[Blog Tour]: Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins

[Blog Tour]: Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins
Miss Mayhem
Rebel Belle #2
by Rachel Hawkins

Genres: Humor, Paranormal, Young Adult
Publication date: April 7th, 2015
by Putnam Juvenile

Format: ARC

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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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Oh Miss Mayhem. How I loved you. You are a cruel book that deserves some reprimanding for how you decided to break my heart with that ending.

It’s funny though because that ending, as cruel as it is, actually sealed my love for the book. It’s surprising, and those of you who have read the book might look at me thinking if I have lost my marbles, but I love the ending. And maybe I have (lost my marbles), but I think the ending shows such a HUGE change in Harper as a character and at that moment, I learned to love her like I had never before in this series. I learned to truly appreciate everything she has been through and I finally understood all the things she has really been giving up.

Harper is a great character. She may be snarky like Sophie from the Hex Hall series but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. Harper is a confident female lead. She is self-assured her biggest character flaw is that she tries too hard to be perfect. She has got TOOO many things on her plate yet she somehow manages to balance them and still retain her sanity.

She is well dressed, super smart and involved in a lot of things but still manages to have a social life. She is surprisingly popular and not one of those stereotypical ‘I am super awkward’ female leads (although there is NOTHING wrong with that, so long as it’s done fantabulously). I know when I first started the series, I had a hard time relating to Harper. She is a character so different from who I am and sometimes I just had a hard time getting into her head but in this book, she truly shines.

Harper undergoes so much development. She is still the same awesome her but she is starting to realize she cannot control everything and everyone. And she starts to respect other people’s decisions. This is so beautifully highlighted by the ending of the book, which tore me, but also gave me a new found respect for Harper. For her to accept that she cannot keep everyone safe, and that she is not responsible for everything, really marked a turning point for her as a character and I cannot wait to see how awesome she will be in book 3.

I have spend that much time talking about Harper without even mentioning David. Ahhh David. You beautiful creature you. How I love you so. How I wish I could hunt you down and confront you about the stuff you pulled at the end of the book. David is just such a lovely love interest. He is the complete opposite of Harper in some ways, yet the perfect match for her in others because while he may not be popular, he may be a little nerdy, and he may have no fashion sense, he is also super smart and just as confident.

Harper and David work fabulously as a couple and while their relationship is sorely tested in the novel for obvious reasons (the whole oracle thing can be a real bummer sometimes), I really cannot wait to see where things will go with the two in Book 3.

We even get to see Ryan in a whole new light in this book. I’ve always been a little weird about Ryan, given his and Harper’s past, but Hawkins just manages to make me like him. Over the course of the book, I found myself forgiving him and appreciating him more than I had previously.

I’d say stuff about the plot but I honestly don’t know what to say. It’s fast paced, stuff happens, it’s super fun to read, but at the same time, this book is more about the characters than it is about the plot and while that might not work in some cases, it works perfectly fine in this one.

We see great friendships in this book (and I mean great, Harper never undervalues her friends and that is amazing), great relationships with family members (can I get three cheers for Aunt Jewel), and great romance (although there were things that happened that made me really sad).

This is such a fun book to read and has surprisingly deep moments. It’s great brain candy and I’d recommend this series (since this is book 2) to fans of the Hex Hall series and anyone looking for a great and enjoyable book to read.

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Overall: 3.8
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Rashika

Rashika is a mysterious creature who likes to hide in the shadows. It's impossible to get to know her but if you must know, she is a huge bookworm. She also happens to have a huge sweet tooth so you can always lure her over the dark side by offering her something sweet (or bribing her with books).

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  1. says

    I’m about halfway through the first book and I’m really enjoying it, although I’m not finding it as funny as everyone else seems to have. My problem is that I really like Ryan already and I don’t know how things will play out, but I’m choosing to trust Hawkins. I’m glad Harper is showing significant development. I have so much faith in her, but she can be a bit annoying sometimes. :)
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  2. says

    I really enjoyed the first book in this series and I’m so glad to hear you loved this one too, R! I love the sound of the character growth that Harper underwent and YESSS to couples that work well together. We need more of those in YA. (HINT : READ PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG)
    I’m really nervous about the cliffhanger ending though. WILL IT KILL ME?!? I bought this one on release date but perhaps I’ll wait for book 3 to release.
    Lovely review, Rashika!
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  3. says

    I totally get what you’re saying about cruel endings sealing your love for a book, BUT . . . I still try to avoid them if I can. B/c chicken. And b/c I’m still kind of pissed at Edelweiss for not giving me an ARC (Yes, I can be a brat). However, I LOVED Rebel Belle, so I’ll definitely be reading this, just maybe not until the next book comes out ;) Great review, Rashika!
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  4. says

    I love Rachel Hawkins! Her Hex Hall series will always be one of my favorite paranormal series. I have read Rebel Belle, and despite not enjoying it as much as Hex Hall overall I still quite enjoyed it. I’m excited to read Miss Mayhem now, especially with your positive review c: (though I’m a little scared for the ending now :o I recall Hawkins has quite the talent for the cliffhanger of pain and doom)

    Harper has got to be one of my favorite parts of this series. She’s seriously such a unique character in YA, and yes I do find her strong. There’s more than one way to be strong and I think it’s her confidence that makes her so appealing to me. I also just love how girly she is, like yes you can be girly and still be awesome (something that sadly isn’t shown often enough in YA). It’s great to hear that Harper develops as a character though as there certainly was room for that. I can’t wait to witness her growth and love her even more.

    And the romance. I don’t remember being completely sold on it quite yet, but it sounds like the romance itself grows in this one as does the the development of the love interests. I really do remember David (honestly I haven’t read Rebel Belle in awhile and my memory is pretty fuzzy) and liking his quirkiness. It’s good that Ryan is developed more in Miss Mayhem too. I think that was one of my issues in the first book of this series, I never really got an understanding of his character other than his history with Harper.

    Great review Rashika <33
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  5. says

    I like the sound of the character changing and having developed by the time we get to the end of the novel. That strikes me as a very good thing. I haven’t read any of the books in this series before but I do hope to try and get my hands on the first one at least! And even though the ending is a meanie cliffhanger, it sounds like the best kind of ones!
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