Our lovely readers,
I'm doing this and perhaps next weeks' reviews early. So let us begin, shall we?
Stung by Bethany Wiggins!
Summary (Yay, Goodreads!): "There is no cure for being stung.
Fiona doesn’t remember going to sleep. But when she opens her eyes, she discovers her entire world has been altered—her house is abandoned and broken, and the entire neighborhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right hand—a black oval with five marks on either side—that she doesn’t remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. She’s right.
Those bearing the tattoo have turned into mindless, violent beasts that roam the streets and sewers, preying upon the unbranded while a select few live protected inside a fortress-like wall, their lives devoted to rebuilding society and killing all who bear the mark.
Now Fiona has awakened branded, alone—and on the wrong side of the wall."
Can ya tell I've been on a dystopian kick as of late? I've loved the genre since I was ten and reader The Giver (by Louis Lowry), and as soon as I get into it again, it was the beginning of this genre blowing up (lucky me!). Now, I know some feel like they're almost identical, or facing the same crap, but I will never lead you astray to a crappy book, my lovely readers, so no worries with this one!
Imagine waking up at thirteen to an abandoned household; one that's been abandoned for a very long time. Then, you look in the mirror and see that your reflection isn't that of a thirteen-year-old, instead having a woman's curves. And the last memories you have is chocked full of your vanished family, but nothing since you turned thirteen. How bizarre would that be??? Then you notice a tattoo on your hand that you don't remember getting. The next thing you know, you're running and protecting yourself and you don't know what from or why or what the heck happened. Think you could go through all of that emotional turmoil? I know I'd be a bit crazy after that. But our lucky Fiona only knows to cover her tattoo on her hand, and that's it. She sets off on her own, and then gets rallied into the biggest, most dangerous game of cat-and-mouse where there are dozens of cats, and she's the only mouse.
You'll love the quips, the way things are shown and not told, and how vividly you can see this story unfolding in a crumbling town. The story takes all these twists and turns, and you cannot believe any of what happens or why!!! I love surprising books, ones that capture your imagination and lets it run as freely as possible. This book is actually genius, and comes from a whole new perspective of a decaying world that's suffering not because of a shortage of water, or a war. It's awesome and unique!
In Conclusion: Read away, my friends! If you want a fresh dystopian novel that involves a strong female lead, a handsome helper, and a tale that seems so close, so far, and so imaginative all at once, read Stung. You won't be sorry!
5/5 lavender bunches (plus 1 bee)!
Alrighty! More is coming this week, y'all, and Ash has a surprise for you guys!!!