Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim

stsScavenge the Stars
Author Tara Sim
Publisher Disney Hyperion | 2020
Pages 327

4 stars

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… (from Goodreads)

This review is spoiler freeeeeeee! 🙂

“Never corner a man on a losing streak. Desperation is deadlier than a bullet.”

(Two reviews in one day. What tomfoolery is this.) I really enjoyed this! Which makes me VERY happy because I got it in the January Owlcrate box and I LOVED LOVED LOVED the pin it came with so now I can say I loved the book too!

I’ve never read The Count of Monte Cristo and I didn’t really know any of the premise behind it (besides the revenge plot). From reading a few other reviews it looks like some people who had read the original didn’t enjoy this book so much, so I’m glad I came in fresh! I seem to usually enjoy pirate/sea/ship/etc books, and this was no exception.

“It’s funny, isn’t it, how you can only ever see the surface of a person? I feel like most of the time, beneath my surface, I’m drowning. And no one can see it.”

I really enjoyed the twisty, turny plot- especially at the end! A buuunch of twists that I wasn’t expecting. There were a few areas that I think could’ve been cut down– I could’ve done without some of Cayo’s forays through the city– but overall I thought everything flowed pretty well. Amaya was likeable and it was fun to root for her to get some answers. The relationship between Amaya and Cayo was obviously a highlight for me, bc I love a Romance, and I’m excited to see where the sequel takes them!

The beginning was definitely slow. It was hard to find the determination to focus and get a feel for the characters. The timeline is a bit wonky for the first bit and though I figured out fairly quickly what was happening, it was still a bit difficult to get a grasp on. I’m not super enthralled by the world building; some of the mentions of different areas or groups of people were never fully explained (I’m guessing we’ll learn more in the sequel) so I never got full clarity or investment. Also, none of the side characters really grabbed me- I did like Soria and Roach- but no one super stood out.

Overall, really happy with this and will definitely pick up the sequel! Also, Bay Area author- yay!

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