Teen Winter Reading has begun! December 13-February 13.  Grab your friends and head to the library... pronto! Why should you sign up for winter reading, you ask? Well, if the joy of reading for reading's sake isn't enough, there's always the grand prize of a Kindle Fire HDX as motivation. The 2nd and 3rd prizes will be $25 gift cards. Registration cards are at the main service desk. You'll get a registration form and then a BINGO sheet. Once you've completed a BINGO, turn it in for a prize (a … Read More

New Books for Teens

Staff Pick

Rebel Belle
by Rachel Hawkins

 "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.
"(Goodreads synopsis)

 "Looking back, none of this would have happened if I'd brought lip gloss the night of the Homecoming Dance." (Rebel Belle, Pg 1, Sentence 1).

For all of you Disney Channel fans out there, this book is very similar to the Disney Channel Movie Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior. The storyline isn't the exact same, but the general idea is the same. The Homecoming Queen becomes imbued with supernatural powers by the school janitor/secret Paladin, who blows (kisses?) his powers into her on his last, dying breath.

I love that Harper takes everything in stride and only thinks she's crazy for a day or so. There's no room in Harper's overly filled schedule for much angst. So what if she now has awesome butt-kicking abilities and a little more responsibility? As much as the storyline fits in with the Disney Channel movie, Harper herself is very much a Lemon Breeland from the CW show Hart of Dixie. Everything will be fine because Harper will make it fine.

The greatest thing about this book is Harper and David's animosity towards each other. I love books where the love interests start out by hating each other. It is especially amusing when one has to protect the other person and as much as she tries... cannot physically complete the smack she aims at his face. This book is fast-paced  featuring a car chase, sword fights, and "an insane tiny witch person" (pg 318) trying to repeatedly kill Harper so she can get to David.

The book ends on a hilarious love-triangle situation that has me itching to get my hands on the second book in the series, Miss Mayhem... which comes out April 7th of this year so everybody needs to get a move on and read this book! ~Krystal

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