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Scavenge the Stars this is going to be a divisive one but i had such a good time quick thoughts I just loved Cayo Amaya with my entire body and soul Stabby revenge stories Please and thank you Characters struggling to be Good True when the world keeps throwing them curveballs and forcing them to make difficult choices are my favourite No you re crying Yes, the scs were a tad underdeveloped but hopefully, we ll get to explore them in the sequel The world building was also a little meh but fingers this is going to be a divisive one but i had such a good time quick thoughts I just loved Cayo Amaya with my entire body and soul Stabby revenge stories Please and thank you Characters struggling to be Good True when the world keeps throwing them curveballs and forcing them to make difficult choices are my favourite No you re crying Yes, the scs were a tad underdeveloped but hopefully, we ll get to explore them in the sequel The world building was also a little meh but fingers crossed it sof a focus in the sequel too You know how sometimes you just read the right book at the right time I needed this book Trigger warnings for view spoiler classism, indentured servitude of children discussed in depth, sexual assault op , child abuse, forced arranged marriage, gambling addiction recovery relapse central theme , suicide mentioned, alcohol consumption, alcohol abuse recounted discussed, drugging w o consent, blood gore depiction, dead bodies body parts, needles, physical injuries, eyeball trauma gouging, emesis, terminal illness plague like recounted op, depiction of starvation, cannibalism mentioned, grief depiction, death of a mother father recounted, death of children op , murder, attempted murder, knife violence stabbing, torture recounted, whipping recounted, hanging mentioned, kidnapping, captivity, blackmail, death by a fall recounted, near drowning incident, war themes discussed, and poverty themes debt collection central theme hide spoiler Representation Amaya mc is Desi demisexual Cayo mc is bisexual East Asian Roach sc is asexual Avi sc is a trans boy POC and queer scs Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review Blog Twitter Instagram The Book Depository I ve been trying to get into this book for almost a week now and can t seem to make it past page 44, so I think it s a sign that this is right book wrong reader Please give this one a try for yourself if the synopsis catches your interestMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy. 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 CollideAmaya Wants One Thing Revenge Against The Man Who Ruined Her Family And Stole The Life She Once Had But The 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 She Uncovers About The Truth Of Her Past And The 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 We got a special edition of the book in our Jan Owlcrate Not sure if I like it better than the original BUT, we got the next Harry Potter mug from Cara Woot And some other goodiesMel We got a special edition of the book in our Jan Owlcrate Not sure if I like it better than the original BUT, we got the next Harry Potter mug from Cara Woot And some other goodiesMel Many thanks to Disney Press for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewThis is another one of those quite frequent times where it s not the book it s me I went into this expecting science fiction I don t know why The cover pretty clearly shouts fantasy and did not get that Scavenge the Stars is a steampunk fantasy which is fine for people who like that I just down In generally, fantasy and I just don t get along If it s too hard to understand or the world building t Many thanks to Disney Press for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewThis is another one of those quite frequent times where it s not the book it s me I went into this expecting science fiction I don t know why The cover pretty clearly shouts fantasy and did not get that Scavenge the Stars is a steampunk fantasy which is fine for people who like that I just down In generally, fantasy and I just don t get along If it s too hard to understand or the world building takes too long, I get bored and stop caring and that is what happened with Scavenge the Stars Actually, no In this, the world building wasn t slow enough I felt confused from page one I think the author could have made the story better by slowing some things down At the same time, it didn t feel like anything interesting was happening I kept skimming page after page, waiting for something bad or exciting to happen but nothing ever did Overall, I still think readers should give this a try Maybe there will be someone out there who will enjoy thisthan I did DNF at 39% I am bored so bored so bored that I chose to stare at the wall rather than try to muddle my way through Sorry, Disney Books Sorry, Tara Sim My first 2020 ARC Buddy read with Chelsea Goodreads Blog Pinterest Reddit LinkedIn YouTube ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review.Tara Sim posted these aesthetic boards on Twitter, and I am breathless Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review.Tara Sim posted these aesthetic boards on Twitter, and I am breathless Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch I typically find books that are centered around the ocean, islands, ships, basically nautical stories in general hard to enjoy for some reason but I did enjoy this We got to see blue lagoons, underwater reefs, hidden caves, poisonous fish, I loved the details This is to say all of those details were during the first %30 of the book which I enjoyed the most but I began to get a little restless and bored as I continued.This is purely a revenge story at it s heart but there is one big confusion I typically find books that are