Thursday, July 9, 2020

Review - Scavenge the Stars (Scavenge the Stars, #1) by Tara Sim

Title: Scavenge the Stars (Scavenge the Stars, #1)
Author: Tara Sim
Pages: 336
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: 7th January 2020

Blurb from Goodreads: 

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.

My Review:

*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the publisher*

Amaya has nearly served her sentence on a debtor ship when she saves a stranger from drowning. 
Amaya fears that her actions will add time to her sentence, but then the stranger offers Amaya the chance to get revenge on the man that destroyed her family as long as she helps him with his plans.

Amaya creates a new identity and works towards her goal. As she does, she crosses paths with the son of the man that ruined her family.

As Amaya delves deeper into the plot for revenge, she discovers that there may be more to things than there seem.

Will Amaya get her revenge?

I was intrigued to read Scavenge the Stars because of it being a gender-swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo, despite the fact that I wasn't a big fan of a previous book I read by the author.

Amaya was a likeable and relatable protagonist. She'd been through a lot and I definitely understood her thirst for revenge. I liked how much Amaya cared for the other children on the debtor ship.

Cayo was an interesting character, a former gambler who had disappointed his father and loved his sister. A character that I've read before, but I liked and felt sorry for him.

I really liked the diversity in this book. It's probably my favourite thing about it.

The plot was interesting to begin with, but around halfway through I started to lose interest and it was a struggle to finish the book.

I'm disappointed that I didn't enjoy this more.

Overall, this was an OK read.


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