Rebel of the Sands | How to Be Best Book Ever 101 {Review}

Title: Rebel of the Sands

Author: Alwyn Hamilton (which is only a few letters of from ALEXANDER Hamilton)

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Published: March 8, 2016

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. 

  

  

  • Arabian Nights + Wild West fantasy world. It sounds absurd. It is. ABSURDLY AND ASTOUNDINGLY AMAZING. It meshes together PERFECTLY, more so than me and potatoes. 
  • Can you put this book down? No. Never. It’s not a choice, it’s not an option. You read or you die (emotionally).
  • PRAISE BE TO AMANI. She’s the sharpshooter heroine who is 138% not cliched! I know. I feel like every other female character I read about is stuck in that “strong femal character” mold, but Amani is wonderfully original. She’s tough, yes, but never fearless. Plus she actually learns morals in the book such as saving someone who is not yourself WHO WOULD’VE THOUGHT.
  • Wit. So much. In the dialogue, in their actions. This is my unspoken requirement for all books and Rebel of the Sands has more than met it!
  • JOURNEYS ALL AROUND! Character development, plot development, and en actually journeys. Simply Scrumptious. 
  • This book is clever…it makes you believe you know what’s going to happen but—NEVER MIND. I CAN’T SPOIL.

  

  • The writing is musical and clever, but it can be unclear. For example, there were times when I had no idea who was speaking a certain bit of dialogue. I’m still unsure, actually. This isn’t too big of a problem, though, and it’s not an uncommon mistake among debut books. I have faith in Alwyn Hamilton, I’m sure that once she straightens her writing out a bit more, WE WILL ALL BE BOWING.

  
Arabian nights, witty dialogue, and character development. These are a few of my favorite things AND THIS BOOK HOLDS THEM ALL.

Do you know of any witty books you could recommend to me? Some Arabian Nights fantasies? Or perhaps Indian inspired fantasies? COME DISCUSS EVERYTHING WITH ME.

All-Time Favorite Fantasy Books!

If you weren’t aware, fantasy is my favorite genre, so I thought I might share some of my favorite fantasy novels among the many I’ve read. 😊

  

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

And pretty much every other book Rick Riordan has written. The Greek mythology woven into these fast paced and HILAIRIOUS books is to die for! These novels might also be known as the stories of my childhood.

 
 The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

Do I even need to explain? They’re full on high fantasy novels with beautiful characters, addicting writing and PERFECTNESS. 

 
The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Curse was amazing, but The Winner’s Crime was SO FANTASTIC AND INCREDIBLE AND HEARTWRENCHING beyond belief! I can’t wait for the last book in this trilogy full of political intrigue, wonderful romance, and writing that’s like butter on a perfect pancake of a book. (The best comparisons always include food.)

See my review for The Winner’s Curse here, and the review + discussion for The Winner’s Crime here.

  

 

The Harry Potter Books by J. K.  Rowling 

Um. DUH. I actually need to reread this series, it’s been so long!
 

 

The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

The Shadowhunter worlds is amazing and fantastical and PERFECT. I especially love The Infernal Devices, because historical fiction combined with shadowhunters is just my cup of tea. Or my cup of coffee, because I hate tea.

*Fears tea lovers*

 
 Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Though I have yet to pick up the rest of this series, I LOVED this book. Laini Taylor’s writing is so very beautiful, and the wonderful sort of plot twist brought everything together so ver perfectly.

  
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The next two books in the series didn’t live up to this one, but Shadow and Bone still makes my all-time favorite fantasy! I love how it’s partly based on Russian folklore and woven together so perfectly. LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!!!

 
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I’m so eagerly awaiting the release of the next book in this trilogy! Why? Because this book was AMAZING!

If you want to know more, or if you want to seriously fangirl with me, check out my review + discussion here!

That’s it for my all-time favorite fantasy reads! Have you read any of these? Do you have any fantasy books you want me to review? Comment down below, it makes my day!❤️

Becca💕

Red Queen | Review + Discussion

Title: Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis:

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the center of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win? 

Spoiler Free Review:

OH MY GOSH THE HYPE.

Though there have been some mixed reviews, I was a little worried that all the hype would only lead to disappointment.

