Today is my stop on the Only Ashes Remain blog tour. I have been looking forward to this since I received Not Even Bones for Christmas. And let me tell you it does not disappoint.
But first a recap. Not Even Bones is Rebecca Schaeffer’s debut novel and Book 1 in the Market of Monsters series. A series which sees the world as it is experienced by monsters, villains and the morally grey. The main character Nita dissects the bodies of the unnaturals that her mother hunts and kills to sell on the black market. It’s a life of order that she doesn’t question until the body her mother brings back is very alive. Nita defies her mother and releases their captive, only to have him betray her. Finding herself the caged specimen on the black market, Nita begins to question her morals and lifestyle.
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 a killer sequel. Starting with Nita coming face to face with the root of all her current problems Fabricio.
She took a deep breath. She was in the middle of the INHUP headquarters in Botogá. There was an agent standing right beside her. This was not the time to commit murder.Nita upon meeting Fabricio
When INHUP transfer Nita to Toronto, she reconnects with Kovit.
Nita had never imagined herself having friends, but if she had, they wouldn’t have been psychopaths who worked as mafia torturers.Nita on her friendship with Kovit
While Nita makes plans to free herself from the cross hairs of the black market, and to kill Fabricio, Kovit uses his Family connections to find somewhere to stay. Making Nita’s circle of monsters a little bigger and more dangerous.
“Fine.” She frowned. “But do we have any assurance he won’t drag us underwater and eat our rotting corpses?”Nita to Kovit
The problems that Nita and Kovit face in their time in Canada escalate as both their troubled worlds collide leaving them to face difficult choices. Nita is driven by vengeance and the desire to escape the life she feels her mother forced onto her. Kovit too wishes to escape a life he didn’t choose with the Family and to find his own family, the sister he hasn’t seen since he was 10 years old.
Not Even Bones was Nita’s story, Only Ashes Remain is where Kovit’s past comes to light. Seeing them both grow and learn more about themselves as they find their boundaries and how they fit together had me hooked and hungry for more. The only thing I hated was getting to the end and knowing I’ll be hanging there until book 3!
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.