Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn Series #1)

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Payback is paradise in this start to a trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

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 ...

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Overview

Payback is paradise in this start to a trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Set on fictional Jar Island, this first collaboration between Han (We’ll Always Have Summer) and Vivian (The List) follows three teenage girls bonded by a chilling quest for revenge. Popular Lillia is angry with her friend Alex, who spent the night with her 14-year-old sister after a party; tough girl Kat wants to sting her former friend Rennie, who has been spreading lies about her for years; and Mary, newly back on the island, is obsessed with the school quarterback, who humiliated her five years ago. Although they aren’t friends, the girls promise to work together in all three acts of revenge. Each girl narrates, flashing back to memories of betrayal and describing their pranks, which escalate from distributing Alex’s private writing to drugging another target. First in a planned trilogy, this fast-moving book offers an atmospheric setting and enough drama to captivate readers as they decide whether revenge is ever justified. The authors leave many unanswered questions, including the nature of a supernatural subplot that distracts somewhat from the book’s focus on retribution, guilt, and status. Ages 14–up. Agent: Emily Van Beek, Folio Literary Management. (Sept.)
VOYA - Rachel Wadham
Residents of pristine Jar Island, Lillia, Kat, and Mary are furious when they are betrayed by those they believed were closest to them. Joining forces, these three unlikely allies plot revenge on the boys who humiliated them and the girl who used them. Setting up the seemingly perfect scenarios to shame their enemies, the three girls find that the path of revenge does not always run smoothly, especially when you do not know the whole truth. Known individually for their hard-hitting realistic fiction, Han and Vivian team up to create this complex tale of revenge. The authors add depth to a simple plot by telling the story from each of the three girls’ points of view. The authors also deftly move each character between present and past, giving the proper emotional context to understand the characters’ motivations. These techniques could have easily made the novel confusing, but their superb execution creates the perfect energy to propel the story forward. The authors also skillfully handle the isolated island setting so it provides the logical connections the characters need to realistically become allies. Despite these strengths, the authors stain credibility by adding hints to one girl’s supernatural abilities that stand out because they are so contrary to the realistic nature of the story. In addition, the story ends on an immense cliff-hanger, making the overall theme and purpose of the book unclear. Even with these weaknesses, this raw story of girls claiming vengeance will have fans clambering for a sequel. Ages 12 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
Revenge fantasies run riot (and disappointingly off the rails) in a new series from usually reliable experts Han and Vivian. It's the end of summer before senior year of high school in Jar Island's resort towns, and change is in the air. After being victimized by people they thought they could trust, popular Lillia, outcast Kat and apparent new girl Mary make a revenge pact. Lillia, consumed with guilt and shame after being date raped, is hellbent on protecting her sheltered younger sister Nadia from the advances of fellow-senior Alex. Kat can't wait to put the screws to Rennie, who shut her out of their friendship with Lillia freshman year and has been spreading nasty rumors about Kat ever since. Newly svelte Mary grew up on Jar Island but has been living off-island for the last four years, recovering from the crushing bullying visited upon her by star quarterback Reeve. Each humiliating act of vengeance goes exactly as planned, but the consequences are far more devastating than the girls imagined, culminating in a near-tragedy that leaves them deeply shaken. Unfortunately, all this delicious bitchiness devolves into nihilistic nonsense by the last chapter, hampered by a late-developing supernatural twist and a final sentence that wouldn't be out of place in the film Chinatown. Readers will feel narratively whiplashed. (Fiction. 15-18)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442440760
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Series: Burn for Burn Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 122,015
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jenny Han

Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series; Shug; the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Siobhan Vivian; and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. She is also the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream. A former children’s bookseller, she earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School. Visit her at DearJennyHan.com.

Siobhan Vivian is the author of the young adult novel The List, as well as Not That Kind of Girl, Same Difference, and A Little Friendly Advice, and the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Jenny Han. A former editor for Alloy Entertainment, she received her MFA in creative writing at the New School. She teaches creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Visit her at SiobhanVivian.com.

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Burn for Burn


  • CHAPTER ONE

LILLIA

I’M SITTING ON MY BATHROOM COUNTER, TRYING TO remember what the makeup lady at Saks told me about how to do eyeliner on Asian eyes. Only . . . I can’t think straight.

