Thursday, March 11, 2010

Arson by Estevan Vega


Arson

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 the most about himself, Arson must face his consuming past and confront the nightmare that is present as he walks the fine line between boy and monster. Dark, moody, and breathtakingly relevant, Arson, the chilling chronicle of an isolated boy with unimaginable ability, is sure to ignite the hearts and minds of a new generation.
I'm not really sure what to say about this book, it was good, I liked it, but... I don't know. ARSON is dark and sinister and a bit weird. There's no question that Estevan's writing is beautiful and flowing and the imagery is amazing.

I have a feeling that this will be a short review, I hope it's enough, though. Anyways, one thing that I have to say that I did not like was Arson's and Emery's relationship. I know, I know, but for me it didn't feel real. I didn't believe it and I didn't feel it. I don't know why this happened since all of the characters per say are so believable and complex.

I liked the different points of view, it really allowed the fleshing out of the story. The least character that I liked was Aimee, she just seemed so immature and frustrating.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and it only needed a bit of umph in some specific places but I would recommend it to older YA audiences. I also loved how original it was. I'm all for originality.

In one sentence:
"A dark and sinister read for older YA audiences"

Plot: 4
Writing: 5
Characters: 4
Cover: 5
Overall Feeling: 3
Average: 4.2

5 comments:

Elie said...

Interesting review. I saw an ad about this book and I wasn't sure if I would like it. Wasn't this in a series?

Elie said...

The cover kind of creeps me out.

miss cindy :) said...

The cover is creepy! But it sounds interesting :) Great review!

brizmus said...

I'm sorry that the overall feeling didn't end up being so high, as this book sounds creepily fantastic, and like Elie said, your review is interesting. I'm really wanting to read it now.

Book Monster said...

I'm actually really enjoying this, right now!! But I do agree with this statement: ARSON is dark and sinister and a bit weird.

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