Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Miss Mayhem Review

This review is for Miss Mayhem, the second in the series. It will contain spoilers only if you haven't read the first book. If you're looking for a thousand reasons to read Rebel Belle, the first in the series, I gush about how much I love it.

Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins
(Rebel Belle #2)
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Putnam
Pages: 288
Keywords: paranormal, high school, popularity
Format Read: ARC via publisher (thank you!)
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Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and best friend Bee has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can return her focus to 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 connect her to David for life. 

Very cute, but I don't like it as much as the first. The first combined a knife with a "girly" aspect. This one has a statue that is all golden, and even though she's holding a sword, you don't really get the feel that an actual character in the book does that. But still, it's fine.

The SNARK in this book is on point. (On fleek? I just heard that was a phrase people were saying, and boy, do I feel old. What even is that?)
The dialogue and narration in these books make me feel so connected to the characters, especially Harper, because they just feel so real. It's not outdated or stuffy language. It's vernacular, and it's the way people are talking, and some of the things in this book made me laugh a LOT.
I did miss the tension between Harper and David because now that they're together, we missed a lot of that. Obviously, it's still great, and I love how different their characters are, but I do miss the chase.
Another thing I really enjoy about this series is Hawkins doesn't just forget things about the plot. Like, oh, Harper's ex still needs to be friends with her because he's kind of involved in David's scenario too, and their interactions don't just magically become better. It's awkward and it's real, and you can truly see how uncomfortable they are now that they've broken up, which I enjoy. It's refreshing to read a book where not all the problems (even smaller ones within the plot) are magically solved.

It wasn't as long! This was about half the size of the first one, and I feel like everything wrapped up really quickly! I wanted a meatier story, and I realize that because this is a series, the author is pressured with deadlines. But still. I was sad. I just want more!

This is one of the sassiest series I've ever read, and you can bet I will definitely be reading more of Hawkins in the future.

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