Release Date: March 8th 2016
Series: Rebel of the Sands #1
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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.
‘You are this country, Amani.’ He spoke more quietly now. ‘More alive than anything ought to be in this place. All fire and gunpowder, with one finger always on the trigger.”
The hype for this book was strong. So strong I couldn’t resist ordering it online with rush shipping
even though I didn’t read it right away. I never said I make good life decisions.Once I did finally pick it up and read it, I came to the conclusion that the hype lied to me a little. It was good, but it wasn’t awesome.
What was awesome, though, was Amani. Amani is one kick-ass heroine. In a world where women are basically possessions and treated like dirt, Amani not only wishes for better, she reaches out and takes it. She wants out of her situation and she works hard to do it through whatever means necessary. And her character development, though.
REBEL OF THE SANDS is definitely not lacking when it comes to action and suspense. From the very beginning, this book caught my attention and held it. Although there were some slow parts in the middle, where the dreaded traveling scenes took place, the action kicked back up again towards the middle of the second half of the book.
And when I say things picked, things really picked up. I didn’t put the second half of the book down once, and every chapter ending only made me that much more anxious to get to the next chapter. It feels like anything could happen to your favorite characters at any time, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. The fantasy and magic elements finally come into play, and the stakes get higher.
However, there was one negative to ALL THE THINGS being revealed somewhat towards the end and that was that the pacing then just felt off. So many major plot points are only made evident late in the game so they seemed kind of randomly thrown in since there weren’t hints of them before. View Spoiler »Referring to Amani being a Demdji here. « Hide Spoiler
Everyone seemed to love the romance in this one and while I didn’t see anything wrong with it, I couldn’t totally ship it either. The relationship wasn’t exactly built on truth and I never saw much other than friendship between them other than a few scenes. I also never totally got the chemistry between the two *dodges tomatoes* but I’m in the minority.
Outside of the badassery of the main character, I would have to say the side characters were the most interesting. Unfortunately, we don’t see much of them until the second half of the book. From what we do know of them and their backstories, I really want to know more about them and hope they make an appearance in the sequel.
Ending on somewhat of a cliffhanger, I’m anxious to see where this story is headed.