Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Burn for Burn, by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian- Review

From 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.

Burn for Burn was a contemporary YA book that totally managed to blow away my expectations.  I went in with just the small blurb and cover photo as reference, but let me tell you right now, neither prepared me for how good this book was.

A little bit Carrie, and a little bit The List, Burn for Burn was a page turner full of surprises.  None of the relationships were what I thought they were, there was a stunning hint of paranormal, and the ending was a jaw dropper.  I had no idea this was part one of a trilogy and now I'm dying for Fire for Fire (part the second).  The good news is, the weekend I read Burn for Burn, Jenny and Siobhan were locked in a Ritz Carlton writing Fire for Fire.  The bad news is, the weekend I read this, they were just writing Fire for Fire. Heaves a big sigh.

Like the List, I went into Burn for Burn with one impression of these teens, only to have it all slowly turned on its head the deeper I got into the story.  It seems to be a specialty of Vivian's (though maybe Han's as well, I haven't read any of her other books), to dig away at her characters until your left with all the minute of what has shaped them into the teens they've become, be it popular, geeky or down right hated.  It's a charming way to write, and like before i fall (by Lauren Oliver), it's engaging on an entirely different level to go from hating a character to feeling deeply attached to them.

Although the story alternates between Mary, Kat and Lillia's POV's, Han and Vivian do a masterful job of revealing character nuancing of all the secondary teens in their social circles, making Reeve, Rennie, and Alex every bit as fascinating as the girls.  The POV alternating also made this a quick read, as I was continually rushing onwards to find out what was going on with the other girls every time one of their chapters ended.

I can't imagine where this series is headed in the next two books, but I can tell you it's going to be a fun ride.  An unusual entry into the YA Contemp category, I highly recommend Burn for Burn.

Burn for Burn, by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Published by Simon and Schuster, September 18th, 2012
My copy kindly provided by the publisher
Buy Burn for Burn on Amazon


  1. I love the cover of the book. Somehow, I find myself a good fan of books about revenge and getting even. I love Pretty LIitlle Liars and Gossip Girl, so this one will be on the top of my TBR list. Great review, I am a constant visitor o your blog, loving it :)
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    1. I Soma, thank you! I have not read Little Liars or Gossip Girl as of yet, but I'm sure I'll get to them eventually. Burn for Burn had a very unexpected twist, it was very contemporary YA until it wasn't. I can't wait to see where Siobhan and Jenny are going to take it.

  2. Burn for burn was such an amazing story. The paranormal parts were creepy sometimes when I thought about it; but I could tell it'd be a great series. Thing is, I read it as a solo book, not a series. So when I found out, my jaw hit the floor. XD

    If you love this, definitely go for Pretty little Liars. It has such an amazing twist ending you'd really NEVER expect. But just like this, the details are written carefully. The POVs change too, but in the third person POV. So, yeah, go for it! And I'll probably follow this blog, too. Now I don't have an account...

  3. In the beginning i was iffy about the whole book. But the synopsis of it really drew me in. Once I read further in, I was hooked! Every night I told myself only three chapters, but I ended reading half the book! I cannot wait for the next book to come out! I want to know whats going on next!

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