I think she said to wing it just the tiniest bit. I do my right eye first, and it looks okay. I’m finishing up my left eye when my little sister, Nadia, bangs on the door so loudly that I jump.

“Lil! I need to take a shower!” she yells. “Lilli-uhh!”

I pick up my hairbrush and then reach over and unlock the door. Nadia rushes in and turns on the water. She sits on the edge of the tub, in her big soccer T-shirt with her shiny black hair mussed up in the back and watches me brush my hair. “You look pretty,” she says, her voice scratchy with sleep.

Do I? At least the outside is still the same.

I keep brushing. Twenty-three, twenty-four, twenty-five, done. I brush my hair twenty-five strokes every morning. I’ve done it that way since I was little.

Today will be like any other day.

“But I thought you weren’t supposed to wear white after Labor Day,” Nadia adds.

I look down at my sweater. It’s new—white cashmere, soft and snug. I’m wearing it with my white short shorts. “Nobody follows that rule anymore,” I tell her, hopping down from the counter. “Besides, this is winter white.” I swat at her butt with my hairbrush. “Hurry up and get in the shower.”

“Do I have time to curl my hair before Rennie gets here?” she asks me.

“No,” I say, closing the door behind me. “Five minutes.”

Back in my room I start filling my brown saddlebag with my school things, like I’m on autopilot. My new pen and the leather planner my mom got me as a back-to-school gift. Lollies. Cherry ChapStick. I try to think if I’m forgetting something, but nothing comes to mind, so I grab my white espadrilles and head down the stairs.

My mom is in the kitchen, wearing her robe and drinking an espresso. My dad bought her one of those fancy espresso machines for Christmas, and she makes a point of using it at least once a week, even though she prefers tea, and even though my dad is hardly ever at home to see her use it. He’s a doctor, the kind who does research. For as long as I can remember, he’s been working on some new drug to cure cancer. He spends part of the month working at a lab in Boston, and he gets sent all over the world to present his findings. He was on the cover of some science journal this summer. I forget the name of it.

Gesturing to the plate of muffins, my mom says, “Sit down and eat before you go, Lilli. I got those sugary ones you love.”

“Rennie will be here any minute,” I say. When I see the disappointed look on my mom’s face, I take a muffin and wrap it in a napkin. “I’ll eat it in the car.”

Touching my hair, she says, “I can’t believe you’re a senior in high school. One more year and you’ll be away at college. My pretty girl is grown-up.”

I look away. I guess I am grown-up now.

“At least I still have my baby. Is Nadi getting ready?”

I nod.

“You have to look out for Nadi now that you’re at the same school. You know how she looks up to you, Lilli.” My mom squeezes my arm, and I swallow hard. I do have to look out for Nadia better. Not like how I did on Saturday night, when I left her at Alex’s party. She was with her friends, but still.

I should have stayed.

Rennie’s horn honks outside, and I stand up. “Nadia!” I yell. “Rennie’s here!”

“Just one more minute!” Nadia shrieks back.

I hug my mom and head for the garage door.

“Take a muffin for Rennie,” she calls out as I close the door behind me. Rennie wouldn’t eat it anyway. She goes off carbs at the start of every cheerleading season. She only lasts about a month before she gives in, though.

In the garage I slip on my espadrilles, and then I walk down the driveway to Rennie’s Jeep.

“Nadia’s right behind me,” I say, climbing inside.

Rennie leans over and hugs me good morning. Hug her back, I tell myself. And I do.

“Your skin looks awesome against the white,” she says, eyeing me up and down. “I wish I could get as tan as you.”

Rennie’s wearing tight jeans and an even tighter lacy scoop neck top, with a nude cami underneath. She’s so tiny, I can see her rib cage. I don’t think she’s wearing a bra. She doesn’t have to. She’s got a gymnast’s body.

“You’re pretty tan too,” I say, clicking my seat belt.