centered around the ocean, islands, ships, basically nautical stories in general hard to enjoy for some reason but I did enjoy this We got to see blue lagoons, underwater reefs, hidden caves, poisonous fish, I loved the details This is to say all of those details were during the first %30 of the book which I enjoyed the most but I began to get a little restless and bored as I continued.This is purely a revenge story at it s heart but there is one big confusion there s nothing fantasy about this Nothing magical at all At one point I had to make sure this had the fantasy label on it and it does but, it s pretty much just a contemporary retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo with the murders, mystery, and drama So if you re looking for just a YA version of that then this is for you but don t expect anything outside of reality When Silverfish rescues a man from drowning, she sconcerned about gainingdebt from her act than his safety But the man promises riches beyond her dreams and revenge on those who wronged her and her family Silverfish takes his vow, and transforms into the Countess Yamaa, the mysterious and fabulous newcomer set to take the city state of Moray by storm, and bring it to its knees.Whew This was a mess.I ll be honest though, the first 40% was riveting, exciting and a unique spin on The When Silverfish rescues a man from drowning, she sconcerned about gainingdebt from her act than his safety But the man promises riches beyond her dreams and revenge on those who wronged her and her family Silverfish takes his vow, and transforms into the Countess Yamaa, the mysterious and fabulous newcomer set to take the city state of Moray by storm, and bring it to its knees.Whew This was a mess.I ll be honest though, the first 40% was riveting, exciting and a unique spin on The Count of Monte Christo admittedly, I have not read this , with a gender swapped hero, a queer love interest, and lots of queer characters and characters of color.And then the book sags into the weight of itself and never recovers.Soft boi and stabby girls do not a book makeI liked Amaya Silverfish She was filled with rage and revenge for the way her family was treated, and at the system of debt that allowed her to be sold off to a debtor s ship and beaten and starved for seven years along with with a boatload of other children She was stabby and sharp and strong and determined to succeed even if her motivations were a little all over the place and her acting skills not so fantastic I preferred her as the mysterious Yamaa than when she awkwardly attempts to befriend Cayo Her awkward transitions from Silverfish to Amaya to Yamaa wereclunky and felt a little over done.I also liked Cayo, a soft bisexual who just wants to recover and get over his old ways He had a bad gambling addiction that nearly drove his family to bankruptcy, and just wanted to do right by his family legacy and his sister, and win his father s trust However, I felt that Amaya s description of him as firmly rooted in the ground, a tree with his roots stretching down anchoring him to the earth paraphrased were incredibly off base, since from the instant Cayo is being pulled in a billion directions and never really seems to find a point and stick to it He s constantly allowing himself to be pulled in whatever direction someone tugs him.And with these two leads, I ll be honest the book was better before they met.Once they meet, the plot sags into angst and half baked counterfeit schemes and unsolved mysteries that cover everything from Cayo s father s legacy to the Slum King to the ash fever to Amaya s family to the fate of Moray.Lackluster WorldbuildingAt first, I was intrigued by the Asian inspired world of Moray, which felt like it could be an inspired Singapore, situated as it was between two huge empires with lots of economic power and at the junction of the best trade routes Plus the vice sector and the fact that it was an island and city in one.But place names and place names do not a fantasy world make Sim threw out nouns and titles and names all over the place, which was fine in the beginning because I expectedworldbuilding to grow and flourish, but this growth never happened There continued to be generic place names without context, which is shoddy worldbuilding at best.Plus the city island of Moray, which consisted of a place for tea, a nice area where rich people and not super defined nobility live, I guess a palace for the Prince who is not important enough for his own name , the docks, a random hidden beach swimming area no one knows about, and The Vice Sector For the record, the Vice Sector contains 90% of the city, but doesn t have muchdistinction beyond that and beingvicey Lots of gambling.Also, I m still not 100% certain what Widow s Vaults are why they are important, but I think that hasto do with a lack of cultural understanding ignorance on my end than lack of explanation on the author s part.However, the descriptions that were there were lovely The oceans, the island life, the city, the people, the clothes, the food When they were richly described, they were decadent.The ProsThe representation This is a book of people of color This is a book of queer people Amaya s dresses Fuck those all sounded absolutely gorgeous.The Water Bugs and the Landless I wantedof them, and less of Amaya and Cayo Granted, the romance didn t really reach fruitionlike most of this book.The ConsEverything else And Boon, that generic person who had little page time yet was very important for reasons Ditto to Cayo s dad and also the Slum King and Ramona sp , who had a purpose in the novel This is bloated, messy and had so much potential but fell flat because it tried to do too much at once and lost its identity halfway through the process.Also it kinda has the dreaded Bury Your Gays Trope, although in this