Not to worry! This book was just the right amount of action, emotion, romance, sass, and, ugh, SO GOOD. And clearly this book has made me illiterate…

I know I lot of people got confused with the world building, but I had a perfect image in my head. Though it is uncertain whether or not this book was set in the future or a fantasy world. Hopefully that issue will be cleared up in the second book. Despite all that, I still looooved it!

There is a love triangle/square-ish shape thing going on, and I know, everybody hates those. But honestly, I didn’t really mind this one.

EPICNESS. JUST READ IT.

SPOILER FULL DISCUSSION:

SPOILERS AHEAD. DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK. SERIOUSLY.

HOLY CRAP. MIND BLOWN.

Okay, let’s start from the beginning, shall we.

Okay, so Kilorn is Mare’s life-long friend and there seems like he has some feelings for Mare. But, I mean, he’s really only friend material. Plus he seems like a wimp. Though I picture him like Ethan from 90210, soo…

Okay, when Mare and Gisa went to the Silver city thing, I was so worried. And when the guard or police or whatever grabbed her, my mind was just screaming NO HE’S GOING TO KILL HER NO DON’T SHE’S TOO SWEET AND INNOCENT NO. And then he only broke her sewing hand, and I was like, oh all that’s ruined is the entire family’s future. It’s cool.

OH MY GOSH THE LIGHTNING! It was so awesome I was just sitting there like Go Mare. Go Mare. Go Mare. And if I hadn’t been in Starbucks, I also would have been like:


From the beginning, I was Team Cal. I didn’t trust that Maven kid. But as it went on, I started to feel for Maven, and I genuinely felt pity for him, and I basically love anyone I pity. And I’m a very emphatic person, so I feel pity for just about everyone.

THEN. IT HAPPENED. THE BETRAYAL. WHAT. WHAT . WHAT. I was all part of his trick, that sniveling little…

I can’t believe I didn’t see it coming! My first instincts were right. I FREAKING KNEW IT.

I did call that Shade was still alive. I’m not sure how, but I just sort of sensed it. I mean, he couldn’t have died, he’s the funny sassy one.

I NEED THE SEQUEL. GIMME. NOW. VICTORIA AVEYARD I AM BEGGING YOU.


Book Review: Water So Deep

Title: Water So Deep

Author: Nichole Giles

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Rating: 3/5 stars

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Emma Harris is drowning on dry land.

No one knows what’s happening to her, and she’d like to keep her evolution from human to mermaid a secret, but the truth is getting harder and harder to hide. From her adoptive family, from her friends, and especially from the irresistible James Phelps.

Her time in the ocean is spent dodging a possessive merman, while her time on land is split between caring for her special-needs brother and squeezing in every last possible moment of human life. She soon realizes falling for James is unavoidable when he constantly comes to Emma’s rescue and somehow manages to see through her carefully constructed icy facade to the vulnerability she lives with every day. Everything about James makes Emma yearn for a life on land she just can’t have.

When Emma’s brother disappears on her watch, James is the only person she trusts to help her save him. But even if they can save her brother, nothing can prevent her return to the sea. Whether she likes it or not, Emma is changing—unable to breathe without yielding to the tide—and it’s only a matter of time before she’s forced to surrender forever.

My Thoughts:

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sooo, I was really excited by the premise. Mermaids? I’m all there. But overall, this book was just a Meh.
This book just lacked a little action that I was craving. I also found Emma’s narrative to be pretty depressing, though if you consider what happens to her in the first chapter, it makes sense.

I did like the descriptive writing, it really put a clear image in my head. I was also generally intriguided by the plot.

I do find that a lot of people on goodreads seem to really like this book, so if it sounds like something you might like, go check it out!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Book Review

Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Author: Laini Taylor

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
-goodreads.com

Yes, I know this book has been out for quite a while. I still wanted to review if, okay?

Okay, so the synopsis didn’t really make me automatically want to read this book. But I had heard an incredible amount of really great things about the series, so I decided to pick it up. IT WAS AMAZING. I could not put it down. The characters were all really dynamic and interesting. I’m not going to spoil anything-but there are some seriously major twists in this book. I recommend this to anyone–you will love this book!

Me when I finished this book:

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