Sunday, November 17, 2013

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

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Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

First in the Burn for Burn series

4 stars

Jar Island seems like the perfect place. It’s a safe little beach town and everyone seems to live a perfectly charmed life. But like every good town there are good girls… and bad ones. Lillia has been hurt by the people she trusted most and she’ll do anything to protect her sister from the same fate. Kat is the poor girl stuck in a rich town where she is the butt of the joke. Tired of her ex-best friend ruining her life she decides to finally teach her a lesson and she’ll need another old friend’s help and a new girl who seems to have more secrets. Mary left Jar Island because of a boy and she’s changed. She wants revenge and she’s finally found a way to get it. I read this book back in August and still when I think of it I’m left in a thought process with a thousand questions. This book was a good book and not just any good book but a good revenge book. I love revenge books. They are always so scandalous and I love the thought process of the hurt getting revenge on the wicked. Of course, in all revenge books the line between good and wicked becomes blurred. It was blurred here, but I’m not gonna lie this book is full of secrets. I enjoyed every single second of it. I went from reading a chapter to reading the whole thing before I went to bed. The drama in this book is delicious and the secrets are overflowing. I loved the alternating points of view. It created suspense and made me want to find out each girl’s secret.


The main female characters are Lillia, Mary, and Kat. Lillia is a huge focus of the novel. She struggles with hurting a friend, but it is later revealed that her revenge on her friend isn’t just for her sister. Lillia is the golden girl and everyone on Jar Island loves her. I don’t particularly like her. She loved her sister, but at the same time she was cruel and downright hateful to her. She made parts of her view frustrating and I wasn’t a fan of how she was constantly changing her mind. Mary was my favorite of the girls. Mary has had it rough. I cried for her after hearing why she left Jar Island and why she was getting revenge. Out of all the girls Mary has been handed the short end of the stick and has went through more heartache than any of them. Kat was the mastermind behind the plans. I really liked her. She was funny and sarcastic, but the thing I liked most about her was that she still missed her old friend, even though she was cruel to her.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: Lillia- 7.5 Mary- 9 Kat-8.5

The main male characters are better left unsaid because they are just jerks. I mean is there something in the air that makes Jar Island boys jerks?


Swoon Worthy Scale: Jerks everywhere!

The Villain- For once, I’m just not going to say anything about the villains because it would give away everything!

Villain Scale: 9

I really liked Lillia’s sister and I wouldn’t mind seeing her POV added in future books.

Character Scale: 8.5

That ending! It was like Carrie all over again, but not as scary. Just thinking about that ending even after reading it months ago has me in an angry pile of questions and screaming. This book was so good! I haven’t gotten my hands on the sequel yet, but I can’t wait to because I’m left with so many questions.


Cover Thoughts: Look at that cover, it’s flawless. The girls just look like they have so many secrets and they actually fit the character descriptions, I love it!

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