going on, it was easy to ignore the weaker parts, since the comedic feeling of the book made the irregularities much more unique.
What really got me to care about the book was the amazing dynamics between Harper and David. Both of the characters had that clique enemies-turned-friends-turned-lovers type of dynamic, but it was written in such a witty and fun way, without being too dramatic and most importantly, without characters being stupid. And since romance was not a big part of the book, the need to have what it is not given to you makes you root for the characters so much more.
So, although I have seen quite a few flaws in the supernatural aspect of the story, the voice of the heroine and the contemporary small town problems viewpoint just made the book pure entertainment. It was a quick light read, and despite lacking the ‘smartness’, Rebel Belle does not fail to relax, entertain, and make the reader laugh out loud.
Overall, it is a perfect girly book if you are looking for something light, fun and relaxing.