Only Ashes Remain (Market of Monsters, #2) – Rebecca Schaeffer

Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaeffer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: September 3rd, 2019
Publisher: HMH BFYR
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Action, Paranormal, Revenge, Manipulation, Humanity


If you thought the first book was a cold knife to the spine, you don’t know what’s waiting for you here, because this sequel is twice as intense and deceptive as its predecessor. After the cruel cliff-hanger at the end of book one, I was DYING to get my hands on this one. Even now, I can’t keep my hands to myself. I love this messy story and its disturbing characters so damn much.

Nita is not prisoner of the black market anymore. She’s at the organization that protects unnaturals, in the company of the guy who sold her to the black market, and she is very eager to rip Fabricio’s heart out. Sadly, her murder attempt fails, so begins a game of cat and mouse between these two, each trying to kill the other.

This was absolutely fantastic. I was surprised when I got to the end and read the author’s acknowledgments, in which she claims to have had many problems with this story, because I did not expect that. But this was such a carefully-written sequel, perfect in its complexity, with plenty of old and new faces introduced and developed, that I can imagine the author re-working it until it satisfied her and hopefully her readers. No worries there. I, for one, am wholly satisfied.

The first book’s main flaw for me was its story’s limited location: the black market. It made sense, since Nita was stuck there, but I couldn’t wait for her to get out of there the whole time I was reading the book. Now that she is out and freer in her movements, she can do much more and while she is set on doing one thing again (before: escape the black market, now: kill Fabricio), she lets her mind wander to the future as well. We see more facets of her personality and she is even more humanized, despite her still-present love of dissection.

I just know the final book is going to be GLORIOUS.


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