Rebel of the Sands (YA)

by Alwyn Hamilton

Middle East meets Wild West in this magical gunslinging adventure. All Amani has ever wanted is to get out of her nowhere town of Dustwalk. But when she finally escapes with a mysterious stranger, she’s in for surprise after surprise—about her companion, her country, and even herself.

Fast-paced, smart-mouthed, and full of twists—I couldn’t put it down. I love the magical elements (including Djinni legends), and the characters were interesting and fully formed. That said, there were a lot of references to sex/prostitution (plus a lot of violence and even more alcohol) that, while fitting within the story world, may be a bit much for younger readers. 

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