Blog Tour: Sting by Cindy R. Wilson | Review

Blog Tour: Sting by Cindy R. Wilson | Review

Ahhh so excited to let you know my thoughts on this novel! Thank you so much to the team at YA Bound Book Tours for hosting this blog tour and for having me on it. I am always seriously so honored, humbled, grateful, thankful, everything when I get a notice that someone wants me on a blog tour, or someone wants me to review a novel. I appreciate it so much and I hope to continue to be a resource to you all. Don’t forget to click on the banner for the rest of the schedule.


by Cindy R. Wilson
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: March 3, 2020
Genre: YA Dystopian

Goodreads | Entangled Publishing

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…

Cindy lives at 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. Cindy writes speculative fiction and YA fiction, filled with a healthy dose of romance. You’ll often find her hiking or listening to any number of playlists while she comes up with her next story idea.

Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours, Netgalley, and Entangled Teen for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

Dang it! Apparently this was another Count of Monte Cristo retelling and I wouldn’t have known! Thank goodness Wilson actually indicated that one her review about her novel, because seriously I am just not up to date on what books are retellings, what aren’t, what the Count of Monte Cristo is, etc. But either way, even if you don’t know the original material like me, don’t let that stop you from reading this novel because you won’t need that backstory really. This stands on its own and it was great.

The Scorpion.

I’m seriously digging her alias because I for one would not want to mess with anyone that would name themselves after a creature like that. Scorpions are dangerous and should not be messed with under any circumstances in my opinion. It also makes her seem almost vicious in the fact that she will sting back. She isn’t just a docile creature that you can try to step on and ignore when things hit the fan, you know? So yeah, I dig it. And I definitely feel her anger and rage at being betrayed by some nobody pretty much and none of the people that she’s ever helped during this time of bad things happening even helped her.

It sucks, and while we are supposed to be the kind of people that don’t do anything just to get something out of it, we can’t help but think that way when nobody is willing to even bend a little bit to help us. You know what I mean? It just kind of makes you feel like you were taken advantage of for your resources and the goodness of your heart to be able to be in a position to do these things, but when the time came down to it, nobody felt that way about you.

Clearly I have some feelings about this kind of treatment in general so I felt even more upset when I read this book. But I loved it, and I think you will enjoy it too. This is my first novel from Wilson and I think it was a great introduction to her writing style for me.

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