“Bronzer, baby.” She puts on her sunglasses and starts talking a mile a minute. “So here’s what I’m thinking for the next party. It came to me in a dream last night. The theme will be . . . Are you ready for this? The roaring twenties! The girls could wear flapper costumes with, like, a feather headpiece, and long beaded necklaces, and then the boys could wear zoot suits and fedoras. Hot, right?”

“I don’t know,” I say, looking out the window. Rennie’s talking so fast and so much, it’s making my head pound. “The guys might not be into it. Where are they supposed to find that stuff on the island?”

“Hello, it’s called the Internet!” Rennie taps her fingers on the steering wheel. “What’s taking Nadia so long? I want to get there before everybody else does so I can claim my parking spot for the year.” She presses her hand down on the horn—once, then twice.

“Stop,” I say. “You’re going to wake up my neighbors.”

“Oh, please. The closest house is, like, half a mile down the street.”

Our front door flies open, and Nadia comes running down the steps. She looks tiny against our massive white house. It’s different from most of the other houses on the island—modern lines and lots of glass. My mom helped design it. It was originally our summer home, and then we moved to Jar Island for good before my freshman year. I was the one who begged to move here, to be with Rennie and my summer friends.

My mom waves at us from the front door. I wave back.

“So are you yay or nay on the twenties party?” Rennie asks me.

I honestly don’t care, but I know my answer matters to her—which is why I feel like saying nay.

But before I can, Nadia is at the car, her hair sopping wet. She’s got on her new jeans and the black top the three of us bought together when we went shopping back in July. That feels like forever ago.

She climbs into the backseat. I twist around and say, “You should have dried your hair, Nadi. You know you always get colds when you go around with wet hair.”

Breathlessly she says, “I was scared you guys would leave without me.”

“We wouldn’t leave you!” Rennie cries, turning the wheel. “We’re your big sisters. We’ll always look out for you, honey bun.”

Something nasty is on the tip of my tongue, and I swallow hard to keep from saying it. If I say it, we’ll never be the same again. Even worse than now.

We pull around our circular driveway and down the road.

“Cheerleading practice is at four,” Rennie reminds me, bouncing in her seat to the music. “Don’t be late. We need to evaluate the fresh meat. See what we’ve got to work with. Did you remember to bring your mini camcorder so we can tape them?”

I open my bag and look, even though I know it’s not there. “I forgot.”

“Lil! I wanted to evaluate them later tonight in HD.” Rennie lets out a grumbly sigh, like she’s disappointed in me.

I shrug my shoulders. “We’ll deal.” That’s what we’re doing right now, isn’t it? Dealing? But Rennie’s clearly better at it than me.

“Nadi, who’s the prettiest of all your friends?” Rennie asks.

“Patrice,” Nadia says.

Rennie makes a left, and we pass the small rental cottages that populate Canobie Bluffs. I focus on one in particular. There’s a caretaker outside closing it up for the season, now that it’s empty. I think it’s Reeve’s dad. He’s bolting the shutters on the first floor windows. He hasn’t gotten to the master bedroom yet. Those ones are still wide open.

I turn my head away, and out of the corner of my eye, I look at Rennie. Just to see if she has noticed it too. But there’s nothing there—no recognition, no alarm, nothing.

“Nadi, you’re so much prettier than Patrice. FYI, I’m only taking the cream of the crop for the varsity squad,” Rennie says. “Let me know if there’s anyone you want to cheer for, and I’ll hook it up.”

Immediately Nadia says, “Alex. Can I cheer for Alex?”

Rennie gasps. “Ooh! You better ask your sister. He’s her boy toy.”

“Rennie, be quiet.” I say it more snappishly than I intended, and she makes a face to Nadia in her rearview mirror. I take a breath. “Nadia, there’s a whole line of junior and senior girls ahead of you for Alex. We can’t show favoritism like that. I mean, how would it look, us giving a senior starter to a freshman? Besides, you still have to try out. You haven’t made the squad yet.”

At this, Rennie nods. “Lil’s right. I mean, you’re basically in but we have to treat you the same as everybody else. Even though you’re clearly special.” Nadia wriggles in her seat like a puppy. “Oh, and make sure to tell your friends that if they’re even one minute late, they’re going to be sent home. Period. As captain I need to set the tone for this season.”

“Got it,” Nadia says.

