Blog Tour and Giveaway: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

February 23, 2017 // Posted by Becca in Blog Tours, Bookish Inspirations, Reviews // 16 Comments

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn HamiltonRebel of the Sands
by Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of the Sands, #1
Release Date: March 8th 2016
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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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 am so excited to be taking part in the Blog Tour for Rebel of the Sands with Penguin Teen! We are celebrating the release of the sequel Traitor to the Throne which hits shelves on March 7th by reading and re-reading Rebel of the Sands and sharing the gorgeous new cover! I read the book for the first time and I absolutely loved it! Today I am sharing my thoughts a long with a Bookish Inspiration and giveaway! I hope you enjoy my stop on the blog tour!


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“Haven’t you ever wanted something so bad that it becomes more than a want? I need to get out of this town. I need it like I need to breathe.”

Rebel of the Sands is one of those books that has been on my TBR for so long and I just needed to make time for it! I was so excited to become part of the blog tour and finally get to read it! I am so glad that I did because I absolutely loved it!

Amani wants to leave the dead end desert town of Dustwalk, she dreams of a bigger and better life far away from the whispers of a small town and servitude to her Uncle. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and very attractive man from another land she sees a way out and takes it. She finds herself in the midst of a rebellion, surrounded by magical creatures she has only heard about in stories.

The first half of the book was a bit slow moving, but still enjoyable. The pace picked up a lot during the second half and I found myself totally immersed and unable to put the book down! I absolutely loved Amani! From the very first page she was so full of fight and spirit and I knew that she was going to be amazing! She became more fierce as the book went on and is such an awesome heroine that you can’t help but root for her!

“Tell me that and we’ll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that’s how you want your story to go and we’ll write it straight across the sand”

I wasn’t sure what to think about Jin at first… I didn’t know if I should trust him. But I quickly began to like him and the banter between him and Amani was so fun! I loved that their romance was not such a large part of the book, but just enough to be enjoyable. I became more and more invested in them as the story went on, not only as a couple but individually as well.

The second half of the book is very different than the first in my opinion. We learn more about the “magical beings” and about the rebellion. I found this the most intriguing and enchanting part of the book!

Alwyn Hamiton really impressed me with this story, it read almost as a folk tale or fairy tale for me and was so magical and mysterious. I am SO excited for Traitor to the Throne and plan on diving into that one very soon!

“But if knowledge was power, then the unknown was the greatest weakness of immortal things.”


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Enter for a chance to win one (1) of ten (10) paperback copies of Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (ARV: $10.99 each).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on February 13, 2017 and 12:00 AM on March 6, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about March 8, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
I had such a blast creating this Bookish Inspiration! I really wanted to capture Amani as a fighter and while this was a bit out of my comfort zone I ended up really having fun with it! You can click on the pic to be taken to my Polyvore to see more of my Book Inspired creations!
Bookish Inspiration #39


About Alwyn Hamilton

Alwyn Hamilton was born in Toronto and spent her childhood bouncing between Europe and Canada until her parents settled in France. She grew up in a small town there, which might have compelled her to burst randomly into the opening song from Beauty and the Beast were it not for her total tone-deafness. She instead attempted to read and write her way to new places and developed a weakness for fantasy and cross-dressing heroines. She left France for Cambridge University to study History of Art at King’s College, and then to London where she became indentured to an auction house. She has a bad habit of acquiring more hardcovers than is smart for someone who moves house quite so often.

lets chat

Have you read Rebel of the Sands?

What did you think of it?

Are you read for Traitor to the Throne?


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  • So happy to hear that you loved it! It has been on my TBR list for a long time too. Everyone has been raving about how great it is, so I’m still excited about it. I love when there is banter between the two MCs. Great review!

    • LostinLit Becca

      I hope that you enjoy it when you get to it!!

  • This book has been on my TBR for forever too! I am happy to see you enjoyed this one Becca, even if it did start off a little slow. I will have to check it out. Great review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

    • LostinLit Becca

      Thank you! I hope that you enjoy it when you get to it Michelle!

  • Danielle Hammelef

    I am so excited to read another great review! This book sounds so exciting. I’m glad you mentioned it started a bit slow, but then picked up so you couldn’t put it down. Love the clothes too!

    • LostinLit Becca

      Thank you so much! The Book looks are so fun to create!!

  • Awesome bookish inspiration!! This book’s definitely on my list!! Thank you!

    • LostinLit Becca

      Thank you so much!! The Book looks are super fun to do!

  • Linda Romer

    I’m very excited to read this book. I love your bookish inspirations! Thank you

    • LostinLit Becca

      Thank you!! I hope that you enjoy it when you get to it!!

  • Vivien

    Love the inspiration!! Such great choices. This new cover is stunning!

    • LostinLit Becca

      Thank you so much Vivien!!

  • So glad you liked this book! I still need to read it, and I hope I love it too 😀 Fabulous review and post, as always! <3

    Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Rambles

    • LostinLit Becca

      Thank you so much! I hope that you enjoy it when you get to it!!

  • Samantha D

    I ADORE your outfit inspiration!! It’s perfect! I have read Rebel of the Sands on my kindle, I can’t wait for book two!

    • LostinLit Becca

      Thank you Samantha!! I hope that you love Traitor!