September 1, 2019

Only Ashes Remain Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Only Ashes Remain (Market of Monsters #2)
Author: Rebecca SchaefferGenre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
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After escaping her kidnappers and destroying the black market where she was held captive, all Nita wants is to find a way to live her life without looking over her shoulder. But with a video of her ability to self-heal all over the dark web, Nita knows she’s still a prime target on the black market.

There’s only one way to keep herself safe.

Nita must make herself so feared that no one would ever dare come after her again. And the best way to start building her reputation? Take her revenge on Fabricio, the boy who sold Nita to her kidnappers. But killing Fabricio is harder than Nita thought it would be, even with Kovit by her side. Now caught in a game of kill or be killed, Nita will do whatever it takes to win.
Only Ashes Remain is the second book in a disturbingly amazing young adult trilogy that blew my mind within the first couple pages. Being the second book in the series, I very highly recommend that you read the first book first or you'll get really confused. And because it's an awesome story that brings you into the situations that are in this one. 

I loved basically every single aspect of this book, except for one minor personal issue. The only thing that bothered me a little was the writing style and how the author told the story from the third person point of view. I always like the first person better because we get to know and connect with the narrator on such a deeper level. Can you even begin to imagine how amazing this book would have been written from Nita's point of view?! It would've been ridiculously awesome. That's wholly my opinion though and has nothing to do with the story or writing itself (which I adored).

Nita continues to be a fantastic main character. She's realistic and easy to identify with, even though she's been through some crazy stuff. She's determined, smart, gritty, down to earth, tough, and will do what she has to - on matter the cost. She obviously has flaws, like everyone, but that only makes her more realistic in my opinion. I loved getting to know her even better in this book. I also loved getting to know the other characters on a more personal level, especially Kovit. The secondary characters were all well written and rounded with complex personalities that made them feel just as real as Nita.

I don't do spoilers in my reviews, so I can't go into the plot very much. You can get a vague idea of what's going to be happening from reading the description, and if you read the first book - you definitely know there's going to be a lot more to it. Nothing is easy or simple. That's not how our girl works. And that's part of the reason why I love her so much - the same goes with the rest of the characters. They're all hot messes and really messed up - endearingly so. (Does that makes sense?) If you're a fan of the first book, you'll know exactly what I mean. The only thing that I hate is now waiting for the third book to release, which feels like forever. I'll be rereading the first two while I eagerly await it's arrival. I very highly recommend this book to fans of the first book in the series, YA fiction, fantasy, paranormal, and even horror and suspense. Pick up this series - you won't be disappointed!

Rebecca Schaeffer was born and raised in the Canadian prairies. Her itchy feet took her far from home when she turned eighteen, and she hasn’t returned for more than a few months here or there since. You can find her sitting in a cafe on the other side of the world, writing about villains, antiheroes and morally ambiguous characters. 

Her debut , Not Even Bones, is about a girl who dissects and sells monsters on the internet. Not Even Bones received a starred review from Booklist, was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award for Speculative Fiction, as well as the Cybilis awards.

The sequel, Only Ashes Remain, comes out September 2019.
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