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August 25, 2013

Review: Fire With Fire by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Title: Fire With Fire (Burn for Burn, #2)
Author: Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian 
 Simon & Schuster
Publication date: August 13, 2013
Genre(s): Young Adult (Contemporary)
Source: Simon & Schuster Canada
Format: ARC
Pages: 528
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...
May contain spoilers if you have not read Burn for Burn  
If you've been following our blog for a while, then you should already know how OBSESSED I was with Burn for Burn last year. I literally devoured it in ONE day. Anyways, I squealed when I got this book for review, because Burn for Burn ended in such a major cliffhanger! Fire with Fire starts off exactly where Burn for Burn left off. I kind of had to skim through my copy of Burn for Burn to refresh my memory because I kind of forgot a lot of stuff. This book is also told from the three girls point of views, so we still get to read about each and every one of their personal feelings! The story immediately starts off with a fast pace. After the three girls took their revenge, they think they're done. Not with how badly things ended with one of their target. Things kind of start to collapse for each girl. Lillia is on the verge of losing her friends, Kat is confused, and Mary doesn't know what's wrong with her. Things have totally gone crazy!
My favorite thing about this book is probably the characters. All of them are unique and different. Also, there are a LOT of characters in this book that are important, so it never gets boring. Everyone has their share of secrets and crushes and whatnot, so you never really get bored of reading. In my opinion, I felt like Lillia was the one who suffered the most from the outcome of their revenge. I felt sorry for her that she lost most of her friends, but she still had Mary and Kat so I wasn't too upset. I feel like Kat doesn't really have a major part in this book, even though she's the middle of the cover. This book did make the reader's learn more about her, and I like her even more, but I still want more. Mary.. What can I say about Mary? Her life is a roller coaster. Things aren't great with her aunt, she keeps doing weird things that she doesn't understand herself, and she still isn't over Reeve. Not that I'm complaining, but I think this book was mostly about Mary. 
Overall, this book was so MUCH FUN!! Oh, and if you thought that Burn for Burn ended in a cliffhanger, wait until you read this! We got to know so much more about each character and all the characters grow so much for me! I honestly love them and I don't think I ever want their story to end. Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian created such a brilliant story that is full of love, revenge, friendship, and trust. The writing is great, and you just feel like you never want to stop reading. Now I have to wait for the third book, Ashes to Ashes, to come out. I suggest you wait for the third one to come out because you do not want to torture yourself by waiting to find out more. 

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  1. I skimmed your review cause I haven't read the first book, but everyone seems to be enjoying this series. Originally, I wasn't going to read them cause they reminded me too much of Pretty Little Liars but I think I need to make an exception. I'm not a fan of cliffhangers, they always giveaway me anxiety (lol ;p), so we'll see how it works out here! Glad you enjoyed this Farah! :D Great review!

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  2. So, so glad you loved this! I liked the first book and am so keen to know what happens next :D

  3. I can not wait to start this series, it sounds soooo good. Wonderful review.

  4. Farah, I'm so happy to see that you loved the sequel as well! It looks like things seriously get crazy in Fire with Fire, WOW. I love the characters too, and I'm glad that you got to know each character better. I can't wait to see what the ending is! Great review, Farah! :)

  5. I can't wait to read this book as I loved the first one so much too!! Glad to know the 2nd book is good too... I wish I could wait for the 3rd book to come out before reading this bc I know the ending is going to make me want to punch myself in the face, but I JUST CANT WAIT!

  6. I'm not really one for revenge books, but I know Jasprit loves this series. I'm a very character driven person so when you say the characters are the best part of this I'm intrigued. Maybe I should re-think my decision to forgo these books. Wonderful review, Farah! :)

  7. I always love it when the second book is just as good as the first one! Too many books suffer from the second-book-syndrome, so yeay :)!

  8. I think I might have to skim through my copy of Burn for Burn too as I can't actually remember how it ended now. :P I'm so glad to see you enjoyed this though! It's always great when a sequel can live up to or surpass the first book. I've heard good things about this from Jasprit at the Reader's Den too, so I'm really looking forward to getting started now. Brilliant review! :)

  9. Yay for the 5 stars Farah, I was a bit worried going into this book as I didn't enjoy Burn for Burn that much, but this book just blew me away with all the twists and heart breaking scenes. I also thought I knew everything about these girls, but that ending! I can't wait for the next book! Brilliant review! :)

  10. I have the first book and am really excited to read it since you enjoyed them both :) Great review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  11. Wonderful review. I wasn't that crazy about Burn for Burn, but you have definitely convinced me to go forward with the series. I think I will take your advice and wait for the last book to come out before I do it though.

  12. I just remember that Burn for Burn took a very unexpected turn at the end. But my friend Kate/Midnight Book Girl has kindly emailed me her notes on the book so I can be ready for F with F.

    I was also taken by surprise that they released this early. My ARC said early September, and I didn't realize the release date got pushed forward!

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

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