“Good girl. You’re going to be our freshman star.”

I feel like I am floating above myself as I say, “She needs to work on her back handspring. It’s weak.”

It gets really quiet.

I flip down my visor to look at Nadia. The corners of her mouth are turned down, her dark eyes hurt.

Why did I say that?

I know how badly she wants to make the squad. We practiced all summer, back handsprings and tumbling and stunts and our routines. I told Nadia that when Rennie graduates, it will be her on the top of that pyramid. I told her she’ll be set at Jar High. Just like her big sis.

But now I’m not so sure I want her to be anything like me or Rennie. Not anymore.

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  • Posted September 18, 2012

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    One word: phenomenal. This book was phenomenal! Big girls don't

    One word: phenomenal. This book was phenomenal! Big girls don't cry, they get even. That's what the book says, and it's true. The three girls are all for revenge, and this time, they aren't waiting for karma to strike, but they're taking matters in their own hands. The main protagonists; Lillia, Kat, and Mary are all tremendously different from each other. Each one has their own characteristics, and I guess that really made the story much more interesting to read. Each chapter is from one of the girl's point of view, and that really made me connect with all three characters in a way that I wouldn't have if it was only from one of their point of view. Despite the girl's differences, one thing had connected them together, and that was revenge.
    The book started off without knowing how the three will get together, or even who they were seeking revenge from. You get to meet the characters, and then you gradually start learning more about them. I really enjoyed how Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian wrote this book! The flow felt really good, and it felt easy to read! Every chapter that ended left you wanting more, and for the first time in my life, I actually read this book in one day! Yes, a book usually takes me 2 to 3 days to read, but I read this all in one day! It was so damn addicting, and everything about it felt juicy! Sometimes I did feel sorry for the characters they were getting revenge on, but it was still interesting to see how they planned to do it, and what the outcome turned out to be. I'd actually find myself smiling an evil grin while they were plotting together! It was really fun, and there was a lot of mystery included as well. Not only that, but then do I realize that there's also a bit paranormal, but you learn about that later. (Not a spoiler, because this book is already labeled as Contemporary/Paranormal on GoodReads)
    Overall, I don't think this book disappointed me in any way. Mary was shy, but a very nice girl who deserved no one to treat her badly. I really enjoyed Kat because she was such a strong girl who didn't give a damn about what the "popular" crowd thought of her! I loved reading about how she stood up for herself, and I found myself cheering for her as well! At first Lillia sort of annoyed me, but then she grew on me and I really liked her as well. All the characters were enjoyable to read about, and we also got to know about their personal lives. The ending is maybe the worst cliffhanger in the world. Worst as in it killed me. I was like "What, did the book END? Like THIS? omg omg omg I NEED THE SECOND BOOK NOW!". So yea, I'm currently ticking the days off for when the second book, Fire with Fire, comes out.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Great book

    You will never want to stop reading once you stop. Is an amazing book and has a really interesting plot. I strongly recomend reading this.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Loved it

    This was the best book EVER!!!! It was making me think maybe revenge isn't so sweet. I loved the characters, but I had a connection to Kat. She doesn't take crap from anyone and it reminds me of wel...ME. If your out there reading this I want to say buy this book. The end leaves you shocked but it's still amazing! It's a serious kick-a** story!!!!!
    ^
    Excuse my language

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Will

    Smiked. "Good for her!" He kissed her.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    september 2013... come faster!

    This book was amazing. After every page I wanted to read on and never stop. You know the book is a good book when it feels real. The dynamics of this book was amazing. I give this book 5 stars and I am sooooooo anxious/excited for the sequel!!
    P.S. The ending was amazing. If you like a good book with an ending that leads you on and drives you crazy to know what happens next; read this.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

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    I originally picked this book up due to the beautiful cover des


    I originally picked this book up due to the beautiful cover design. It is the kind of cover that entices you, half Mean Girls, half Gossip Girl. Definitely from the first page, you could see that although this book has a similar idea, it definitely marks its own path.

