Mar 5, 2013

Blog Tour: Ashes

Title: Ashes
Author: Estevan Vega
Publisher: Stonegate Ink
Publish Date:  11 September 2011
Pages: 487
Source:  blog tour
Genre:  young adult, paranormal
Series:  Arson
Other books in series:  Arson
Other books by author:  The Forsaken, When Colors Bleed, Winter Sparrow, Music Box, Baby Blue, The Sacred Sin, Vanilla Red, The Man in the Colored Room
Rating:  really liked

ASHES is a YA paranormal thrill-ride. Book 2 in the gripping Arson trilogy.


The minds running Salvation Asylum have abducted them for a dark purpose. A campaign has been set in motion to genetically alter mankind. Unknowingly, Arson has become the most vital instrument in this global scheme, initiated by a select group of brilliant scientists and cunning world leaders. Confused, trapped, and unable to fully manifest his abilities, Arson faces a new existence crawling with questions. Will he ever see Emery again? Is Grandma still alive? Can the fate of the human race really hang in the balance of one choice?

Nightmare and reality collide in Ashes, book two in the gripping ARSON trilogy. Love will be tested. Powers will shift. And the past will invade the here and now as Arson discovers a part of himself he has never before known and fights against his own shocking origins. Will this boy who once tempted fire be able to take on a fearful future? When the struggle intensifies and secrets come to light, will Arson be ready to accept the haunting revelation that there may be others out there, others like him?

What is it going to be like for Emery and Arson?  In this second installment of the Arson series, it starts with Emery and Arson after they were taken to Salvation Asylum.   This is the place where they want to experiment on them to find out what makes them be able to do the supernatural things they can do.  They aren’t the only “lab rats” there.  There is Adam and he isn’t very happy with how things are going.  Emery and Arson both are having trouble remembering things.  They wake up hazy and drugged after instances with the machine called Morpheus.  Both of them don’t remember what happened to the other and is wondering if they are still alive.

The scientists at the asylum are trying to get Arson and Emery to use their powers, only they don’t know that is the goal.  They don’t know what it is the asylum wants from them.   Arson keeps having these dreams where he is roaming the halls of a school he went to.  Things happen in the school that is supposed to be reflective of his life and the use of his power.  The scientists don’t really understand the dreams he is having because some of them aren’t from his memories.

Emery is kept in a dark room with no windows and she slowly starts to lose hope until someone stops outside her door one day.   They say that they are going to help her.  Meanwhile, back at home, Emery’s parents are having a hard time with her disappearance from the hospital where her mother, Aimee, works.  This is causing a rift between Aimee and Joel, Emery’s father.  After realizing that drinking isn’t going to find his daughter any faster, he hires Redd, a private investigator, and then sets out to do his own investigation.  Will Emery and Arson be found?  Will they ever leave Salvation Asylum?  What will happen between then and the scientists at the asylum? 

This book really kept me on my toes.  There are so many POVs in it.  It doesn’t subtract from the writing though.  If you haven’t read Arson, it isn’t hard to follow whom the characters are.  I thought it was good to see how everyone was thinking.  It was interesting to read about Arson’s POV in his dreams. Dreams are a weird thing and Arson didn’t always remember things that had happened in his life that were brought up in the dreams. It was a puzzle for him. Meanwhile, the asylums is watching his dreams and are confused as to why he is having dreams (or memories) that don’t belong to him. You don’t get a good sense of Arson’s character in this book because most of the time he is either dreaming or drugged, but there are instances where the true Arson shines through. I really liked Vega’s writing style and look forward to reading more in the Arson series.

With this blog tour, they are giving away some awesome prizes. This is one of those contests where I wish that I could enter. It is US only. 

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**I received this book as part of a blog tour in trade for my honest review**

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