Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Title: Burn for Burn
Author: Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BYR
Age Group: Young Adult
Category: Contemporary
Release date: September 18th, 2012
Pages: 368 (ebook)
Rating: 5 out of 5
Source: PulseIt
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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.

Burn for Burn was surprisingly addictive from the very first page.   I was so curious to find out about the lives of these three obviously different girls, and let me tell you, I was pleased.  Nothing could be sweeter than revenge...except for when it goes unbearably sour.  In this story, we learn that letting your actions speak isn't always the best for anyone involved.

The story begins with Mary's arrival on the island, Lillia's last days of summer fun at the beach with her friends and Kat's unusual fling with a boy who is so not her type.  On the outside, these three girls couldn't be any more different, but they quickly learn that they have a lot more in common than they realized.  All three of them get screwed over by someone they cared for, and in return, they decide to get revenge.  They meet up in secret, plan how to make their enemies suffer, then sit back and watch as the damage is done.  One by one, they will take those traitors down.

What I loved the most about this story is that the characters are all connected to each other.  You won't see it at first, but it's interesting to find out everyone's background stories.  My favorite character is probably Kat, mainly because she's tough, but she's not afraid to show her feelings when it matters most.  All the girls have good reasons to get even, but it's how they come together that really makes the story worthwhile.

Overall, Burn for Burn is a fantastic and exciting story.  The mystery of the main characters' lives kept me turning the pages, and the book turned out to be a fairly quick read because of that.  There are paranormal aspects to the book, and we're left on quite a bit of a cliffhanger, but I believe that's what made the book so much better.  Highly recommended to those who are in a reading slump!


  1. I've been looking forward to reading this one. Glad you liked it and great review! (:

    1. Thanks! It was definitely the type of book I'd been wanting to read lately. :) Hope you enjoy it!

  2. I've been going back and forth about whether or not I should read this one. It doesn't sound like something I'd like, but I do like both of these authors. I just might have to pick this one up.