Book Review: Rebel Of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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Title: Rebel Of The Sands

Author: Alwyn Hamilton

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Magic

Series: Rebel Of The Sands #1

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Format: E-book

Source: Bought

Publication Date: March 8th, 2016

 

 

Synopsis:

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.

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This book has everything! Desert, magic, rebellion, romance, guns, tattooed guys and headstrong heroines!

PLOT

This book was the perfect mix of western and Arabian. The writing is apt for a book set in the Middle East. Because I expect the language to be really rich when a book is set in the Middle East. And Hamilton gave me what I was looking for. The world was beautifully described and there was so much to discover.I loved the travelling and every other place I got to see. The overall plot was interesting and kept me hooked. However, I was a little surprised and disappointed that the Rebel Prince didn’t play a huge role in the book. I am looking forward to seeing more of him in the sequel.

Pace

The book was a fast read and every chapter always ended in a way that made me want to read more. What is it with authors not letting us sleep? And obviously, I barely got any sleep that night. The writing was engaging and hooked me in from the get-go. However, in the beginning, it did feel a little slow but the pace increased very quickly.

Character

I loved both the MC’s Amani and Jin. As good as they were as a team, they were equally good as individuals. The characters were very well fleshed out and I instantly fell in love with them both. The romance, though! Gosh, it was such a slow burn. But it’s written really well, in my opinion. Jin and Amani were so adorable! There was so much  banter, wit, snarky comments and a lot of heat between these two! I couldn’t get enough of them! I am officially a shipping them ❤ I did from the very start of the book! There were scenes, where I just couldn’t handle their cuteness 😀

The side characters were also very interesting. Even though there were quite a few of them, I connected with a few of instantly. I really want to know more about them in the next book.

For a debut novel, this was very very good! 

Do I recommend it? Yes, please!

Plot: 4.3/5

Characters: 4.8/5

Pace: 4.5/5

Overall Rating: 4.7/5

Have you read the book?

What rating did you give it? 

Let me know in the comments below!

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Ten Books I’d Buy Right Now If I Had A Gift Card

Top Ten Tuesday meme that was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic:

Ten Books I’d Buy Right If I Had A Fully Loaded Gift Card

In case, you didn’t know, I mostly buy e-books and read them on my Kindle and will only buy a physical copy if I loved it. I mostly buy ebooks and read them on my Kindle This helps me build a collection of books I know can read and enjoy whenever I want. Therefore, this list may also have books that I have already read but do not own a physical copy of.

Six Of Crows

Six Of Crows Book Cover

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (Pre-order!!)

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Book Cober

The Raven Boys 

The raven boys book cover

Red Rising 

Red Rising

The Falconer 

The Falconer

The Alchemist 

The Alchemist Book Cover

Empire of Storms (Pre-order!!) 

Empire Of Storms Book COver

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

The Siren

The Siren Book Cover

A Darker Shade Of Magic

A Darker Shade final for Irene

 

I want to buy even more books, but since I could choose only 10 these are the ones I chose!

What are the books you would buy?

Comment and let me know 😀

 

July Warp Up

July has been a very interesting month for me. I finally served my 2 month notice period at work and was a free bird again. I also went on a trip to Dubai, which was a very hot trip but it was super fun nonetheless! I am also going to be moving into my hostel/dorm at Uni by the 15th of August. It feels really strange, going back to being a student after almost a year and a half. Yet, I have come to realise that after these two years I will have to work for the rest of my life!! That is enough to give me nightmares. I also completed one year as a book blogger!

As for my life as a reader, I have read 12 books this month! That is a lot of books all things considered (read: travelling, uni shopping, etc). The reviews for all the books won’t be published this month, but I am hoping by mid-week of August all the reviews for the books I read this month should be up.

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*in order of publication

Where Have I Been? [Update]

The Sunshine Blogger Award [Award]

The School Of Good And Evil By Sonam Chainani [Book Review]

One Year Blogiversary 

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Have Made Me Want To Do [ 26th July 2016]

Dubai Dairies: The City At First Glance [Travel]

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows [Book Review]

Most Likely To Book Tag [Tag]

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Marie from Drizzle & Hurricane Books posted about What Does Being a Bookworm Realy Mean.

