By Emory Sharplin
“In the name of the King, halt!"
"In the name of your duty, catch me!”'
A cross between Celine Kiernan's The Poison Throne, Tamora Pierce's Trickster's Choice and The Lord of the Rings, Scrap is an adventurous tale with enough magic, adventure, cussing, ballgowns, thievery, gypsies, poison and court intrigue to have you hooked from start to finish!
Hellip, a village in the vast empire of the cruel King Ibis, holds more than brutal Blackcoats, poverty, bloodied scaffolds and misery. Tucked away in a run-down orphanage lives twelve-year-old Tucker Scrap - baker's assistant, thief and as much as an enigma as the enchanted bracelet and the words on the note that were left with Tucker on the doorstep.
'Don't let her die.'
But when a girl named Vivian arrives to sweep Tucker away, Tucker never could have imagined what she faced outside of Hellip's dark streets. Intent on being re-united with her orphanage friends Ash and Kally - both who had vanished from Hellip without a word - Tucker agrees to go with Vivian.
But there's more ahead of her than dress fittings, etiquette lessons and rules. Vivian holds the secrets to Tucker's past and to her future. Tucker is more than just an orphan - more than just a thief.
'You could always count on serendipity to keep things interesting.'
In fact, Tucker could hold the fate of the kingdom in her palm...the only one with the will, strength and raw power to save it at last from Ibis' iron rule.
“A GIRL WAS BORN FROM DARKNESS,
AND SHONE JUST LIKE THE SUN.
SHE ROSE TO FOOL THE HEARTLESS,
BUT GAVE HER LOVE TO NONE.
SO THIS GIRL DID DIED IN GLORY,
ON THE FIELD WHERE SHE WAS SLAIN,
AND SHE'LL NEVER HEAR HER STORY
AND WE'LL NEVER KNOW HER NAME.”
Scrap is a tale that will find its niche in your heart and stay with you forever - with its breathtaking take on magic, loveable cast of characters, colourful swear words, wit, talented twists and turns, exasperating gypsies, mayhem and abundant collection of weaponry, it is sure to captivate you unlike any other story to date!
A few of my favourite quotes:
- 'Napier surfaced next to her and propped his arms on the ledge. "I meant to ask - can you swim?"
"No," she said through chattering teeth, "Actually I can't."
He cocked his head to the side and looked perplexed. "Your lips are blue."
"I'm cold," she said curtly.
"Want me to warm you up?" he asked, grinning.
"I'd rather be cold," she snapped, hating him more by the second.'
- 'Leave the bragging for the idiots, she had decided. And leave the idiots for the scaffold.'
- '“I think love and hate intertwine far too much for humanity's own good, yet we choose to compare them like vinegar and water.”'
- 'Napier grinned. "I'm flattered.""I'm sure you are," Colt said. "You've always been optimistic in your interpretations.'