    Mary, Kat and Lillia all come from different backgrounds and pasts, but one thing is for certain, they all live on Jar Island and are just trying to make it through high school. Mary, the town nobody, moved back to town after enduring a horrible event on Jar Island years ago. Kat, the 'social outcast' used to roll with the popular girls, but one swift moved she got her kicked out and a horrible reputation to follow. Lillia, the prettiest of them all it set high on the social high school chain yet feels like she doesn't belong. After finding out that Lillia has her younger sister running behind her back, its time for payback.

    The three of them together, they each have a person deserving payback. Lillia has her former guy friend Alex, Mary, setting her eyes on Reeve, the boy that burned her in the past, and Kat, waiting to crush the queen Bee of the school, Rennie. Together in secret, they devise plans to ruin them all. Except there is no perfect world, and all things must come crashing down.

    All in all, a very terrific start for both of these veteran authors who are working together. After reading the last page, you will be begging for more and patiently waiting for the second book to come out to see if a Burn does help another Burn.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    a book about love and revenge, but mostly revenge.

    Mary's returning to Jar Island after years away from it to live with her aunt to see a boy she once knew. Why? Closure. Reeve did something terrible to her—something vile and despicable and she needs things to come full circle. Mary is a bemusing character, wispy and enigmatic. There's a twist to her character that had me very confused, but that doesn't stop her from being kind and observant and sweet.

    Lillia is the oldest daughter of a priveliged
    Korean-American family. She's lived a charmed life; designer clothes, a stable home, wealth, and a high role in the hierarchy of high school. She's beautiful, poised, and, elegant. She is fiercely protective of her little sister, Nadia and has cute, nice Alex wrapped around her finger and wholly head over heels for her. She's best friends with Rennie, the queen of the school, and is content to play princess. Sure, little things bug her and the company she chooses occasionally makes her sick, but she can pretend everything's perfectly fine if she tries hard enough. Everything changes after Rennie abandons her when she needs her most and Lillia is left traumatized. To make things worse, Alex seems to ge preying on Nadia, and Big Sister is the opposite of pleased.

    Kat is a wild child and badass. She smokes and cusses and spits in people's faces and sticks around to laugh at them. She isn't afraid to tell people what she thinks or the consequences. She was best friends with Rennie and Lillia, until Rennie dropped her from their group. Rennie now spreads vicious rumors about her and treats her like trash. Kat is brutal and honest and tough as nails. Her family scrapes by; they love each other, and that will get them throuh everything after the death of Kat's mother. Kat wants desperately to get off the island; Kat just wants to mean something, which is something you can't to on Jar Island where nothing is everything and everything is nothing.

    After a chance meeting in the girls' bathroom—where else would things like this happen?—the girls meet up and give the people that have wronged them their just desserts. They will make Alex sorry for touching Nadia, fooling Lillia, and leading Kat on. They will steal the thing Rennie wants most for treating Kat worse than dirt and not lifting a finger to help Lillia in her time of need. And they will destroy Reeve's future like he destroyed Mary's life.

    There are dark, tragic things in all the girls' pasts. Mary's attemped suicide. The death of Kat's mother. Lillia's date rape and ensuing guilt. They're all terrible things and delicate subjects; however, the authors handle it tactfully, never glorifying it or using it just for a plot device or a catalyst for you to feel sorry for a character. They're shown as what they are: awful.

    Besides that, who doesn't love a revenge plot? This is a book where girls don't get mad or sad (well, they do, but that's not the point), they get even. That's delicious in itself.

    The writing is gorgeous. Co-authored books rarely come out smooth, but not just smooth, this was also beautiful and impossibly addicting and readable. This book has skyrocketed to my favorites and is on my revolving door of books wonderful enough to reread. Please, read this book, I can't recommend it highly enough.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2013

    I loved it!

    I loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

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    3 different girls, wronged in 3 different ways, join forces to f

    3 different girls, wronged in 3 different ways, join forces to fight back and get their revenge. Lillia is a popular cheerleader, living the good life. After she is raped, she sees her sister heading in the same direction and Lillia seeks to take out the guy she sees as a threat to her sister. Kat is considered a loner, all thanks to Rennie, her ex bestie, who shunned her and made sure everyone else in the school did, too. Now Kat is ready to make Rennie pay. After having her heart broken by Reeve, and almost making the biggest mistake of her life, Mary is back at school and eager to punish him for what he did to her years ago.

