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Peek Inside Sting

A thrilling mix of romance and revenge, Sting sheds light on the dark struggles of humanity as we follow one girl’s journey to regain balance between good and evil.


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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…


"A page-turning dystopian romance about a girl with a secret identity who's trying to save the world. The Scorpion is my new favorite heroine!" — Merrie Destefano, award-winning author of Valiant  

“The author delivers a rapid-paced, suspenseful, gripping, well-written and perfectly executed thriller mystery. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.” -Amanda M., NetGalley

I thoroughly enjoyed this engaging, well written book. Once I started, I found I couldn’t stop and ended up reading past midnight to see how it ended.” -Cam W., NetGalley

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. This is the first book I have read from this author and now I plan to go back and read more of her work! I highly recommend this book!” -Catherine H., Goodreads

A thrilling adventure from fist to last page.” -Erika C., NetGalley

A great roller-coaster ride of a book that had me excited from the first page to last.” -Anjedah S., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640638273
Release Date: Mar 3, 2020
Page Count: 370
Imprint: teen
Genre: dystopian, young adult
Tropes: friends to lovers, overcoming odds, revenge

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By Melanie (mells_view) March 05, 2020


Sting is the first book Ive ever read from Cindy R. Wilson. I havent read a dystopian novel since they were hot and the story of Tessa and crew made me really sad I havent picked up more along my reading journey. Sting has many themes that are reminiscent of your standard dystopian end of day... ...more

By D.M. February 08, 2020

Sting is the third book Ive 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... ...more

By Dianne March 04, 2020

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 i... ...more

By Sherry March 04, 2020

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 its 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 ri... ...more

By Meigan March 04, 2020

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,... ...more

By Shelley March 02, 2020

*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 c... ...more

By Jodie "Bookish" March 12, 2020

Book Review
Title: Sting
Author: Cindy R. Wilson
Genre: YA/Sci-Fi/Dystopian
Rating: ****
Review: I didnt know anything about Sting going into it but the synopsis gave me Robin Hood vibes and I though this might be a retelling of sorts. I couldnt wait to get into Sting and the opening chapter was inte... ...more

By Erin March 07, 2020

Sting is the first book Ive read by Cindy Wilson but it wont 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 peop... ...more

By Cindy January 07, 2020

Ive been waiting not so patiently for this book to get out into the world. Its been over three years since I signed the contract for my The Count of Monte Cristo retelling and now its finally polished and ready for everyone to read. I had a great time writing about adventure, revenge, and love, w... ...more

By Leelynn March 19, 2020

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 publicatio... ...more

By Ga Books LoverX March 02, 2020

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 ter... ...more

By Dee/ bookworm January 29, 2020

#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... ...more

By Catherine / readingmypages February 23, 2020

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... ...more

By Sharon March 10, 2020

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 sur... ...more

By Kandace Denys March 03, 2020

This is the first book Ive 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 a... ...more

By T.H. March 14, 2020

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... ...more

By Have Coffee Need Books March 13, 2020

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. T... ...more

By Yolanda February 18, 2020

**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.

AndI read this in one sitting! Its been awhile since a book held my attention so much that I did not stop reading.

The city of Victor is divided into two s... ...more

By Katherine March 05, 2020

**Come visit me at

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... ...more

By Lilly March 10, 2020

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 figh... ...more

By ReadingInPyjamas March 06, 2020

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 wor... ...more

By Lelia March 06, 2020

Last fall, I was introduced to Ms. Wilsons work through her book, Rival, and I liked it very much. At the time, I hoped to see more from her but I didnt think that would happen so soon. Im mighty glad I was wrong.

Once again, the author has crafted a story that tips the hat to both another fiction... ...more

By ReadingInPyjamas March 06, 2020

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 wor... ...more

By Ivy February 08, 2020

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 masterf... ...more

By Tonja March 03, 2020

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 bl... ...more

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Cindy R. Wilson

About the author

Cindy R. Wilson

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.

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