REBEL OF THE SANDS – ALWYN HAMILTON

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.

Goodreads rating: ✮✮✮✮ (3.96 stars)

My rating: ✮✮✮ (2.5 stars)

I had such high hopes for this book, I really did. But the only part I enjoyed was the end few chapters. But despite that, they were very good chapters.

Okay, so let’s start at the beginning. I initially thought the story was going to be about a strong independent female living in an opressed society, who wants to get away. That is partly true. What I was disappointed in was her putting her own goals on hold for a boy. This story is basically the girl fawning over the guy, and then turns into something badass and the guy ends up liking her.

I also felt like a lost pirate at sea, with all the descriptions of places but having no map. I wasn’t sure how far apart places were, or how big the sand sea was or anything that could give the reader a visual picture of where the character is heading.

Add to that all the descriptions, and I just think this book fell flat. I didn’t want to be disappointed, but my high hopes don’t match the other readers’ opinions.

Because I don’t want to end this rather short review on a negative, with the book ending on something exciting, I am hoping that Traitor to the Throne continues where this book finished, and that is something I am looking forward to. Plus maybe a map, but I’ll not hold my breath yet!

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