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Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaeffer
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This series is such fun! Delightfully messed up, wildly entertaining fun. I was super excited to get back into the world of Market of Monsters (such a clever series name, by the by) after loving  Not Even Bones , and this one definitely didn't disappoint!

What I Loved:

• How does the author make me adore such an antihero? By all accounts, we should positively loathe this character who preforms autopsies for funsies, who kills ruthlessly when need be. But I can't help but feel for Nita, even cheer for her, in some of the strangest possible ways. "I really hope Nita can find someone to dissect soon, girl needs some self-care and a scalpel, stat!" and "wow I really need Nita to fall in love with this other serial killer". I mean, it's weird stuff, and yet here we are.

• I said it before but it bears repeating: Holy gray morality. Actually, I don't even know if that's fair. Maybe there is no morality whatsoever. Nita is going to do literally anything to survive. Is that right? How many people is too many to kill to save yourself? I don't know, that's kind of the whole question. There are some very interesting distinctions that come up in the book, which I will be purposely vague about. Because I think these thought-provoking ideas are best answered on your own as you read the story. It's half the fun!

• It's full of excitement and high stakes! Okay there is not a dull moment in this one. I kept kind of hoping for Nina (and Kovit, I love Kovit more than I should probably) to get more down time, but alas. They were always either being hunted, or preemptively trying to eliminate threats. Nita had no idea who she could trust, if anyone, which makes sense because I don't think anyone in this world has a gold medal in loyalty. And half the fun is trying to figure out who we, the reader, thinks she can trust.

•New (and existing) side characters brought a ton to the story. I ship Nita and Kovit, hard. Kovit won me over in the previous book, and he continues to do so here. There are new characters full of moral ambiguity as well, some of whom I really enjoyed. And there's the elusive Fabricio, who I cannot figure out at all. Which is obviously highly entertaining! Is he the villain Nita thinks he is? Is he just trying to save himself too? Somewhere in the middle? I'm sure we'll get those answers!

What I Didn't:

The only thing I didn't love is that it does kind of feel like a middle book. And look, I don't mean that in a bad way even, obviously we need there to be some setup for the end, and the author does that incredibly well here. But I'd have liked perhaps a few resolutions? Regardless, it has made me quite eager for the next installment!

Bottom Line: Monsters, indeed! But whether the monsters are human, "other", or all of the above is the real question. Tons of action and fabulous characters, I will be anxiously waiting to find out how the story will end!
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Reading Progress

August 26, 2018 – Shelved
August 26, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
August 26, 2018 – Shelved as: 2019
December 10, 2018 – Shelved as: must-read-grabby-hands
December 31, 2018 – Shelved as: september-2019
May 17, 2019 – Shelved as: own-physical
July 19, 2019 – Started Reading
July 20, 2019 –
page 100
July 22, 2019 –
page 235
July 23, 2019 – Finished Reading
July 31, 2019 – Shelved as: read-for-review

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