Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Length: 9 Hours 22 Minutes
Audiobook Publication date: April 29th 2014
My rating: 3.5 stars
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.
With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y'all beg for more.
Harper Jane Price has her life on track. She has a hunky boyfriend, she’s president of the student body, excelling at school, and cotillion is coming up. Her future seems bright, shiny, and all planned out. As she’s about to be crowned Homecoming Queen, the lack of lipgloss puts her future onto a very different path and her whole world spirals out of control. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time bestows Harper with superpowers, and a mission to go with it: Protect the one person who has been her nemesis since the sandbox: David Stark.
Everything about him gets on her last nerve from his hipster glasses to his argyle sweaters and skinny jeans! The feeling is very mutual and they drive each other bananas! There is no love lost between the two; he torments her by writing articles in the school newspaper calling her leadership skills into question saying that her concerns are silly and superficial. Now it’s her permanent mission to protect him! However, as Harper finds out why and they’re forced to work together she feels an unexplainable pull to him. *gasp* Hell must be freezing over!
Harper was pretty superficial at first, very concerned with appearances, but you could tell there was a sweet girl underneath all that desire for properness and perfection. I loved that she turned into a badass with ninja fighting skills, and Harper was quite excited about it too, until she figures out who she’s supposed to be protecting. David and Harper have the classic love/hate relationship. Sparks fly whenever they interact and I was counting down the pages to that first steamy kiss!
As usual, Rachel Hawkins brand of humor had me cracking up and it was enhanced by Amy Rubinate’s brilliant Southern accent, and deadpan delivery. Book two, please!