Just as Harper Price starts coming to terms with her role as David Stark's battle-ready Paladin, protector, and girlfriend, her world goes crazy all over again.
Overwhelmed by his Oracle powers, David flees Pine Grove and starts turning teenage girls into Paladins, and these young ladies seem to think that Harper is the enemy David needs protecting from. Ordinarily Harper would be able to fight off any Paladin who comes her way, but her powers have been dwindling since David left town, which means her life is on the line yet again.
Now it's a desperate race for Harper to find and rescue David before she backslides from superhero to your garden-variety type-A belle.
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"A Lackluster and Disappointing Finale"
Yes. But I probably wouldn't buy it.
This book was a strange rabbit chase followed by a predictable climax and ending. The gang (Harper, David, Ryan, and Bee) is all divided (the guys play almost no role in this story), so the fascinating tension and chemistry between all the characters that was in the first two books is completely gone. And neither the narrative nor the dialogue is very funny like the first book was. The setting completely removed itself from the HS and southern social scene context (Book 1 had homecoming and cotillion. Book 2 had a beauty pageant. Book 3 had nothing...). It's also several hours shorter than the first two. And just boring. No twist. No shock. No emotional punch. It's exactly what you'd expect but not in a good way.
So basically, this book is NOTHING like the first two. I'm disappointed. The story definitely wraps itself up. But I expected more. It has taught me how I don't want my own novel series to develop.
She's an alright reader. I probably preferred her reading of this series over The Selection (but honestly, I hated those stories whether reading with eyes or ears).
I think it's done. It had SO MUCH POTENTIAL. And it was pretty much wasted with this last book. There's no fixing that.
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