{Blog Tour} Review: Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaeffer + Giveaway!

only ashes remain by rebecca shraeffer

Only Ashes Remain

Market of Monsters #2

Rebecca Schaeffer

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: September 3rd 2019

Format: Physical ARC

Goodreads Synopsis

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.

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Murder, Death, Graphic Depictions of Torture, PTSD, Mentions of Genocide, Blood, Parental/Psychological Abuse

{ Review: Not Even Bones }

‘What would it be like, everyone despising you for being a monster, but also wanting you to be more of a monster?’ 

Just when I started to doubt… this book just reeled me back in. Because it’s GOOD. Granted, a few of these scenes made me vastly uncomfortable, I won’t say this is for the faint of heart, but wow. Amazing.

I swear this book brings out the darkest parts of my soul… just imagine me say murderrrrrrrrrr in Gollum’s voice for 75% of this book.

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Some people in the world only understand violence. If I want to communicate with them, I need to speak their language.

But, we’re back, Nita’s semi safe in protective custody with the Fabrico who sold her out to the black market, the video of her healing herself is still out there for dangerous people to see and Nita is ready to make sure that the world knows not to mess with her… starting with killing Fabrico.

I’m going to start of with… not a complaint, but just a thought…

This entire book is basically Nita doesn’t learn from her mistakes until the very end and… I’m not mad at it?? Because Nita’s not perfect, she’s grieving, alone after being semi sheltered her whole life and desperate to survive… yet you’d think after one failed murder mission she’d take a step back, but no not really.

It was akin to watching Wile E. Coyote continuously fail to kill the road runner… It got comical after a while. And at some point, I didn’t know whether to laugh at her because it really was becoming funny, or appreciate it, because it was realistic in a way… or both, I don’t know.

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Yet… you can’t not root Nita. Are her morals screwed to kingdom’s come? Yes, most definitely. But ambitious girls who want to show the world they’re not to be messed with is always goals. And in a way, this book does something really interesting- it makes it so you can’t really sympathize with her. Because now, she’s really going into the deep end, something that was briefly shown in book one and there’s no real way you can empathize. But, if you’re like me, you root for her, because your soul is a dark, scary place. 

And weird celebratory to Nita’s mother, who is honestly the most interesting character in this entire series, though I do have a problem with an 180 that happens later in the book. However, give me a short story. Or a novella. Or something. Take my wallet.

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‘Sometimes she could see the monster inside him. And sometimes he made her see the monster inside herself.’ 

One thing I wasn’t really expecting was the commentary that arose here. Again, we’re briefly shown in book one the conversation on monsters and what type of evil you’re willing to accept, your limit and setting a line so you don’t lose your self.

It also parallels to Nita’s prejudice towards Kovit— she says she accepts him, but constantly contradicts herself; making excuses as to why she’s not as evil as him and really not being okay with what/who he is, despite her affirmations. 

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“I have rules not to break me.” Nita’s voice was soft. “You have rules to not break you. But I think we need rules to keep from breaking us. 

Which really made their relationship more complex and yes, I liked it. I’m still not sure if I like the direction their relationship went, I was pretty cool with how it was before, but because I like them, I like it, you know?

And Kovit telling her to see him, that his actions day after day show that he likes being montrous and to not make excuses for him… HOW DO WE NOT STAN?

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But that’s not it— we also get a side of racism and immigration, both on monsters and people. It’s very much a parallel to the real world today and watching Nita navigate and keep that in mind while being on the run, knowing America isn’t kind to brown boy and girl a direct line from the book btw made me stop and nod my head.

Listen, I am very much invested in this series. And that ending?? I am ready for Nita to take over the world thank you very much.

AUTHOR (1)

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.

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