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.
This book was so much fun!
I loved the sass, Harper’s flaws, and how her new “powers” brought out another side of her.There was also such a great display of how I feel a teenager would really accept this big change in their lives and new role in “destiny.” Harper, and David, and eventually someone else, all had their “This is cool!” moment, only then to get into denial, and eventually accept their new roles.
It was also really interesting watching the relationships in this book. Harper is so devoted to her friends and family. I loved watching the devolution of her relationship with Ryan and evolution of she and David. It reminded me a lot of the Dean/Rory/Jess dynamic from Gilmore Girls (Jess forever!). And I loved how amicable she and Ryan were when they realized they weren’t couple material anymore, because at the same time it was clear they never stopped caring for each other. And David is so freaking adorable! I love the dynamic between he and Harper, they are equals and I love how they stand up to each other but learn to do it in thoughtful and caring ways.
All the ongoing activities in the town make this story so fun. I mean, beyond normal school stuff, Harper and her best friend Bee are preparing for Cotillion, she’s starting to look at colleges, and juggle a romantic relationship with a budding friendship. This book had so much going on, but it never felt overwhelming. And though it is flat out silly and fun, I love the characters and their relationships with each other.