Saturday, August 24, 2013

Review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn, #1)Series: Burn for Burn #1
Released: September 18th 2012
Purblisher: Simon & Schuster
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:



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.

*Received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Teen drama, complicated friendships, emotional issues, and unsorted romance. To top it all, a bittersweet tale of revenge. Burn for Burn entertains from start to finish (or should I say to be concluded). It will truly be difficult for you to put it down once you've started reading. I know because I finished the book in one sitting. No lie. All 358 pages flew by swiftly without overwhelming me.

I had not read the synopsis before going into this one because as always, I wanted to be open minded and not have too much expectations. What I liked right off was how as the story began I dived into the minds of these three girls that had different, but at the same time not so far off, personalities. Mary was obviously more deeply troubled than the other two, in my opinion, while it seemed Lillia held back her honest opinion too much to consider the feelings of others, and Kat just did not give a damn. Of the three, the latter was more of the badass and seemed much more driven to carry out their plans without hesitation. At times, Kat actually scared me :)

In regards to each character portrayed, I loved Lillia more. She just won me over immediately from start. I liked her overprotective nature with her little sister, though at times it was a bit much. But looking back at what she had gone through that added to my understanding of her wanting to make sure her sister would be safe. I think Lillia made me invest myself more in the story because she seemed so together and all for peace on the surface. But internally, she was going through a lot. So, I was really looking forward to her depicting a different side. One that wasn't as goody-goody as others thought her to be. Lillia just as much as Kat and Mary wanted to get her so-called friends back for causing them pain. And I really want her relationship with Alex to develop after everything is resolved, even though that part will be difficult being that Kat is also hoping for something substantial with him as well. More drama.

When it came to Mary, I wanted badly to figure out what her deal was. I felt like I was seeing Kat and Lillia unravel more than she would and I was starting to get impatient with how out of the story she seemed at times. Thankfully as it progressed, I finally got to understand what happened to her and how seriously hurt she was on an emotional level. Like, I didn't understand why she would even want to surround herself with such a disgusting person like Reeve but then as Mary began to explain certain things I kind of understood where she was coming from. Not sure what was up with those unexpected moods that had me saying, "What the?" but it surely added to the unanswered questions of what to come in the second book.

Overall, I thought it was a great book. The story was well written and obviously kept me in tune since I just couldn't put it down all day. The only thing that tripped me was the ending, because it wasn't really an ending and not even enough to hold me off until reading the second. Fortunately, I received a copy of Fire with Fire so I won't have to wait too long. But I'm worried the sequel will leave me in limbo as did Burn for Burn, then I'll have to wait a year to find out how this all concludes and if the girls will have their worlds crumbling down on them. But I guess that's how interesting the story is and I'll stick with it to the end.

If you love YA high school with lots of drama and vengeful characters, or if you're a fan of the authors (though this is the first book I've read by both), then Burn for Burn is the book for you. I highly recommend.


  1. I think this sounds like a series that I should start. I like the drama and all that goes with it. Great review.

  2. I have Han's Summer series, but haven't read them. I've heard good things about her writing, and a lot of my friends are loving this series. I tend to love books about crazy teens. lol
    Great review, Shane!

  3. Yay! I just bought this last week on audio. I'm so glad you loved it. I didn't read your review thoroughly, only skimmed it, since I try to avoid reviews right before I read a book... but I'm very happy to see your 4 star rating. :)

    1. Don't worry no spoilers in my reviews :)

      Hope you like it!

  4. I read this book awhile ago and I didn't like it, it was just alittle weird to me. I just couldn't get the PNR aspect to an otherwise Contemp book! Idk, I heard the 2nd one is better, maybe?! Great review tho!

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    1. The second is a bit slow at start but it does get better. Hope you give it a try.

      Thank you :)

  5. Great review Shane. I agree with you about the ending though. I wasn't that crazy about this book, but I would read the second one to see where the author takes the story.

  6. This book is amazing, but Fire with Fire is even better!

    Having read each book when the ARCs came out, I have to say that it is hard to wait a year, but it's still worth it. I hope you get to Fire with Fire soon and that you love it!

  7. I've been 50/50 about reading this, since I'm not really into high school drama, unless it's really, really good. And this seems like it! I do love good revenge. Definitely putting it up on my TBR. :) Great review!


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