Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Review: Fire With Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Fire With Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Series: Burn for Burn, Book #2
Published: August 12th, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
517 pages (ARC)
Genre: Contemporary young adult
Acquired this book: From Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review
Warning: Will likely contain spoilers if you haven’t read Burn For Burn
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{Read my review of Burn For Burn}

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...

Holy WOW. This book. I really enjoyed Burn For Burn, and with the cliffhanger ending I was grateful I had Fire With Fire so I could start it right away. The book picks up just a few days after where Burn For Burn left off, with Lillia getting ready to visit Reeve in the hospital after his accident at homecoming. In a way, the girls got the revenge they wanted, but they didn’t intend for it to get so out of hand, and Lillia especially is feeling guilty.

With everything that happened in the first book, I wasn’t really sure what would happen in Fire With Fire, or how it could be stretched out as a trilogy. I’m happy to say that Fire With Fire not only exceeded my expectations, but it also kept me totally engrossed and eager to find out what would happen next. At 500+ pages, I was a bit wary, but I read it in just under four days (which is good for me, as a slow reader), and whenever I put it down I was anxious to get back to it.

In the first book, I loved the friendship between Lillia, Kat, and Mary. They were so different but they had a common goal and it slowly became more than that. They began to rely on each other and form a real bond. Even though their friendship was strong in the beginning of Fire With Fire and they remained friends, you could see cracks beginning to form - outside influences slowly started getting to them, and doubts crept in. Even though they still wanted revenge on certain people, their main plan had been executed, and they’d discovered revenge wasn’t necessarily all that sweet. I still enjoyed the dynamics between them, but I also liked seeing them on their own and with other people.

I absolutely loved the plot of Fire With Fire. It kept me hooked from beginning to end, and even though I was pretty sure I had the one big twist figured out in Burn For Burn (which, I won’t lie, made me slightly smug when so many people said they were shocked…but I rarely figure out the twists in books, so allow me my moment of smugness!) it was still one of the best twists I’ve ever read. And even though I did figure it out early, my mouth still popped open when I found out I was right. Talk about thrilling! I give major kudos to Han and Vivian for pulling that off so masterfully. It’s something that most people would likely never suspect and it was simply amazing. The whole book was full of great twists and turns, and I enjoyed every moment of it.

With old friendships and new, old rivalries and new, revenge, romance, a touch of mystery, and a whole lot of drama, Fire With Fire has something for everyone. With the way the book ended, I can’t wait for the third installment (and I kinda want to cry at the thought that it’ll likely be a year before it comes out). This trilogy is quickly becoming one of my favourites, and it’ll be one I recommend to just about everyone.

Have you read Burn For Burn or Fire With Fire? What did you think? Have you read any of Jenny and/or Siobhan's other books?

1 comment:

  1. I've heard so many great things about Burn for Burn, I really need to pick up this series. The characters Lillia, Kat, and Mary sound really interesting since the story is told from each of their perspective, and of course the mystery too. Thanks for the great review Marie!


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