Book Review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

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Info: 356 pages, hardcover, Contemporary YA/Magical Realism, published September 18th, 2012

Synopsis: Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes—and three girls secretly plotting revenge.

KAT is sick and tired of being bullied by her former best friend.

LILLIA has always looked out for her little sister, so when she discovers that one of her guy friends has been secretly hooking up with her, she’s going to put a stop to it.

MARY is perpetually haunted by a traumatic event from years past, and the boy who’s responsible has yet to get what’s coming to him.

None of the girls can act on their revenge fantasies alone without being suspected. But together…anything is possible.

With an alliance in place, there will be no more “I wish I’d said…” or “If I could go back and do things differently…” These girls will show Jar Island that revenge is a dish best enjoyed together.

Why I Picked This Book: I love Jenny Han, and this synopsis sounds like Pretty Little Liars meets Dawson’s Creek. Ye please!

First Impressions: What a pretty cover. I’d keep this just for the cover.

What I Liked: The characters were so distinct, so voiced. I never had to flip to the start of the chapter to see which girl was speaking. I love books like this, the teenage girls deal with intrigue and mysteries and revenge.

What I Didn’t Like: I didn’t realize that there was a Carrie element to the story? I expected just regular old contemporary, but I probably should have done more research. I’ll finish the series though. It’s not really a deal breaker.

Rating and Recommendations: If you like Pretty Little Liars and need something to read after that series, this is the series for you!

3. Really Enjoyed It

Final Thoughts: I would like to see it done without the telekinesis, but I’m not so turned off by it that I’ll stop reading the books. Just took me off guard, which would have been prevented by me doing any kind of research.

Sound off in the comments: What did you think of this book? Did you like the magic aspect? Are you going to finish the series?

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

  1. I felt exactly the same way about this book–the magical element totally threw me. I read this book a while ago and bought the next book, but I’ve never read it. I haven’t gotten rid of it though, because I feel like I might be in the mood for it one day.

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