Review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Thursday, 3 April 2014

16058854Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn #1)
by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Publication Date: February 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4/5
Buy the Book: Amazon|Book Depository
Postcard-perfect Jar Island is the kind of place where nobody locks their doors at night, where parents can sleep easy, knowing their daughters are tucked away safe and sound in their beds. But bad things can happen, even to good girls . . . and sometimes, the only way to make things right is to do something wrong. Lillia used to trust boys, but not anymore. Not after what happened this summer. And she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her little sister from the same fate. Kat is over the rumors, the insults, the cruel jokes made at her expense. It all goes back to one person--her ex-best friend. Someone needs to teach her a lesson, and, with Lillia and Mary behind her, Kat feels up to the task. Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she’s not the same girl anymore. Now that she’s got friends who have her back, he's going to be in big trouble. Three very different girls who come together to make things right. Will they go too far?

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I haven't read either Jenny Han or Siobhan Vivian's work before but after reading Burn for Burn I will definitely be on the search for books by both authors. Burn for Burn puts a great twist on the classic contemporary novel, shifting focus from the cliche'd love story/triangle to that of revenge and backstabbing. It's in a league of its own but the story and characters pull it off brilliantly.

Burn for Burn follows the lives of 3 main characters, all having been scorned by people in their lives. Finding each other in the same predicament they decide to plot revenge and get some well deserved payback for what has been done to them. The story line is great because it doesn't focus on the overworked contemporary romance, but the middle did drag while the characters got the plan together. Once they had plotted their revenge it picked up and I am so thankful that I have book 2 waiting in the wings. A cliffhanger ends book 1 on a rather precarious note and I look forward to finding out how the girls mange to fix the damage they cause, as well as to uncover even more secrets.

The fact the story follows a trilogy is a great way for the authors to expand on characters and it is because of this fact that there wasn't much character development in book 1. I am hoping that book 2 delves deeper into the characters backgrounds and gives us a bit more development of each main character.Apart from 2 minor nitpicks, Burn for Burn is a great series read and book 2, Fire with Fire is not far from my bookmark.

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