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September 12, 2012

Review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian- Farah

Title: Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn #1)
Author: Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Publication date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre(s): Young Adult (Contemporary/Paranormal)
Source: Publsiher
Format: ARC
Pages: 368

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.
One word: phenomenal. This book was phenomenal! Big girls don't cry, they get even. That's what the book says, and it's true. The three girls are all for revenge, and this time, they aren't waiting for karma to strike, but they're taking matters in their own hands. The main protagonists; Lillia, Kat, and Mary are all tremendously different from each other. Each one has their own characteristics, and I guess that really made the story much more interesting to read. Each chapter is from one of the girl's point of view, and that really made me connect with all three characters in a way that I wouldn't have if it was only from one of their point of view. Despite the girl's differences, one thing had connected them together, and that was revenge.  
The book started off without knowing how the three will get together, or even who they were seeking revenge from. You get to meet the characters, and then you gradually start learning more about them. I really enjoyed how Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian wrote this book! The flow felt really good, and it felt easy to read! Every chapter that ended left you wanting more, and for the first time in my life, I actually read this book in one day! Yes, a book usually takes me 2 to 3 days to read, but I read this all in one day! It was so damn addicting, and everything about it felt juicy! Sometimes I did feel sorry for the characters they were getting revenge on, but it was still interesting to see how they planned to do it, and what the outcome turned out to be. I'd actually find myself smiling an evil grin while they were plotting together! It was really fun, and there was a lot of mystery included as well. Not only that, but then do I realize that there's also a bit paranormal, but you learn about that later. (Not a spoiler, because this book is already labeled as Contemporary/Paranormal on GoodReads) 
Overall, I don't think this book disappointed me in any way. Mary was shy, but a very nice girl who deserved no one to treat her badly. I really enjoyed Kat because she was such a strong girl who didn't give a damn about what the "popular" crowd thought of her! I loved reading about how she stood up for herself, and I found myself cheering for her as well! At first Lillia sort of annoyed me, but then she grew on me and I really liked her as well. All the characters were enjoyable to read about, and we also got to know about their personal lives. The ending is maybe the worst cliffhanger in the world. Worst as in it killed me. I was like "What, did the book END? Like THIS? omg omg omg I NEED THE SECOND BOOK NOW!". So yea, I'm currently ticking the days off for when the second book, Fire with Fire, comes out.


  1. I totally loved BURN FOR BURN, too! I felt kind of guilty rooting for these girls, but man, is revenge sweet! Like you said, that ending was very strange--I can't wait to read the sequel! I have tons of questions. :P Great review, Farah!
    - Lauren

  2. I highly look forward to reading this book, so your review is truly a good sign that I'll enjoy this! I loooove revenge stories and I've also heard great things about Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han's books. ;) Nicely reviewed, Fariah. :)

  3. I can't wait to read this book! It's been on my TBR list ever since I found out Jenny Han was writing a new book. I love the concept and the characters sound pretty...badass! LOL ;p It reminds me of Pretty Little Liars though. Just a thought...

    Brilliant Review Farah! :D

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

  4. haha I love revenge!!! Sweet sweet revenge. Sounds awesome that you follow them as they plot! It depends on what the people did on whether or not I feel sorry for them. hehe I didn't realize there was a paranormal element to this book. Very curious about that. Cliffhangers suck though.

  5. I also really loved this book! :) I agree with you about the ending and I also liked the characters a lot. Amazing review!

  6. Glad you enjoyed this one so much Farah, definitely a sign of a good book when you get through it in a day.

    How are you finding Unspoken. I'm reading it at the moment too and really enjoying it :)

  7. There was something very addictive about this book. I enjoyed it too, despite a few problems. I'm glad you liked it, Farah! Brilliant review. :)

  8. I really liked this book and the idea of revenge. I especially liked how the plan sort of took on a life of its own, even when the girls wanted to stop. Great review!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  9. I'm torn on this one Farah! I don't usually deal well with revenge plots, so I'm concerned I won't like the three girls and all their plotting. But then your review makes it sound full of win and I don't want to miss out on that! I love the books that I have every intention of reading just a few chapters of, and then I end up not being able to put them down:) Thanks for thoughts!

  10. Oh, I love books where the protagonists are completely different. I know what you mean - it sounds a bit like the way I felt about Debutantes and the four sisters in the book. :)

    I so need to read this book. It sounds great and so much fun!

  11. Well I'm glad to see you loved this one! I had a hard time with some aspets, but overall I enjoyed it and I would read another in the same series. Great review!

    Literary Exploration

  12. I've never read of this book but it sounds like something I would like. REVENGE. Great review, I won't pass it up!

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

  13. OOH a book about revenge! I like it! haha I've seen this book on a lot of blogs, but I haven't read too many reviews for it. It sounds like something I would really enjoy, and I'm glad to see you loved it so much :)

    Thanks for the great review, Farah

  14. This is the first review of Burn for Burn that I've read. I keep hearing great things about it. I'm wondering what the paranormal aspect is....
    Great review! Thanks for sharing!

  15. I actually have some reserve about reading this book, when I first saw the cover and synopsis, I thought it would have Gossip Girl kind of feel to it, but seeing that you seemed to love it so much, I decided to give it a go. It doesn't hurt that there is some paranormal to it too, I like paranormal! (Actually, I like all kinds of genre in YA...) Also, great review :)

  16. Oooohh sounds great!! :D Great review!

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

  17. Okay, I MUST read this book now! Love revenge themed books! =D