Sep 27, 2012

Book Review: Burn for Burn - Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Title: Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn #1) - Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Release Date: September 18th 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 356 (paperback, export edition)
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.
I love this cover. The models are perfect for the images of Kat, Mary, and Lillia that I had in my mind. 

Like what the blurb says, Mary, Kat, and Lillia are three girls who all want revenge. First we get a taste of why they want it, then it's straight to the action, which I really liked. The ending was and was not what I guessed it would be, though. It was because I think everyone will agree with me that in stories like this, the protags almost always end up with their plans blown up on their faces; it wasn't because, holy crap, who could've guessed that part of the conclusion? 

Thank God it's going to be a trilogy - the titles of the next two books are: Fire with Fire, and Ashes to Ashes. I absolutely can't wait for the second book because I think I can smell a fight between Kat and Lillia.

The characters were well-executed. They were very diverse, and each was their own self. And just when I thought I had them figured out, the authors showed me something totally uncharacteristic about them. But I think there's no argument when I say the three girls - who kind of reminded me of the Furies - were the most memorable characters in here.  

First up, Kat. She was this fearless, no-nonsense girl who used to ignore the lies her ex-bestfriend tells everyone about... until the first day of senior year. She's the one who thought of the whole vengeance mission, and clearly she's the level-headed one, well, most of the time, that is. 

Next is Lillia, the Asian princess. No, she's not really a princess; she's just the purest of the Mean Girls and she's freaking rich, so yeah. At first I thought that she wants payback for that guy who went too far, but no. She loves her sister so much, it's like she's actually an older brother.

And last is innocent Mary. I guessed that she left Jar Island because a boy broke her heart, and he did, only in ways worse than I'd guessed. She's the one I rooted for the most, the one I wanted to gain the best revenge. She was also the one who transformed the most, but I wish she'll get tougher.

I loved how the girls were strangers to one another at first - except Kat and Lillia because they had history together - but something as bittersweet as vengeance brought them together. I really hope they'll get closer in the next book.

MY FAVORITE PARTS were when the girls were going after Alex. That was really funny, especially the "longest hallway" poem :))

RATING: 4.5/5 
I don't know, I just felt like something was lacking. But I really loved this book!
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