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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Sibhan Vivian

Title: Fire with Fire
Author: Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
ISBN: 9781442440784
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Released: August 13, 2013
Series: Burn for Burn #2
Page: 518
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

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..."
First Lines: (Quote from the ARC, subject to change)

"I couldn't decide what to wear. At first I thought casual, like jeans and a button-down; then I thought no, in case his parents are there I should wear a dress, something somber like my gray scoop neck with the skinny belt."
Page 1

So, that quote up there really doesn't give this book justice. It may have changed in the final version... but it sounds sort of vapid. Which is not at all what this book is. In fact, I loved this book. It was a great follow up to an amazing story of revenge.

The plan that Lillia, Mary, and Kat concocted sort of blew up in their faces. They ended up hurting people more than they intended to. They wanted to give them a taste of their own medicine... but ended up physically hurting some people. There is some definite guilt, but then opportunities present themselves to continue the revenge scheme. It's too good to pass up, but will it go too far again?

I really loved this book. It's such a fast paced story that I hardly noticed that it's 500+ pages. You spend the first book getting to know these three girls - and how different they are. They are in totally different cliques in school, but they have grudges against the same people. And this second book, you see how their friendship grows even more. And see how their lives start to really intertwine.

At the end of the first book, you get a hint about the supernatural aspect of Mary's involvement. She is the one that caused the accidental injuries. And you get a lot more of that in this book - and you start to really wonder about her Aunt. She's sort of New Age-y and Mary starts to notice how different she is being treated and starts to become almost scared of her.

I was a little worried about this second book - because of the whole sophomore slump. But really this book is just as good, maybe better, than the first one. There's more romance. More scheming. More drama. More mystery. Just MORE! And it's awesome. There is a huge twist at the end of this book... Obviously I'm not going to talk about it, but it's major. And it makes you rethink the entire course of the story. I really look forward to seeing how it is treated in the next book.

If you're a fan of YA chick lit with an edge, this is definitely the series for you. I love each and every one of our main girls. They are so different, but you really understand where each one is coming from. Which is one of the things that makes this book good for so many different readers. They can see themselves in any of the characters. Anyway. So good. Definitely give this series a try.
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