Monday, September 17, 2012

Book Review: Burn For Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: September 18th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4424-4073-5
Pages: 368 

Series: Untitled trilogy, book #1
Source: ARC from publisher 

Goodreads Synopsis:


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.

My Review:

Burn For Burn, overall is a good read. It's a light read, it's heartwarming to see the friendships build, at times it's witty and it's all about getting revenge. Who doesn't like to read a little revenge?

Lillia, Kat and Mary have all been wronged by someone and they are willing to do what it takes to get back at those people. These 3 girls are all so different from one another but they want the same thing so they form an unlikely, secret friendship. Lillia and Kat have a past together while Mary has come back into town to face the boy who wronged her. Each chapter was set up as a different point of view, and this way we got to know the characters a little more personally and see more into their reason for revenge. The girls, being young, and in high school didn't have these big, extravagant revenge ploys. But what they did, it worked, it was more real this way. I mean, they thought their plans to be epic, and in a sense they were.  Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian didn't stretch this out to be something far fetched. 

The whole idea of the book is great. It's fresh, fun and something we can all relate to in one way or another. What really got me was the paranormal aspect of Burn For Burn. It was so minute that at first I didn't even realize I had just read the part that was paranormal. It was a bit nonsensical how little of this genre we get in this book. It could be that book 2 is going to be full of explanations and have a more paranormal feel to it, but I just didn't get it. Really, there needed to be more or none at all. I can't wait to find out where book #2 will take us.

Han and Vivian wrote this together, and I'm not sure if they each wrote a specific chapter/POV or collaborated together but I thoroughly enjoyed their writing. Enough that I'm eager to read their other works. And the cliffhanger that we are left with at the end of Burn For Burn really pulled me in, and had me wishing for the next book right away. 

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