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4.10  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  52 reviews
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 fi
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Entangled: Teen
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Melanie (mells_view)
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it

Sting is the first book I’ve ever read from Cindy R. Wilson. I haven’t read a dystopian novel since they were hot and the story of Tessa and crew made me really sad I haven’t picked up more along my reading journey. Sting has many themes that are reminiscent of your standard dystopian end of days YA novel. There’s a romance that includes a love triangle, there’s two separate sort of factions at odds with each other (Light and Dark), there’s a heroine who has what seems to be “the one to chan
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sting is the third book I’ve read by Cindy R. Wilson and this writer is rocking my world. Her stories are imaginative and original.

Sting is set in a dystopian world where there are two sides to a city. The light (rich side) and the dark (deprived side). Tessa is a girl trying to survive who has a good heart. She wants to help anyone she can. Her blood family have died but she has her own chosen family. Cass is the sister she never had and River is her best friend.

Tessa offers hope in a world l
A teen barely surviving, living from hand to mouth in a dark, dystopian world becomes a symbol of strength for the down-trodden masses as she dares to steal from the rich and give to the poor. Only the privileged live in the light, their lives filled with excess while Tessa struggles day to day in Cindy R. Wilson’s STING. It is her daring attitude, her generous nature and her quest to make a difference that finds her betrayed by her own Judas and locked away in a Hell on earth.

This is her story
Sherry Fundin
I was scrolling through the books on Net Galley one day, and stopped when I saw this great cover. The tag line: Revenge is poison, also did it’s job. It leapt off the page, and, when I read the blurb, I knew I had to have it.

Tessa. The Scorpion. Robin Hood of the Dark District.

She robs from the rich who live in the Light District and give to the poor in the Dark District.

Climate change has wreaked havoc on the world, making once was habitable, inhabitable. Their country is the place of last reso
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love it when a book surprises me and Sting did just that. What I thought was just going to be a good dystopian tale turned out to be so much more.

This world is separated into two parts — Lightside and Darkside. Rich and Poor. Tessa and her friends are from Darkside, doing their best to survive, while also doing a little extra to make sure the people around them also have a fighting chance. Barely any food, no jobs opportunities, essentially just the clothes on their backs mean Darksiders are
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult / Dystopian
*Rating* 3.5-4


Author Cindy R. Wilson's Sting is a blend of sci-fi, romance, and thriller. Sting is also a blend of The Count of Monte Cristo and Robin Hood, but is its own story featuring a female protagonist/heroine. The characters are compelling and deal with issues that teens can relate to, such as broken relationships and learning to form new bonds of trust with others. The world-building takes the basic building blocks of dystopian
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fab, reviewed
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Erin Arkin
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Sting is the first book I’ve read by Cindy Wilson but it won’t be the last. This book has some interesting characters and a story that kept me turning the pages to see what was going to happen next.

I thought the world building in this book was done well. In Victor, you have the Darkside where people are cutoff from electricity and basic things needed to survive and then you have The Light District where everything is, as you can imagine, bright and lively. There are parties and shopping, and no
Cindy Wilson
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I’ve been waiting not so patiently for this book to get out into the world. It’s been over three years since I signed the contract for my The Count of Monte Cristo retelling and now it’s finally polished and ready for everyone to read. I had a great time writing about adventure, revenge, and love, with a dystopian twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Hope you enjoy!
Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
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

Alrighty, then...

I adored: the cover; Pike ❤
I liked: the premise/idea; the writing; the first half of the book; River
I didn't much care for: the execution; the second half of the book; Tessa
I disliked: the pacing; the plot holes/ illogicalities, the convenient plot devices

I appreciate: that this is a standalone

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Dee/ bookworm
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav2020
#Sting #NetGalley

I had never read this author before and was more than pleasantly surprised at how entertaining her writing style is!! This is a very clean book. While it has some kisses, most of the book is centered around action and good versus evil. This book, while good and evil appears to be light and dark, you soon find out it is more of a yin-yang situation of some good in the bad and some bad in the good. Really you have to do a person by person like in life. This book makes it look supe
Ga Books LoverX
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Do you like YA dystopian books that are a bit different? If so, you will like Sting. I didn't even realize that it was a retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo until after I read it. It was an interesting, if not at sometimes odd, read that moved for the most part at a nice and steady pace.

In terms of romance, I am not a huge fan of love triangles, but I liked how Cindy Wilson had everything play out. This was action packed with a captivating story and interesting characters. I was glad that I w
Ola Adamska
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-2020
Sting is a second book by Cindy R. Wilson that I had read. Paper Girl was AMAZING and I wanted more, here it's not the case. This book was Average to me.
The story is set in the dystopian world where the city where everything happens is torn into two pieces - Dark and Light.
Tess (The Sting) comes from the dark side and she tries to help other people survive. She's like Robin Hood to them in this Dystopian world.
The story will follow Tess and how she was dealing with everything that was put on her
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book that I have read by Cindy R. Wilson and the moment I finished it I downloaded her other title, Paper Girl.

Sting was fantastic! I was hooked from the very first page. Our main character is Tessa, also known as Scorpion; she lives on the dark side where people are barely surviving, she has no living relatives but takes care of Cass, every day is a fight for survival, one she faces willingly, risking her life to steal from the Light and give to the Dark.

