Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile, 384 pages
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
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.
This book was so much fun, it reminded me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It's light and fluffy and Harper is hilarious. I laughed out loud so many times in this book.
"I needed my mentor-person right now. I had figured out as much as I possibly could, so it was time for my Giles or my Professor X or whoever to get here and start explaining."
Cheerleader and student body president, Harper is a good Southern girl who finds herself with ninja-like powers and having to protect her nemesis, David. The tension between them, the banter…so well done. The story is interesting, Harper's inner monologue perfectly displays her personality, and the romance is cute cute cute. A contemporary with a dash of paranormal mixed in, I really enjoyed it.
Posted by: Pam