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. 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.
I was originally drawn to Arson because of the cover. It’s spooky and kind of hard, which really appealed to me. The book itself kind of followed that pattern. I wouldn’t call it light and fluffy by any means. It was definitely a paranormal read with a lot more deeper, meaningful issues included. It almost felt that it had a realistic contemporary feel to it.
The characters were spot on. I thought that everyone had their own individual personalities and they all added to the story. I didn’t overly love Arson. Sometimes I liked him better than others. I thought that the real star of the show was Emery. She was a really intriguing character. I will say that I thought that there were too many characters thrown in the mix. Sometimes when that happens it gets a little bit confusing for me.
There was a big chunk of Arson that felt really drawn out. I didn’t see a lot happen until closer to the ending of the book. I would have liked more suspense and more action moments thrown in the mix. I like a lot to be happening in my books. This one seemed a little too mellow for my personal taste.
Estevan Vega’s writing is beautiful and haunting. Oh my goodness, there were times that I thought I was going to cry just from how pretty the writing was. Vega almost seems to have a lyrical and poetic aspect to his words. That’s not going to appeal to everyone, but I think that contemporary lovers are going to adore Vega’s writing style. While there were parts of Arson that I liked better than others, I always found it peaceful and enjoyable to read.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I think that Vega has huge potential in the YA field. Readers of all ages are going to enjoy this one!
Publication Date: 2011
Publisher: Stonehouse Ink
Rating: [rating: 3]