Tessa finds herself i
Kandace Denys (bookish_kayy)
This is the first book I’ve read from this author, and I highly enjoyed it.
Scorpion leading the rebellion against the Light is very reminiscent of Hunger Games, but at the same time, provided its own take on the trope.
I found myself lost in these pages after the first few chapters, and followed along anxiously, not only the rebellion, but the love triangle aspect.
Overall, really enjoyed these characters and would recommend.
Apr 05, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars very close to a 4 star read.
Catherine / readingmypages
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK!! I honestly had no idea what to expect when I got this ARC but wow this book was just what I needed. I loved all the characters and I keep finding myself thinking oh I need to get back to Sting and then get sad when I immediately realize I have finished the book already. It has some definite Hunger Game vibes especially with the trope that goes on (don’t want to spoil anything.) This is the first book I have read from this author and now I plan to go back and read more of her ...more
T.H. Hernandez
This is a fun thrill ride from the opening pages through the pulse-pounding conclusion. Cindy R. Wilson creates fascinating characters and throws them into impossible situations against a rich dystopian backdrop. Scorpion is just a teenage girl who was unfortunately on the wrong side of the bride when the world came tumbling down. Living in a “bunker” in an abandoned gaming center, Tessa, aka the Scorpion, shares her “home” with Cass, a twelve-year-old orphan. The two form a tight family unit, w ...more
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Inventory: One thoroughly enjoyable futuristic tale, a them-against-us struggle of haves and have-nots fighting a battle of dark and light, where the only two things that matter are hope and revenge.

Tessa has set close boundaries. Cass, someone Tessa saved from the streets, is her only family. The only one on the inside. While many know Tessa's alter ego, Scorpion not many know who she is, and her closest friends don't know her well enough to be trusted to see her scars.

Her closest friends are
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**Review will be posted on my blog on 2/17/20**

**4.5 STARS**

Thank you to Entangled Teen and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this eARC.

And…I read this in one sitting! It’s been awhile since a book held my attention so much that I did not stop reading.

The city of Victor is divided into two sectors, the Darkside and Lightside. The “lightsiders” live in a world of light and glow in the dark fashion, they have enough to eat and have jobs to live a comfortable life. The “darksiders” live on t
Katherine Paschal
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: retelling, distopian, teen
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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 a
Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: other-reviews
STING is an intriguing YA dystopian retelling of THE COUNT OF MONTE CHRISTO. The world has been ravaged by climate change, and limited space is left for people. Tessa lives in the Dark District, essentially on the outskirts of the richer part of the city, which is known as the Light (in part because they have electricity). The Darksiders have been ravaged and left without prospects, their schools barely functioning if at all, no real food or water, and the jobs in the factories they used to have ...more
Lilly Charysma
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am lost for words! I have devoured this story and I loved every chapter of it!

Cindy R. Wilson is amazing, simple as that. With “Sting” we have a story of two separated worlds – the Darkside and the Light District. One world needs a hero and here comes the Scorpion. She fights for justice, she fights to bring food and other supplies to the Darkside until someone betrays her and she ends up in Decay – the worst place she could ever be! However, she finds an ally, a friend and together they will
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My first experience with Cindy R. Wilson's books and I am hooked. The blurb got my attention because The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorite classics and I haven't read a retelling based on it before, so I am happy I had the opportunity to read this one.

The story is set in a dystopian world, where people are divided into two factions, The Light and The Darkside. Of course the most privileged are part of Victor, the city of Light where they live the best life, surrounded by opulence while
Lelia Taylor
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: full-reviews
Last fall, I was introduced to Ms. Wilson’s work through her book, Rival, and I liked it very much. At the time, I hoped to see more from her but I didn’t think that would happen so soon. I’m mighty glad I was wrong.

Once again, the author has crafted a story that tips the hat to both another fictional theme, The Count of Monte Cristo, and a legendary quasi-historical figure, Robin Hood. Tessa is a young girl who makes her way in a harsh world—one which we have brought upon ourselves through clim
My first experience with Cindy R. Wilson's books and I am hooked. The blurb got my attention because The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorite classics and I haven't read a retelling based on it before, so I am happy I had the opportunity to read this one.

The story is set in a dystopian world, where people are divided into two factions, The Light and The Darkside. Of course the most privileged are part of Victor, the city of Light where they live the best life, surrounded by opulence while
Ivy Bookdragon
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story of the Scorpion and her starting of a rebellion against a military leader are nothing new in the many dystopian worlds of YA fiction.
The way the Scorpion and other characters are written pulls the reader in, though.

Tessa, the Scorpion, is a very likable and badass heroine who is masterful in her knife-throwing and in building little, robotic scorpions. Her love interests River and Pike are each strong young men with personal reasons to fight as well as wanting to fight along and protec
Tonja Drecker
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From the very first page, this read grabs with an amazing character, who demands attention, as she takes on a villain one can't help but hate.

This was such a refreshing dystopian! While there is an unjust society with a huge divide between classes, this plot doesn't fall into the simplicity of blaming it all on a single, evil government. The heroine, of course, is strong, determined and quite the fighter. She carries the name of Scorpion, and the background to this added a nice touch. It was eas
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Tessa aka the Scorpion is a modern day Robin Hood. She takes from the rich and gives to the poor. Tessa is a good hearted person who likes helping other people to survive. She will put her own life in danger if it means saving one of her friends that have become like family to her. Tessa lost her family a long time ago.

Tessa’s world is divided. The city she lives in is divided with the lightsiders or the rich living in one half and the less fortunate or the darksiders living in the other half.
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