Arson

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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...
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Overview

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. 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615543338
  • Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Pages: 282
  • Sales rank: 1,001,930
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Since he was in fifth grade, Estevan Vega dreamed of one day being an author. At fifteen, he published his first book Servant of the Realm. At eighteen, The Sacred Sin was released. ARSON, his third and most popular novel, is the beginning of a trilogy. Look for book two soon. Until then, he has released a collection of three short stories titled WHEN COLORS BLEED. He resides in Connecticut. Visit www.estevanvega.com for more details.
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  • Posted December 14, 2013

    So glad I bought the second book at the same time I bought the f

    So glad I bought the second book at the same time I bought the first. The cover and synopsis of both intrigued me immensely and I wasn't disappointed.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Interesting

    The story is good, great writing! However, the author spends alot of time on how terrible arson's life is, his internal view of himself. It was really excellent at bringing me into Arson's life, but it also made reading this book very difficult for me. I actuallu give 3 and 1/2 stars because a good portion of the book is negative and depressing. There is light at the end of the tunnel though! I was so happy when he found something that brightened up his existence, i was afraid he would muck it up! Vega drew me in and wouldn't let go!

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  • Posted January 24, 2013

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    I am so glad I took the time to read this book. The first thing

    I am so glad I took the time to read this book. The first thing that caught my eye was the cover of this book. It is a beautifully awesome cover. Then the book synopsis got me hooked even more. It intrigued me so much and I am so glad that it did. I loved the characters and the story telling. Estevan Vega is a really good writer. Emery was such a great character even though she wears a mask on her face. I found her funny, witty and feisty even though she carries such a burden about her face and has to hide behind a mask. Arson was also a really good character even though he has a lot of guilt about his past. Arson can create fire with his mind and it causes a lot of conflict in his life. These traits that they both have, make them feel like freaks, and that is why they are so relatable. Everyone at some point or another feels like a freak in there lifetime. I loved the intimate struggles of the main characters. They were both dealing with so much different types of crap in there lives, that they shouldn't of had to deal with. It made both Arson and Emery so much more than just flat characters. They both exploded off the page.
    This book has some supernatural and romantic elements in it. I loved how there friendship turned into something more. And how there relationship evolved and they fell in love. The secondary characters are the characters that were causing all the problems in Arson and Emery's lives. I'm not going to go into to much detail about them. But they all really made me not like them, in a good way of course, which shows a sign of great writing skills. You will know what I am talking about if you read the book.
    Overall I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.
    It is that good. It is one of my favorite reads that I have read in 2011 so far. I definitely suggest reading this book for anyone who loves any type of genre. I can not wait to read Ashes, the sequel to Arson. Definitely go pick up this book. =]

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  • Posted August 23, 2012

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    I liked Arson┬┐in the beginning. There were secrets about Arson a

    I liked Arson…in the beginning. There were secrets about Arson and his
    family that kept me turning the pages. Plus I liked Emery. She was
    fascinating. Nevertheless, as I got farther into the book I began to
    become irritated. The story keeps hinting at Arson’s ability be we don’t
    actually get to see anything of it until the last few chapters in the
    book. Instead the book seems to focus on everything else that is going
    on around Arson; his crappy job, his unstable grandmother, Emery’s
    parents and their failing marriage. Some of it made sense. Arson’s life
    IS one of misery and misunderstanding, so I see the author is showing us
    how miserable and isolated Arson truly is. But I didn’t see why it had
    to focus so much on Emery’s parents. I thought the book was about Arson,
    not about a failing marriage. It eventually started wear on my nerves
    because I started to loathe her parents by the end of the novel. In
    fact, the only character I really had any interest in at all by the end
    was Emery. Yes she was self righteous, and more than a little big off,
    but she didn’t whine about EVERYTHING, she stood up for herself. She had
    a backbone, something that seemed to have been beaten out of Arson. I
    understood how he was manipulated by his grandmother. However, I don’t
    understand how he keeps letting Mandy play with his head. Especially
    after he decides he is in love with Emery. It was just extremely
    frustrating. The majority of the book felt drug out, there is some
    action at the end, and then it just drops off in a straight cliffie. I
    don’t know if I would want to read the next book in the trilogy. If it
    focused more on Arson and Emery, maybe, I still really didn’t understand
    why it spent so much time on Emery’s parents. I give it 2 and 1/2 out of
    five controllers. Overall, I don’t think the author focused enough of
    the books attention on the main characters or the paranormal part of the
    story. A grave tragedy. Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer
    Reviewer: AimeeKay

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  • Posted August 1, 2012

    I know that it's going to sound shallow, but what really intrigu

    I know that it's going to sound shallow, but what really intrigued me into reading the book was the cover. I, actually, saw the cover, then said "yes" to my participation and then I read the summary, which, by the way, is really interesting. First time there is a character creating fire and there are not other characters in the book, who can manipulate the other elements.

