Lady Renegades comes out on April 5. Here's the Goodreads page along with where you can purchase it. Penguin Random House is hosting a series giveaway, which you can get right here. It closes on March 25, so make sure to sign up soon. It is US only.
Since Miss Mayhem is the second book in the Rebel Belle trilogy, there's not too much I can say without spoiling you, but I'll link my Rebel Belle review here.
I enjoyed Miss Mayhem, but it was not as much fun as Rebel Belle. It was missing a lot of the humor that set Rebel Belle apart for me and there really wasn't a lot of world building that I wanted to see since it was such a unique world. There was a quick recap at the beginning which I would have found annoying but greatly appreciated since it has been so long since I read Rebel Belle. We still had a good amount of action and the end has definitely left me in anticipation of Lady Renegades.
That's all I can say without spoiling you, so go read Miss Mayhem, then come back to discuss!
Harper: Harper lost a lot of her humor that I loved in the first book. I was so frustrated with her when she kept refusing to tell David that her and Ryan had put a blockade on his visions because I knew that they would break up over that. She also struck me as very cocky with her Paladin powers and used them unnecessarily.
Her choice to enter the Miss Pine Grove pageant felt very rushed, not only on her end, but on the writing end too. A lot of the events that happened in this book, minus the end, felt just smacked together rather than thought out. The whole book felt both dragged out and rushed at the same time, with the slowly building plot around the Ephors and the fast changes in relationships.
I wished we got to see more development with Harper because it felt like she was just sitting in her character flaw of biting off more than she can chew. In Lady Renegades, I hope to see her start to mold into a better person rather than just a better Paladin.
David: I started to like David more in this book but the end still left me frustrated with him. He was constantly moping about not being able to see the future, which made him annoying to have in a scene. Since it has been such a long time since Rebel Belle, I felt like David and Harper were forcing themselves upon each other rather than actually wanting to be together. They were always busy with Paladin/Oracle business, so I never really understood how they thought they could manage a relationship together.
When David finally left in the end, I was still really angry, even though I wasn't his biggest fan. It made sense that he wanted to leave so life could go back to normal for Harper, but I know that he's still going to make extra problems. The ending felt strangely final and I kind of wish that it was the end to keep it from being cliche.
Ryan: I liked Ryan immediately from the first chapter of Rebel Belle and I still do like Ryan. He was accepting of David and Harper, despite all the weirdness. I wasn't a huge fan of Ryan with Mary Beth and was super angry when I found out that he cheated on Harper while they were still dating. I hope that it is addressed in the next book because I do need closure on that.
I saw Ryan and Bee coming from a while away, but was still surprised that Bee never told Harper about it. I felt like Bee was throwing herself at Ryan a bit, like when she invited him with her and Harper to the fair. I do want to know a bit more about how Bee and Ryan happened in Lady Renegades.
Bee: While I did enjoy seeing Bee as a Paladin, it felt like she was also very cocky regarding her powers. I'm sure that there was a part of her that wanted to be a Paladin so that she could keep her powers.
It was sad to see that Brendan didn't remember who she was, but everyone else eventually remembered who she was. Will Brendan remember her later? It seemed strange that the conflict between them was not addressed again.
I also want to know what is going to happen with Bee's Paladin powers in the next book and if she's going to keep them in the long run.
Alexander: Alexander was super sassy, adding in some of the humor that I was missing from this book. He raised some questions as to whether or not the Ephors are textbook "bad guys" or trying to keep their world surviving. Also, did he die or is he going to come back in Lady Renegades? I found it very unclear, but I do hope to see him again.
The Aunts: Just a quick side note that I seriously love The Aunts. I was glad that Harper tried to make some effort to talk to them more, since it added in some comedy. The part during the pageant where her and Bee were fighting and her Aunt stood up clapping for no reason was hilarious (I'm talking about the Aunt who did it because she didn't know better, not the one who was hiding the actual fight).
I want to see them in the next book, although I don't think they'll be very prevalent since Harper is travelling to find David.
World Building: There wasn't a lot of development in the world building, so we didn't get to learn much more than we already knew. I felt like the Peirasmos was just thrown in to add a conflict, but not actually meant to do anything since it was "cancelled."
The bit about the Ephors fading was interesting and I do think that it'll be explored more.
I just want to know more about this world since there are so many things I don't know. I also don't know how any of them know what they're doing, since there isn't exactly a guide book.
Overall, I enjoyed Miss Mayhem, but not as much as Rebel Belle. Make sure to check out Lady Renegades on April 5!
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