Blog Tour- Rebel of the Sands Character Playlist

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

RebeloftheSandsRebel of the Sands
By: Alwyn Hamilton
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Publisher: Penguin

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.

Blog Tour- The Dark Days Club Character Playlist + Giveaway

DarkDaysBlogTourBannerI am so thrilled to be highlighting The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman today.  I recently reviewed this book and if you missed that- I’ll sum it up- I LOVED it. TDDC was an engrossing read with beautifully implemented historical bits along with some incredible paranormal aspects. I feel that everyone with a taste for Jane Austen style writing, period dramas, paranormal and a slow burn romance should read this book.

Character Playlist-Lady Helen from The Dark Days Club

This playlist is all about the main character in The Dark Days Club – Lady Helen Wrexhall. The novel is set in 1812, and in those times a young noblewoman’s life was severely restricted. The Dark Days Club follows Helen’s adventures as she discovers that her world has a dangerous and demonic underbelly, and her family has some very dark secrets that will change her life forever.

The Verve –– Bittersweet Symphony

Although The Dark Days Club is set in the Regency era, the lyrics of this song about modern life really resonates with me, and the anthemic music always gives me goosebumps. The video is brilliant too. For me, Bittersweet Symphony is about the desire for change and how difficult it can be to find a way to shift your own circumstances. Lady Helen finds herself in this predicament at the beginning of book.

No Doubt –– Just A Girl

As a young noblewoman living in the early 1800’s, the only life path for Helen is to marry, produce children and act as hostess for her husband. Until that time, she is “just a girl”. I like the irony in this song and it suits Helen’s personality: she has far more courage and integrity than most of the men in her family.

Jessie J –– Price Tag

Helen’s uncle wants to find her a suitable husband and get her married as quickly as possible—he’s not sure her fortune will overcome the taint of her infamous mother!

Queen –– I Want To Break Free (Official Video)

A more light-hearted song about finding a way out. I’ve been a Queen fan since I was a teenager, and this is one of my favourite songs. The official video is hilarious too.

4 Non Blondes ––What’s Up?

Another favorite song of mine, and one that echoes Helen’s growing uneasiness as she starts to ask her self: what’s going on?

My Demons – Starset

A hint of what is to come in Helen’s world. This song has a great driving beat and sense of dread.

Lady Gaga – Born This Way.

Helen does not know it yet, but she’s not who she thinks she is!

Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong

Helen is beginning to realize that something is very wrong in her opulent world, and this song is about yearning for something more.

Jessie J – Who You Are

This could very well be Helen’s theme song for Book 1.

Britney Spears – I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman

Lady Helen is making her debut to polite society, a time when a Regency girl steps into “official” womanhood. Yet, curtseying to the Queen does not bring instant wisdom and maturity. That is a much longer and harder journey.

Kelly Clarkson –Breakaway (With Lyrics)

“Take a risk, take a chance, make a change and breakaway; a song for Helen as she takes her first step into a strange new world.


This is such a great song about friendship. Helen finds a great friend and confidante in her maid, Darby and their bond grows throughout the book.

Katy Perry––Wide Awake

When Helen discovers the truth, she’s finally wide-awake!

Mahalia Jackson ––Trouble Of The World

A beautiful song sung by one of the greats. Helen finds the truth about her world hard to bear.

Annie Lenox and David Bowie ––Under Pressure

Helen feels the pressure of the decisions that she must make. This version is a tribute to the late great Freddie Mercury and, now sadly, the brilliant David Bowie.

Des’ree -––You Gotta Be

Helen has to find her true strength, but will it be enough?

About the Book

DarkDaysClubThe Dark Days Club
By: Alison Goodman
Release Date: January 26th 2016
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?


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