By: Melanie | November 2, 2013 | (26) Comments

Review: Fire With Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan VivianFire With Fire by Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian
Series: Burn For Burn, #2
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Australia
Release Date: September 26, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, YA
Pages: 517
Source: Received in exchange for review
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When sweet revenge turns sour… Book two of a trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

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...

Burn For Burn was fun. Fire With Fire was another story. Much more complex with depth and more of a realistic backbone, the sequel to Burn For Burn surprised me entirely. If you were not the greatest fan of Burn For Burn, I believe that this one is still worth trying because it was a huge improvement. Sweet revenge turns sour…

Lillia, Kat and Mary were close to getting caught for drugging Reeve at Homecoming. So close. When Mary’s grudge against Reeve does not go away, she seeks out Lillia and Kat’s help to make him pay. As if already off the football team and football scholarship dreams gone wasn’t enough. Despite Lillia and Kat’s reluctance to plot Reeve’s heartbreak they give in. Because what are friends for? I feel like the greatest improvement in Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian’s series is that they reveal more depth in each of the girls’ personalities. We learn more about their pasts and how the memories and unforgotten fights are effecting them now.

“If you’re super tall, don’t be a dick and stand in front of a short person.”

Lillia was my favourite girl in this book. She was awfully considerate to her peers and I honestly felt sorry for her as Rennie began to drift away from Lillia and make her life a living hell by attempting to take away her sister and friends. God Rennie is a bitch. She deserved what she got in the end. Anyway, we get to learn more about Lillia’s traumatic past and how she is struggling to trust boys the same way once more. I do love her tight friendship with Alex–there wasn’t any really chemistry between the two which was nice. Lillia goes through quite a lot in Fire With Fire, she’s on a mission to break Reeve’s heart as well as dealing with the bulling and little bit of racism from Rennie.

Kat is one of the tougher girls in this book. She was Rennie’s ex-friend form a while back and hates her for ruining her life. I loved Kat’s attitude, while she wasn’t completely heart-less she had tough skin. Out of the three, Mary wasn’t a favourite. She has been completely revenge driven and wants Reeve to pay the harshest fall. However a bit of her still remembers the Reeve she knew and loved years ago. She wishes the old Reeve was still here. I was rather confused by Mary to be honest. Did she like him or did she hate him? Her emotions were not really comprehendible.

An entertaining read with plenty of layers in each of the three girls, we watch them play with fire as they throw their revenge at the people that have once hurt them. Highly recommended if you have not tried out this series yet!

~Thank you Simon and Schuster Australia for sending this copy!~

4 Stars
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Melanie

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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26 Responses to Review: Fire With Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

  1. Amelia says:

    oooOoooOoooo (sorry I had to do that, it’s fun :P) Anyway, I loved Burn for Burn so I guess it’s like a guarantee that I will love this. To mention it, the characters were rather depthless in BFB so I look forward to read more about them in this one. Brilliant review Mel 🙂

  2. Diamond Dee says:

    This looks intriguing! Did you like the first book in the series? I really don’t need more series books on my TBR…it’s def in the maybe like though! 😉

    Great review! Xo
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    • Melanie says:

      Yes I did, about 3 stars. I highly recommend this series if you’re into fun books with mean girls, revenge, karma but still quite a bit of depth 🙂

  3. I haven’t read the first book but this series seems interesting.
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  4. Candace says:

    Yeah, Mary was super crazy and made me very frustrated. Did you see that end coming?! It totally caught me off guard. I mean, I started connecting the pieces before it was fully revealed, but only barely. I felt bad for Lillia for being stuck in the position she was. Rennie did get what was coming to her, didn’t she?!
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    • Melanie says:

      I didn’t at all! Kinda crazy crazy. Rennie so had it coming for her, I hated her so much. IRK? I kinda ship Lillia and Reeve though. Reeve was pretty horrible but at times I was loving their relationship 😀

  5. Celine says:

    LOL at that quote… Totally true though 😛

    This sounds really good! Haven’t read Burn for Burn, though… Maybe I should start it soon…
    Fab review, Melanie <3
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  6. I am SO happy that you loved this one, Melanie. I thoroughly enjoyed Fire with Fire and cheered so much for Lilla and Reeve. I am not one for bad boys but their budding relationship was such a delight to read and I had to read their scenes over and over again to retain the magic. LOVELY REVIEW. We should read the next book together hahaha
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  7. Lexa Cain says:

    I’m glad you explained more of the story because the blurb was awfully generic and put me in mind of “Carrie” – I couldn’t really understand what the book was about. But I know that’s the point of all big pub-houses’ blurbs: only hint at the story to get people to imagine what they want and buy the book. I enjoyed the review, Mel! 🙂
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  8. It’s great when a sequel is more complex than the first one–sounds like this definitely avoided sophomore slump! Is there going to be a third book?
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  9. Rachel says:

    I know Jasprit loves this series, and I’m not one for revenge type plots but all the praise has me curious. Nice to hear this was better than the first one, Melanie. Wonderful review. 🙂
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  10. Haven’t heard of this series before but it sounds entertaining – girls backstabbing each other. Great review Mel!
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  11. Fantastic review! I love this book and Lillia! I really wish Rennie didn’t treat her so horribly. Very excited for the next one; hope Mary finally stops being ambivalence and just forgive.
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  12. Well, this isn’t something we hear often enough ..book two surpassed book one. This series is new to me, and you have peaked my interest from the elements to the writing. Wonderful review 🙂
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  13. Henrietta says:

    I was hesitant to pick up this series as I wasn’t sure if we’d have a cast of one-dimensional characters but I guess now I can throw my worries away. Wonderful review, Melanie!
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  14. VeganYANerds says:

    I’m so glad you liked this! I’ve been wanting to read this ever since the first book ended so abruptly!
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  15. I don’t doubt that this is a great sequel, but it sounds exactly like the type of contemporary I tend to avoid. Mean girls, revenge and drama are not my thing. I’m glad you found it so entertaining and layered.
    Fabulous review! 🙂
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  16. Emily says:

    HAHAHA. I love that quote xD MEAN GIRLS. They sound like that. Anyway.
    I’ve not read this series yet, but honestly, I have so much to pile up on my shelves now!
    Well, this one certainly looks like a humorous, snarky and entertaining one 😉 I’m so glad you enjoyed it, hon!
    Fantastic review as always, Mel!! <3
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  17. Alise says:

    A huge improvement sounds promising because I was not a big fan of Burn for Burn, I thought it had some genre issues to figure out. Sounds like the characters got a little better and if you liked it I think I will too!
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  18. I liked book one, but was a bit perplexed with that supernatural twist at the end. I do want to try this one! Thanks for the review!
    Jen @ YA Romantics
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  19. Giselle says:

    I really enjoyed Burn For Burn it was one of those guilty pleasure reads and the sudden paranormal element in it was awesome. Carrie was one of my fav horror movies so yeah I found it pretty awesome. This sequel sounds even better. One of my complaints was that some acts of revenge were a little lame so it sounds like it’s brought up a notch in this one. Reading this review made me realize how I don’t remember who was who from book 1 haha. Oh wells.
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  20. Larisa says:

    Omg I did not see this ending coming ! So excited for ashes to ashes!!! How come Kat and Lilia could see her?

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