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Arson (The Arson Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Estevan Vega
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Book Description

"Prepare to lose sleep when you enter Vega's literary landscape." - Scott Nicholson, The Red Church

"An intriguing page-turner. Quirky, complex characters and Vega's storytelling skills make Arson a must-read...and Vega an author to watch." 
--Robert Liparulo, bestselling author of The Dreamhouse Kings and The 13th Tribe

"Arson is every bit its namesake: a story that slowly licks at the edges of your subconscious until it fully engulfs you in a firestorm of fascinating characters, twisting plotlines, and an explosive ending. A great read and Estevan Vega is a talent to watch for sure!" 
-- Jon F. Merz, bestselling author of The Ninja's Apprentice and The Kensei

"[Arson] could be compared to other young adult books such as Jumper or even a young coming of age super-hero genre story. And even at times flecks of the Twilight series."
--Title Trakk

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: ARSON is the first book in a Young Adult Paranormal series. Book two, ASHES, is also available now. 
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. 

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Other Books By ESTEVAN VEGA:
The Forsaken (A Thriller)
Music Box (Short)
When Colors Bleed (Short Story Collection)
       Baby Blue (Short)
       Vanilla Red (Short)
       The Man in the Colored Room (Short)

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ESTEVAN released his first book at fifteen. ARSON, his third novel, is the beginning of a trilogy, and is followed by its sequel, ASHES. Just released is THE FORSAKEN, a supernatural thriller that has had over 23,000 downloads on the Kindle since releasing this Spring, and MUSIC BOX, a visual apocalyptic short story.

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From the Author

Q: Could you tell our readers a little about yourself?
A: Do you want the "I like long walks on the beach" routine or something legit? Well, if you really wanna know, I have been writing, like, forever. Well, not literally. I started in the 5th grade; I was about 10 or 11. It started because my teacher made us write short stories for class, and I sucked at writing. My dad sat me down and   helped me write my first few stories, and I kind of got addicted. Rest is history. 
Q: Could you provide us with a description of your book ARSON?
A: Sure. Arson is the name of the 17-year-old main character. He's this boy who was born with the ability to create fire. He doesn't know how it came to be or why, but it's something he hates and can't really control. Living with   his bipolar grandmother on a lake in some hick town doesn't really make life any better. But then this new girl moves in next door with her family. Her name is Emery, and she's insecure about the way her face looks because of a childhood accident. So her way of feeling normal and coping is wearing a mask. You can read the's kind of awesome.
Q: Arson and Emery are extremely sympathetic characters, while many other characters are examples of horrible people. Where did you get the ideas for these characters? Any influences?
A: The characters in ARSON came largely from people I know. When you're writing, it's almost impossible for your real-world experiences not to influence your work. With ARSON, it was even more so. I'd never gotten so personal, and a large part of the reason these characters feel so real (horrible or kind or vulnerable) is because in some way, shape, or form, they tap into my real world. I guess you could say I sorta plagiarized real life. Ha And superheroes. They got me through my childhood.
Q: What kind of research did you have to do while writing ARSON?
A: I looked around at stuff I thought was just messed up. Everyone in ARSON is dealing with something, whether it's a psychological problem, an emotional problem, an addiction, or feeling displaced, whatever; they're all dealing with heavy crap. So my research was just taking a mirror to my life and to the lives of those around me and analyzing it. What's not right? What's so screwed up? And then write about it. With a Tom Clancy book, you rely more on data and facts; with fun stuff like this, you rely on real-world issues. I think it's more fun.
Q: Could you provide us with a description of Arson's powers and what he thinks of his powers?
A: He can create fire. And yes, he could totally beat Drew Barrymore, The Human Torch, Pyro, and that chick from Hellboy in a fight. Just sayin. He's not crazy about his powers, one of the reasons being that his mom died in childbirth because of it. Lots of fire. Lots of blood. Wasn't pretty. More on that in the sequel, ASHES.
Q: What influences helped you in developing this story?
A: I have a lot of influences: music, movies, novels, real-life. Whatever's really heavy on my heart at the time of writing is what makes it out. As far as developing the story of ARSON, though, I'd have to say the biggest influence was probably music and real-life drama.
Q: What is in store for Arson and Emery in future installments?
A: Lots of action, confusion, action, nightmares, action. Oh, and action. Seriously, book two (ASHES) makes you think ARSON was a kid's book. I love ARSON, and will always love it. But ASHES is just the kind of book that puts you on edge with action, mystery, and nightmare all in one. Where the first book was rooted much in character development and internal struggle, the main focus of book two is seeing what happens to these characters under the severest of pressures. Get stoked. It's intense.

