Tuesday, April 19, 2016

{REVIEW} Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Title: Rebel of the Sands
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of the Sands #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication: February 4th / March 8th, 2016
Rating: ★★★★☆ +0.5

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him...or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.
I remember reading a two-chapter sampler mooonths ago but from then on I was so incredibly hyped and excited to get my hands on this pretty book. I had to read it. No matter the reviews, I knew I have to get it because I already LOVED it. Some of you might now that I was in a huge reading slump but as soon as I got Rebel of the Sands I started it almost immediately. This book was such a great help at getting out of my slump!

I want to start by talking about the characters ... and by that I mean Amani and Jin. I adored these two. Seriously, I like them together as much as each of them indivually. They're such amazingly written and well fleshed-out characters and made me feel connected to them immediately. Obviously I ship the heck out of them! RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING. I knew these two would be the death of me and oh my god, I was right! There were certain scenes where I couldn't contain my excitement and made some very awkward noises.

"Jin always smiled at me like we were both about to be in big trouble and he loved it."

Their relationship is slow burn which makes it only better, if you ask me. There's banter and sarcasm and witty comments and and and. I LOVE THIS. They're such a great team and complement each other perfectly. I guess you can tell I'm in a fangirl mode by now? Good.

I also liked all the side-characters because they were different and very interesting with their ... talents. I don't wanna say too much but BE EXCITED. It's freaking awesome and I couldn't get enough of all of them.

The world itself was brilliant with so much to discover. You might be a bit overwhelmed at first - mostly because they're traveling a lot and there's so much to see -, but you'll appreciate all these places nonetheless. It's amazing and I really, really like the desert/western theme of this book. I've never read something like this but I highly enjoyed it! I only wish there would've been a map because there are SO MANY places to discover and at times I felt a bit lost. Plus, I love maps and I feel like it would've made the book so much more awesome.

"The world makes things for each place. Fish for the sea, Rocs for the mountain skies, and girls with sun in their skin and perfect aim for a desert that doesn't let weakness live."

So what's my conclusion? A MUST-READ. Honestly, this book was an epic adventure and the ending leaves you wanting more ... it's not really a cliffhanger but OH MY GOD. I need book 2 immediately! Just give it to me!! Everyone who hasn't read this yet should definitely pick up a copy as soon as possible - trust me, it's worth it!

★★★★☆ +0.5


  1. I loved this book! Amani and Jin are absolutely the best, and I ship them so much. The world was beautifully built, and I loved how it was all plot driven, not relationship driven! I can't wait for the next book to come out :)
    Erika @ Books, Stars, and the Pages in Between

    1. Yeees! I'm so glad you agree with me! Amazing charactes, interesting plot and a fantastic world. ♥

  2. Yes!! I love reading gushing reviews about this book because I loved it TOO much. Amani is honestly probably my favorite protag of the year so far, and of course Jin is pretty swoonworthy. UGH I need the next book soon! great review :)

    1. Thank you! They're both such amazing and strong character ... I LOOOOOVE THEM! I'm so glad this book lived up to the hype I created for myself, haha. :D

  3. I've heard nothing but good things about this book, so I'm SUPER excited to read it. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

    1. Yay! Thank you, Clara! You should definitely check it out because it's AMAZING! ♥ I hope you enjoy it!

  4. Awesome review, Yvonne! I'm so glad you loved it also. ♥

    1. Yeees! It was amazing! Thanks for stopping by, my dear! ♥


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