Paperback, 336 Pages
By: Alwyn Hamilton
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 3⁄4
“You know, I never believed in fate until I met you… then I started thinking coincidence didn’t have near so cruel a sense of humor”
🌟 This year has been weird for me reading wise! I ended up disappointed by most of the books I expected to love and vice versa! Expectations are apparently a dangerous thing.
🌟 This book is a GR choice winner for the year of 2016, and I expected it to be a copy of all the other books in this genre and the beginning even gave me that and I was ready to get bored! However, the more I read, the more I enjoyed it and the more creative I thought it is.
🌟 I was afraid of the settings because I thought the Middle Eastern settings would mean some Arabic that does not make sense would be thrown in, it never happened and the writing was good. The setting is quite tricky because it is a mix between Eastern and Western and I would have preferred only one but it was not such a huge problem for me.
🌟 The characters are well written, I thought that Amani would be the typical YA girl, dead parents and is sneaking as a man because of the oppression but that was just the beginning and her character started to get unique after that! She’s not the greatest character but def not the worst! And I finally found a character with my name!!!
🌟 But the plot was what I enjoyed most, because I liked the magic system and I loved the mythology that was told through many short stories between the characters and then things started to make sense and fall into its place and I was happy with the outcome! I wanted to re-read it again just to see the things I missed the first time!
🌟 Summary: Rebel of the Sands was an enjoyable read and I don’t know if it was because of my lower expectations or it was really good! I know one thing for sure that it is slightly different to the other YA books and I can see why it won an award. I would recommend this for YA lovers and will continue the series for sure now 😀