SERIES REVIEW: Rebel of the Sands Trilogy by Alwyn Hamilton

In this Series Review, I have amalgamated my previous reviews for Rebel of the Sands, Traitor to the Throne, and Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton, so that my readers can find all the information regarding this series quickly and easily in one place.

I have also included a brief review of the series as an entity at the end (following the three individual book reviews), and I must remind readers of this – while the individual book reviews are (generally speaking) free of any major spoilers, the later books will include potential spoilers from the earlier ones.

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MINI MONDAY: Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

Following the success of Rebel of the Sands and Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton, the third and final book in the trilogy, Hero at the Fall, was released in North America on March 6, 2018, and promises to be a breathless finale to the New York Times bestselling Rebel of the Sands series. It will have readers on the edge of their seats until the dust from the final battle clears!

When gunslinging Amani Al’Hiza escaped her dead-end town, she never imagined she’d join a revolution, let alone lead one. But after the bloodthirsty Sultan of Miraji imprisoned the Rebel Prince Ahmed in the mythical city of Eremot, she doesn’t have a choice. Armed with only her revolver, her wits, and her untameable Demdji powers, Amani must rally her skeleton crew of rebels for a rescue mission through the unforgiving desert to a place that, according to maps, doesn’t exist. As she watches those she loves most lay their lives on the line against ghouls and enemy soldiers, Amani questions whether she can be the leader they need or if she is leading them all to their deaths.

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My Year in Books 2017

It’s the time of year for lists and reflection, and I would be amiss if I didn’t reflect upon what I read this year, and if I didn’t share my favourite reads of 2017! I read a lot this year – about 80 books (because I am sure I missed recording a few on Goodreads here and there!), which amounted to a whopping 32,601 pages. And that’s not even counting all the reading I did for school (which, by the way, is something I would prefer to not reflect upon).

Anyways, Goodreads put together this super neat feature called “My Year in Books”, and I thought it would be awesome to combine some of the things I learned from it with my yearly Top 10 Books post! I have attached photos of “My Year in Books” below my Top 10 of 2017 post for this of you who are interested in viewing it – including a fabulous collage of all the books I read this year!

My Top 10 Books for 2017 are:

  1. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas (May 2, 2017)
  2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (February 28, 2017)
  3. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (March 28, 2017)
  4. A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab (February 21, 2017)
  5. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas (September 5, 2017)
  6. Windwitch by Susan Dennard (January 10, 2017)
  7. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (September 5, 2017)
  8. The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli (October 3, 2017)
  9. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (March 14, 2017)
  10. Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (August 29, 2017)

*Please note that this list only includes books that were published on or after January 1, 2017 in Canada that I have personally read. Therefore, some books you regarded as being one of your favourite books of 2017 may be omitted from this list. If this is the case, please refrain from negativity – instead, I ask you to comment and share the omitted book with me so I have to opportunity to read it myself! Thank-you!  

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March To Be Read List

March came in roaring like a lion last night (quite literally – the booming thunder and flashing lightning kept me up quite late!). But we all know what the beginning of a new month means- a new TBR list!

I managed to chip away at a significant amount of my TBR List, but it’s still quite large. That being said, my goal this month is to get my TBR pile down to only 5 books.

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The following are books I already own, but which are currently (sadly) sitting unread on my shelf (or in my Kindle library):

  1. Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas (this book is also The YA Readers Alliance’s Book of the Month for March!)
  2. Roseblood by A.G. Howard
  3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  4. Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr
  5. Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  6. Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
  7. Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers
  8. Trial by Fire by Rachel Angelini
  9. The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova
  10. Island of Exiles (ARC) by Erica Cameron

In addition, I am very excited to read some new, upcoming releases (although, in order to reach my goal of getting my TBR list down to 5 books (and maybe save a bit of money too), I’ve really limited the new releases I’ll be reading this month!

  1. The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon (March 7th)
  2. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (March 14th)
  3. Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves (March 28th)*
  4. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (you can find my review of The Bone Witch (ARC) here!) (March 7th)
  5. Hunted by Meagan Spooner (March 14th)
  6. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi (March 28th)*

*Due to the late release dates of these books, I probably won’t get to reading them until April, but one can always hope, right?

The Epic Reads Team has also put together a pretty comprehensive list of books, from multiple genres, that are set to release this month – you can check it out here!

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

“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.” – Amani (Alwyn Hamilton)

I received this book for my birthday (like many of the books I’ll be reviewing in the near future), and I couldn’t wait to get started on it. I’d heard raving reviews about Rebel of the Sands, and with such a gorgeous cover and an even more intriguing summary, I was already convinced this book would be everything I wanted it to be. And I was not let down- Rebel of the Sands is a fantastic novel. The action-packed pages and fiery romance drag the reader in, and from page one onward, I could hardly put this book down.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic.  For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female. Amani Al’Hiza is all three.  She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead. Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.

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