    Now, about the book:

    Firstly, there are the characters.

    Arson is one of those loner guys that don't have friends, he comes from a weird family status, since he's living with his grandparents and he is one of those brave guys who can stand every bad reaction from the others and still don't get angry and start kicking butts, or in this case burn them till they're ashes. He has a big problem with his powers, since there is none around who can teach him how to use them and he does his best to hide his secret. As I said, brave.

    Emery is the weird masked girl. Reading about her was easy. She is pretty simple, one of those girls you can easily hang out with, but then there is the mask. Most of the times I was totally forgetting it and imagining I nice pretty girl, but that was wrong. The mask serves a purpose and it's really sad when she finally says her story and you - in this case Arson - learn why she's so obsessed with it.

    Minor characters are Emery's parents, which you follow around quite a bit, but their lives and their actions serve a purpose and lead Emery into taking some decisions that change both, hers and Arson's, lives.
    And then there is Arson's grandmother. Well, her, I hated her. I don't care about her psychological problems or whatever else, I just wanted to grab her head and smashed it at the wall. Learning the things you learn at the end might make you sympathize her, but not me.

    Secondly, there were not many descriptions. You are following around the characters and you get some, but not like the ones I'm used to. What I noticed was that the author was making many great metaphores.

    Lastly, the plot. In the beginning and most of the part of the book, things are semi-simple. There are many "waves". Things are calm, then something rocks the water, then something tranquil again. And then we are reaching the end. I'm serious when I'm saying that during the last chapters my eyes were wide open and my mouth was hanging there completely numb from all the disclosures.

    Bottom line, despite being really fast that makes it difficult to put it in a straight line and some bad characters, I liked it. I liked the plot and I could justify most of the characters actions, because they seemed really human. The end leaves you with so many questions that I can't wait to read the next book. So, who doesn't want to read a young-adult paranormal novel written by a male author? I, for once, was really curious.

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

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    Arson is a dark and twisted book by an incredibly talented autho

    Arson is a dark and twisted book by an incredibly talented author. The build up and flow of Arson's story is haunting while mesmerizing and allows the reader to lament for this unfortunate character. It's a story that I found to be mainly about relationships and self worth, a mostly realistic novel but with a hint of paranormal suspense. The author knows his subjects and creates a real life story that features a thrilling and not so real element.

    Arson Gable knows he's not normal. His character is battered and emotionally damaged, and he's living with guilt that he's never been taught how to deal with. Growing up with a grandmother who is physically and emotionally abusive, not to mention a little delusional, Arson has created this shell around himself until he can no longer feel. His life brightens a bit when a new family lives next door, and with it comes Emery (a wonderfully constructed character, the perfect addition to this intense drama). The phrases that come out of Emery's mouth are sarcastic and pungent. Her life is as messy as his and soon they find a real and slightly damaged (with the baggage they both are lugging around) relationship. Arson and Emery, coupled with the multiple characters of Estevan Vega's mind, this book is a complex network of emotional story lines.

    Estevan Vega writes with purpose. He tells this story well, and tells it from everyone's point of view. His angles on various relationships and stages of life made me feel like their were multiple authors to this book. He has every personality down to an art.

    Throughout the book we continued to learn things with the characters as they grow. Their flaws and characteristics develop as the story builds, and the piercing ending was the perfect conclusion and cliffhanger. It's hard not to get involved. I really enjoyed this book and think that Estevan is one writer to watch!

    This book has a shocking there-will-be-a-book-two ending that leaves the reader searching for information on how the story continues. The sequel, Ashes, is also available. This book is magnificently constructed and full of real feelings and people.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

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    'Arson' is a really interesting book that focuses on the idea of

    'Arson' is a really interesting book that focuses on the idea of a person being able to create fire. The teenage hero has a confusing and hard life which is made all the more difficult by his unique ability to make fire. He has to deal with the truth of his past all while trying to understand what is happening to him. Adding to the story of Arson is the strange new neighbor who seems to have secrets of her own. What is she hiding from and what will become of them both?

