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Scavenge the 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 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 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 want the girl on the cover of this to stab me 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

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