"Scavenge the Stars is a garrote of a book, and by the time you realize it, it'll already have you by the throat. Amaya and Cayo's quests for vengeance and redemption will tear them-and you-apart, even as they uncover the terrible truths that bind them together. Readers who like heroes with tragedy, heroines with knives, and stories with teeth, all I can say is: eat your heart out."--Margaret Owen, author of The Merciful Crow "A dark, glimmering pearl of a tale-the echoes of the original Count of Monte Cristo add satisfying touches of familiarity, while the lush setting and enthralling characters give the story its own, vibrant flavor. I devoured this book in one sitting, and I recommend it to readers seeking girls who can cut your heart out, as well as breath-taking, perilous adventure."--Amanda Foody, author of the Shadow Game series "A rags-to-riches story with the promise of revenge... Captivating."--Kirkus Reviews "An ensnaring blend of mystery and intrigue-this tale of revenge and redemption will keep readers guessing and gasping to the very end."--Natalie C. Parker, author of Seafire "Tara Sim has crafted a story as deep and glittering as the churning sea--it will pull you under its surface from the first page and never let you go."--Laura Sebastian, New York Times best-selling author of Ash Princess "Tara Sim weaves a magical tale of revenge, swordfighting, and secrets set in a corrupt city where things aren't ever what they seem. This book is an attitude, in the best, bloodthirstiest of ways."--Rin Chupeco, author of The Bone Witch "Tara Sim's Scavenge the Stars is a compelling tale of revenge, full of complications and reverses. I was hooked by Amaya's story from the beginning, and devoured this book in huge gulps. I loved it, and am already excited for the sequel."--Kat Howard, Alex Award-winning author of An Unkindness of Magicians "With all the politics, intergenerational conflict, FEELINGS, and knives a girl could ask for, Tara Sim expertly weaves action, plot, and ensemble drama for a thrill ride that will keep you turning pages."--#1 New York Times best-selling author E. K. Johnston --Este texto se refiere a la edición kindle_edition .. Tara Sim is a YA fantasy author who can typically be found wandering the wilds of the Bay Area, California. She is the author of the Timekeeper trilogy, which has been featured on Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, and various media outlets. When she's not chasing cats or lurking in bookstores, she writes books about magic, clocks, and explosives. --Este texto se refiere a la edición kindle_edition .. When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she's been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide. Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception-and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she's plotting to bring down-the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she realizes she must trust no one?Packed with high-stakes adventure, romance, and dueling identities, this gender-swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo is the first novel in an epic YA fantasy duology, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo.
Review - Scavenge the Stars Title Scavenge the Stars Author Tara Sim Release Date January 7, 2020 Description from Amazon When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she’s been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide. Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception-and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s plotting to bring down-the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she realizes she must trust no one? Initial Thoughts Five words. COUNT 👏 OF 👏 MONTE 👏 CRISTO 👏 RETELLING 👏 I’m all about that. I saw the movie like 15 years ago and was obsessed with it. I watch it whenever it’s on TV. Some Things I Liked Gender bent retelling. I thought the balance achieved by switching the gender of the main character was really well done. I’ve seen many retellings that are poorly executed because the gender change is not fully thought through. I thought it was really well done here. Plot twists. I was on the edge of my seat until the last page of this story. I had no idea what was going to happen and I loved that. The story was filled with action and I loved the pirate vibes we got to see throughout the story. Realism. I thought the story, much like the original version, was grounded in realistic tragedy and heartache. Amaya had a hard life and many of the other characters experience personal tragedies which only serve to motivate them further. This book was by no means all rainbows and unicorns. Topics such as addiction, death, and child labor, are just a few of the hardships the cast of characters endured. One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About This wasn’t exactly a retelling. As this is the first book in a series, I can’t fully judge this aspect yet, but from what I saw, this was a story loosely based on The Count of Monte Cristo but mostly a story of revenge. It was well executed, but I was missing some of the elements of the original story that I would have liked to see. Perhaps we will see them in the next book. Series Value I would continue with this series. I think this book had a strong start and despite coming up short in the retelling department (in some ways), I want to see where this story goes. I am intrigued and want to know more. Final Thoughts I liked this book. I think it was reminiscent of a personal favorite movie from childhood and I enjoyed the nostalgic feelings it brought up. Similarly, I enjoyed the gender bending twist on the characters as well as the seaside city of Moray as a setting. I would continue with this series as well as look into reading some of Tara Sim’s other books. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Recommendations for Further Reading Before the Broken Star by Emily R. King – if you liked the revenge aspect of this story, check out this series by Emily R. King. Ruined by Amy Tintera – once again, if you liked the revenge plot as well as enemies to lovers romance, try this series by Amy Tintera. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – if you liked the sea-faring aspects of this book as well as the setting, try this duology by Tricia Levenseller.
