Publisher: Green Leaf
Release Date: May 17th 2013
Series: The Grimmic Chronicles #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Historical
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.
SCRAP was a novel that started out magnificently but slowly went downhill when it introduced alchemy and magical elements. I’m not sure if I disliked that because I was expecting pure, non-fantastical historical fiction, but I thought it was way too far fetched.I felt that the story could have been enjoyable with out all the extra magical pizazz.
Tucker Scrap is given her name after she dropped on a doorstep with a scrap of paper attached to her. Growing up an orphan was tough, and Tucker took shelter working in a bakery, where she would occasionally sneak food and steal other items from various other vendors. She would then go home to the orphanage, which was run by her friend named Ash until he is forced to leave due to his health. Tucker takes over.
Tucker lives, tells stories, and narrates in the voice of an eighteen-or very experienced-sixteen year old. Her age is never directly told to us until about 200 pages in, and it is shocking. Tucker is thirteen years old, and I had a major problem with this.
There are numerous talks between her and her friend, Kally, about maidenhood. Kally seems to think it is crazy Tucker isn’t selling herself on the streets and prostituting around like she is. Tucker also talks to boys and thinks about them in a way that makes me cringe now that I know her age. Not only did I find her age a bit disturbing, it was also unrealistic because no thirteen would ever act like this.
Overall, this book could have been so much more. I was pleasantly surprised with it at first, but once Tucker’s age is discovered and alchemy and magic were introduced, it was all too much and this book fell horribly flat.