Only Ashes Remain (Market of Monsters #2) By Rebecca Schaeffer [Review]

Only Ashes Remain (Market of Monsters, #2)RELEASE DATE: September 3rd 2019
Rebecca Schaeffer
    Young-Adult,  Dark, Urban-Fantasy, Supernatural.
PUBLISHER: HMH Books for Young Readers

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.


MY REV (Copy)

Only Ashes Remain is the second installment in the Market Of Monsters series. I’ve been looking forward to this book Since I’ve finished the first one. To be honest, I’ve mixed thoughts about it, but overall I enjoyed it.  My main issue with this book was there’s no plot progress. This whole book was a cat and mouse game between Nita and her enemies. Even though I enjoyed Nita and Kota together as a team and the bloody action, I was still left a bit unsatisfied.

The story continues where it was left off in the first book. After destroying the black market and escaping her kidnappers, Nita seeks help from INHUP in Toronto where she meets Fabricio, the guy who sold her out to the kidnappers. The INHUP isn’t aware that she’s an unnatural except for Fabricio. They agree to not kill each other in exchange for not revealing their true identities to INHUP but Nita’s troubles aren’t over yet. She’s still the prime target in the market and she seeks help from her old friend Kovit, an unnatural who feeds through others pain. Nita doesn’t want to be a prey for her whole life so she sketches a plan where she would show everyone how dangerous she can be so that no one would ever dare to come after her again  and she’s also got to settle her old score with Fabricio.

I really loved Nita in the first book but In this book I was a bit annoyed with some of her actions especially her killing spree. She has done some dumb mistakes that risked other people’s lives.  She was antihero, selfish, hypocrite, and totally blood thirsty in this book. On the other hand, I loved Kovit! Kovit maybe a monster but he still has some consciousness. He doesn’t kill people without reason and he hates that he has to feed on other people’s pain to survive. He’s flawed and a very interesting character. The romance between Nita and Kovit was sweet but not too intense. Both of them were twisted in their own ways and I ship them hard. We also meet some new interesting characters in this book and my favorite was the Kelpie who creeped the hell out everyone especially Nita.

Although there’s no plot development in this book, it’s not a bad read. There’s so many reveals in it and we finally get the backstory of Kovit. The story is fast paced but I still found some parts dragged. If you like bloody action and murderers with no remorse then this book is just for you. The author’s writing was great. The story was written in third person POV. The whole book was set in Toronto, Canada. The author set an interesting world and I hope we get to meet more supernatural creatures.

Overall, it was an entertaining sequel filled with action, gore, torture, and murders. The book concluded with a pretty good twist and I’m hoping there’s going to be more bloody violence in the next book. I’m definitely looking forward to it.

Recommend it?

If  you like dark and twisted YA books with morally grey characters then you must give this series a shot.

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Blood, Torture, Violence, Death, Murders, Cannibalism, and Gore.

BTW the first book is currently adapted into a Webtoon and you can read it for free in the webtoon app. Episodes are updated weekly ones.


[3.5/5 Stars]

So, What do you think of this book? Have you read this series yet? Do you Plan to read it?
Please feel free to comment below!

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23 thoughts on “Only Ashes Remain (Market of Monsters #2) By Rebecca Schaeffer [Review]

  1. Beware Of The Reader November 29, 2019 / 1:21 am

    Oh it seems that it fell flat compared with the first one Raven! I am sorry!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions November 29, 2019 / 2:16 am

      Even though it’s not as good as the first book, it’s really not a bad read. There are some good aspects that I really loved. I hope the next book will not disappoint me.


  2. Trang November 29, 2019 / 2:29 am

    Oh no I’m so sorry the sequel wasn’t as good as the first one 😦 a sequel’s curse

    Liked by 1 person

  3. confessionsofayareader November 29, 2019 / 6:28 am

    I’ve been curious about these. I think I might have the first book, but I’m not positive. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed them.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Stuck In The Stacks December 1, 2019 / 7:57 am

    I LOVED Not Even Bones and think it is so underyped. I agree 100% about Only Ashes Remain but still have high hopes for the final book.

    So happy to find a fellow lover of dark and twisted fiction!


    Liked by 1 person

    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions December 4, 2019 / 4:13 am

      I’m glad you loved Not Even Bones! Yeah, it was a underhyped series! I wish more people gave it a chance. Can’t wait for the finale!!
      Thanks for the visit!! 💕


  5. stephaniesbookreviews December 2, 2019 / 7:34 am

    I kind of love the title of this. I’m sorry the plot didn’t progress in this one, though. I still think I might add this to my TBR. It sounds really interesting! Great review!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. The Candid Cover December 3, 2019 / 5:24 pm

    What a bummer! I am glad that it didn’t totally disappoint, though. Fingers crossed that the next book gives you what you are hoping for. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Jen December 6, 2019 / 3:20 am

    No plot progress.can be so frustrating at times. Especially when I start to have an issue or two with the characters, which it sounds like you did. Here’s hoping that the next book is just as good as the first!

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  8. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer December 6, 2019 / 12:34 pm

    Sometimes a lack of plot development is okay but yeah I’d really prefer there to be plot. And it sounds like the character is truly annoying! I like the idea of a webtoon! I need to check it out. Thanks Raven.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions December 12, 2019 / 3:38 am

      Yeah, her character was a bit annoying in this book and I hope it doesn’t continue in the next part.
      I hope you enjoy the Webtoon version! So far, it was really good!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Mir February 5, 2020 / 1:18 am

    I’ve heard so many good things about this series but I’m a bit hesitant to start it. I have a feeling it’s a bit like Scythe and I’m probably the only person in the world that wasn’t a huge fan of that book.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions February 14, 2020 / 3:22 pm

      I haven’t read Scythe but it’s on my TBR list. I hope you give this shot! It’s a bit dark, but still a good read.


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