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- Editore: Tate Pub (maggio 2010)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 161663720X
- ISBN-13: 978-1616637200
- Peso di spedizione: 204 g
- Media recensioni: 5.0 su 5 stelle Visualizza tutte le recensioni (1 recensione cliente)
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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. --Questo testo si riferisce a un'edizione fuori stampa o non disponibile di questo titolo.
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Arson Gable is a strange boy with an equally strange life. He lives alone with his grandmother, who has some mental issues that make life difficult. Arson can also create fire. He has a job in an ice cream parlor that's going nowhere and no friends.
Arson's life changes the day a new family moves in next door. It's a couple with a daughter who wears a mask because of an accident that occurred when she was a child. Secrets abound in this story, not only for Arson and the girl, but for their families, as well.
Many readers may see the start of the story as slow, but Estevan Vega took his time and lets you get to know the characters, as well as their motivations. ARSON was an intriguing mystery that will have you looking forward to the next installment. This story was crafted over four years, and it definitely shows.
This is not your ordinary mystery/horror/supernatural novel. You can't help but love the main characters. I hope we don't have long to wait for the rest of this wonderful story. Although parts of the tale were dark, adults and teens alike are sure to enjoy it. I would definitely recommend ARSON to my own teen.
Reviewed by: Breia "The Brain" Brickey
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Arson, a 17 year old boy, can create fire with his mind. He lives with his slightly psychotic grandmother and works at a cute ice cream shop in town. Though he is unsure of his supernatural power, he works on controlling it. He is constantly coping with the death of his parents- his grandmother and dreams won't allow him to forget the circumstances of their deaths. And just like the majority of teens out there- he's dealing with all these feelings alone and the loneliness is getting to him. That is, until Emery, the masked and mysterious girl next door and her argumentative parents move into town. Emery is facing problems of her own- constant moving from one place to another, parents consistently bickering, an alcoholic father... oh, and lets not forget she wears a mask. All the time.
So, we've got our two loner teenagers. Their first encounter made me laugh out loud- Emery "saves" Arson from drowning himself- she nose dives into the water to pull him out. Little does she know it is a common past time for Arson to relax face down in the water to get his thoughts together. It was a cute, awkward moment. Emery handled herself well ;) Even though these two didn't initially hit it off, they eventually find themselves enamored of each other. I found myself relating to Emery more than Arson and the rest of the characters. Despite the mask, I found her emotions and honesty the most likable- realistic? I am not sure if I can put my finger on the right word right now, but Emery is by far my favorite character here... Though she bit at my nerves at first. Maybe that is why I liked her so much.
This story is written in the third person and is very easy to follow once you get into it. I did find the first few chapters hard to relate to... I just could not connect with the story or characters at first. Maybe it was the introduction of Emery that changed things for me. Arson was edgy and has an insane cliff hanger ending. Good luck not dropping your jaw in shock- he sets you up perfectly for the sequel. This is all impressive for an author who is only 21. Way to go Estevan- and this isn't even your first book!
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: Blog Tour
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.
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.
The author is a very talented writer. It is a pity he wasted that talent on this book.
I read this all the way through, though it does drag on. I did not like the main character, in fact, I thought he was an idiot. I kind of wonder if he's something of a knockoff of Holden Caulfield (I've never read Catcher in the Rye, but I've read one or two synopses, and I feel like there is a similarity here).
I did like the character of Emery and I rather wish the story had been written from her point of view. I can't imagine what she saw in Arson, he isn't good enough for her.
Finally, during the last 10% or so of the book, something actually happens. Another reviewer made comparisons to Stephen King's Carrie (I'm not much of a Stephen King fan, but I've read this one), and I'd have to concur. It's sort of Carrie, crossed with Firestarter.
Why did I read it all the way through? I wanted to find out what Emery's reaction would be to Arson's ability, that was the only thing that kept me going, it certainly wasn't any sense of identification with the main character. Having finished this one, I doubt I would be interested in reading the other books in the series, and despite the author's talent, I'd be hesitant to read anything else by him.
***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***
Arson Gable isn't like other seventeen year old boys, he lives with his abusive bipolar grandmother, has a past that haunts him and oh he can also start fires with his mind. His life is a story of social awkwardness and abuse. He doesn't think anyone will ever accept him or understand him until he meets Emery, the girl with the mask. Emery was badly burned as a child and hides her scars behind a mask she almost never removes. She for the most part avoids people, but Arson is different. Or so she thinks until she meets Mandy the popular manipulative pretty girl. With her life falling apart around her as her parents' marriage falls apart before her eyes is it really worth taking a risk on Arson when it's someone like Mandy she'll have to fight to do so? Will Arson's past destroy what they might have before it even begins?
