Title: Burn For Burn
Author: Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian
Series: Burn for Burn Trilogy #1
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Date Published: August 6, 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Paranoramal-y
Pages: 384 (paperback)
Age Range: 13+
Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes—and three girls secretly plotting revenge.
KAT is sick and tired of being bullied by her former best friend.
LILLIA has always looked out for her little sister, so when she discovers that one of her guy friends has been secretly hooking up with her, she’s going to put a stop to it.
MARY is perpetually haunted by a traumatic event from years past, and the boy who’s responsible has yet to get what’s coming to him.
None of the girls can act on their revenge fantasies alone without being suspected. But together…anything is possible.
With an alliance in place, there will be no more “I wish I’d said…” or “If I could go back and do things differently...” These girls will show Jar Island that revenge is a dish best enjoyed together.
This is the first book in what I think is going to be a trilogy, and already we have had A LOT of action. We have a handful of three wildly vengeful girls on our hands, all willing to go to the extremes to extract their personal, sweet revenge. In this book, we read from three different POVs, and all of them have their own, distinct voice. Kat, Mary, and Lillia all are very different people that join together seamlessly to create this intense, crazy story.
First off, the characters! Mary kinda weirded me out. I mean, yes she is a vital person in the plot, and yes, she has maybe the most reason to want revenge. Buuut, she still gave me some major heebie jeebies. I'm kind of on the fence about her because I feel so bad for her, and because she seems genuinely sweet, but she also seems to have some weird ulterior motive with some odd, paranormal aspect going on with her. I just don't know. Kat, I just felt meh about. She was kind of an annoying, flighty little girl, but I love her rebellious streak that brings out some craziness in the other girls. Lillia is my favorite character out of the three. She seems like a really nice girl stuck with the wrong group of people. As for the group of friends that we are dealing with, I really like Alex, I like Nadia (honestly, just because we share a name), I hate Rennie, and I feel meh towards Reeve (but love his name).
The plot of this book is really fast-paced. I suppose that I should dislike that this book revolves around petty revenge, but my inner girly-girl is loving it! I really like the character and plot development that we've seen so far. Everything really moved along, but I'm not sure if I like how Rennie and Reeve are kind of grouped together. I almost feel like they each deserve their own special hell... But.....We'll see what happens in book two!
This book was surprisingly good, and it has a really pretty cover. I have book two half-read on my shelf right now.