Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins (Rebel Belle #2)

Title: Miss Mayhem

Author: Rachel Hawkins

Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy

Type: Sequel

You would like it if: You’re a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and mythology

Pages: 273

Rating: 3.5

Buy it: Chapters | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Goodreads summary

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

Review: 

Miss Mayhem was a great read, truly, but it did not even come close to the perfection that was Rebel Belle.

Why I liked it:

  1. I loved the character development we encountered throughout the book, especially Harper’s growth, which is thing I was most excited about while going through it. Harper is still selfish (which is something I love about her), but she also displays a lot of selflessness, and I don’t think it’s because she’s a Paladin, either. I also came to really like David, which just shows his own development, because I did not like him in Rebel Belle.
  2. I did cry in a few scenes.

Why I didn’t like it:

  1. Plot points. There were some plot points I either saw coming, or they weren’t as big or as exciting as it should have been.
  2. It was an easy, simple read, but it felt longer than 273 pages, at time. I remember, in the beginning of the book, I was just not really into it, even though I pushed on. It got better once we meet Alexander, but it was still not at Rebel Belle’s height.

In the end, I did enjoy this book very much, finishing it in one night, it is definitely something I would recommend to anyone. But it does not live up to Rebel Belle. It doesn’t have the hmph that Rebel Belle had for me. It wasn’t as exciting, or as emotionally moving. And I’m not sure if that’s because of my expectations, or because I’m picky. I gave the book a 3.7/5 because it was a very amazing book, filled with lots of Harper moments that I enjoyed, and the character development we explored was incredibly well-done, but I couldn’t give it a 4 because of the predictability, and it just wasn’t as satisfying as Rebel Belle.

Book Blogger Hop: April 24th – 30th

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer

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Does the title of a book make or break your choice to read it?

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If it sounds nice to my ears, and looks good at that, then I’m definitely going to buy it. The title tied with the cover is what helps me decide if I pick a book up or not, since I don’t always read the blurb on the back. So you could say that it is a factor in whether it makes or break my choice, but it’s not the defining factor.

Friday Quotes #1: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Book Beginnings

“At dusk, they pour from the sky.”

Although I could have added more to this sentence, as it is quite small, I found that this line. This is such a simple line, but it really caught my attention, and hopefully the rest of the book keeps it hooked as I continue reading through the book.

The Friday 56

But I am letting myself be carried away by reveries which I must now put aside, writes Aronnax. Enough of these phantasies.

All day Marie-Laure lies on her stomach and reads. Logic, reason, pure science: these, Aronnax insists, are the proper ways to pursue a mystery. Not fables and fairy tales.”

I’m not sure why, because it doesn’t seem all that special, but what Aronnax wrote just made me want to get through this book quicker so I can get to the 56th page and further. I don’t know if it’s the way it’s written, or just the energy within the book, but my brain’s jaw just dropped at the sight of it.