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3.48  ·  Rating details ·  408 ratings  ·  147 reviews

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
Paperback, 318 pages
Published 2011 by Stonehouse Ink (first published May 4th 2010)
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Morgan F
This book is a very atypical paranormal romance, although from the summary it seems stereotypical. Arson Gable is a loner who lives with his psychotic grandmother in a remote cabin in the woods. He has no friends, and his only interaction with other people is at his minimum-wage job at the local ice-cream shop. That's alright with Arson because he's a freak. Whenever he's angry, upset, or hurt, a fire starts in him, a fire that demands to be let out. Arson is used to being a loner, until a new f ...more
Sep 18, 2011 rated it liked it
A gentle start is not to be expected when going into this book. We get thrown into the midst of Arson's complicated and unorthodox life blind as a bat. It takes a bit to get situated in the story. But it shortly becomes quite the intriguing tale.

Arson, who lives with his senile grandmother, is just trying to live his life. When he becomes acquainted with his new neighbour, a strange girl who wears a creepy mask at all times, his life becomes even more complicated. Oh and by the way, he can creat
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour
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From the book summary you can guess that this is not typical paranormal book, with typical story and typical characters. You're right about that. Arson is very different character who grows up in unusual environment. When Emery, girl who is also unusual, showed up in his life you see that even though they are maybe different (but then again how can you say that someone is different, what is norm for being "normal") by some standards they are still teenagers, who de
Mickey Reed
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
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I received this book from the author. Here is my honest review:

Maybe this book just isn't my cup of tea, but I really did not connect with the characters at all. The story is all over the place due to multiple third person POVs, but it was at random intervals, so I never got a good grasp on anyone. And I totally knew what was going on with Grandpa. But what's up with Grandma? And why is Arson the way he is? WHAT is he? Too many unanswered questions. I get that it's a series,
Feb 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Arson was an amazing book. I read so many good reviews for it before I even got it and I couldn't wait to read it. Now, after finishing it, I can't wait for the sequel. Estevan Vega did a wonderful job making Arson a book full of mystery, romance, and characters you won't be able to get out of your head.

I have to say that, in my opinion, the best part of Arson was the writing. It's one of the most crucial factors when it comes to whether or not I like a book and in this case, I loved it. From th
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Breia "The Brain" Brickey for

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 st
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
With intriguing-sounding characters and a plot full of potential, my hopes were high for Arson. Where I found the characters to be less than compelling, and the plot's potential was never truly reached, I am walking away feeling slightly disappointed but hopeful for Arson's sequel, Ashes.

Arson is a spinelessly pathetic protagonist. Having been belittled for most of his life by his ailing grandmother, he has very little self-confidence. He harbours guilt over his mother's death, due to his grandm
Nadine X
Sep 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
This was one of the most disappointing books I've ever read. I say that because it started off with a bang. The first third of the book is brilliantly executed. Vega gave rich detail, mystery, a refreshing and uncanny realistic tone that pulled me right into his characters' world. The reader is introduced to a young man called Arson who lives in isolation both figuratively and literally. The reader doesn't know why he feels so alienated, but is told he's "different". He lives alone with an abusi ...more
Missy (Missy's Reads & Reviews)
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 nig
Brianna (The Book Vixen)
Feb 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Arson is an unique 17-year old who can create fire with his mind. He lives with his bipolar grandmother, whom he has a love-hate relationship with, and works at an ice-cream shop. He's haunted by his dreams and doesn't have much control over his supernatural power, though he's working on it. He feels so alone but all that changes when Emery moves into the house next door. Emery has problems of her own; her parents are fighting, they keep moving, never to stay in the same place for long, and she ...more
Giovanni Gelati
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have had the good fortune of having interviewed this author a little while back and have enjoyed listening to him passionately emote about his writing process; I was sold right then and there. The young man can write. His characters are well thought out; they work well together in the plotline and his narrative is just as intense as he is. Arson is a read that is tight, concise, and fun. If you are looking for a really good read this weekend, here you go. Oops I forgot the link to the blogtalk ...more
Apr 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing

Everyone can create fire with a lighter or match. Arson Gable can produce fire without the aid of either. Torn between his emotions and the current path he has taken in life, Arson feels like he is all alone in the world. When he lets his guard down and actually befriends the new girl next door, Emery, he finally realizes that he can connect with others. Both are hiding behind qualities they are ashamed of and together they just might be able to overcome the obstacles before them. Will this new

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 avoi
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
It's the first book of a trilogy, with strange but interesting characters. It has some supernatural stuff going on, and is actually pretty decent. It ended good so now I have to keep going to see what happens next.
Mar 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Estevan Vega - a name that if you don't know it, remember it, you are sure to see a lot of it in the future. It wasn't long ago that I was approached by this amazing young author, in regard to his then latest release, The Sacred Sin. After reading the synopsis, I was immediately intrigued and instantly hooked, not to mention the fact that someone of such a young age penned this amazing book. Fast forward to the present time... I have eagerly been awaiting the newest release from Mr. Vega and I h ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Reviewed by Cynthia for MM's-

I’ve been curious about Arson since I first read its synopsis and saw its creepy cover. I thought that the story would be mainly about the boy that has the ability to create fire with his mind but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was about more that than.

