Sunday, 3 April 2016

Review - Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Title: Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Pages: 322
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Release date: 2nd February 2016

Blurb from Goodreads: 
Sold immediately at auction across the world, this phenomenal novel is the first in a trilogy packed with shooting contests, train robberies, festivals under the stars, powerful Djinni magic and an electrifying love story. This promises to be a global super lead. 

"Tell me that and we'll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that's how you want your story to go and we'll write it straight across the sand."

Dustwalk is Amani's home. 

The desert sand is in her bones. 

But she wants to escape. More than a want. A need. 

Then a foreigner with no name turns up to save her life, and with him the chance to run. 

But to where? 

The desert plains are full of danger. Sand and blood are swirling, and the Sultan's enemies are on the rise.

My Review:
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Faber and Faber Ltd and NetGalley*

4/5 stars

Amani longs to leave Dustwalk, the place she reluctantly calls home.
She gets her chance when a foreigner appears. They flee together and Amani is thrust into a dangerous adventure involving a rebel prince, a war, immortal creatures and their children.
Has Amani bitten off more than she can chew?
Can she trust Jin?

I was worried going into Rebel of the Sands that I wouldn't enjoy it as much as everyone else seems to, but this was one of those books that lives up to the hype.
I loved Amani. She was relatable, strong and stubborn. I was rooting for her to get out of Dustwalk and find a place where she belonged.
I really liked Jin as well. He was sweet and just as stubborn as Amani.
Sometimes romances can feel forced but I could feel the spark between Amani and Jin. They were like two halves of a whole and I adored every scene with them.
The plot was gripping and surprising - I thought that I'd guessed what was going to happen but I was totally wrong!
I loved the writing style and the world that Alwyn Hamilton has created. It was intriguing and sucked me in. I can't wait to read more about it in the sequel.

Overall this is a fantastic read that I really enjoyed and would definitely recommend.