Sunday, 23 September 2012

Arson, by Estevan Vega: 3 stars

Talk about unusual. Arson has a gift / curse: he can start fires with his mind. But this is much more than a paranormal story. Estevan Vega pulls you into the secrets of his family, and they are dark. It was fascinating to be part of his life, especially as he gets to know his neighbor, a girl who wears a mask. The ending was dramatic and unexpected and sets the scene beautifully for the next book. 

I did find that some of the scenes could’ve been tightened up, especially the dialogue, and those slowed the story down. Plus the scenes with the neighbor’s mother didn’t really add to the story and distracted from the main flow, at least for me. With a bit of editing, spit and polish, this could be a 4 star. I’d still recommend it though, if for only the dark, brooding sense of mystery it creates.

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