Monday, March 04, 2013

Review: Ashes by Estevan Vega


Title: Ashes
Author: Estevan Vega
Series: Arson #2
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Stonehouse Ink
ISBN: 9780615543376
Format: eBook, 344 pages
Genre: YA, paranormal, urban fantasy, romance, thriller
Source: blog tour
Goodreads
Ashes is a YA paranormal thrill-ride. Book 2 in the gripping Arson trilogy.

More than three months have passed since Arson and Emery were suddenly taken. Taken and then separated. And experimented on.

The minds running Salvation Asylum have abducted them for a dark purpose. A campaign has been set in motion to genetically alter mankind. Unknowingly, Arson has become the most vital instrument in this global scheme, initiated by a select group of brilliant scientists and cunning world leaders. Confused, trapped, and unable to fully manifest his abilities, Arson faces a new existence crawling with questions. Will he ever see Emery again? Is Grandma still alive? Can the fate of the human race really hang in the balance of one choice?

Nightmare and reality collide in Ashes, book two in the gripping Arson trilogy. Love will be tested. Powers will shift. And the past will invade the here and now as Arson discovers a part of himself he has never before known and fights against his own shocking origins. Will this boy who once tempted fire be able to take on a fearful future? When the struggle intensifies and secrets come to light, will Arson be ready to accept the haunting revelation that there may be others out there, others like him?
Ashes, the followup to Arson, is a very as a sequel, and brings its readers straight into what happens after Arson. It has a seriously intense beginning that pretty much just jolted me awake from my half-stupor.

Something I admire a lot about the Arson trilogy is its multiple third person POVs, not just surrounding Arson, but also many other characters as well, making the entire story one with numerous fascinating faucets. It's really interesting how the entire story is strengthened through that.

Personally, I really thought that although Arson's the protagonist, he's not as strong of a character as, say, Emery, who I could relate to more and felt more like a teenager. Unfortunately, he also seemed slightly wimpy compared to other characters. However, Emery's personality, which felt much more real than Arson's, totally won me over.

In the end, it was the plot-driven original idea that kept me going. The book was far from boring, other than its lacking characters, due to the way the story just carried on like IDGAF even when I felt like "NOOOO!!! Whyyyy???"

Last words? Great narrating. Characters could use improvement. Fantastic plot. If you don't mind your characters having a few swiss-cheese holes in them, and want a plot-driven story, Ashes is just the book for you!
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