Review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

13406425Title: Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn #1)
Author: Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Published: 18th September 2012
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

SummaryLilia used to trust boys but not after what happened this summer. And she’ll do anything to stop the same thing happening to her sister. Kat’s over the rumours, the insults, the cruel jokes made at her expense. It all goes back to one person – her ex-best friend – and now it’s payback time. Four years ago, Mary left town because of a boy. Now shes back, she’s going after him and she’s going to make him pay. Three very different girls who want the same thing: revenge, sweet revenge. And they won’t stop until they’ve each had a taste.

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I became interested in this book, basically, because it’s a revenge story and I like a good old revenge story. This book focuses on three very different girls who come together to try and takes down the people who’ve hurt them. It’s full of high school cliches and lots of drama but made for a fun read.

The story is told from the point of view of the three main charcters: Lillia, Mary and Kat. Lillia is the popular girl, she likes cheerleading and going to parties but she suspects one of her friends might be up to something with her sister. Kat is tough and doesn’t put up with people wronging her. She’s looking for a way to take down a former close friend and is the one who encourages the others to help her. The last of the three girls is Mary who’s quiet and unsuspecting. She seems innocent however she wants revenge on the guy who used to bully her about her weight.

All three characters were very different and each had distinct voices which made this book really enjoyable. It was interesting how a common goal brought the three characters together when their paths wouldn’t have usually crossed. My favourite out of the three girls was definitely Mary, she has a dark side to her which I’m hoping will be revealed over the course of the series.

“I’m sick of waiting for karma. Karma can suck it.”

I didn’t feel so connected to the side characters, as they mostly consisted of high school stereotypes such as the mean, popular girl and the jerk, captain of the football team. Also, the romance in this book was a mess. Several characters were interested in several different people and I kind of lost track of who liked who. It got a bit confusing. However the romance isn’t the main focus of this book and didn’t take away from the overall story.

I felt the plot itself took a while to get into. It took longer than I hoped it would for the girls to come together and begin their revenge mission. However, when the drama started during the second half of the book, it just got better and better. The girls definitely brought their A-game when trying to bring their enemies down. Even if the plot is kind of unrealistic, it was written in such a way to make it believable.

There was an intriguing cliffhanger ending to this story and I can tell big things are going to happen over the rest of this series. This story was quiet dramatic, and it’s just the beginning. The were also some hints of paranormal elements in this novel and I’m curious as to how that’s going to pan out.

I had high expectations for this story but I didn’t like it quiet as much as I hoped. It took a while for the story to get started. However, the plot did thicken as the story progressed and I really enjoyed the revenge aspect of the story. The plot definitely reminded me of the film John Tucker Must Die and if you have watched and enjoyed that, then you’ll enjoy this story.


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