REBEL OF THE SANDS | BOOK REVIEW

20 February 2016


PUBLISHER: Penguin || PUBLICATION DATE: March 8th 2016 || GENRE: Fantasy
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. -goodreads
"SHE'S MORE GUNPOWDER THAN GIRL."
Coarse sand rubbing against your skin, the cold, hard barrel of a gun pressed against your face; a pulsing noise reverberating in your ears, the wavering focus of bulls-eye. Amani''s world pushes its way into your mind and body, complete with scorching hot weather, sharpshooting and a desert sea rolling beneath your feet. Hamilton's debut holds a sensual world of fantasy, power and adventure within its pages, and a captivating cast of characters in its heart. REBEL OF THE SANDS is masterfully told, and encompasses a range of details that I always crave for in a book: strong female leads, unconventional and unique plots, and a nice chunk of action, complete with daring escapades and a gun. Something I appreciated most was the writing style: fantasies can quite often become over-written and flamboyant, while many action-packed books focus too much on the logistics and not enough on making the character's voices authentic and readable, while still keeping enough of the rich writing. Hamilton however, has managed to perfectly bridge the gap between beautiful writing and sharp-paced action scenes, while creating a host of characters you can feel a connection towards. Riveting, compelling and enticing, REBEL OF THE SANDS is one of the most inventive novels I have read this year.
(FUN FACT: my cousin is called Amani. still waiting on the day an MC has my name..)
*many thanks to the publishers for sending me this book free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

14 comments:

  1. that cover is gorgeous *makes heart eyes* and it has your name on it? :O

    safah | oh, how i wander.

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    1. I KNOW! Personalised ARCs are where it's at Safah. ;)

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  2. That cover is just perfection.

    Hawwa, your reviews are so beautiful *cries bc of your gorgeous way with words*

    I'm sure there's a somewhere book out there taut has an MC with your name ;P

    Great review!

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    1. YES. And tHANKS. Um really? I mean I hope there is - probably, maybe Asian lit..I just need to find one in (western) YA lit and then i'll be satisfied...DIVERSITY IN BOOKS!

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    2. IM SICK OF THE SAME NAMES BEING USED IN BOOKS.

      I wish the book business was more diverse :(

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    3. I AGREE. There is a certain amount of Amy/Anna/Charlotte/Emily's before it's just ENOUGH.

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  3. Ahhh so glad you liked this one! I ADORED IT TOO!! And I love love loooved the deserty setting and like mixing the magic with guns and things? Not something I often read. Ergo mooore please.
    Jin was too adorable. Amani was too fabulous.
    JUST EVERYTHING WAS TOO PERFECT AND WONDERFUL AND HUZZAH I LOVE.
    (Except I kept saying "dessert" instead of "desert" when referring to this book? I'm not sure that's a problem though....)

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    1. YES! shooting and magic, a perfect mix! I actually wrote an entire review saying 'dessert' instead of 'desert' and then had to edit/re-write a lot of it..

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  4. Oh, I love how you worded this review. I'm just, gah, I want it. I'm pretty sure this is on my next book haul even though I've already spent so much on books these few months. (Alas, I suppose I can survive only watching Civil War in cinemas this year.) And gunpowder = ALWAYS THE BEST.

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    1. Awh thank you!! OOOOOH, Civil War? *looks it up*

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  5. ABJSADA. This sounds absolutely amazing! A strong heroine + a good fantasy setting + some action? I cannot wait to get my hands on this! Thanks for sharing Hawwa and, as always, fabulous review! ♥

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  6. Your brief reviews are completely refreshing! I'll be on the hunt for a book with an MC that has your name (you might even strike lucky, they might spell it right too!). This book sounds breathtaking, and fantasy is something you can rarely say no to. :D

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  7. The plot sounds so intense! I always enjoy a strong female protagonist (this is why Sidney Sheldon is my ultimate favorite).

    Noor | Noor's Place

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  8. This. Sounds. AWESOME.

    I've been looking for more diverse books. I love fantasy books, and it's been long time since I've read a fantasy book with POC. I'll definitely be buying this book once it's out! <3

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