Saturday, February 20, 2010

Arson by Estevan Vega

Arson by Estevan Vega.
Publisher: Tate Publishing.

Arson Gable feels like a freak. He can create fire. He never asked for it. He never wanted it. But he can't shut it off.

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. Using what he fears most about himself, Arson must face his consuming past and confront the nightmare that is his present as he walks the fine line between boy and monster.

Arson is a beautifully written, coming of age tale about the hardship of life and relationships with a paranormal twist. It literally stunned me. At first glance, it sounds pretty simple. A boy who can summon fire falling in love with a who wears a mask, most likely due to fire related injuries. That’s what you’re thinking, right? If you are, you’re very wrong.

This has to be one of the most demented novels I’ve ever read, and I mean that in the best way possible. Arson tells the stories of all the characters; the main character’s madcap grandmother, the eccentric new girl, Emery, who hides behind a mask and her parents, a shunned minister and his straying wife who hold a world of problems between them. And Arson, the protagonist who tries to control his destructive emotions for the sake of his unwanted gift. Though each character doesn’t quite intertwine, their personalities and issues force more weight upon Arson and Emery’s shoulders, only intensifying their relationship further.

Estevan Vega is insanely talented. After only the first page, I was shocked by the grace and flow of his words. Arson is gritty, raw and horrifyingly honest yet it’s written with such elegance. Though it had it’s random moments, I was so engrossed with this story.

The ending might cause you to drop book in shock, as I literally did. It’s such an unpredictable twist, but it sets up perfectly for the sequel that I will be impatiently awaiting. Overall, Arson was an edgy, ruthless and gorgeous story that I can only recommend to mature readers.

15 comments:

  1. OHH great review, I have this one I think I need to pick it up next!!

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  2. I just heard of this book for the first time yesterday, but it sounds so good. I mean, it stunned you. How can something be gritty, raw, and elegant? I think I absolutely must read this eventually!

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  3. I have serious book jealousy over here. It sounds incredible and is already on my TBR list. Thanks for the review!

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  4. This sounds amazing! I've never heard of this one, but I definitely think I will be picking this up...so cool that you can purchase it before the release date. Is that common to be able to purchase a book early from the publisher? (Fairly new to book blogging here!)

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  5. Thanks, all, for checking out the review. And thanks to Katie for showing Arson some love. Thanks!

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  6. Oh, wow! This book sounds amazing! Superb review. I love the cover :)

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  7. Ok I can't wait to read this! Both reviews I have read on it have been awesome! I'm waiting for it right now so I hope it gets here quickly! :) Great review!!

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  8. I'm currently reading this and agree with your review completely!! It is a wonderfully well written book, I'm enjoying it!!
    Is there a sequel? I hope so.

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  9. Awesome! I got this book in a week or so ago for review. I'm excited to get to it now!

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  10. Wow what a great review! I never even heard of this one before. I will definitely look out for it. Thanks for sharing :)

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  11. great review! i havn't heard of this book before but it sounds awesome! definitely going to have to add it to my wishlist!

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  12. Great review! At first glance, I wasn't too sure about this book, but now with your review I think I'll be picking it up sometime soon. Thanks! :)

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  13. I've never heard of it, but if sounds really exciting! Will definitly look into it...

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  14. Arson's fascinating and unique novel that'll definitely give you goosebumps. If like me, you're also a little bored of the whole vampire/werewolf-human-happily ever after stories and you're looking for something more different and intense, then this is it. If you've read and liked Jenny Pox, you would love Arson!

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