AudioBook Review ~ Miss Mayhem: Rebel Belle #2 by Rachel Hawkins

AudioBook Review ~ Miss Mayhem: Rebel Belle #2 by Rachel Hawkins

Now up, Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins, book two in the Rebel Belle Tween/Teen Fantasy series narrated by Amy Rubinate.

AudioBook Review

 One of the most difficult moments is the second book in a series, particularly when an element (or elements) did not work for me in the first.  In the case of Rachel Hawkins’ Rebel Belle series, while I had some niggles with the book itself, it was the narration that was lacking in oomph.  In Miss Mayhem, Amy Rubinate returns as narrator, and while I’d love to say that the performance was better, it was similar, if not exactly the same as in the first case.  But let me start with the good points

Rebel Belle (book one) seemed to jam in plenty of well-paced elements while introducing us to Harper and her world in high school, and her discovery of her new place (and skills) in the universe.  In Miss Mayhem, a similar number of elements are brought together to hold interest, and the humor, Harper’s view of the world, and the secondary characters all manage to carry readers along.  Hawkins’ portrayal of Harper has been tuned to a fine edge, the voice, determination and higher levels of “I don’t give two hoots about what you think” are prevalent, even as Harper is a bit more out of control, testing her limits.

The story picks up at the end of Rebel Belle, and the cotillion has provided a few surprises, and Harper and David are ‘a couple’ with no triangle.  But – a new task for Harper as the Ephors have returned with a new proclamation for David, and a need to test out and master powers for them both.  A bit of a weird kerfuffle in the middle as everything seems out of control and Harper is dancing that fine edge as she tests her limits and completes her tasks.  Balance in life and obligations are all stressed to fine points, with some things  falling aside occasionally as Harper learns to find her new normal, and overall, clever but not as engaging as the first book.

Narration again from Amy Rubinate, and this most certainly added to the lack of ‘oomph’ in this title for me. Reading not performing the story, combined with some odd choices for voice and tone that were not always consistent made this a listen that was frequently interrupted for ‘other things’.  If you are looking for a light, fun and occasionally madcap YA / Teen story, I would suggest these in their written form.

Stars: Overall 3  Narration  2 Story  3

AudioBook Review ~ Miss Mayhem: Rebel Belle #2 by Rachel Hawkins

Title: Miss Mayhem
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Series: Rebel Belle #2
Also in this series: Rebel Belle
Genre: Magical Realism, Teen Reads, Young Adult
Narrator: Amy Rubinate
Published by: Dreamscape Media LLC, Putnam Juvenile
ISBN: 0399256946
Published on: 7 April, 2015
Source: AudioBook Jukebox
Pages: 273
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 17 minutes
Get Your Copy: Amazon AllRomance
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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 her best friend, Bee, has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can focus on 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 make her more powerful than ever.

A copy of this title was provided via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.


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