    The storyline of Arson is unique and gives new life to the YA paranormal genre. The characters are all likeable and realistic, and we get to see Arson grow into his role in the world as well as confronting his dark past. There are normal teenage issues to deal with - high school, cruel classmates, crushes on cute girls - all intertwined with the much bigger plot of dealing with his ability of creating fire and what he believes he must now do.

    Vega does a great job of creating a realistic scenario for his novel; one that doesn't seem quite so unbelievable. The narrative is very well-written and flows easily, making this a great page turner that I ended up flying through in one day. Arson is a great YA novel that explores how far someone will go to fulfill their destiny and save themselves.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted June 29, 2012

    This book was amazing just the sheer rawness and heart tugging e

    This book was amazing just the sheer rawness and heart tugging emotion made this book so enjoyable. I loved the amount of background story in this book also. This book was unlike any I have ever read before. It definitely taught lessons about life and who we are and who and what people perceive us to be. Reading this deep and moving book made me a little better of a person.

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

    I can't say I hate this book but I can't say I like it too. Mayb

    I can't say I hate this book but I can't say I like it too. Maybe there are really some books out there that isn't for you and this book is that one for me. I think this book is just polarizing either you like it or you don't like it.

    What I like about it:

    - The fact that he has a power is something I like. And it is fire. Although somewhat destructive (I prefer waterbending haha) I think it is still a cool power.
    - The protagonist is a male.
    - The fact the he has some kind of struggle to control his power is also a plus since it is just normal for someone to not master his power at the start.

    What I find not interesting:

    - I think the writing style isn't suited for me.
    - I don't like the characters around Arson and Emery specially grandmother. She was irritating for me in some way.
    - Romance is somewhat a bigger percentage in the story.

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  • Posted December 15, 2011

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    Great book!

    Arson is just one of those books that pulls you in from the very beginning. Plague by being called a freak, the reader's curiosity is intensified by what overcomes this young man to be called such a thing. Is he really a freak. Or are those around him the freak. Since after all, there are the ones who are different.

    What I like most about this book are the characters. Arson has had a hard life. I love the way the author Mr. Vega strongly depicted this young man life for his readers. It is really easy to step in this book and let your imagination run free. Mr. Vega created such a unique and intense world that it is simply impossible not to get into the book.

    The plot line of this book keeps getting better and better as the reader dives deeper into Arson's life. I enjoyed seeing the things that happen to him to make him who he is today. But, I also enjoyed seeing Arson become a man, take charge in his life and not let anyone else dictate it. Arson has been under everyone's thumb doing as they bid, and now Arson has had enough.

    I really did not expect to see a love interest in this book though I thoughtful enjoyed it. It was good to see some love and peace within a book that is full of dark and hurtful things. This love gave a whole new element of hope where the reader did not see one. And the ending, well...that was another surprise that I did not see.

    Arson is a great tale of young man life just beginning. I love the back round history to the characters as well as seeing of what is able to become of Arson. This a dark novel of fire and life just waiting to burn. As I read deeper into Arson's life, I know that he is about to set ablaze a fire that no one has seen before.

    *cursing/sexual content*

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  • Posted December 11, 2011

    An Excellent Read

    Arson by Estevan Vega (published May, 2011, by StoneGate Ink) is the story of Arson Gable, the typical, normal teenage boy with a few notable exceptions: he can control fire with his mind and he has been told all of his life that he killed his own mother. Arson is "cared for" by a senile grandmother, who never misses an opportunity to cut him down, verbally and sometimes physically. Arson's only escape is the lake near his house, the cool water the only thing that seems to cool his fire-creating rage.

    The story begins to take off when new neighbors--with problems of their own--move in to the house next door. The 17-year-old daughter, Emery, continually wears a blank mask to hide a hideously-scarred face, the result of a childhood accident. When Emery, trying to get away from bickering parents, walks to the lake only to see Arson lying face-down in the water in an attempt to escape his own demons, she jumps in in an effort to save his life. A fast friendship blossoms between the two self-proclaimed "freaks."

    Despite Arson's numerous and vehement assertions to the contrary, Vega does an excellent job of painting our protagonist as the typical teenager struggling with normal teenage issues: the lack of love from a parental-figure, lust, physical desire, and the overwhelming desire to be normal. He struggles over loving someone who does not love--someone who may, in fact, hate--him back, and the deaths of those close to him.

