I am SO EXCITED to be involved with this tour for Rebel of the Sands. This is one of my favorite books of 2016 and I rated it 5 stars (you can see my review here). The mix of genres worked so well for me as well as the characters. Today I am honored to have Alywn Hamilton here on my blog with her play-list for Amani, the main character of the book.
About the Book
Rebel of the Sands
By: Alwyn Hamilton
Release Date: 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.
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Character Playlist for Amani
1 – Chasing Twisters – Delta Rae
Everything in this song is Amani to me. From the reckless frantic beat to the idea of her chasing her dreams, trying to catch them like twisters that will sweet her up into something bigger sounds like her to me. She’s a girl born with lightening in her heels and with Dust and Devils on her conscience.
2 -Initials B.B –Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
This song builds slow and tense, then at 0:44 breaks into the truly badass. It’s the soundtrack to rising to a challenge. It’s the soundtrack to the shooting contest in the first chapter of the book to me.
3 – Remember the Name – Fort Minor
If this is a song about earning a name that passes into infamy it definitely belongs to the girl who goes by the Blue Eyed Bandit.
4 – Gunpowder and Lead – Miranda Lambert
There are a fair few country songs about women getting their own against a world that would chew them up and spit them out. But this is the one for Amani to me.
5 – Paradise – Coldplay
If Amani had a Luke Skywalker moment, staring out across the dunes at the horizon, this would be the soundtrack to it. Dreaming of a better place, right there beyond her reach, half real, half imagined.
6 – Hit me with your best shot – Pat Benatar
This song is Amani at her toughest and cockiest for me. You want to come after her, she will take you on right back.
7 – I knew you were trouble – Taylor Swift
This song alternates between being about Amani from Jin’s point of view and about Jin from Amani’s point of view. And it fits in right when they meet in the first couple of chapters of the book.
8 Dust – Augustana
This is the part of Amani that Dustwalk. The part that’s a little bit dark and a little mistrustful and a little bit angry at the hand her town has dealt her.
9 – Paloma – Carbon Leaf
This is a song about a girl running towards freedom. “The dreams you seek are straight ahead in every direction.” Is a line that sums up that secret vulnerable part of Amani that’s full of hope.
10 – American Girl – Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
Amani might not be an American girl, but she’s definitely raised on promises of a great big world with lots of places to run to. Besides, this song always reminds me of the scene in Scrubs where Dr. Elliot Reid turns herself into a badass.
11- Bang Bang – 3OH!3
This song has always sounded like the anthem of a truly badass girl to me. And if that doesn’t describe Amani I don’t know what does. So put your hands in the air, she’s gonna shoot.
12 You’re Gonna go Far, Kid – The offsprings
This song is about someone a little bit ruthless, willing to lie and claw their way to what they want. With a thousand lies, and a good disguise. And Amani is a Damn Good Liar.
13 – Alone Together – Fallout Boy
This song kind of sums up Amani and Jin’s relationship at the beginning of the book for me. Or at least when they meet and how they wind up on the road together.
14 – Bulletproof – LaRoux
Besides the obvious bullet metaphor for the girl with the gun this is a song for a badass girl closing off her heart.
15 Run – Delta Rae
Another Delta Rae song. This is a more hopeful song about running, and it belongs to the moment Amani breaks free of her dead end town and starts to tame the roads that can’t be tamed.
16 – You give love a Bad Name – Bon Jovi
If anyone is a loaded gun it’s Amani. There’s a ruthless side to the girl with the gun that fits with this song for me.
17 – Your Surrender – Neon Trees
There is an important part of Amani’s journey that is about letting her guard down. And that’s what this song is about.
18 – Angel with a Shotgun – The Cab
I have written more of REBEL to this song that I would care to admit. It always sounds like an inspiring song about finding a cause to fight and the moment something shifts inside Amani. And again, the shotgun metaphor doesn’t hurt with the Blue Eyed Bandit.
19 – Bad Girls – M.I.A
I wrote most of Chapter 23 to this. It’s a song for 2 badass girls ready to live fast and die young and Amani is half of that team.
20 – Born to run – Bruce Springsteen
If Amani lived on the modern age she would probably wear blue jeans with a red bandana sticking out of the back pocket because this song would be her anthem. She was indeed born to run.