Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Release Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Series: Burn for Burn, Book 1
Rated: YA 14+
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed – Thanks to Riya @ The Teen Book Guru!
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Lillia has never had any problems dealing with boys who like her. Not until this summer, when one went too far. No way will she let the same thing happen to her little sister.

Kat is tired of the rumours, the insults, the cruel jokes. It all goes back to one person– her ex-best friend– and she's ready to make her pay.

Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she's not the same girl anymore. And she's ready to prove it to him.

Three very different girls who want the same thing: sweet, sweet revenge. And they won't stop until they each had a taste.

Being a huge fan of the ABC's Revenge, I totally couldn't pass this book up easily. I was attracted the plot from day one and I'm glad to say that it was a gorgeous and deliciously revenge-y collaboration by Han and Vivian. Being a fan of Han's The Summer I Turned Pretty and having heard so much about Vivian's novels, I knew that this would not disappoint.

The novel rotates around the three perspectives of our three main characters: Lillia, Kat, and Mary. While it was definitely interesting to learn about their pasts and presents piece by piece, as well as find out what happened to them that made them want vengeance for what someone had done to them, it was somewhat difficult to connect to each of them very well.
Lillia's character I loved, because even though she was almost obsessed with how she looked most of the time, presented as being a "popular" girl, she still has morals: she feels bad for people, she sometimes thinks her friend Rennie is too harsh or bitchy (hated her!), so for those reasons alone, I found her to be an interesting character. I also love how much she looks out for her sister– it was very sweet!
Boy oh boy, Kat is kick-ass. I loved her. She was so sarcastic, not afraid to fight back, and loved her confidence. She was definitely my favorite character because she did also show a weak side to her strong exterior.

Mary's part of the story however, took me a while to get. Her character seemed kind of insignificant at the beginning and I didn't really understand why she wanted revenge until halfway through the story. I felt really sorry for her, because her story is really heartbreaking, even more-so because something terrible happens to her as a child :(

Contemporary series are quite rare, I think I can only name a couple. I'm glad this is part of a trilogy, because I totally can't wait to find out what happens... especially after that hell of an ending! Burn for Burn has got your good dose of vengeance, as well as friendship, romance and secrets: Everything that an entertaining story needs. Han and Vivian make an interesting and addicting duet of words, and I can't wait for Fire with Fire!

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1 comment:

  1. Glad you liked the book! We were enjoying it at first, but the... twists at the end were... confusing for us. We loved the writing and the characters, though, so we are willing to check out the rest of the series. We'll keep an eye out for your reviews on them. ;)


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