Publication: April 7, 2015 by Putnam Juvenile
Source: Hardcover copy provided by publisher
Since this book is a sequel, my review will contain spoilers for the first book, Rebel Belle.
Continue reading only if you've read Rebel Belle.
For my review of Rebel Belle, click here.
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 thoroughly enjoyed Rebel Belle, it was fun, exciting, and fast-paced. While Miss Mayhem kept that same feel, it just didn't live up to the first book for me.
Rebel Belle left off on a crazy spot and I was dying to see how everything would play out in the next book. I was especially interested in how Harper and David would be. I really like them together, they are a unique couple and I enjoy seeing the qualities they bring out in each other. I loved reading about them in this book. However, towards the middle and end, their relationship plot line aggravated me. I did not like the direction their relationship took.
I'm glad this book maintained the humor and wit, especially with Harper's character. I love her personality, it is one I can somewhat relate to. I also enjoy seeing her development and growth as she tries to deal with the insanity that is her life.
I enjoyed all of the side characters as well. It was so interesting to see the aftermath of Rebel Belle and how it affected everyone. It definitely makes for some strange and awkward interactions.
The overall plot is a little weird. It intrigued me at first, but as it went on I lost some interest. I didn't totally understand what was going on and a lot of it felt random. The ending left me confused and unsatisfied. I'm still definitely going to pick up the next book, but I really don't know where this is going.
A lot of things are explained with the Paladin/Oracle stuff, and that aspect of the book becomes a major plot line, but it still didn't make a ton of sense to me.
My favorite aspects are for sure the characters and writing. The characters are lovable, amusing, and different. The writing just has a certain charm to it that pulls me into the story. This installment packs on the crazy which makes for an entertaining read. However, I don't feel the plot is developed enough and I don't like what happens with Harper and David.