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.
I’m going to start off by saying that Rachel Hawkins’ books take up a special place in my heart. Meaning, they completely suck, but they suck in an entertaining and stupid way causing me to love them.
The story was written well, the story just sucked. It was cliche and predictable to the point of a fault. Did Hawkins’ really expect us to be surprised that Harper would want to leave Ryan from David? I saw that coming before I even cracked open the book.
And speaking of the main character, I hate her. She was selfish and only cared about her own accomplishments. Not to mention, she totally accepted that she had superpowers with no second-guessing it. Someone at her age (who also happens to be a little to very close-minded) should not be able to re-arrange her thinking to believe that bullshit so quickly. It made the book almost unbearable, but I kept reading because I had nothing else to do.
All of these characters were completely one dimensional. Her best friend, Bee or Bre, I honestly can’t even remember. Her only point in the book was to push Harper and Ryan together even though Harper clearly didn’t want to be with him anymore. I’m just glad she’s not going to be in the next book much because she was kidnapped. Ryan was the cliche teenage boy who was into sports and action movies and getting physical with his girlfriend. I believe the only reason he was in this book was so there would be a love triangle. But this one was even stupider than the one in fucking Twilight. That’s right. I said it. I found it. I found the love triangle even more stupid than Twilight. Think about that.
It was just dragged on for way too long and it looks like it’s going to go on for even longer since Ryan replaced Saylor as their mage. And it was so unbelievable how he became the mage… my brain is starting to hurt about how stupid this book is. I know, at the beginning I said I loved this piece of garbage, and I do. It’s like a younger sibling. You love it. It has the potential to be great. But it just keeps making mistake after mistake to where you just want to shake it and shout “GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER!”
I’m hoping the next book is better because if it isn’t, I’m going to have wasted my money on yet another shitball. Please, Hawkins’ if you can hear me, please let me not have wasted my money on another shitball.
This book is getting three stars because it was mostly good, just very frustrating at parts. It has the potential to get better and I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt.