Monday, August 12, 2013

Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Publication Date: August 13, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format: ARC
Page Count: 528
Synopsis: 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...
Review: I read Burn for Burn last year and enjoyed it. I think I recall comparing it to potato chips: addicting, but not all that satisfying. It was an entertaining read, but only that. Fire with Fire was a lot different. If the series continues improving like this, I cannot wait for the next book.

   There's something incredibly spellbinding about Fire with Fire. There is never a single dull moment. I am in awe of how Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian created a story that captures your attention and doesn't let go. The pages fly by so quickly, despite the rather large page count. Fire with Fire is 528 pages long, but I wouldn't be surprised if most readers read it in one sitting. It's addicting.

   Lillia, Kat, and Mary are still our protagonists. They're a trio of unlikely friends with common goals of revenge. But after their plan went wrong, they were unsure of themselves. The chapters alternate in the three girls' perspectives, although I didn't really see a pattern. Each girl sounds distinct from each other, but they're all relatable and likable.

   My favorite character was Lillia. She's a bit of a princess--she lives a privileged life, but she doesn't usually act that way. Sure, she likes to indulge in luxuries, but that doesn't make her egotistical nor does she dangle her wealth over people's heads. Kat is gritter. Her family barely gets by, she associates with some sketchy people, but she's still really likable. She's incredibly loyal and although she's temperamental, to me, it made her even more likable. Plus, she was definitely the comedic relief of the three girls. And finally, there's Mary. She's a strange one--the one that labels this novel as paranormal. She's a really vulnerable character, although she has immense power. I cannot wait to see which direction her character goes in.

   Most of the characters are really nicely developed, especially Rennie and Reeve. I was extremely surprised at the conflicting feelings I felt for Reeve. Also, Rennie always surprised me. She's a bit of a typical mean girl with some stellar twists.

   The predictability of Fire with Fire is tricky. Some plot points were very obvious, and while I was reading, I thought I knew what was going to happen. Lillia's feelings were predictable, as was Rennie's New Year's "surprise." Near the end, I already assumed I knew what was going to happen. But then, I didn't. The ending was one of the craziest and biggest "WTF" moments I've ever experienced while reading (and not at all in a bad way!). After reading the last couple of pages, I was left so confused and breathless--and it was amazing.

   I'm extremely impressed with Fire with Fire, honestly. With well-rounded characters and an ending that will leave you begging for the next installment, Fire with Fire blows its precedent out of the water. There's drama, romance, humor, and of course, revenge. I'm so excited for the rest of this series!

   4.5 keys.

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