{Bee’s Hiatus Reviews} Stay With the Rebel of the Inquisition ~ A Great Book, A Great Short & A Pretty Good Sequel

Posted May 9, 2016 by Bee in Reviews / 10 Comments

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{Bee’s Hiatus Reviews} Stay With the Rebel of the Inquisition ~ A Great Book, A Great Short & A Pretty Good Sequel

Rebel of the Sands


by Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of the Sands #1
Published on March 8th 2016
by Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Gifted
Amazon | BookDepository | Goodreads

Also by this author: Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1), , Traitor to the Throne

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.

4.5 Stars

So I have to thank my awesome co-blogger Liza first. Because she’s the one that sent me her ARC copy after reading it. If it weren’t for her, I couldn’t have read this awesome book. Yes, it’s awesome. Yes, it totally lives up to the hype. I friggin’ loved this book more than I honestly thought I would.

This is going to be rather quick and maybe a bit short because as I’m writing this, I’m slowly shuffling back into blogging & reviewing waters. I’m getting back in the groove of things bit by bit. So I’ll start by stating the obvious and tell you that you should read this book asap. The writing is fantastic and it hooked me from the start. I loved the atmosphere and the world. Oh god the world. It felt so alive. So much so that I was bothered by all the sand. I hate sand & the way it just gets everywhere. The fact that fictional sand annoys me is a testament to how great the writing was. Not only that, but the story didn’t bore me once and even though I saw one or two of the twists coming from a mile away, it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of this book at all.

Before I go into my favorite element of this book, I’ll quickly mention why it’s not a full five star read to me. 1) Yes, it was a tiny bit predictable. I kinda saw one of the big reveals coming and the second one I suspected too in some form or other. And 2) the ending felt a bit jumbled up. Before I knew it I’d reached the last chapter that concluded the story (rather perfectly I might add), but I didn’t actually completely know what just happened. It might have just been me turning the pages too quickly though.

My favorite part of this book was for me the characters. If you’ve read a couple of my reviews, you know characters are the most important thing in a book for me. And these were all so wonderful and awesome and DIVERSE. So much diversity in this cast. Kind of expected with the whole Persian-ish world with hints of the Wild West. (I adore that combo btw.) There are a lot of characters to talk about but I’ll just mention two as to not reveal too much. I adored Jin a whole lot. He’s awesome and I just want more of him. I’d love some chapters from his POV in book 2. But the best one of course, is Amani, who is basically a queen of awesome and win. She’s one of the most badass heroines I’ve come across in YA so far and I just love her to bits. She’s great, is what I’m saying.

Okay so this review wasn’t as short as I thought it’d be. If you’re a fan of YA Fantasy, you should pick this up if you haven’t already. Because Rebel of the Sands is filled with great writing, amazing world-building and has a bad-ass heroine to lead you through this fantastic and unique story.

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{Bee’s Hiatus Reviews} Stay With the Rebel of the Inquisition ~ A Great Book, A Great Short & A Pretty Good Sequel

The Inquisition


by Taran Matharu
Series: Summoner #2
Published on May 10th 2016
by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads

Also by this author: The Novice

More demons, epic battles, and fights to the death: introducing the unmissable next installment in the Summoner Trilogy...

On trial for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must face the Inquisition who will decide his future - the process is gruelling, lead by those who will do anything to see him suffer and haunted by ghosts from the past with clues to Fletcher's tragic origins.

But Fletcher has little time to dwell on these new revelations when the king announces a deadly challenge to the graduating students at Vocans. One that involves entering Orc territory to complete a risky mission. With loyal demons by their sides, commoners and nobles, dwarves and elves must overcome barriers of class and race and work together to triumph. The reward: a fortune in gold, the safety of an empire and PEACE.

With the entire empire watching, Fletcher has much to prove, but there are those out to get him and it soon becomes clear that there's a traitor in their midst, trying to thwart the mission and create unrest within the Empire.

With everything stacked against him, Fletcher must use everything in his power to fight his way to victory.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

3.5 Stars

Well now! Another cliffhanger. Who would’ve thought? I say that sarcastically because I totally expected it after the first book. I loved The Novice and I was sad when a lot of my friends didn’t enjoy it as much. Still, it was one of my favorites that year so I was very happy when I got offered the chance to read the sequel. Did it disappoint? Maybe a tiny bit? But I still loved it?

