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Rebel of the Sands

Rebel of the Sands
Alwyn Hamilton
Viking Books for Young Readers, 2016
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
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.

I loved Rebel of the Sands! It started out like a Middle Eastern Western and it was fantastic. How creative! It had great adventure, magic, a strong female character and romance in it and I can’t wait to read the next one. It definitely was detailed writing, because sometimes I would get so caught up in reading the words that I would forget to comprehend the story. (I went back and reread.) But really, it was an amazing book, and you should definitely read it - especially if you liked The Wrath and the Dawn.