Thursday 3 July 2014

Book Review - Burn for Burn

Burn for Burn
Author: Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Series: Burn for Burn #1
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal | Young Adult
Release Date: September 18th 2012
Publishers: Simon and Schuster
No. Pages: 358
Source: Borrowed
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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?

So before I write a review for this book I feel I should probably tell you that I really didn't like The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. I had been looking forward to reading it for a long time because I heard her writing was very much like Sarah Dessen, well in short I didn't think it was an ended up very disappointed. So when I came across Burn for Burn on Scribd I thought I would give it a go, I've wanted to read it for a while but I was a bit cautious became of previous experiences with one of the authors. I have to say, for all my doubts I ended up really liking this book and I really feel that Jenny Han has grown as an author.

Burn for Burn is set from 3 different point of views. We have Lillia, the popular girl. Kat, the ex-best friend of Lillia and lastly Mary, someone who had to move away from Jar Islands because of bullying. All very different girls but all have one thing in common, revenge. From the outside it looks like just a book about a few girls trying to get their own back on the people who have wronged the, but when you really get into the story you see that its much more than just a book about revenge. And where as I'm not sure I liked the turn it took with a certain character, I'm sure it will all make sense in the next book.

I really liked how the girls in the books came together and how they still had a story of their own. I like how the transition between past and present was perfectly done and not confusing at all. The characters, even the sub characters had a lot to them and I just feel like a lot of time and effort went into every little bit, not matter how important.

Like I already said, I'm not sure I liked or got where one characters story was heading, that was about the only thing in the book I felt was a little out of place and confusing, but knowing there is 2 more books doesn't make me worry about it too much because I'm hoping it will all be explained. All in all I really liked this book, I didn't think I would because it didn't really seem like my type but I was hooked from start to finish.


  1. Oooo, I'm excited for this now, (I say excited, I need to somehow get it, but I will, soon, at some point) and we always have similar taste, so I'm glad you liked this. You're always responsible for putting books on my TBR ;)

    1. you should be, it was a lot better than I thought it would be. Haha we do indeed, and for every 1 book I add to your list, you add 10 to mine so I think we are even ;)

  2. I've had this book for so long now but still haven't read it, I should probably do that soon. I actually enjoyed The Summer I Turned Pretty, but I am happy to hear Han has grown as an author because I did have quite a few issues with the Summer series. I hope I end up enjoying this too :)

    1. you already know I didn't get on with the first in the Summer series, but I really enjoyed this book so if you so what enjoyed the others I think this book will be one for you.


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