Rebel of the Sands

Title:  Rebel of the Sands
Series: Rebel of the Sands, Book 1
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Publisher: Viking / Penguin Young Readers
Release Date:  March 8, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic.  For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female.  

Amani Al’Hiza is all three.  She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.

Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew. 

Rebel of the Sands reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally, at long last, embracing her power.

O, don't you just LOVE that cover! I was jumping with joy when this arrive in the March 2016 Uppercase box.  I had to do a bookstagram with it! What do you think?

Now back to the book. It is just smoking hot! Loved it. With a mix of mythology and mysticism, throwing in a strong heroine and rakish hero, will have you guessing and fanning throughout the book. I mean how could you not with words like this?
"...I didn't want to leave him.  He made the world bigger.  I wanted to go to the countries he'd been to. And more than anything I wanted him to ask me to go with him.  But we were running out of time together." (143)
And who is this we are talking about? Jin, ruggedly handsome and mischievous in more ways than one. With a smart mouth too!
"I knew I liked you, Bandit." (130)
Special he is that he's the book boyfriend spotlighted on Penguin Teen! When the hero is hot, it adds a little something, but when the chemistry between our heroine and hero ignites, topped with a storyline that have you guessing, that is one good book. Even though it's only book 1 of the series, it starts and stays strong throughout, including the ending. It was perfectly written to give you a glimpse of what's to come, captivating you enough for the year wait for the sequel, yet also giving you enough closure to be satisfied.

If you love fantasy and a good read, you'll enjoy Rebel of the Sands.  I mean, you can use it for shelf-candy too!

O, one last bit, I'm loving this playlist Penguin Teen put together! (Click on the image below to take you there).

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Alwyn Hamilton was born in Toronto and spent her early years bouncing between Europe and Canada until her parents settled in France. She left France for Cambridge University to study History of Art at King's College, focusing in on painting in the French Revolution. She then moved to London where she now lives and put her degree to use working for an auction house. REBEL OF THE SANDS is her first novel.

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