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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.
“As surprising as it is delicious.”—BCCB, starred review
“Fun with a twist of supernatural and Southern charm.” —VOYA
“The romance, coming-of-age aspects, and a well-drawn heroine with a crackling wit will lure in readers.” —Booklist
Huh? ” We were sitting in his car, parked in my driveway. It was after midnight, but still bright in the car, thanks to the truly obscene amount of security lighting my parents have. Somebody tried to break in a few years back, and ever since then, my dad has been more than a little paranoid. But, I mean, if we didn’t have this big brick, ivy-covered house that pretty much screams, “HI! THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE ARE TOTALLY LOADED! PLEASE TAKE SOME OF THEIR STUFF! THEY’LL JUST BUY MORE! ” he wouldn’t have to worry so much.
If their ‘sacred duty’ is to protect—” “Alaric was a danger to himself in that state. ” Saylor reached out, her hand hovering over David’s for a moment before she pulled it back. “Which meant the inherent contradiction in that overrode the Paladins’ instinct to keep him safe. ” Lowering her head, Saylor pinched the bridge of her nose. “If we were at my house, I’d be able to show you. I have books, illustrations, things you’ll need to see. ” Giving up the pretense of eating—my mouth was too dry, my stomach too jumpy—I pushed my plate away.
When I folded my arms and gave him a look, he sighed. “I knew you’d come. And not because I saw it. I mean, I did see it, but . . . ” He trailed off, tugging at his hair. I walked across the room and covered his hands with mine, gently pulling his loose from the top of his head. As I did, he watched me very carefully, and I felt that same fire, the one from the Cotillion, curl in my belly. We held each other’s gaze, our hands still tangled up as I stood in front of him. “You know what’s awkward? ” David asked, the corner of his mouth lifting.
No, not my vision. The house. The entire house rumbled and quaked, little bits of plaster falling from the ceiling. “David! ” I gasped. Saylor moved forward, clutching my dress. Her hand left streaks of blood down the skirt. “You said he’s with the girls? All of them? ” I nodded, closing my eyes. I could see the sea of dresses in front of me, see David’s bewildered face as I’d slammed the door. “Yes,” I said. “All seven of them. ” “Harper. ” Saylor’s eyes were huge with pain and fear, her skin paper white. “There were only six other girls.
We were practicing in our dresses today, and Bee looked like a seriously pissed-off bride as she stomped to my side. “You went to the movies with Ryan? ” she asked Mary Beth. Bee was one of the sweetest people I knew, but she was also super scary when she got angry. It didn’t help that she was over six feet tall in her heels. Mary Beth went a little pale. “No! ” she bleated. “I-I sat next to him after Harper ran out to hook up with David Stark. ” Now everyone did gasp, and David, who was in his usual spot, slouching behind a paperback book, sat up.