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Arson by Estevan Vega: Review and Giveaway!

Monday, July 30, 2012
ARSON is the first book in a Young Adult Paranormal series. Book two, ASHES, is also available now.
Before now, three things were true: he both loved and despised his grandmother; his life was going nowhere; and he was alone. But when a strange girl--who feels more normal behind a mask than inside her own skin--moves in next door, Arson hopes to find something he's never had: purpose. After years of living in fear, he will be forced to confront his haunting past and embrace the unknown as he walks the fine line between boy and monster. Edgy, realistic, and breathtaking, Arson, the chilling chronicle of an isolated teenager with unimaginable ability, is set to ignite the hearts and minds of a new generation.

Goodreads Summary

This was a bit of an odd story in that the reader learns about the plot and characters as the book continues and knows little to nothing right away.  Arson and Emery are more or less the main characters.  The author does not delve into their pasts right away, the book is written in the here and now.  Arson and Emery do not have the easiest of lives, but they make do.  Their characters engage in a bit of a romance during the novel.  Arson is a very sympathetic character.  When he has a "dark" thought, he can create fire...but can he control it?  The reader will learn more about why he has such strong feelings of guilt and hate, his character is more than interesting enough to keep the reader turning the pages.  Emery struck me as really weird at first.  She wears a mask...all the time.  There isn't too much I can say about Emery without giving away a few key points, but her character development is phenomenal.  The other characters are not necessarily the most likable of characters, but it's great when the author can make any secondary character memorable-and these characters are certainly memorable.

The plot was a little confusing at times, but the reader can usually straighten him/herself out eventually.  At first, I found the initial chapters hard to understand and care about, but once I read through the fourth chapter, the book was impossible to put down.  It was really hard to wait to see what would happen between certain characters-Arson and his grandmother, for instance (very weird/hate-filled relationship there).   Arson covers realistic problems and situations, making the book easier to relate to.  The cliff-hanger will have the reader dying for the sequel.  This book is recommended to teens/young adults. 

4 Stars
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  1. Hi, Krystal!

    Thanks for being among the superawesome blogger peeps on this tour! Means a lot! I hope the story moved you in some way!

    Spread the fire!


  1. Pam said...:

    I recently read a book that sounded much like what you described, in terms of being a bit confusing at first and learning of the plot and characters as you go along.

    I'm definitely in intrigued by the story. I do love paranormal reads. Thank you for the great review!


  1. Pam said...:

    It's hard for me to pick a favorite book, but I'm going to say Vampire Mine by Kerrelyn Sparks because I loved it and just finished reading it around 3:30 this morning. LOL
    Thanks for the giveaway and sorry for double posting.


  1. Lili said...:

    My favorite book is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It's just... so mind-blowingly amazing!

    This book looks really interesting. I've recently been into books that have to do with manipulating the elements, so I'm really looking forward to picking this one up and giving it a chance! I'm glad you enjoyed it and happy reading. (:

  1. Lili, I read I am the Messenger by Zusak and loved it! Haven't gotten to The Book Thief yet, but I hear it's told from the perspective of a book? Is that true, or am I making that up?

    Hope not. If so, I feel so, so lame. ha


  1. My favorite book is a oldie but goodie and it's Pet Semetary. Thanks

  1. I don't know if I could really say I have 1 favorite book, but I do highly enjoy the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher.

    Thanks for the giveaway Krystal :)

  1. favorite book...I have no idea how I could pick just one. I will typically read just about anything I can get my hands on lol. I guess one of my definite favourites would be Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

  1. Kimmie said...:

    Any of the Harry Potter books! :)

  1. That question is WAY too hard.. for now, I will have to say the Hunger Games.. but really, there are too many.

  1. Cyn said...:

    My favorite book would be...well, I dunno. I don't have one yet.

  1. erin said...:

    Thanks for a great review and giveaway! this book sounds fantastic!

    My fav book is usually what I'm reading at the moment and that is Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews.

  1. My favorite book is The Night Angel Trilogy but Brent Weeks

  1. Anonymous said...:

    I have more than just a few favorite books, but my newest one is Cannibal Reign by Thomas Koloniar.

  1. Anonymous said...:

    I adore this mans writing. I cant wait to start on Arson

  1. I love The Hunger Games Trilogy.

    -Riz Bulatao

  1. Nancy said...:

    Carlos Ruiz Zafon's Shadow of the Wind. I've read the prequel and sequel and will read any additions to the series.

  1. Unknown said...:

    I have a lot of favorites including the Hunger Games series! Thanks!

  1. Jenn said...:

    My absolute favorite book would have to be Shannon Hale's Book of a Thousand Days. I just adore fairy tale retellings and this had such a unique setting

  1. mdh0115 said...:

    My favorite book is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

  1. Sayomay said...:

    Right now the Luxe series!