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review 2017-06-25 11:58
Rebel of the Sand/ Alwyn Hamilton
Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton

3 stars


to cut it short- I think the hype for this book was misleading. 

There were two 'major' plot twists in this book- the first one I had already figured out BEFORE the first half, and the second one I didn't really see coming, but still for some reason didn't seem very shocking or exhilarating. 


I had some problems with the main character- Amani. She had flaws that might have made her more realistic, but also made her annoying for me and after she did the things she did (no spoilers), she felt bad about it, said she wouldn't do it again, but then after a while she did the SAME thing again- this repeated itself like three times or something. I wanted her to have to face her friend, but that didn't happen- disappointing, but maybe in the next book? 


I felt like the Author didn't delve too deep into Jin's character, which I would have liked- when Jin explained his actions throughout the last two or three months, it was only a few lines and I feel like a lot of important details had been left out. I wanted to have more depth to his character because I think he has some potential and also because it would have helped me understand him and Amani as a pair- I felt like it wasn't really based on anything and was rushed, which confused me a little bit. 


On a different note, I really liked all of the side characters- Shazad (though again, hers and Amani's friendship was sudden and wasn't really detailed in the book) was a great female character- she was strong, capable, independent and a warrior in her own right. 


Bahi was cute and funny and an altogether important, optimistic and light-hearted character in the midst of war. Again, wished we could've got more information about him. 


Noorsham was also a character with a lot of potential, and I actually felt as if I got more details about his character than Jin's. I really liked his background and how it has affected him in the long run- Ironically I felt like he was the most explained and deep character in this book. 


to sum this book up, it felt like we only got to read and understand the tip of the iceberg, and maybe the whole character-and-world-building would be better in the next book, but I'm not sure I'm intrigued enough to buy it and find out. 


Anyway, read it and let me know what YOU think!

Georgie xxxxxx

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text 2017-03-08 12:42
Reading progress update: I've read 145 out of 358 pages.
Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton
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review 2017-02-11 03:26
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton
I read this for the Young Adult square for Romance Bingo.

The world building was a bit confusing with all the magical components just thrown at me but towards the end I felt like I had a good grasp on what was what and who was who.
The story of a girl who doesn't know she is special, meets a boy, and a rebel group fighting against the establishment is nothing new but the magical elements and sort of wild west feel made this exciting enough.
This is young adult, so the relationship developing between Amani and Jin is innocent enough but they still had some good heat and tension between them.
The overall structure is pretty straight forward while the story still allows for some mystery and surprises. If I was in my teens, this is definitely a story I would have really liked. I'm a bit surprised but I'll probably bookmark the next in the series at the library to continue on :)


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text 2017-02-10 21:52
Reading Update: 40%
Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton

Jin grabbed my wrist before my knuckles could get flirting distance from his nose. He pulled me into him, knocking me off balance. “Here’s a tip for you.”He was close to me now, close as he had been when he kissed me, or when I kissed him. “Don’t try to hit a man in the face when he’s looking straight into your eyes. You’ve got traitor eyes, Bandit.”

I drove my other fist into his gut hard enough that my knuckles popped. Jin doubled over, coughing. “Thanks for the tip.”I wished victory didn’t feel so much like I’d sprained my hand.

"Any time.”He clutched his stomach where I’d hit him, but it looked like he was laughing.

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text 2017-01-30 15:21
January wrap-up
Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton
Letters To The Damned - Austin Crawley
A Tale du Mort - Jaimey Grant;Wendy Swore;Rita J. Webb;Paige Ray;Jeanne Voelker;K. G. Borland;Gwendolyn McIntyre;Katrina Monroe;S. M. Carrière
Splintered Souls (Flames of Time Book 1) - Erica Lucke Dean
Infernal Parade - Clive Barker,Bob Eggleton
The Art of Leather Burning: Step-by-Step Pyrography Techniques - Lora Susan Irish
The Doors of Perception/Heaven and Hell - Aldous Huxley
Surviving The Evacuation, Book 1: London - Frank Tayell

Since I know I'll be working tomorrow and I'm not close enough to finish anymore books before the end of the day, I might as well get this done early.


8 books for the month, one of them a re-read because a group was reading it.


5 Netgalley books! I had a moment of weakness, but most of this batch have been really good! I even snagged the sequel to Rebel of the Sands, which I'll be starting very soon.


1 craft book and 1 from the Philosophy backlog.


1 Dystopian off my tbr A-list. Oh, I meant to read more from that list, but the Netgalley selections pushed in front again. No worries, only 2 left and one of those is the sequel I'm looking forward to starting.


I also got my samples organised and all the ones off my cloud downloaded to my Kindle folder so I can see how many I've got. I read loads of them but lost track of how many. I have about 130 still to read. I'm going to try to reduce that number every month.


I've had a very enjoyable reading month. I may have given into the lure of Netgalley, but I've learned to spot books I'm more likely to enjoy.

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