I thought Arson would be more of a paranormal novel but to me it was a lot more contemporary with a little bit of paranormal which made for a great story. It focuses more on Arson's struggle trying to k
Feb 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2010
A thrilling ride, that has some realistic look at life. When I first received Arson in the mail, I wasn't sure what to expect. The story was very different, then what I imagined it to be. But in the end, that made me very happy.

Even though Arson has a bit of paranormal elements to it, it's a very good look at some problems that some people might face in life. Whether your the adults or kids. One of the situations in the story, that a character named Emery faces, was a bit like something that hap
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Oct 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
From rage comes fire, at least in Arson Gable’s case.

Arson creates fire and it’s consuming him, but he can’t make it stop. He’s always felt alone, his grandmother loves him one minute and despises him the next. His mother died when he was born, fueling his grandmothers hatred of him and he has no idea who his father is. He works a dead end job at an ice cream parlor and has no friends, until a strange girl moves in next door.

That girl is Emery and her life hasn’t been all that fun either. She we
Romancing the Book
Nov 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, paranormal
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. Sh ...more
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it

"The stories didn't seem to care who he was or what he could do; it didn't matter. In their world, he wasn't alone. In their world, a freak like them-like him-could become a hero."

I'm a huge horror fan. Michael Myers, Freddy, Jason, I love them all! So really, the cover and the title of the novel were enough to make me want to read it! A creepy grandmother, strange boy who lights things on fire and a girl who wears a scary mask. Really, what's not to like?

Estevan Vega's created an amazing st
Apr 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 o
Aug 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
When you are different life can be difficult, not only that, but sometimes unbearable. When you add in a small town setting it makes escape seem impossible. Unfortunately for Arson Gable, he falls into both categories. His life has been incredibly hard and with the absence of both his parents and only his grandparents left to raise him he's left feeling completely alone. Alone, until a strange girl in a mask moves in next door and presents the opportunity to feel welcomed, a part of something. I ...more
Mar 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Okay first I just want to say "WOW". I'm worried that my review won't even do this book any justice. It's written so beautifully...yet so twisted and dark. I love it. I'm a lover of the weird and unusual.

First let's talk about Arson character. He can create fire. I felt so sorry for him in the beginning with his crazy grandmother, his sucky job and this curse that makes him feel like a freak. It was just freaking depressing! Then here comes Emery who makes me want to give her a huge
Jul 04, 2010 rated it liked it
C'mon Goodreads! Please give us half stars. My rating for Arson would be 3 1/2 stars if I could use that.

Arson is a 17 year old boy who can create fire with his mind.
Strong emotions set him off and he has been trying to control his power. He lives with his mentally ill grandmother who treats him as an abomination and is quite cruel to him at times, so there isn’t much support or help for him at home. Other kids think he is a freak and avoid him so he lives a very lonely, isolated life.
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: Blog Tour
Reviewer: AimeeKay

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 fo
Feb 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Arson is a beautifully written, coming of age tale about the hardship of life and relationships with a paranormal twist. It literally stunned me. At first glance, it sounds pretty simple. A boy who can summon fire falling in love with a who wears a mask, most likely due to fire related injuries. That’s what you’re thinking, right? If you are, you’re very wrong.

This has to be one of the most demented novels I’ve ever read, and I mean that in the best way possible. Arson tells the stories of all t
Jessica B
Apr 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own

Arson was so unlike anything I've ever read. And it worked.

I'll admit that for the first 100 pages or so, it wasn't grabbing me. Then, out of nowhere, it did. Fully. I guess I had to give myself time to adjust to the uniqueness of the novel and connect with the characters.

And the characters. Geesh they were so...everything. Layered. Different. Easy to relate to. I don't know why, but it's so easy to fall for these characters that have inner and outer wounds that
La Femme Readers
Mar 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5

Arson, was such a heartbreaking and emotional read. Estevan's way with words blew me away. The premise and character development ignited these fictional characters to turn realistic in my imagination. Every chapter was thought out and meshed well with the suspense and mystery. Arson, the main character, was a treat. He was so complex yet so simple. He was born with the ability to create fire. A curse in his eyes. Arson never asked to be seen as a "freak," all he yearned for was love.
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Estevan Vega is my new fav 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 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 c
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(a similar version of this review can be found here at Into the Hall of Books:

Arson has to have the coolest cover I've ever seen, so naturally - me being me - I wanted to read it. You guys, Arson Gable completely won me over in the biggest way possible. I absolutely loved his story and thought he was a wonderful character...and he became even better when his friend Emery showed up. Here...let me back up a little bit...

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