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.


  1. i posted my review of this today too and we pretty much thought the SAME THING. i love lillia and i love the way you described her!! also gj on describing kat, i wasn't sure how to haha. love your review. :)

  2. I can't wait to read this book, after hearing all about what happens between Reeve and Lillia, and now I can't wait to become addicted and see what the surprise ending is. i love being left breathless. Splendid review Sophia! Lillia is my favorite, she's so real, sweet and confident.

    This book was epic like epicall epic. I was not expecting it to go the way it did but then it did and i was like going all WTF?
    Kat was the rock of the story but i consider her my favourite character so all throughout the book I really wanted to see more of her. Hopefully in book three she gets her moment and her subplot becomes bigger.
    WHOA Reeve definetly did a 180 on me, i ended up really liking him too, which I was not expecting.
    And don’t even get me started on Mary. If i start i’ll never stop and I can’t spoil the CRAZY ending for others.
    Love your review
    Lily @ Lilysbookblog

  4. Wow, I've no idea that the series is getting even more addictive! I wonder if I could relate to Kat like you did. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  5. I remember reading your review for Burn for Burn, Sophia, and you mentioning the potato chips. *applauds self for such wonderful memory*

    But, ahem, anyways, I'm so glad to hear this series gets better!! I was debating whether or not to pick this one up, but after reading your review for this one, I think I will. I love how the characters really develop, and that the voices are still very distinct. They also seem very relatable, which is great, since I recall having a few issues with Mary about that. Even with the slight predictability, I'm pretty excited for this one! :D Especially with that mysterious ending that you're talking about.

    Lovely review, girl! <3

  6. It's funny, I'm not at all interested in this series. BUT I know a lot of people are addicted to it and I'm glad to see that the second lived up to your expectations. It is always wonderful to find a book that has everything you want in it. Great review!

  7. I love it when I go WTF at the end of books! I quite enjoyed Burn for Burn when I read it last summer. Lillia is my favorite character too, and I have to agree, Mary is the strange one. I'm so happy to see that this series is getting even better! Lovely review, Sophia!

  8. Yay! I haven't read Burn for Burn but I love when a second book outshines the first, it just makes me crave the rest of the series so much more because I'm hopeful they'll all continue to improve upon the one before it. So glad you enjoyed this one Sophia, I really need to give these books a try!

  9. Wow! I'm completely having second thoughts about this now. Although I liked Burn for Burn well enough, like you said, it wasn't wholly satisfying. I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue with the series, but I'm definitely thinking about it now, especially as the few reviews that I've read so far all seem to agree that this is better than the first. I'm so glad it worked for you, Sophia. Brilliant review! :)

  10. Ooh, I love it when the sequels improve immensely from the first book! It's always such a thrilling feeling because, like you say, it makes you really want to read the third book more than ever! I haven't actually read the first book in this series, but I love how addicting it sounds. If the third is as good or better than this one, then I will definitely have to check it out sometime!! Thanks for the review - really well done!

  11. I'm so glad that you enjoyed this too Sophia, I agree it was so much more better than Burn for Burn, the characters left such a big impression with me too, I adored Reeve and Lilia too. I can't wait to see how things will go in the next book, I need it right away. Fab review! :)

  12. I loved loved loved Fire with Fire, and I'm surprised because I didn't love Book 1 very much. Impressive is a great word. That's exactly how I felt when I was finished.


  13. I still haven't read any books by either of the authors and haven't started this series yet because of the mixed reviews I saw for the first book. But, it's good to know that the sequel is much better and has an unpredictable ending. I'm curious to see what you think of book 3; if you like it just as much, Sophia, I may have to give this series a try.

  14. Sounds like a great book. I'm not sure why but I haven't read this series. You're making me think I should start it. Thanks for the great review.

    Ann@Blogging E-books

  15. Glad you enjoyed this, I cannot wait to find out what happens next !

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