26360.books.origjpg… a mash up of wild west action and desert sands with Djinni magic.

I was given a review copy of this brilliant debut novel by my lovely bookshop, A Festival of Books, in Chipping Campden, as Emily and I share the passion for young adult fiction.

Fast paced, with a feisty female lead and an argumentative love interest, Rebel of the Sands certainly lives up to its hype.

It’s a mash up of wild west action and desert sands with powerful Djinni magic.  There are vibrant scenes: for example, the shooting gallery, the First Class train ride, the desert festival; well drawn supporting characters and a very fast pace all of which is gathered up into a satisfying finale.

I re-read certain scenes because they were so good and I wanted to savour the story – and the writing.  Definitely worth looking out for when it is published in February 2016.

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