Tuesday, 11 June 2013

By Emory Sharplin
Summery courtesy of goodreads.com

On the brutal streets of Hellip, a village in the vast empire of the cruel King Ibis, you either become good at running from the king’s Blackcoats or you die. This is the lesson that twelve-year-old Tucker Scrap, abandoned as an infant among the orphans of Hellip, learned early.

Along with her friends Ash and Kally, Tucker spends her time keeping one step ahead of the unjust laws, stealing what she needs to survive, and pondering her own unknown origins—and those of the enchanted bracelet with which she was found.

Now, both Ash and Kally have vanished from the orphanage, perhaps headed for the faraway city where Ibis still rules. When a mysterious girl named Vivian arrives in Hellip with a strange invitation to Tucker, the leader of the orphans decides that this may be her opportunity to find her missing friends. But more than this: it may become an opportunity to recover her hidden inheritance, and to change the fate of an entire kingdom.

The introduction to a fantasy world rich with ancient magic, enigmatic gypsies, palace labyrinths, and deep woods haunted by strange and forbidding creatures, Emory Sharplin’s debut novel tells the story of Tucker Scrap: a bold, memorable heroine at the center of a centuries-old mystery, stepping into her destiny at last.


Once again I've been suckered in by a beautiful cover and an interesting blurb, only to be disappointed by a disjointed plot. Moreover this author doesn't understand that less is more - come on
Street rats, a mssing princess, the assassination of a Queen, cruel kings, poverty, Blackcoats, a missing Duchess, friends gone missing,proper, life in the rich lane, enchanted jewelry, magic, gypsies, almost-rape scene, it was all just to much.

The attempted rape scene was fobbed off by Tucker as funny, WTF- THERE IS NOTHING FUNNY ABOUT RAPE and I'm sure I won't be the only person who is offended by this, Emory Sharplin was so disconnected and derogatory and dismissive in her attitudes about some female characters.
This book totally pissed me off.

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