    Emery struggles with another aspect of teen life--parents who have emotionally abandoned, bur remain physically present. Her father, before the book's beginning, had, because of his alcoholism, lost his pastorate. Emery's mother, bitter over the alcoholism and the loss of "their" church finds solace in work. Both claim to be concerned about Emery and her emotional well being, both her mother and father desperately hate the mask she chooses to wear, but both also have a habit of abandoning Emery to her own devices while they fight themselves and each other. Vega does an excellent job of capturing the darker side of being a pastor's kid (or a pastor's wife)--the crushing, rarely-expressed, feeling that everyone and everything in the pastor's life is more important than his or her family.

    Arson is a well-written, engaging story. The characters are extremely believable, and I even found myself wanting to encourage Arson to do the right (or noble or selfless) thing. It is a quick-enough read, and even without the cliff hanger-type ending leaves you wanting for a sequel. (The sequel, Ashes, was released in September, 2011.) Vega spins a good yarn and does it well. I highly recommend the book and cannot wait to read more from this engaging, youthful new author.

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

    A Must Read

    I picked up Arson after reading a favorable book review and now Estevan Vega is my new favorite author. I enjoyed Arson so much (both the book and the character) that I purchased the sequel, Ashes, before I even finished Arson! I always give credit to those that can bring fresh new ideas to the paranormal genre...so kudos to Mr. Vega!

    From the very beginning, I was drawn into Arson's less than perfect world. And with Vega's ability to switch POV's effortlessly (which I think was essential and a great move by Vega, as the story needed to be told through multiple characters), I was able to emerse myself into the lives of the other characters in the story. The characters were flawed, raw, and hardened, but still managed to reach out for salvation (love).

    While on the surface it appears to be a horror/paranormal novel, Arson was rather touching, actually.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

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    Lots of angst in this one!

    Review by Sabrina:
    It took a little bit to get into this story. It was a little disjointed in the beginning. It was hard to get into the flow of the story, but once you were there it went just fine. This book is really angsty. Arson loathes himself and tries to fit in, but deep inside knows he is different. The Grandmother is really off her rocker. One minute she is sweet Grandma, the next minute she is a lunatic shouting things, and back again. The girl, Emery, is an out of control teenager. She was involved in an accident when shew as younger and now wears a scary mask so she doesn't feel vulnerable. While we have all toyed with the illusion that if no one can see who we really are, it wont hurt. We also all know how much of a pile of *()* that is. This girl manages to live that dream and you almost want to admire her for it. Except then she starts being an obnoxious teenager with the mentality that no one could possible understand. I have run into this with quite a few teenager and I think the author captured this mentality quite well. You almost admire her for how she braves the world, but then you see the way she treats people around her and you stop rooting for her. Her parents are having their own issues. You feel almost sad for them, until you realize they are doing it to themselves while simultaneously doing it to each other. There is not one great character. All are terribly flawed. I read a lot of comic books and this is actually a trait that I really like. I like knowing that everyone has something that needs monitoring to keep in check or you wouldn't recognize the person you become... But towards the end of this book, it got to be too much. Arson has the only redeeming quality shown in this book- and that does not come out til the very end of the book. The end of the book starts to get really disjointed again, the shift in perspectives happens frequently. Then the climax hits and the book is over... I think because it is a first book it is supposed to end in a cliffhanger but this one was... not a good one. It just made me mad. Not mad that I have to wait to read it... just mad.

    I have heard that this author is quite young, early twenties, and I look forward to watching this author get more comfortable with a wider range of emotions. This is a YA novel, perhaps a younger generation would feel differently about this book. I may be in my mid twenties, but the teenage boy is not something I have ever pretended to understand.

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    Something a little different!

    I received this e-book for review from Partners In Crime Tours as part of the author's virtual book tour. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own. Arson is a 17-year-old boy who has an unusual ability: He can make fire! He needs to remain in control of his emotions to avoid something disastrous from taking place. Raised by his senile and abusive grandmother, Arson lives like a hermit only leaving home to work at the ice cream parlor or go to school. When a teenage girl his own age moves in across the street, Arson is intrigued by the girl (Emery) who wears the strange mask. What is she hiding behind that mask? The two social outcasts find friendship and more with each other. Vega has created an interesting pairing with Arson and Emery. Arson is more shy and withdrawn, and it is hard not to feel sympathy towards him for the upbringing he has had. He comes out of his shell when he meets Emery, who I think is a fantastic character! You would think that Emery would be shy and aloof, but no! She has spunk and is not afraid to speak her mind! I think the mask gives her the courage to do that because people can't really read her. The book deals with real problems which teenagers will be able to relate to: peer pressure, alcoholism, their parents' marital strife, first love. The book ends rather abruptly, and Vega has obviously set us up for a sequel. I wonder what Vega has next in store for Arson and Emery? MY RATING: 4 stars! I liked it!