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About the Author

This is where I get to tell you about me. Well, other than the whole long walks on the beach thing, I figure it's best to start with the fact that I got into writing because of my father...and a teacher I didn't like. 5th grade. Reluctant kid whose only passion was sketching X-Men. I eventually fell in love with writing and started my first book when I was 12. I published it when I was 15. Since then, it's been nonstop. I love dysfunctional characters, rock music, movies, great stories, and mint chocolate chip ice cream. Currently, I live in Connecticut, where ARSON takes place.

Product Details

  • File Size: 405 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615543332
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: StoneHouse Ink; 2 edition (May 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052ZRKAG
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Different April 22, 2010
Format:Perfect Paperback
Arson by Estevan Vega is an exciting ride that gives the reader a realistic look at two teenagers with lives that are anything but ordinary. I have to say, Arson was not what I expected to my (pleasant) surprise. It contained all my favorites- mystery, romance, hope and intriguing characters.

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?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough about the main character or his ability August 23, 2012
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Review Source: Blog Tour
Reviewer: AimeeKay

I liked 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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique YA Paranormal Novel! July 29, 2012
'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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good writer, bad story September 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I feel the blurb for this book is misleading. It was like when you see a preview for a movie and think, "Gee, I'd like to see that," then you do, and basically all the interesting parts were in the preview and the rest is boring. I was expecting a paranormal action thriller, and this is definitely not in that category. (An example would be the movie for "The Bridge to Terabithia". I was unaware of the book. Based on the movie previews, and expecting a fantasy type story, I took my kids to see it. We were all very disappointed and annoyed.)

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excited to Read!!
I haven't got to read this book yet but I am really excited. I met the author at Comic Con and he was really cool! I will update!!
Published 3 months ago by Naja Sheppard
5.0 out of 5 stars Very personal origin story
I really enjoyed this book, the character of Emery had me entranced from the start. On many levels, its a story of being locked to the boxes that life puts us all in. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jason
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Arson
A bit different but still a great book. It's a fast, easy read, that can be read in one sitting or afternoon over a cup of coffee. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Holly
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I chose the rating cause it's almost a great book I did not like that it took so long before it got really good I found this book by accident when I started reading it I didn't... Read more
Published 6 months ago by jdorr
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Haunting
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I was originally drawn to Arson because of the cover. It’s spooky and kind of hard, which really appealed to me. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!
I loved this book!! If you love supernatural stories it is great!! I could not put the book down I finished it in under 24 hours!
Published 15 months ago by Margaret M. Sawyer
4.0 out of 5 stars A very intriguing read.
I've been done with Arson by Estevan Vega for quite a while now, but I am just now getting to the review. Busy, busy. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Brian McBride
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought
Very slow getting into the storyline. I had a hard time keeping my interest in the book it was not one of those type of books you can't put down, it was more like you had a hard... Read more
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Published 17 months ago by Lucas Toole
5.0 out of 5 stars A concise review of Arson by Estevan Vega
Like many people who have reviewed this piece, I found it to be a fast read. I find the characters very easy to empathize with despite the unique situations they endure. Read more
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Since he was in fifth grade, Estevan Vega wanted to write. Determined to be published young, he released his first book, Servant of the Realm, at fifteen. At eighteen, The Sacred Sin was released. ARSON, his third and most popular novel, is the beginning of a series, followed by its sequel, ASHES. More in the series will come. Just released is THE FORSAKEN, a supernatural thriller. He has also released several short stories, which include VANILLA RED, BABY BLUE, and THE MAN IN THE COLORED ROOM. He lives in Connecticut. Check out for more of the nitty gritty.

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