Iridescence from  Light Up The Shining Night Stars shared her experience about blogging every day. You check here post here.

Lucy from Blonde Write More posted about how blogging daily for a year has changed her. (Lucy: I wish I could blog daily for a week! A year is an amazing job!! #inspired)

Ava from Bookishness And Tea says why she loves rereading books.

Divya from Endless Pages, did a guest post on Princessica Of Books talking about the Cons of Being A Bookworm In India (Completely relatable!!)

Aentee has come up with an amazing idea mash up Pokemon and books! She is hosting a The Pokemon Indigo League Read-a-thon. You can read about it and sign up here.

Fadwa from Word Wonders wrote about Things No One Tells You About Being A Book Blogger. She is also celebrating her 6-month blogging anniversary!

Divya, again from Endless Pages, shared her favorite Harry Potter Fanart!

Reg from She Latitude made an amazing book look post based on the book Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. Is she talented or what?!

And lastly, for some reflection time, here is a post from Social Refuel, about Why You Shouldn’t Have Too Much On Your Plate.

That’s it for now! I hope you enjoyed my posts on the blog and please do visit and check out all the posts by other bloggers. They really are good ❤

Have you read any of the books mentioned? 

Have you already read the above posts from other bloggers? 

Comments and let me know!! 

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Most Likely To Book Tag

Calliope @ Calliope The Book Goddess tagged me to do the Most Likely To Book Tag! You guy should go check her blog out!

Here are the rules: 

Basically, you write down 18 character names on pieces of paper and choose three at a time. Each round will have three options, and you sort the characters into who would be “most likely to” do each thing.

ROUND 1

Who’s most likely to…

1. Have kids first

2. Cry at a movie

3. Get arrested

Characters I picked: Eleanor from Eleanor and Park, Hermione from Harry Potter and Maxon from The Selection.

I think Maxon would have kids first, don’t ask why I just have a feeling. Eleanor will cry at a movie and our dear Hermione will get arrested! Unless, of course, Hermione apparates away.

ROUND 2

Who’s most likely to…

1. Become a crazy cat lady/man

2. Become a multi-millionaire

3. Start knitting as a hobby

Characters: Jamie from A Walk To Remember, Cia from The Testing Series and Katniss from The Hunger Games.

Katniss would become a crazy cat lady, who will throw her cats at you if you annoy her. Cia will become a multi-millionaire and Jamie will start knitting.

ROUND 3

Who’s most likely to…

1. Be a closet nerd

2. Become an actor/actress

3. Fall down the stairs

Characters: Ronnie from The Last Song, Hazel from The Fault In Out Stars and Peeta from  The Hunger Games.

Hmm… this is a tough one. But I think Ronnie will be a closet nerd, Hazel will be an actress and Peeta will fall down the stairs. :p

ROUND 4

Who’s most likely to…

1. Collect that many books they have a personal library

2. Win the Hunger Games

3. Be Tumblr famous

Characters: America from The Selection, Edwards from Twilight and Queen Lavana from The Lunar Chronicles.

Edward will have a personal library since you know he has a lot of time to collect said books. Lavana will DEFINITELY win the Hunger Games and America will be Tumblr famous because she will have everything she needs to be Tumblr famous.

ROUND 5

Who’s most likely to...

1. Go through a goth phase

2. Have a one night stand

3. Go to comic con

Characters: Finnick from The Hunger Games, Landon from A Walk To Remember and Snape fromHarry Potter

Goth phase? Snape is almost already as goth as goth gets! Landon will go to comic con and Finnick will have a one night stand

ROUND 6

Who’s most likely to…

1.  Get married

2. Have a cool mug collection

3. Be a night owl (stays awake most of the night)

Characters: Ron from Harry Potter, Harry from Harry Potter and Bella from Twilight.

Bella will be a night owl, since she cant really sleep anymore! Ron will have a cool AF mug collection and Harry will / is already married!

I tag everyone!

