Title: Fire with Fire
Series: Burn for Burn (#2)
Author: Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Genre: YA contemporary, paranormal
In short: whoa! Filled with drama, suspense, and more of my favourite girls. Totally lived up to its predecessor.
Warning! Spoilers for Burn for Burn, the first book in the series. This is so weird, I thought I’d reviewed that one… huh. Apparently not.
Goodreads: Lillia, Kat, and Mary had the perfect plan. Work together in secret to take down the people who wronged them. But things didn’t exactly go the way they’d hoped at the Homecoming Dance.
Not even close.
For now, it looks like they got away with it. All they have to do is move on and pick up the pieces, forget there ever was a pact. But it’s not easy, not when Reeve is still a total jerk and Rennie’s meaner than she ever was before.
And then there’s sweet little Mary…she knows there’s something seriously wrong with her. If she can’t control her anger, she’s sure that someone will get hurt even worse than Reeve was. Mary understands now that it’s not just that Reeve bullied her—it’s that he made her love him.
Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, burn for a burn. A broken heart for a broken heart. The girls are up to the task. They’ll make Reeve fall in love with Lillia and then they will crush him. It’s the only way he’ll learn.
It seems once a fire is lit, the only thing you can do is let it burn…
Anyone who’s followed my ridiculous chase of the Pretty Little Liars books nows that I love me some good old-fashioned, suspenseful drama. Fire with Fire continues the edge-of-your-seat story that Burn for Burn began, and I absolutely loved it. We get back to Mary, Kat and Lillia two weeks after the disastrous Homecoming accident. Reeve’s leg is broken and he could lose his chances of scholarships for good. The girls are stunned, horrified that something like this could’ve happened—except Mary’s not sure it was an accident. They devise another plan to really get even with Reeve, but messing with his feelings only sounds easy.
Well, well, well.
Another fantastic read. My feelings are literally all over the place.
There’s an amazing amount of character development here. Kat, Lillia, and Mary were just as wonderful as in the first book. It’s so great to see the girls’ friendship hold fast despite the craziness they’re going through. We learn more about Lillia especially, including her Big Secret—even though most readers would’ve guessed it by now. I really love the three of them because they’re really different people, and none of them fit into the typical moulds for YA girls. Then we see more of Alex (and wow did I love that. What a cutie.) and the infamous Reeve. Fire with Fire does a great job expanding on the characters and events we’re introduced to.
As before, the writing is really good too—not too hard to follow, woven together nicely, and with distinct voices for each of the girls. The plot unwinds neatly and carefully, and the drama is glorious.
But we’re left with another crazy cliffhanger. Burn for Burn ended on a sudden, surprising note which made me go, “wait, what?!” and so did Fire with Fire. It puts a truckload of questions in the reader’s mind, and to be honest, I’m not sure I’m loving that. You can have a good ending without it being quite so dramatic. Well, I guess drama is in the description. At least I can rest assured in the fact that the third and last book will answer all my questions. Hopefully.
Overall, this was a great read, and I cannot wait for the third book!