Original Title: Miss Mayhem
Year Published: 2015
Published by: Putnam Juvenile
Number of Pages: 304
First Sentence: “This is going to be a total disaster.”
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and her best friend, Bee, has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can focus on the important things in life: school, canoodling with David (her nemesis-turned-ward-slash-boyfie), and even competing in the Miss Pine Grove pageant.
Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done. The Ephors have decided they’d rather train David than kill him. The catch: Harper has to come along for the ride, but she can’t stay David’s Paladin unless she undergoes an ancient trial that will either kill her . . . or make her more powerful than ever.
This is the second book in the Rebel Belle Trilogy. The first book ended on a bit of a chaotic note for poor Harper and this picks up a few months later. The plot in this was a mix of fast-paced with segments that felt like you hit the breaks just a little too hard. However, that doesn’t take too much from the plot. Just like the first book it’s a mix of whimsical and serious, times where you want to bang your forehead against a wall (just like the mc wants) and cheering on like a pro cheerleader.
Harper can be a bit annoying at times but perhaps that is the point. She does make up for it and some of her characteristics that are annoying are pointed out by other characters as something negative. Overall I think she is absolutely badass. A preppy cheerleader who has been thrown into a life she never could have expected but tries her hardest to be successful at. Now she also has to balance that with her relationship with David and keeping everyone from finding out their secrets. David is struggling with being an oracle and their relationship is strained due to the paladin/oracle bond. It was very entertaining to read about them and see them trying to navigate their duties and relationships.
Ryan and Bee are still just minor characters but they do play bigger parts in this book which was awesome. They are both interesting characters and it was fun getting to know them better. I also loved the fact that Hawkins could have chosen to write an almighty love triangle but refrained from doing so. Sure there are hints of this but the characters themselves dismiss it and choose to handle the quite uncomfortable situations that occur in semi-responsible ways. At least there never is an over the top drama due to a love triangle (thankfully).
It ended on an almighty cliffhanger though which now has me itching for the final book. Overall I really liked this one and I look forward to reading the conclusion to this trilogy.
Do I recommend it?
Yes. Looking forward to reading the last part.