I was very excited to dive back into this world and see Fletcher and Ignatius again. I was curious about what happened to them after that cliffhanger of the first book. I will not talk about any of that so that this review remains spoiler free for both books. I’ll just say that this book starts about a year after the end of the first book. The first half was really slow for me. It was mostly court drama and council meetings and build up for what was to come. Even the second half of the story sometimes felt a bit slow to me. I think this is a common thing in the second book in a trilogy.

So for me, yes this one does suffer from Second Book Syndrome a little bit. But I didn’t completely mind? Because I do like these characters and I’m excited to see where their story goes next all the time. I’m invested in their lives and I like this world. Yes, I’ve read better sequels, but I’ve also read a lot worse so all in all, this was still good. Because the last 100 or so pages really had me glued to the pages. And of course, the cliffhanger had me screaming in agony once again. I also appreciated that there was a bit of a recap in the first chapter because it has been a while since I read the first book and it was nice to have a reminder of what happened exactly. So even the court drama served a good purpose to me. I also appreciate the fact that there’s not really a romance in this story. It’s very refreshing!

Overall The Inquisition is a solid sequel that builds up the story and though slow at times, still leaves you wanting more in the end. If you enjoyed the first book, you should definitely continue reading this series. If not, you might want to give it a shot anyway to see if you enjoy the second book more.

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{Bee’s Hiatus Reviews} Stay With the Rebel of the Inquisition ~ A Great Book, A Great Short & A Pretty Good Sequel

Stay With Me


by Kira Hawke
Published on October 18th 2014
by Smashwords
Genres: Contemporary, LGBT
Format: eBook
Source: Author
Amazon | Goodreads

Logan Woods just survived an attempted murder. Maybe. Left for dead in the sketchiest part of town, Logan has no idea how much time he has left. But through this disaster forms an unlikely friendship that might be worth living for.

5 Stars

*squints eyes* Hmm… I see what you did there, Kira.

So this is short. It’s very short. And reviewing short things like this is very tricky. Because usually I don’t have many thoughts about short things. Not enough to make a complete post out of it. And I probably don’t have that for this one either, but I do have thoughts to get out so we’ll see how far we get.

Kira approached me on Twitter, asking if I wanted to check out this short of hers because she saw my pinned tweet. Like I said, I don’t usually review shorts because, well… they’re short. It’s hard for me to review short stories. But this one sounded really interesting and I wanted to see how well the author could… develop a story and its characters in only a few pages. It’s a great way to see if an author’s writing style is your thing, in my opinion. And I was pleasantly surprised when I read this one. The story was gripping, the characters were interesting and it left me wanting so much more. I was invested in the MC’s life and I found myself hoping for a happy end for him. I wanted him to be happy. Which is a really hard thing to accomplish in a story that barely reaches 10 pages. So major credit to you, Kira. Excellent job.

Do I want more of this story? Hell yeah. If Kira was to turn this into a full-lenght novel, I’d jump on it faster than you can blink. But even if she doesn’t, I still want to read more of her work. If she can put so much character and story in only 10 pages, I can only imagine what she can do with a full-length novel.

So if you’re ever looking for your next read, try checking this one out real quick. It’s a short, quick, gripping read and it’s totally worth it. Besides, it’s free on Amazon, so yeah… get on that!

Bee

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.

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10 responses to “{Bee’s Hiatus Reviews} Stay With the Rebel of the Inquisition ~ A Great Book, A Great Short & A Pretty Good Sequel

  1. Rebel was so much fun wasn’t it? I’m glad you liked it! I agree about your complaints. It wasn’t the most predictable and that ending got a bit messy because it was too rushed imo. It has the potential to be a great series though and I’m excited.

  2. Nathan

    Rebel in the Sands and the Summner books sound interesting. Maybe I should try to add Rebel in the Sands to my TBR list.

  3. Yay – Bee! I’m glad you got the chance to check out REBEL OF THE SANDS thanks to Lizza, wasn’t it great? The Sassy banter and kick-arse moments were the best. The Summoner series sounds interesting as well, glad it was good read despite another cliffy. : )

  4. Becca

    I stayed away from The Novice after I saw so many negative reviews and was also denied the ARC. You definitely have me curious though! I seriously need to get my hands on a copy of Rebel of the Sands!

  5. AHHHHHH I’m so so glad you liked Rebel of the Sands! *hi fives* SO MUCH INTENSE AWESOME. EEEEEP. And I loved the witty banter. And Jin and Amani. *ships them wildly* Basically that is a series I shall happily devour. :’)
    I probably won’t be trying the Inquisition though, since I’m one of the grumpy ones who didn’t enjoy the first book. Eeek. BUT THE COVER OF THE FIRST BOOK IS EVERYTHING. So at least there’s that. 😂

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