Review: Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton


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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.

Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 12.53.20 AM3.5 stars

It took me a long time to get through this book. I found it to be slow, and it just didn’t excite me enough. It picked up towards the end, and I really started to enjoy it from there.

Amani is an orphan who lives with her aunt and uncle. One night, Amani disguises herself as boy in order to enter a shooting contest. She’s used almost all of her money to join the contest, so she cannot lose. Her uncle is planning to marry her, so she must win the prize money and ensure her freedom. She meets Jin, a foreigner who is also competing, and her adventure starts there.

I felt so bad for all of the women in Amani’s world. They’re treated like properties, and it’s just disgusting. It would have been nice if Amani and Jin’s romantic relationship were given more development. I felt like I didn’t really read about them liking each other. They were both there, but they weren’t together enough. Maybe it’s just me. Since I have to make everything about love and romance.

Apparently this is now a series. I’m really glad, because the ending didn’t really strike me as an ending, more like a beginning. I hope the next book will have more Jin and Amani moments, and more action!



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