This tag was too much for me to choose just a few, so anyone who is interested in doing this, go ahead. Let me know if you do it though, so I can see who was put where ❤

 

Book Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane Book CoverTitle: My Lady Jane

Author: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

Series: Stand Alone

Publisher: Harper Teens

Format: Kindle

Source: Bought

Publication Date: June 7th, 2016

Synopsis: 

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.


“Dedication:

For everyone who knows there was enough room for Leonardo DiCaprio on that door.

And for England. We’re really sorry for what we’re about to do to your history.”
― Cynthia Hand

I wasn’t planning to read this book initially and I am so glad I did! This book is so hilarious and super fast to read.

PLOT

The story is loosely based on Jane Grey and King Edward Tudor VI. What the synopsis doesn’t mention is the magic in this book! This historical fiction has shapeshifters. They are called Eðians (pronounced as eth-y-uns) and they shapeshift into animals that coincide with an individual’s characteristics. They are also generally oppressed by those who can’t shapeshift. What I loved about this book is how beautifully the authors took real historical elements and integrated them into their magical world.

Pace

The pace was a little out of it sometimes yet it didn’t deter me from reading.  What I didn’t like in the beginning but loved by the end was how the authors broke the fifth wall and often spoke directly to me.

Characters

I absolutely loved all the characters in this book! Don’t expect to make deep connections with the characters because that is not what the book is meant for. Instead be ready to find the characters charming, funny, and adorable. I especially loved Jane – she is bookish, smart and a strong willed girl. The book also covers female empowerment and I loved that too.

Overall, I was surprised I loved this book so much. This is something you should read when you want a good laugh. This is a perfect summer book – light and enjoyable.

Do I recommend this book? Hell yeah!

Plot : 4/5

Pace: 3.5/5

Characters: 4.5/5 

Overall: 5/5

Have you read the book? 

Did you like it? 

Let me know in the comment below!

You know I love talking to you guys ❤

 

 

Dubai Diaries: The City At First Glance

I wanted to travel to some place, that’s all I knew. I didn’t care where I would go, but I knew I needed to leave. There were two major reasons for that:

  1. I was going back to university after working for a year, so I needed a vacation.
  2. My best friend went to all the places I wanted to go to, and I was getting tired of simply sitting at home and being jealous.

That’s why I made that call to my mother about how she needs to let me go somewhere! And to my surprise, she said I could go to Dubai. And that’s how I was on my way to Dubai on the 7th of July.

Passport

I knew even bore I left that I had to make a post about my trip, but I wasn’t sure I would go about doing it. I went to SO MANY places – even though it summer and half the places were all closed – which is why it didn’t seem right to just make one post about it all. Therefore, there will be a series of posts about various places I visited. Let’s get started on this one, shall we?

Now fair warning, I did take all the cliche pictures from the airplane and stuff, but I swear to God it was all so beautiful! ❤

Oman Hatta Border

That is the Oman Hatta border. I did some research and Wikipedia says, Hatta, located in the Hajar Mountains, is the inland territory of the emirate of Dubai, UAE. It’s where all the emiratis go during summer since its located to the south-east of Dubai and is away from the coast.

UAE

The desert people! I couldn’t go for a desert safari due to the heat, but I am assuming this is where I would have been.

Dubai City

Dubai is so full of tall buildings! No wonder Dubai is well known for its skyscrapers and architectural wonders. This was the view when I was on my way from the airport to my aunt’s place. That’s where I stayed during this entire trip.

Neighbourhood

What do you think of the post so far? This was just me entering into Dubai.The lovely city of Dubai is still in store. I cannot wait to show you everything! I will soon put links below to all the posts in the series and they will start working as and when I post them, so stayed tuned.

Here is what I want to know –

Have you been to Dubai? How was your experience?

Do you live in Dubai?

Comment and let me know! 😀 

 

TTT: Books Have Made Me Want To Do

Top Ten Tuesday meme that was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic:

Books Have Made Me Want To Do

Travel

The Alchemist Book Cover

Write

Fangirl Book Cover

Learn Magic

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Be A Badass Fighter

Th Queen Of Shadows Book Cover

Be A Part Of A Heist 

Six Of Crows Book Cover

What books make you want to do/learn something new?

Do you share the same feelings as me about these books?

Comment and let me know 😀