Monday, September 23, 2013

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian [Review]

Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn, #1)4.5 out of 5 Robots!

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Series: Burn for Burn #1
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release: September 18, 2012
Hardcover: 358 Pages
Publisher:Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:

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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
If you like revenge books, then this book is for you.  Burn for Burn follows three high school girls from different social circles who come together and decide to get revenge on the people who have wronged them. The revenge plans mostly hinge around a core group of popular kids, including Lillia's best friend, Rennie.

 Lillia is the princess of the three.  She is a pretty popular cheerleader and good student.  Her family has a lot of money and she is on her way to a good college.  Kat is the rebel.  She used to be best friends with Lillia and Rennie until Rennie iced her out of the group.  Mary is the one most emotionally damaged though.  She left the island for several years after some traumatic events.  She wants to put it all behind her, but still has trouble dealing with the past.  Each of the girls have a vendetta and they decide to help each other get revenge.  But revenge is a tricky thing and sometimes the situation doesn't turn out be what thought it was.  Things start to spiral out of control and now the girls are just hoping they can get away with it.

The first half of the book spends some time introducing the characters and giving their backstories. The book really starts to pick up the pace in the middle once the girls start their plotting.  I really liked the alternative narrations because it really gave me a chance to get to know each of the girls individually.  Burn for Burn also reads quickly.  By the last half of the book, I was tearing through it wanting to know how it was all going to go down.  There is a lot of drama and catfights, but I liked that the authors didn't necessarily make anyone a villain or a saint.  There are moments when you empathize with even the worst of the bunch and there are moments when you don't really like the main characters either.  There is a small paranormal element introduced that seems a bit off hand and not fully explained, but definitely comes into play at the end. The book ends in a cliffhanger, so be prepared. 

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Burn for Burn
2. Fire with Fire


  1. I read Jenny Han's Summer something or other pretty a couple months ago and I was completely shocked at how much I liked it. It didn't sound at all like the sort of book I would like! And this didn't either...but I think I'm going to give it a shot. I never thought of contemporary YA as out of my comfort zone, but the more I'm coming across it, the more I'm realizing that I am WAY more picky about my contemporary YA than I am about my fantasy haha

    1. Me too. I am not naturally drawn to contemporary YA. I think because with paranormal/fantasy you can forgive a lot if the premise is interesting. In contemporary YA, the characters are the main focus. That's either great, or...not. I'm starting to pick out a few good ones though.



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