Review by Brie: SCAVENGE THE STARS by Tara Sim

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.


With a very minimal recollection of the story of THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, I found myself trying to compare the two stories and getting lost. Once I gave up on finding the similarities between them and think of this story as completely it’s own, I was able start really enjoying it.

The characters were interesting and the plot picks up once the two points of view cross paths. I didn’t love this book as much as I thought I would, and I can’t quite place my finger on why I didn’t love it. Overall found it to be a fun read but the ending kind of felt a little rushed. After I finished reading I realized that this was the beginning of a series so that eases my mind a little about the ending. I was left wanting more answers and thinking this was a stand-alone left me feeling a little lack luster.

This was my first book by Tara Sim. I enjoyed it and will probably do a reread before the second book releases. I’m also interested in trying her Timekeeper series a try.

Tara Sim
Tara Sim is the author of SCAVENGE THE STARS (Disney-Hyperion) and the TIMEKEEPER trilogy (Sky Pony Press) and writer of all things magic. She can often be found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California.
When she’s not writing about mischievous boys in clock towers, Tara spends her time drinking tea, wrangling cats, and occasionally singing opera. Despite her bio-luminescent skin, she is half-Indian and eats way too many samosas.
Tara is represented by Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman Literary Agency.
Name pronunciation: “tar-ah” (not “terr-ah”).

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