Monday, August 22, 2016

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers in March 2016
Rebel of the Sands #1

"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." -- From Goodreads

Will you like it?
I really liked this story.  Until 3/4 through the story.  A plot twist came out of nowhere and I would have appreciated some foreshadowing.  I get why the author did what she did, but I felt blindsided.  Also!  When Jin and Amani finally get to their destination, he acts really different.  I know the author tried to make it Amani's story, but I also felt that Jin turned from hot to cold too quickly.  I still plan on reading the rest of the series though.

Disclosure: I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library.

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