Review: Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of The Sands
Release Date: March 2016
Retail Price: $17.99
Overall Rating:  7.5/10
Genre: Romance, High-Fantasy, Adventure

I believe that Rebel of The Sands is one of the most hyped up stories of 2016. Therefore, coming into this novel I expected the best of the best. Just like my expectation, what I found inside this magical novel was a carefully woven, beautifully written Persian adventure and fairy-tale. Rebel of the Sands follows the story of a girl, Amani who wants nothing else but to escape her village and she will do whatever it takes to get out. When she ventures out she meets a new boy and together they travel across the Arabian desert to a new place. However, with every step, she takes Amani questions whether or not she is taking the right path.

The novel starts off with a fast-past scene that definitely got me into the story. The pacing of the book was something that brought it down a little. It definitely was fast-paced but because of how quick some moments where I felt like some character development was lost on the way. Amani and Jin’s development were perfect as the novel revolved around both of them and I found that I just wanted to know more and more about both of them. However, characters such as Amani’s brother and Shazad were not as developed and I found it difficult to understand their characters. Furthermore on character development, I thought there were a few too many characters which made it difficult for the author to go in depth with every character. Before I started this novel, I was in a major reading slump

Amani and Jin’s relationship was cheesy, yet adorably cute at the same time. Their relationship was very stretched out, which means more cuteness in the next novel. I actually am so pumped to see where their relationship is going because at times I see them teetering on a beam and sometimes it seems like they are perfect for each other. It pained me to see that Jin tricked Amani and I really hope they are together by the end of the books.

Now on to the plot line, I have a major love for Persian and Arabian fairytales. There is just something so uniquely magical that I love about them. I thought Rebel of The Sands was perfect. Although The Wrath and The Dawn will always be my favourite Arabian fairytale novel, I believe Rebel of The Sands was an enthralling novel. I was surprised when I discovered that Amani was a Djinni and that Jin was a prince. I am so excited to see more of this Arabian story in the next book. I was expecting a retelling of Arabian nights but instead what I found was a unique storyline that had woven bits of the Arabian nights fairytale.

Before I started this novel, I was in a major reading slump and upon finishing it, I think I have saved myself from the slump. I loved so many parts in this novel and I absolutely can’t wait for the next one. If you haven’t read this recent release I highly recommend it, it’s magically and wonderfully exciting and it will keep you up at night!

if you liked these books, you will love rebel of the sands:

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what did you think of rebel of the sands?

 

13 thoughts on “Review: Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

  1. This is one of the first Arabian inspired books I’ve read and it got me hooked! I immediately wanted to read TWATD after this. I actually felt this was a little lacking, especially in the magic portion, so I gave this 3/5 stars but I’m glad to see you enjoyed it more than me. BTW, this song is so perfect for this omg.

    Jess @ POB!

  2. Glad you are out of the reading slump. I haven’t read this book but I just saw another review that wasn’t great and some one else I know said the book was a bit slow for them.
    This of course gives me mixed feelings about getting this book. Never read any arabian inspired books but who knows your review may have just swayed my opinion a bit.

  3. Yeah! So glad that this one got you out of your slump! 🎉 It sounds so entertaining and magical, and I’m definitely going to have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

  4. I just got this book recently, but I was somewhat hesitant to read it because while I LOVE Persian adventure-type books, I hate Wild West type stories. Fast pacing for me is good though, and seeing as to how you compared it to The Wrath and the Dawn, I might just have to read it soon!

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