    The characters in Burn for Burn were great, you really got to know them and care about what happened to them. I felt like some of their interactions were a little childish, but overall, they acted their age. I liked the dialogue and found it realistic and snappy. As for the plot itself, I enjoyed following along as they joined forces and planned their revenge. I liked most of the revenge plots and thought they were appropriately nasty, save for one that involved drugs, which I considered over the top and didn’t like.

    The book moved along at a nice clip, but it took a while for the actual group plotting to take place. For the first half, we learned about the 3 girls and their various circumstances. It was just about after the halfway point that they finally got together and actually came up with some plans. For me, that was when it got more interesting. The POV changed between Kat, Mary and Lillia every chapter. At first, I couldn’t tell the difference between them, but after a few chapters it was easier to tell whose story was being told.

    One thing I didn’t like was that Lillia never faced the fact that she’d been raped. She never told anybody and instead of taking revenge out on the guy who did it, she targeted a guy she suspected might one day scam on her sister. That part felt unsatisfying to me. There was a (maybe) paranormal bit that was unexpected and frankly, didn’t fit in with the rest of the story. It wasn’t fully developed, so I’m still unsure if it actually was a paranormal element, or something else altogether.

    I love the cover. The 3 MCs are there, and they actually look like they’re described inside the book. The title is unobtrusive, and I really like the font. The faded colors are perfect.

    The sum up: An interesting and guilty-pleasure story. It wasn’t great, but I will definitely check out the next book in the series.

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

    Revenge is a dish best served cold. Boys are just familiar with

    Revenge is a dish best served cold. Boys are just familiar with it. Girls know it. And that's why they do it better. Three girls, three stories, three revenge plans. One goal. Make the people who tortured and hurt them pay.
    Lilia is overprotected as far as her sister is concerned and she won't let anybody hurt her.
    Lilia is treated like a princess. She has money, popularity and friends. Anybody could think she has it all. But that's far from the truth. She wants a guy who is kind and cares about her. Thing is, she has him. But they are just friends and he will be the target of her revenge as well, because as cute as she seems, she can also be tough and sly.
    Kat used to have friends and a best friend. Now she has herself and maybe a friend who happens to be a) a boy and b)one of her ex-best friend's closest friends. Tricky, right? But her revenge centers around a girl and in particular her ex best friend. She stayed in the shadows for too long, but now it's her time to shine. Because everybody deserves to have their moment.
    And in the end we have Mary. A girl who had such a traumatic experience that she decided to leave her school and her old life behind and move forward. But in order to do so, she must face her demons or maybe one demon in particular. And he's a quite easy demon to find. The only thing she has to do is enroll in high school and just her luck; he's one of the first people to see. And the one who will pay for what he's done. Moreover Mary, apart from being a heart-broken and traumatized girl, she may have a secret talent she isn't even aware of. That's what the course of events leads us to believe throughout the book.
    From the above, we can reach to the conclusion that these girls don't have anything that connects them. The truth is they have. They all live in the same island, go to the same school and pretty much know the same people.So when circumstances bring these three girls together, it's payback time. But not everything goes according to plan and people end up getting hurt.
    Burn for burn, the first book in the Burn for Burn series is not a story of forgiveness. Who cares about forgiveness when revenge is so much more fun?

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

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    Revenge is sweet, or is it? That is what these three unlikely a

    Revenge is sweet, or is it? That is what these three unlikely allies, Lillia, Kat, and Mary find out in Burn for Burn. The story is told from all three girls point of view. Lillia, the socialite,who is rich, a cheerleader, popular, and whose friend who wants to be more than a friend takes things to far, especially when it comes to her family. Kat, the outcast, a rebel and a badass who hangs with the wrong crowd, who finally gets fed up with her old best friend's harassment and games, and is secretly hurt by the boy she really has come to like. Then there is Mary, who is quiet, has just returned to the island to live after not being there since middle school, whose life was devastated by the popular football player that she just can't get over, and who now doesn't even recognize her. As events unfold, circumstances bring these three girls into a secret pact as they together plot, plan, and carry out their revenge on those who have wronged them. Some of the things they do are funny, some are hurtful, and some are downright deadly. Is revenge justified or have situations been misinterpreted and misconstrued? When it's all said and done, will revenge be worth it?

