Thursday, March 5, 2020

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Sting by Cindy R. Wilson

Cindy R. Wilson
Published by: Entangled: Teen
Publication date: March 3rd 2020
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult

They call me the Scorpion because they don’t know who I really am. All they know is that someone is stealing from people with excess to help people with nothing survive another day.

But then a trusted friend reveals who I am—“just” Tessa, “just” a girl—and sends me straight into the arms of the law. All those people I helped…couldn’t help me when I needed it.

In prison, I find an unlikely ally in Pike, who would have been my enemy on the outside. He represents everything I’m against. Luxury. Excess. The world immediately falling for his gorgeous smile. How he ended up in the dirty cell next to mine is a mystery, but he wants out as much as I do. Together, we have a real chance at escape.

With the sting of betrayal still fresh, Pike and I will seek revenge on those who wronged us. But uncovering all their secrets might turn deadly…

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Dystopian, Retelling, Romance, Suspense, Teen--

To be completely honest, I did not the read the synopsis for this book at all. Basically, I saw the author listen (who I have enjoyed reading books from in the past) and that this is listed as a dystopian YA version of the classic The Count of Monte Cristo and I was sold- no more words were needed to get me on board for this read. I really enjoy retellings of all kinds and I am so here for all the Count of Monte Cristo retellings! This is actually the second YA one I have read this month and I would gobble as many more as people want to write because it is such a good plot full of betrayal, revenge and justice.

The author is fantastic at character development and relationship dynamics, her characters all feel so real with depth and personality and by the end of the book I feel like I know them. The main character, Tessa, is motivated by her need to help people and to keep her small group alive by any means. She never meant to be a leader or a figurehead for a revolution, but by her good deeds and determination she has become the light that keeps her people motivated. But not only do we get to know the main character, but the side characters are so detailed and interesting as well- and even the villains had many facets.

Sting was also very much a romance, actually a love triangle that kind of hurt my heart. I almost always have a favorite love interest in love triangles, but I can honestly say that there was not really a clear, correct choice in this hard scenario. One one hand there is River, the life long friend who always had her back and Tessa was only just realizing how much he meant to her when her life was ripped apart. And then there is calm, mysterious Pike who helped Tessa through some dark times, giving her hope and encouragement to face her fears. Both guys were great choices but I will say that I am not even a little disappointed with who Tessa chose to give her heart to.

Overall this was a great read, able to be something entirely its own while at the same time paying tribute to one of my favorite classic stories. I recommend this to anyone who likes great characters and YA dystopian worlds.

Author Bio:

Cindy began creating worlds as a kid, entertaining her siblings with spontaneous ghost stories before bed. She filled notebooks with novels and ideas and realized quickly she wanted to be a writer as an adult.

Now Cindy lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and loves using Colorado towns and cities as inspiration for settings in her stories. She's the mother of three girls who provide plenty of fodder for her YA novels. Visit her website to learn more about her books or subscribe to her newsletter:

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