Sunday, December 23, 2012

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release: September 18, 2012
Source: Library
Others in the Series: Fire with Fire and Ashes to Ashes
Big girls don't cry…they get even.

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've each had a taste.
Burn for Burn is a charming book about retribution, friendship, and long-buried paranormal powers.

Yes. Despite what the cover and the summary may lead you to believe, this book does have a very small supernatural aspect, but it is barely touched upon and definitely not explored in depth. The authors instead describe the three main characters' pasts and plots for revenge, allowing readers to get to know the girls a bit better before learning about their superhuman sides. Although I had already assumed what their backstories were, Lillia, Kat, and Mary told them in such an emotional way that I found myself shocked, livid at those who wronged them, and their various pranks were pure fun to read about. Focusing on character development and entertainment, the plot does a great job of setting things up for a less contemporary storyline in the books to come, which was a perfect way to handle the first novel in the trilogy.

The event in this story are amazingly amusing, but there is plenty of room for dispute about their morality. I was worried that this book might be too preachy, with a message repeatedly forced upon anyone who comes in contact with it, but any morals this book may have are left up to readers to infer for themselves. Different people will take different things out of it, and even those who disagree with the protagonists' actions will be caught up in the moment, eager to see how their revenge plans unfold.

All of this is tied together with two writing styles that combine to form one that is beautiful and perfect for the story. Burn for Burn is told mostly in shorter sentences, imitating the sense of urgency and excitement that the characters must feel, which creates a rich atmosphere and forces readers to immerse themselves in the book. This is incredibly engaging, subtly descriptive, and absolutely fitting.

Complete with a picturesque small island town, this novel appears to be lighthearted and lively, almost something you would see on a postcard. It is all these things and more, but its dark and dramatic twist makes it deliciously exciting as well as gorgeous. Burn for Burn is a very light paranormal than readers of all genres can enjoy, and it truly has something for everyone.


  1. I actually got this from the library after I saw a friend on Facebook get it. I still have to find out the best amount to get at the library though because too much = not enough time to read all (which happened with this one) and too little = bored. But this sounds good! I was really intrigued in how they were going to act their revenge :)

  2. Absolutely lovely review of Burn for Burn. I read this earlier this year and was really engaged in their scheming. Loved the writing style and glad you pointed that out.

  3. I read Burn for Burn back in September and fell in love with it. (That being I was already a huge fan of Jenny Han because of her summer trilogy) I think the supernatural aspect was merely mentioned and touched upon in Burn for Burn and while I could of done without it I believe it will be interesting to see where the authors take it in the next books. I also feel though Lillia and Kat did get revenge on the wrong people, I don't know if that just me though.
    Great Review


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