Monday, December 29, 2014

Book Review: Fire with Fire

Title: Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn #2)
Authors: Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 
Publication Date: August 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover, 517 pages
Rating: ☆☆☆☆

When sweet revenge turns sour… Book two of a trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.
Lillia, Kat, and Mary had the perfect plan. Work together in secret to take down the people who wronged them. But things didn’t exactly go the way they’d hoped at the Homecoming Dance.
Not even close.

For now, it looks like they got away with it. All they have to do is move on and pick up the pieces, forget there ever was a pact. But it’s not easy, not when Reeve is still a total jerk and Rennie’s meaner than she ever was before.
And then there’s sweet little Mary…she knows there’s something seriously wrong with her. If she can’t control her anger, she’s sure that someone will get hurt even worse than Reeve was. Mary understands now that it’s not just that Reeve bullied her—it’s that he made her love him.
Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, burn for a burn. A broken heart for a broken heart. The girls are up to the task. They’ll make Reeve fall in love with Lillia and then they will crush him. It’s the only way he’ll learn.
It seems once a fire is lit, the only thing you can do is let it burn...

My Review

Fire with Fire, the second book in Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian's Burn for Burn trilogy, has an insane plot that kept me up late at night just so I could keep reading and finding out more about life on Jar Island since that fateful Homecoming night. Most of the beginning of the book has the same contemporary feel as the beginning of Burn for Burn, but the intensity of the novel really picks up at the end. There are some twists and turns that are unbelievable, but with a series like this - what I'm calling contemporary with a twist - anything is possible.

At the start of the novel, the main characters hadn't really changed much since Burn for Burn, but mostly because the Fire with Fire picks up pretty much right where Burn for Burn ended. As the book progresses, readers are able to pick up on subtle changes with the main characters, Kat, Lillia, and Mary. Kat begins to understand that there are things she'll never be able to change, and I thought she kind of softened a little bit, at least when she's with Lillia and Mary. Lillia really starts to open up and deal with some of the things that have bothered her. Mary. . . well at first, she seems like she's only changing a little, but she's probably the only one of the three to really change, and it's intense.

As for the supporting characters, I was really surprised with Reeve. I went from hating him in Burn for Burn to kind of liking him in this book. I really like Alex. I think he's a sweetheart, and I'd like to learn a little bit more about him in the next book. My feelings for Rennie didn't change. I still strongly dislike her. By the end of the book, I was more curious and ready to see how things play out in Fire with Fire.

Just like with Burn for Burn, the writing is just fine. It's really nothing spectacular, but it's entertaining enough to keep me interested and reading. That's all I can really ask of with writing. I really like the narrations of Lillia and Mary. I feel like those are the strongest chapters in the book. Kat is just a little on the boring side for me, and it's sad because she's such a cool character. I just wish that her narration lived up to how I see her in my mind.

All in all, Fire with Fire is a a pretty good book. It keeps readers interested with the three very different characters coming together for a cause. I love how it still has a contemporary feel, even though there is definitely something more paranormal going on in the book. I'd recommend this to readers who want to try paranormal but may be scared of the genre.


  1. I don't mind reading books where the sequel picks up in the exact same place as the other ends, as long as I haven't read anything in between and it's the next thing I read instantaneously. Otherwise, like with Divergent and Insurgent I get confused as to where I was. But glad this was a great continuation!

    1. I binge read all three Divergent books, so I didn't have that problem. I ended up binge reading all three of these too. I don't really get confused or anything, but I just like throwing myself into a series for a long time. I think it makes it more fun.


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