case it sship your gays off to a distant, uncharted land after maiming them without context, this is not a spoiler.Revenge book Socio political critique of debt and systematic injustice and poverty An adventure mystery Don t Let Your Kids Gamble A YA fantasy romance Counterfeiting 101 It was all over the place, and tried to be too much at once.I m probably being far too harsh, but I think most of my disappointment lies with the execution, since the premise and potential was so high.I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review the count of monte cristois one of my all time favourite books, so i may be a little biased when i say this retelling is wildly imaginative and spectacularly entertaining.i really enjoyed how TS remained faithful to material, but made me feel like i was reading something entirely new i think the best retellings subtly pay homage to the original story without it being a direct imitation, and this does exactly that there is so much world building, a vast array of characters and representationthe count of monte cristois one of my all time favourite books, so i may be a little biased when i say this retelling is wildly imaginative and spectacularly entertaining.i really enjoyed how TS remained faithful to material, but made me feel like i was reading something entirely new i think the best retellings subtly pay homage to the original story without it being a direct imitation, and this does exactly that there is so much world building, a vast array of characters and representations, and a unique plot that just keeps on giving there are actually some elements to this that i enjoyedthan in the original now if only i could quickly amass a large fortune and gain some enemies, because my desire for revenge feels all consuming at this point lol 5 stars On the debtor s ship, The Brackish, young Silverfish, once known as Amaya, spends her days diving for pearls and awaiting her return to freedom.Life aboard the ship is far from smooth sailing, headed by a cruel Captain who controls his young prisoners with an iron fist.When Amaya rescues a stranger from drowning, she fears her heroics may actually end up extending her sentence.Although that may be true, she s taken with this mysterious man wrangled from the depths, and begins visiting him in the On the debtor s ship, The Brackish, young Silverfish, once known as Amaya, spends her days diving for pearls and awaiting her return to freedom.Life aboard the ship is far from smooth sailing, headed by a cruel Captain who controls his young prisoners with an iron fist.When Amaya rescues a stranger from drowning, she fears her heroics may actually end up extending her sentence.Although that may be true, she s taken with this mysterious man wrangled from the depths, and begins visiting him in the brig The man, who tells her his name is Boon, promises her unimaginable riches and the possibility of returning to the city of her birth, in exchange for aiding him on a secret revenge mission Amaya is intrigued With his help, she ll be able to find out the truth about the cause of the downfall of her family, and in turn, seek vengeance of her own.Through an exciting series of events, Amaya is able to flee the ship and does indeed return to her hometown The port city of Moray is a hotbed of activity with an even mix of old world opulence and new world problems.Once there, with Boon s financial assistance, she poses as a wealthy Countess in order to infiltrate polite society and bring down the man Boon feels responsible for his problems.The man he seeks is Kamon Mercado, a high society businessman, who has secretly fallen onto hard times of his own.His son, Cayo, once involved heavily in the Vice Sector, gambling, drinking and carousing, is trying to stay clean, but definitely played his part in dragging the family name through the mud.Amaya is directed to befriend Cayo and use him to gain access to his father Once she does however, she finds out all may not be as easy as it once seemed.This story is a gender flipped retelling of the adventure classic, The Count of Monte Cristo, and I definitely felt the themes of that woven throughout I loved the back and forth between Amaya s and Cayo s perspectives, as they both pieced together the darkness and mysteries surrounding their lives I enjoyed so much watching their relationship grow and am definitely interested to see where it will go in the second book.The setting of Moray reminded me quite a bit of New Reynes, from Amanda Foody s, Ace of Shades series So, if you enjoyed those books, you should definitely pick this one up.The Vice Sector, with it s gambling dens and ruling Slum King, was steeped in danger and underhanded dealings Corruption is a major theme in this book, as is deception and individuals being used as pawns in the games of thosepowerful than themselves.Additionally, I enjoyed the pacing and felt it was cleverly plotted, although some of the reveals felt a tad convenient I did ultimately like the way it all came together The conclusion was an nice set up going into the final portion of this duology.Overall, I had a lot of fun reading this and look forward to continuing with the story Thank you so much to the publisher, Disney Book Group, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review I appreciate the opportunity to get my hands on it early


About the Author: Tara Sim

Tara Sim is a YA author found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California When she s not writing about magic, clocks, and boys, she drinks tea, wrangles cats, and sings opera.Tara grew up in California, but braved the elements of Virginia to study English Creative Writing at Hollins University.Half Indian and full geek, she eats too many samosas and awkwardly dances to Bhangra music.


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