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

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    Deep, dark and layered!

    Arson Gable has a gift. He can create fire. The more you look at it though, it seems like a curse. One he didn't ask for, never wanted and can't control. He feels like a freak and his feelings are only augmented by the fact that his life is going nowhere and he doesn't have a friend in the world.

    Arson's world is turned upside down when a girl moves in next door. She feels more comfortable hiding behind a mask and Arson feels a connection with her. Now he must face his dark past as well as what he hates and fears most about himself as he tries to balance what he thinks he is with who he wants to be.

    Deep, dark and layered are three words I would definitely use to describe Arson. Estevan Vega draws us in to Arson's life and just when we think everything is out there on the table, he shows us things aren't what they seem. He touches on deep topics that teens face today and shows how they can leave scars that last. Around all of this, he weaves an engaging and dark coming of age tale that will leave you up way past your bed time.

    Thank you to Estevan Vega and Partners in Crime Book Tours for the review copy. It in no way influenced my review.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

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    Great Paranormal

    The premise of this book sounded wonderful. However, in the back of my mind I was thinking of "Carrie" or "Firestarter". Wow, was I ever way off. This book had so many layers to it. You have Arson's issues at home, at work and with the new neighbor. You have the new neighbor, Emery who is dealing with her personal issues, the issues at home and her issues with Arson. I found both Emerson and Arson characters that I loved. At times I wanted to hit them in the head and say, "Hey, get a clue". The pacing of the events in this book was right on target. As much as I wanted things to happen quicker because I was on the outside looking in I knew events could not happen faster. The reader needs all of the different layers to keep the suspense and story moving forward. When I'd finished the book I told my husband that I both loved it and hated it. I loved the storyline. I hated the way it ended. Don't get me wrong, it was a perfect ending. I hated the way it ended because now I have to wait for the second book. Estevan Vega was a new author for me. When asked to participate in the tour I immediately read the synopsis and knew I had to read the book. Now that I've read the book I know I have to read his other works.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

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    Arson

    I won't waste anyone's time by repeating what's already out there, so if you want a rundown of the plot, look elsewhere. :)

    "Arson" wasn't a typical book. I loved that. Stereotypes only get duller every time they're re-used. Honestly, though, I didn't know what to expect from the book. A boy that can create fire with his hands? A girl who always wears a mask? These were interesting things, but I wasn't sure where the conflict came in. Luckily, Estevan Vega did. Arson's psychotic grandmother would probably have been enough, but the girl has got problems, too. The ending of the book was very good. It made me want to read more.

    Though the author of this book is young, I wouldn't recommend "Arson" to younger readers. There are dark themes and a few mature moments in the book. However, it's obvious that Estevan Vega wrote what was on his heart. It bled through to the paper, and I, as a reader, could see the stain. Well-done.

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  • Posted September 30, 2010

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    Highly Recommended - one of the best this year!

    This is the first book I've ever read that I've given a 5-star review to, yet I want to throw it against the wall. Normally, this type of behavior is reserved for books I couldn't really tolerate. In this case, my patience cannot tolerate waiting for a sequel after the massive cliffhanger I read at the end!

    The first thing I have to do is compliment Estevan Vega, who's storytelling abilities is beyond his years. For most books that I read and review, I reserve a little time at the end of the night to read. I couldn't do that with Arson. Every time I tried to put it down, I found myself sneaking back to it to read just one more chapter, that always ended up being five or so. It wasn't that there were abrupt stops at the end of the chapters and you absolutely have to continue - you just never want to stop because you want to know more about the characters.

    The characters aren't exactly fleshed out completely in the beginning, you learn more about them the more that you read. As a matter of fact, you're still learning about the characters up until the very end of the book ... and you still want to know more. Both Arson and Emery come from not-so-glamorous families and backgrounds. It was definitely refreshing to read about more real characters that deal with bad situations instead of the usual rich, snobby kids that are whining because their daddy didn't buy them something they wanted. These characters go through more than their fair share of problems, but it makes it all the more realistic. We're not dealing with fairy tales, we're dealing with sucky things that happen in real life. You can definitely empathize with the characters - even Arson and Emery's family members.. though I can't say I empathize with Mandy at all. I just wanted to slap her every time she showed up in the novel.

