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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❤ Obsessed with Rafe, I’ve lost my memory and now, I’ve Time Travelled ❤ January Reads!!!

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Hi!!

This is a bit late. (Okay, I’m four days late with this post but it should be fine!) I have read so many exciting books this January and I think I’m pretty well on my way to finishing a hundred books this year. I mean as long as homework doesn’t devour me, social media doesn’t distract me and I don’t fall into a reading slump, I should be able to complete a hundred books! What is your reading challenge?

Anyway, I have read a total of twelve books this January!! (I know, I think it’s a record if I can say so myself! ) I am so excited to share with you my favourite books, my dislikes and a brief note of my thoughts on the books I’ve read this January! This year has been a fresh start for me and I have enjoyed every day of it! I hope your January was a great start to making 2016 your year! I would love to add some book to my TBR: What have you read this January?

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This was my favourite this month by far,  KISS OF DECEPTION! It was fortunately, one of my first reads, as well! I mean who couldn’t fall in love with this book! I absolutely loved it and the fact that it reminded me of the joy and heart-wrenching pain I felt whilst The Infernal Devices (If you didn’t feel heartbroken at any stage of this book, you aren’t human) So, for all you TID fans: You have to read this series!! The book hangover was actually unreal!!! I am definitely #teamrafe! I loved following the journey of Lia, Rafe and Kaden throughout the four-day period I read this book! I was submerged into this fantasy world and only just managed to pull myself out in one piece! I am desperate for the last book and I honestly need it now!

#SHIPITLIKEFEDEX! OMG RAFE AND LIA ARE GOALS!!

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset   Aaron Hartzler’s What We Saw (Check out the review) was yet another highlight of the month! It’s one of those novels that shakes, racks and completely changes your view of society in just 400 pages! I absolutely love the cover (I know I’m superficial! Jks.) However, seriously though you need to get to this novel, it isn’t like any novel I’ve read before! If you loved Vanishing Girls, I think you’ll enjoy this. Seriously though, get to this book because you won’t regret it!

 

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetTowards the end of January, I read the long-awaited novel, Passenger by Alexandra Bracken! I don’t want to spoil to much but I definitely had a lot of fun reading this novel! A review will be up in the upcoming days, so don’t miss it! It was a different novel to the books I normally read but I loved following this adventure! Both Nicholas and Etta are characters you’ll come to love! This book made me time-travel through so many different periods of time, which made this novel so much fun!

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I also read Never, Never by Colleen Hoover and I am planning on reading the rest of the series this February! You can check out the full review here! What I loved about this book, was the fact that it is short, yet packs a major punch. You won’t be disappointed. Hopefully, the series will continue to get better but I’ve heard from a few bookstagrammers that it isn’t amazing (Yikes!) However, nothing can put aside the fact that this book is written beautifully well. It’s one of the best author collaborations that I have read! I loved reading about how these two main characters lost their memory, it was so well written that I felt like I had lost my own memory and it’s so r

 

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This January, I also read was Zoe Sugg’s Girl Online and Girl Online: On Tour! I’ll tell you the truth, at first, I was very sceptical. This book is written by a YouTuber, not a professional author, not an editor- a YouTuber, who also supposedly wrote this novel with a ghost writer. I wasn’t expecting much. However, when I read this I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, the writing isn’t amazing and parts of the novel were a tad cliche, but it was pretty good for a contemporary novel. I’ve read worse and I really liked how the main character, Penny, was a blogger. The romance was pretty cute, you have to admit!border-grey

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThis month, I have also read Trust Me, I’m Lying, Thirteen Reasons Why, Boy 23, How To Be Bad and Crown of Ptolemy! You guys can check out some of the reviews which I have linked. I absolutely loved Crown Of Ptolemy because Percabeth is life! To be honest, this novella had more percabeth moments than Blood Of Olympus, itself! So, if your craving some Percabeth! You have to check this novel out!

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I hope you enjoyed my January Reads post! Did you read any of these books? Chat to me down below! I have also begun to settle down into a blog regime, which has made me extremely happy! I have updates my blog and have begun posting so much more! Do you like my new layout?

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TBR List for July

Hi Guys!

I haven’t done a TBR list in ages and so I have a TBR list with five series and novels I want to read soon! I have read heaps of books this holiday and I’ll be doing a big book haul this week! I am currently reading I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson and I will be reading Another Day by David Leviathan and Amanda Hocking’s Kanin series, which I am super pumped to start. What are you currently reading and what is the next book you will read?

1) Catch A Falling Star by Kim Culbertson
I have a friend who absolutely loves this contemporary romance novel and her excitement has rubbed off on me. I really want to read this book and I’ll definitely start this super soon. This books kind of reminds me of Open Road Summer. It follows the story of Carter, who is the average town girl, and Jake, who is America’s number one boy celebrity. Carter has no interest whatsoever in Jake even though everyone around her is heads over heels for him, but one day she is offered the chance to become Jake’s fill-in girlfriend for some big dollars. Carter takes the chance but slowly something starts to happen to both of them.

2) The Grisha Series by Leigh Bardugo
I’ve heard lots about this book but to be frank with you, I have no idea what this series is about. 🙂 I do know that it is fantasy. After reading the blurb on Goodreads, I now know that it is based around a refugee who can save the world the Grisha series is set in. If you have read this series please tell me if it’s good!

3) Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
This is another novel which was recommended to me by another friend. It has been around quite a lot basically it is ,a Mulan like story, that revolves around princess Lia who escapes her arranged marriage to a new life in a new village. One day, in her new town two handsome strangers visit and she learns that trust and deception are a tight line to walk on.

4) An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
An Ember In The Ashes is a really buzzing new release novel, that you probably have heard of. It was such a hit that now they are making a movie of the novel. I still haven’t gotten around to this novel yet. It is a fantasy novel that is set in a world inspired by Ancient Rome. Laia’s brother is arrested and in order to save him she must risk her life to spy within the Empire’s military school. She meets Elias ,who is a prodigy, and together they realize they are fated to meet. The summary really sounds like Legend, which I really like, so, I am super excited to start this novel.

5) Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Meira belongs to the Kingdom of Winter, where they horribly crumbled and conquered and now they are left with no magic or queen. Meira was orphaned by the conquering of the kingdom and now all she wants is revenge. She has always been in love with her best friend but now she is on a journey to finally get sweet revenge and it doesn’t exactly go to plan.

These are 5 books that are on my TBR list! Hopefully, I’ll get around to them soon!

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