Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

burn for burn

Postcard-perfect Jar Island is the kind of place where nobody locks their doors at night, where parents can sleep easy, knowing their daughters are tucked away safe and sound in their beds.

But bad things can happen, even to good girls, and sometimes the only way to make things right is do something wrong.

Lillia used to trust boys, but not anymore. Not after what happened this summer. And she’ll be damned if she lets the same thing happen to her little sister.

Kat is through with being called a freak. She’s over the rumors, the insults, the cruel jokes made at her expense. It all goes back to one person – her ex-best friend – and Kat’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. Now that she’s back, he’s gonna be in trouble . . . ’cause she’s coming for him.

Three very different girls who want the same thing: sweet revenge. And they won’t stop until they’ve each had a taste. (Goodreads)

I have had this book on my TBR for absolutely ages now – I can’t even remember adding it, it has been that long! I am glad i managed to find it on my monster list again after reading a review of the last book in the series. This book was mostly an enjoyable, fast read – but a little bit hard to get into at the beginning.
The book follows the POV of three characters seeking revenge on people who they believe have wronged them. Kat, Lillia and Mary team up together to exact revenge on Reeve, Rennie and Alex. What starts of as innocent fun on Alex soon turns sour as it goes way too far.
At the beginning I was almost reminded of John Tucker Must Die – for anyone who hasn’t seen this film, it is definitely worth the watch! It was a little slow at the beginning when we first got to know the characters we were reading. It was almost a struggle to actually carry on reading without going off and doing something else.
Having said that, the book picked up as the three characters started meeting up secretly and planning/carrying out their revenge. We began to see the characters from a new light and we were learning the reasons behind the revenge. While some of it is misplaced anger through misunderstandings, I could understand why Kat and Mary wanted revenge on Rennie and Reeve.
Toward the end, I felt like I was in a written, not so extreme version of Carrie. For anyone who hasn’t seen Carrie, she is a bullied teenager who has the ability to move things with her mind. I wasn’t expecting a paranormal aspect to the book whilst reading the synopsis and I am not entirely sure where the authors are going to go with this storyline. I am interested to find out and I am also interested to see if any of the other girls have some sort go weird ability.
While I mostly enjoyed this book, I was disappointed with the beginning of the book itself. I am looking forward to carrying on the series, however and seeing how the characters develop further. I gave this book 3/5 stars.

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4 thoughts on “Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

  1. drizzleandhurricanebooks says:

    Great review! I read the first installment in this trilogy a while ago now, but I felt the exact same way as you did, about it. I’m glad I kept on reading, though, I found myself getting more attached to the characters in the second, and third book of the series, and I was kind of surprised by the turn of events at the end of the second book 🙂
    I hope you’ll keep on reading this series, I would love to know if you enjoy the second book more! 🙂

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