    There is a slight paranormal feel to the book. Well, obviously, because you're dealing with a character that can make fire with a single bad thought. However, it's more personal than just paranormal. It's more of a story of a boy dealing with his burden (fire), his guilt (mom died during childbirth), and his grandmother and her not-so-normal, bi-polar and violent behavior. Oh, and the love developing between Arson and mask-wearing Emery. I love these beautifully flawed characters. They really compliment each other well.

    The climax at the end was something that was a little expected (we had to get some fire action), but it definitely twisted into a direction that I didn't see coming. I loved it! Then, there was the happy moment and the end-end ... which is a HUGE cliffhanger that made me stare at the book for a few moments, wondering how exactly it was I was going to go without knowing more until the sequel comes out!

    I honestly don't think words in a review could do this book justice. If you like great storytelling with a little darker tone to it, READ THIS BOOK. You won't regret it. Promise.

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  • Posted September 11, 2010

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    Arson by Estevan Vega

    Arson was an interesting book, not so much for the content but the way it was written. It's sparse prose leaves the reader to fill in the understood holes of what happens between a person putting on their clothes and exiting the front door. Details are peppered in but scantily. It is both a powerful tool to activate your imagination and also frustrating because I'm never quite sure what people look like or where things are or even what happened.

    The Setting - is a small, quiet town in New England where it would seem that nothing remarkable ever happens. People are born, they live and they die. At least that's what I infer from what is provided in the text. I know that Arson's home is a cabin and that Emery's home is a little worse for wear and they're both near enough a lake that several scenes take place by its edges - but that's really it. I'm surprised I had that much to say about the setting.

    The Characters - are very believable because they are so flawed. Arson's difficulties, his mindset are the products of an abusive home life - but he still has that innocent hope of youth that is endearing. He's often confused and reacts in very adolescent ways - unlike so many YA protagonists who are only miniature adults. Emery has a similarly difficult home life but in another way. Where Arson carries his pain on the inside, Emery's is on the outside for everyone to see. Both of their families are wonderfully detailed, but sparingly. You can picture them because you've seen their kind before. I do wish that at times there were more descriptions of them, maybe one good physical detail. It wasn't until the very end that I knew Arson had curly hair - and I don't think I ever recall what color anyone's eyes were except the mysterious man at the end. I found myself questioning the relationship between Arson and Emery; I just didn't get the buildup to the end.

    The Plot - was fairly simple. Its summertime and kids will be kids. Arson and Emery are on the brink of adulthood and struggling with difficult home lives. They're also learning how to open up to each other. That seems to be the bulk of the plot until the end when things sort of explode. I'm not completely sure what happened to the end. It went from quiet, little town to secret agents and a possible kidnapping and murder - and then it ended. Sort of a fade to black and someone forgot to include the next scene. I am choosing to hope that there is another book following Arson that explains the abrupt ending, but I thought the setup for the ending happened far too abruptly and with far too little explanation for me to have closed it and felt satisfied.

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  • Posted September 3, 2010

    Arson Rocks!

    Arson by Estevan Vega is a tragic tale of a boy who is called by the name Arson Gable. Arson has lived his whole life running from people who would judge him for the events of his past, but now those events seem to be catching up with him. However he isn't the only one running, everyone seems to be running from their own past. Arson is always remembering the tragic day that changed his life forever through fire. That day changed him in more ways than one, he now wields the power of flame from within his very hands. He lives in his grandparents home as his mother died in childbirth and his father left him forever. Arson's life changes dramatically the day that a new family moves in next door. But this family is different, and they are running from something as well. It is then that he meets the girl with the mask, the girl that changes his life forever. What follows is so fast paced and adrenaline laced that it is truly amazing. Even the slower parts are so filled with intriguing story that you just cannot put it down!

    You read this book trying to see what is around the next corner for Arson and his masked friend, and how will this story end? How could such a story with so much within its pages conclude? Now that was really something else, and though I admit it was a slightly abrupt ending that left me wanting more, it was exactly thatwanting that kept my mind creating the rest on my own. That is really one of the most engaging parts of the story, as you really want to know whathappens to arson after the last words on the page have been read. You create the ending. You get to ask, what happened to?. did she really?.. did he?. and though it might drive you crazy it is quite engaging to be able to do that.

    I actually love the way the book was put together with Estevan Vega's short story The Borrower as I was drawn rather quickly in reading that as well, and so I have posted a review of that as well for your enjoyment. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone looking for an exciting and interesting tale, it certaintly had my heart pounding at many points. And in case you still have doubts, those of you that are swayed by book covers sitting on the shelves, this book is certainly a cool one!

    check out this and other book reviews of mine at http://fablefreak.com

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