‘Rebel of the Sands,’ fast pace and islamophobia

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‘Rebel of the Sands,’ fast pace and islamophobiaRebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)
three-starsWritten by Alwyn Hamilton
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers
Published on March 8th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 314
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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.

With her first novel, Alwyn Hamilton sends us to a fantastic land of deserts and demons, magic and rebellion. Rebel of the Sands is one of those very rare books I couldn’t put down until I reached the last page… but that probably needed some work on the mythology and a good sensitivity reader.

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REVIEW: 'Still Star-Crossed' by Melinda Taub, a tale of bad fanfiction and misogyny

‘Still Star-Crossed,’ a tale of bad fanfiction and misogyny

‘Still Star-Crossed,’ a tale of bad fanfiction and misogynyStill Star-Crossed
zero-starsWritten by Melinda Taub
Published by Delacorte Press
Published on July 9th 2013
Genres: Historical fiction, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352

Discover what happened after the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet, as mysterious figures in Verona are determined to reignite the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets.

In fair Verona, enemies still walk the streets.
Two news hearts. Same two families.
The fight to the altar is about to happen.
All. Over. Again.

This homage to the classic Shakespearean tale of Romeo and Juliet will have readers pining for a star-crossed love of their very own.

I read Still Star-Crossed after the show of the same name started airing, in part because I fell in love with Benvolio and Rosaline and wanted more, and in part because I wanted to know what happens next. But let me tell you, where the show grabbed my heart after one episode, the book was an utter disappointment.

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REVIEW: 'Noteworthy' by Riley redgate

‘Noteworthy’ by Riley Redgate

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‘Noteworthy’ by Riley RedgateNoteworthy
five-starsWritten by Riley Redgate
Published by Amulet Books
Published on May 2nd 2017
Genres: LGBT+, Own voices, Young Adult
Pages: 400
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It’s the start of Jordan Sun’s junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts. Unfortunately, she’s an Alto 2, which—in the musical theatre world—is sort of like being a vulture in the wild: She has a spot in the ecosystem, but nobody’s falling over themselves to express their appreciation. So it’s no surprise when she gets shut out of the fall musical for the third year straight.
Then the school gets a mass email: A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshiped ... revered ... all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.

Redgate’s debut novel is an epic tale of when Mulan meets Pitch Perfect that kept me awake until 3am and smiling for even longer.

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