It's been awhile since I've felt hungry to finish a book and this one certainly did it for me. Admittedly I was hesitant about the whole gunslinger idea but after the first chapter I had warmed up to it. This book really was awesome, so awesome in fact that I finished it a day early! I am ready to run out and buy the next one in the series and start it immediately, my only hesitation is that there will be a third book and it's not out yet! GUH! I hate waiting for books to come out! This is why I have created a new page on this site that will have an events calendar so you can check ahead to see when the anticipated release dates of books I've posted about on here will come out! You're welcome.
Now, Rebel in the Sands. Without giving too much away I will try to explain the plot to you. So basically it's about this girl, named Amani, who is desperate to get out of her little back water town in the desert and run off to the big city for a better life. Problem is, she's a girl with no money to her name. Cue in rebel Jin and a whole lot of chaos and they're on their way to Izman while being pursued by the sultan's soldiers the entire way.
This book is like Aladdin if the story was about Jasmine who wasn't a sultan's daughter but a orphaned girl with a tendency for getting in to a lot of trouble. The world building here is unique and a breath of fresh air when you see certain trends dominating the YA section. I'm happy to report there are no vampires or werewolves in this story. There is also NO LOVE TRIANGLE! WOOHOOO!! At least not yet. I was THRILLED by this especially since the last book series I read was bogged down by a drawn out love triangle.
There is a love interest though but I felt like it was very well done. I was actually excited when there were scenes between the two of them and I look forward to seeing how that relationship develops in the next book. But the love interest did not eclipse the story or the protagonists character arc which I appreciated.
Armani is a strong willed character. I loved her witty come backs and her stubbornness as well as her willingness to achieve her goal no matter what. She had a really great character arc that I wont get into much detail about because I don't want to give it away but it was well crafted. You definitely see growth in this character which is sometimes sorely lacking from some other YA series.
I definitely recommend this book, if I had a rating system I would give it an 8 or 9. Admittedly, the first chapter or two felt a little choppy to me but only because this is written in first person and you're having to adjust to the way she speaks. But there is very little waiting to get to the action as your thrust into it almost immediately.
This coming week I will be devouring the next book in this series which is Traitor to the Throne. Check back to read my thoughts on that! Until then, here's an inspirational quote to get you through:
You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.