    The story takes place on Jar Island, which is only reached by ferry. Jar Island has a mix of people from the regulars that live there all the time, to the rich socialites who vacation there or have a second home there, and the tourists who just come for a visit. The girls and their friends are seniors in high school, with the exception of Mary, who is a junior. Lillia hangs with the popular crowd, and it is this crowd that the story centers around. The story kind of reminded me of a YA version of the television show Revenge. The girls all seemed justified in their reasons for wanting revenge and are in some aspects, but aren't in others. This sheds light on the fact that you really need to get all the facts before you take action, jumping to the wrong conclusion about something. Even as the reader, I found myself jumping to the same conclusion the girls did before getting all the facts. I actually felt kind of bad for Alex, one of the targets. I liked the characters for the most part, though Mary was kind of strange and I am still not sure about her story. I will be interested to see if another side is told in regards to that in the sequel. There was even a hint of the paranormal, which sort of reminded me of the movie Carrie, but we don't find out too many details about that is this first book. I found the story entertaining and fast paced, and the plot intriguing. Personally, I did not like the ending. The way a book ends kind of makes it or breaks it for me, and this ending just didn't make it. It's sort of a cliff hanger, which I don't have a problem with, but it also just didn't feel complete enough to me. Of course, that is just my opinion, many other reviewers loved the ending. Overall, this is a good book and I enjoyed it for the most part, and will be reading the sequel when it comes out. If you enjoy contemporary YA with a twist and a hint of paranormal, then you might want to check this out.

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  • Posted September 19, 2012

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    Not what I was expecting.

    Beautiful cover!

    I adore Jenny Han and was really looking forward to this book. (I haven't read any of Siobhan Vivian's previous works but have heard nothing but good things about them!) After doing so, I am so very thankful to be out of High School! LOL!

    One sign of a good book, is how it affects the reader, either in a positive or a negative way. If a book fails to conjure up any kind of emotion then it hasn't done it's "job" in my opinion. I knew Burn For Burn wouldn't be an easy read but didn't expect it to leave me feeling nauseous and uncomfortable. I can't honestly say that I "liked" it. However, that doesn't mean it wasn't a good book. Confused much? Bare with me...

    It's really well written and the subject matter is certainly at the forefront of teen society. I liked being able to "see" the story unfold from multiple POV's but the "get even" behaviors really bothered me, possibly more so than the "mean people" ones. I do think this is an excellent example of what NOT to do because there are always consequences to our actions, some of which can have devastating results

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  • Posted August 12, 2014

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        I wanted to read Burn for Burn from the first time that





        I wanted to read Burn for Burn from the first time that I saw the cover and the synopsis. Sometimes I am not drawn to the mean girls type of book, but something about this, how you can see the victim and how they've been hurt, almost made me cheer for their revenge plans. and definitely curious to see what happened to hurt each girl that hurt them and left them wanting to hurt or bring someone down. 




        Each character had things that I liked about them and others that I could see how they were so flawed or that their issues could have been avoided. Mary was called names by the boy who later only talked to her in secret and then things blew up from there. Lillian thinks that something happened to her little sister, and I can def see how the protectiveness and wanting Nadie to not be hurt how she was or in other ways. Kat is the rebel, music lover and I liked her the most I think, but everything that happened with her ex-best friend was hard to read. Being dropped or forced out of the social circle is so hard and this is something that has happened to me before. 




        Their ideas to get revenge were all over the place from minor pranks to something the girls could get in serious trouble for and leave one of their classmates forever changed. They for a while walked the line of what is okay and not, and they eventually went way over that line. But even when everything awfully came to a head, I was still almost hoping it was a dream or that they could somehow change where they crossed the line. And even though in their taking revenge also put them on the line of bullying others instead of just being the victim. 




       There was a hint of supernatural thrown in, I think. But I hope it was just a coincidence and that it doesn't go down that road in the next book. It was mentioned twice and I was like really? But maybe with the awesome writing and this ending leaving me in suspense, that the next book will make that thread clear. 




