by Rachel Hawkins
E-book, 272 pages
Published April 12th 2016 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Just as Harper Price starts coming to terms with her role as David Stark’s battle-ready Paladin, protector, and girlfriend—her world goes crazy all over again.
Overwhelmed by his Oracle powers, David flees Pine Grove and starts turning teenage girls into Paladins—and these young ladies seem to think that Harper is the enemy David needs protecting from. Ordinarily, Harper would be able to fight off any Paladin who comes her way, but her powers have been dwindling since David left town…which means her life is on the line yet again.
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins brings the fun once again in the finale of this pitch-perfect romantic paranormal comedy series.
After all the angst and teenage drama in MISS MAYHEM, the series finally redeemed itself with LADY RENEGADES! The fun vibe, the seriousness of the supernatural situation, and Harper’s ability to kick ass while still being a true southern belle is back. I’ve been putting this off because I was afraid I would be dissapointed, but if I knew I would be enjoying the book this much, I might as well read it earlier!
Harper Price is spending the Summer playing lifeguard at the community pool with her also paladin best friend, Bee. Ever since David skipped town, her life has been peaceful without any danger and fight in sight. But she should’ve known better, since suddenly another paladin attacks her, claiming that David sent her. If that wasn’t enough, her power starts going on and off and her nemesis is back in town.
I love how much Harper has grown since the first book. She’s still very much the polite, overachieving southern belle we met in REBEL BELLE, but she’s also more willing to let others take control and trust her instinct, even though they are usually very unlady like. She’s also able to take rational decision instead of believing that she could control everything like she used to. I’m still not over Ryan/Bee situation, but I’m really glad we see more Blythe in this book. Tbh I forgot who she is, I tried to remember and read my old review but I didn’t mentioned her at all, but I’m still happy seeing her here and seeing Harper felt reflected by Blythe.
While this book is all about saving David, I’m really happy that romance take the trunk, magic take the backseat, and girl friendships are all on the front! Okay, it’s definitely not frienship on Harper and Bee vs Blythe, but I’m happy seeing Harper tried to talk and reason with Blythe, even try to trust her even though she messed up BIG TIME. That talks builds some sort of understanding and trust between them and it’s everything seeing Harper giving Blythe another chance instead of holding on to the animosity and jumping to conclusions. It’s refreshing to see that instead of books that portrayed us girls as this vengeful creature.
The plot itself was fast paced and very action packed, because believe me, the trio always have to fight for their lives. Reading this book makes you pay extra attention to all the strangers mentioned in case they are another rogue paladin, mage, and such waiting to attack our girls 😆 I also like the revelation on how Saylor, Alexander, and David are all connected in this paladin mess, the implications for David and of course, the will she/won’t she question Harper faced.
The ending was perfect; it was bittersweet, but also the most logical way of how the things should end. It has been a fun journey with Harper and this book gave a statisfying ending to her story!