Revenge. Betrayal. Mystery. Trust no one. Sold to a debtor's ship as a small child, Amaya--called Silverfish aboard the "Brackish"--yearns for her home in Moray and her mother. Right before her debt is fully paid off, a mysterious, well-dressed stranger is spotted in the ocean. Amaya saves him, believing him to owe her a favor in return. What she gets is much much more: She gets an opportunity for revenge on all who have wronged her. Cayo Mercado is in trouble. A lot of trouble. Too much time in the Vice Sector has earned his father's disdain and drained his coffers. But Cayo has changed his ways, determined to do better for his sister, Soria. When Soria is afflicted with Ash Fever, and all hopes of restoring the family fortune through a marriage are dashed, Cayo has to find a way to save his family. Perhaps that could involve catching the eye of the rich, mysterious, enchanting Lady Yamaa.... Cayo and Amaya are thrown on a collision course of high society, mystery, and betrayals. Who do they trust? And will they ever truly be free? A brilliant beginning to this duology by Tara Sim, "Scavenge the Stars" is a gender-bent "Count of Monte Cristo" retelling that will have readers on the edge of their seats and pages turning, desperate to find out what will happen next.
Way amazing retelling of Monte Cristo Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club, Netgalley, and Disney-Hyperion for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication. I personally have never read The Count of Monte Cristo before, no have I ever watched any of its adaptations, or anything really to do with the novel. I’ve heard of it because it’s supposed to be a classic, but other than that, I went in blind for this novel as far as retellings go. And for me, I feel like that works a lot better than having a preconceived notion of how I think something should go based on its source material, and I think it really worked in my favor for this one. Without knowing the source material very well, I personally really, really enjoyed this novel and I had so much feelings for our main characters. I think the person that I felt for this most was Amaya/Silverfish especially in the beginning. I couldn’t imagine being her shoes, spending seven years at minimum on a debtor’s ship because of the money that your father supposedly owed. That mini-backstory that we got from Silverfish to the man she ended up rescuing from drowning before the real adventure begins was enough to make me really sorry for her and her mother. But then again, was it her mother that made her go on that ship as a child, or was she forced to go since there wouldn’t be any adult to run the estate? You know? Little nuances like that may or may not be explained in the novel, and when you’re first hearing about that snippet of life before Silverfish came to be, it makes you question what some adults are either willing to do, or what they have been forced to do. Surely saving a man’s life is worth a few weeks thought Amaya. He better be rich thought Silverfish Even this above example of how the two identities within Amaya are so different that they have two different thoughts on the man that she saved. Since she was so close to going home to see her mother – if she is even still alive, I don’t even know if she knows honestly – and yet gets added a whole month to her sentence for this transgression, both sides of her – Amaya and Silverfish – are fighting their decision. Amaya, the person with the most humanity, feels like at least she saved his life. That should count for something and should be worth an extension of her sentence. Silverfish – the “Water Bug” with no humanity left, who has had to fight to survive and stay alive in this tense and deplorable condition – feels like the only thing worth saving him would be if he were rich enough to buy her out of this hellhole. And maybe both sides of her are right. … extravagance existed side by side with destitution. Cayo on Moray Oh, Cayo. My poor, sweet Cayo. The things that you’ve had to go through in order to gain your father’s trust, even if it’s not at the level you want it to be yet. The addictions that you had to learn to live without, and the life that you had to leave behind, no matter how tempting it was and how much you wanted to go back to it. The love you have for your sister, and how close it seems you are. The stress that you have to deal with in your life. My poor Cayo. I was so proud of him. I just wanted him to get out from under his father’s imposing shadow, and live the life that I knew he could. Without that harsh voice in the back of your mind telling you that you’re a screw up to the Moreno family. Oh, Cayo. Clearly I had feelings throughout this book, and I’m dying to see how Sim ends this series. I don’t want it to end though, so can we just keep them going forever? Mini side quests? Something?
Good retelling, but weak revenge plot Since the book is a gender bent retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo, I decided to rewatch the movie (haha yes I’m that person! Sometimes I prefer the movie) plus a young Henry Cavill has a small role in it 😍 and I probably should have made myself a Monte Cristo sandwich just to top it off 😂. Told from Amaya and Cayo’s POV, I thought this book was pretty fast paced. As the story progresses, both characters start to realize, that the people they knew or loved had secrets covered up by lies, blackmail and manipulation. I don't think this book had a strong revenge plot and seemed to deviate from that. There were a couple of twists, the ending was satisfying. I also liked the diversity of the characters represented and the authors description of the local food... yum!
Highly Recommended and Highly Enjoyable for Adult Readers Too I managed to find a signed edition on Amazon sold by a third party seller, and oh my goodness, I am so grateful to have this signed! What an amazing read; what a beautiful writer, and what a fantastic storyline! The prose is very "readable"--I don't know how else to put it. Sometimes you read a YA book (I am an adult reader who loves fantasy for all ages) and the story is good, but the writing sort of feels sticky and unpolished. This book is not like that. The plot is compelling, and the prose flows beautifully. I read it very quickly. I wish I had slowed down and made the plot last longer, but it's rather hard to stop reading ☺️.
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