        Fire with Fire is a book that I for sure want to read, the sequel, because Burn for Burn left me pretty frustrated because one plot line was left wide open, and of course I didn't have the next book to keep reading and see what happened. 








    Bottom Line: Captivating and great characterization. Eager for the next book. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Which one is whitch in the cover?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Review

    Is this gonna return? Please do!!

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  • Posted March 11, 2014

    I LOVE this book. I've loved everything I've read by Jenny Han s

    I LOVE this book. I've loved everything I've read by Jenny Han so far but this is the first by Siobhan Vivian. I loved the storytelling from multiple POVs. The cliffhanger at the end left me so hungry for more though! When I bought it this weekend I didn't know it was going to be part of a series and now I am dying to get the second book. I highly recommend it!!

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    I liked this book for a lot of reasons. I also disliked several

    I liked this book for a lot of reasons. I also disliked several things about it. I ALMOST quit at the 30% mark, but I'm glad I didn't.

    What I liked:

    Revenge! Oh yes, I am a sucker for devious plotting and evil schemes. I mean, who hasn't fantasized about exacting revenge at one point or another?

    The characters. I liked each one of their stories and how their histories were entwined with each other. I loved that we had a popular socialite, a bitter outcast, and the quiet victim of childhood bullying all coming together to take down the people that wronged them.

    The writing. This book was really well written. Even though there were a lot of characters, they were unique enough that I didn't get them confused. The author did a great job of developing each of them and giving the reader bits of their stories throughout the book.


    What I didn't like:

    Lame revenge. Most of the things the girls did were pretty tame and didn't amount to much excitement. I wish they had amped things up a bit. Maybe a lot.

    Cliffhanger ending. Just when things started going, the book ended. I nearly screamed.

    Content. Parents be warned, when it comes to content, this one has is all: non-descriptive sex, drugs, language, crime, lying, and teen drinking. The one plus side of this is that none of the content is portrayed in a positive light. If anything, it serves as a reminder of how making the wrong choices can leave you with big scars and even bigger regrets.

    Supernatural aspect. It was kind of weird and didn't fit with the plot or the rest of the story. Maybe it will make more sense in the next book.


    When all is said and done, I fully plan on reading the next one. So take that for what you will.

    The Cover: I am absolutely 100% head over heels in love with this cover. The colors are gorgeous and I love the way the title is slapped right on top of the image.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Must read

    This book is amazing. I love it to peices. The three different charaters to attach to and see there different veiws and how there lives are inter-twined. Three different people that all want revenge on the popular group. Its a fantastic book that I was glued to.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

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    Mary, Lillia and Kat, they all had scores to settle. Senior year

    Mary, Lillia and Kat, they all had scores to settle. Senior year was going to be a time to get even.

    Mary wanted Reeve to pay. She wanted him to see her and watch his jaw drop when he realized what she looked like now. She wanted him to be humiliated.

    Kat wanted Rennie to finally NOT get everything she wanted. To finally feel like she was the butt of everyone's jokes. Finally pay for all the lies she spread.

    Lillia wants Alex to pay for what he did to her sister. To think, she once thought he might be interested in her. She thought they were friends at least. How could he?

    Was High School ever like this?

    No one would ever suspect that these three would work together, even know each other? This could work.

    A strong story of hurt, revenge and more. I won't spoil it, but you will want to read it in one setting! It will keep you wanting to know what happens, right up to the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    Revenge, Plain and Simple

    A little bit of Pretty Little Liars mixed with Carrie, this book is about revenge, plain and simple. Lillia, Kat, and Mary have all been burned, and now they want the people that hurt them to pay for their deeds.

    The only problem I had with this book was that it was hard to root for anyone. You wanted the trio of girls to get their revenge, but you also wanted to see them fail. Every character in this book is a human being, for better or for worse, and the more complicated they are, the harder it is to pick out a villain. And if you can't pick out a villain, it's hard to be on the girls' side as they go around seeking revenge.

    The writing is great, and the story moves along quickly enough. There's an interesting twist to the book that I didn't see coming, and I'm excited to find out how that will pan out in Fire with Fire.

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