I don't like rating books especially when I can't bring myself to give a high rating, but the book just didn't do it for me not even in a mild way. The few things I can say that the author has going for him is he's very good at maintaining a mix of distant and close third person point of view. The mix between the two is done smoothly and isn't awkward in any way. The book was free from typos, though it was filled with fragmented sentences otherwise the grammar was good. For the most part he's very good at description and setting a scene. However the most action packed scenes were almost straight out of Carrie or Carrie 2 and therefore lacking originality, and those action packed scenes were minimal. Also I was pretty disappointed with the ending to put it mildly. The first half of the book is basically an introduction to characters with tons of back story obsessing from each of them. That portion of the book is mostly listening to people's thoughts drone on and on. About sixty percent into the book it starts to turn into almost an awkward teenage love story, the plot starts almost becoming a plot instead of just a character study and I think okay this is what I've been waiting for - something to happen only to have that small amount of actual story I received just obliterated by a not so happy ending. Okay so it wasn't just not happy, it was cruel, abrupt and almost open ended because what was being talked about versus what occurred seemed contradictory. I can't really explain it without spoiling the story completely, but trust me if you're a fan of a happy ending this isn't the book for you. I know I'm in the minority on my opinion because I saw the lists upon lists of five star reviews on Goodreads. And I have to apologize because I couldn't find a lot of redeeming qualities in this book and don't really belong on a blog tour for the book but having waited until the last minute to read the book it was a little too late to tell them it might be best for someone else to review it. Other than the one dimensional secondary characters there wasn't a single developed character that wasn't angst ridden. While the book was missing the important back story, that would have made it easier to understand especially with the twist ending that I didn't see coming (well I saw the Carrie scene coming but what came after was a complete shock to me) it was filled with pretty much irrelevant obsessing by every main character. Joel was a drunk who lost his position as a minister because of drinking on the job. He may still be a part of his family but due to all the time he put the church before his family he doesn't really have their support. Aimee was disillusioned with her husband and her life, she can't connect to her daughter, she still has feeling for her high school sweetheart who is her boss and she resents the destruction her husband's alcoholism has caused in their lives. Emery's face was burned in her youth and rather than have anyone see it she wears a mask pretty much all the time and seldom lets anyone close to her. Her own parents can't seem to look at her without a sense of revulsion. Kay aka Grandma is off her rocker, she sees visions of herself as a girl stealing away her husband, she has a bipolar personality and hasn't come to term with the fact her husband died a while ago. She in fact still has tea with the imaginary dead man. She blames her grandson for the death of his mother and is violently abusive toward him. Then there's Stephen aka Arson Gable who starts fires with his mind and is somehow responsible for something fire related happing to a little girl seven years ago, he's an awkward misfit who attempts to drown himself daily. Most of his time is spent thinking, he does little other than think and obsess over his past and his present. He's depressed to say the least and he takes angst to an entirely new level. Why am I talking about characters before plot - because more than half the book is the characters thinking. There's an awkward almost love story between Arson and Emery in the middle, some mean teenagers and an ending that doesn't follow with anything before in the book. I only enjoyed about twenty percent of the book and that was during the love story section, the Carrie scene wasn't too bad, it was exciting and well described but what came after made no sense since the character introduced then were never previously mentioned or explained. The book is mostly telling and not showing and I got really tired of listening to characters constantly obsess over things. I'm not even really sure what genre this fits in, at first I thought ok, it's some sort of literary story of abuse and broken people, then I thought maybe a paranormal romance and then at the end I was thinking is this supposed to be a horror novel? The main horror was how awkward the poor main character was.
As I said beyond the characters listed above the secondary characters were flat and one dimensional. Mandy was outright stereotypical with nothing to separate her from every other mean girl portrayed in fiction or movies. While the characters listed above were somewhat well developed there wasn't a lot of strengths to these characters and they were very difficult to relate to.
Overall, what can I say, a lot of people loved this book, check out Goodreads and you'll see that I'm not wrong in that. However I wasn't one of them and I personally couldn't recommend it. However since I am in the minority in my opinion it could be worth picking it up to peruse so you can decide for yourself what you think.