Burn For Burn By Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Contemporary, realistic fiction
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Pages: 368 (hard cover)
Lillia has never had any problems dealing with boys who like her. Not until this summer, when one went too far. No way will she let the same thing happen to her little sister.
Kat is tired of the rumours, the insults, the cruel jokes. It all goes back to one person– her ex-best friend– and she’s ready to make her pay.Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she’s not the same girl anymore. And she’s ready to prove it to him.
Three very different girls who want the same thing: sweet, sweet revenge. And they won’t stop until they each had a taste.
Burn For Burn is not a great start to this series, but I don’t dislike this book either. Told from the perspectives of Lillia, Kat, and Mary. Even though the idea for this isn’t very unique, it’s really interesting and fun to read about the pranks the girls pull on people. Most of the characters are stiff and sort of hard to relate to while others are okay, better in some ways than others. My favourite character is Alex because he gets pretty embarrassed throughout the book by a lot of the other characters but still tries to see the good in people.
I find all of the main characters annoying either from one point to another or all of the time. Mary is the worst because she’s constantly whining and complaining about how her life hasn’t changed, Reeve doesn’t notice her, and that she isn’t pulling her weight with the pranks. The way Marie is at the end of the book is…Odd. I can’t put a finger on why, but the ending is kind of rushed and choppy to me. Another thing that I don’t like is the quick fix relationship between Kat and Lillia because it doesn’t seem like something two realistic teens would do. They go from complete (for the most part) strangers to best friends again, who tell each other everything. Maybe for second graders this is realistic, but not for teenage girls.
Burn For Burn has some good qualities about it as well, like the writing style. It’s smooth with great detail about the island and just enough flashbacks to keep it interesting. The chapters are really short, it’s easy to read 100 pages without realizing it because the transitioning from each character is so smooth. There are different perspectives in the story which always keeps a book interesting and fun to read about. For covers, this one is so beautiful. It’s very sophisticated and secretive and I cannot stop looking at it.
Overall, not a bad read. It’s light enough to finish in a day or two but heavy enough to linger in your mind for a few days.
3.5 Dreamy Clouds
Review: Speechless by Hannah Harrington from Book’d Out
Review: What Happens Next By Colleen Clayton from Justin’s Book Blog
Review: From What I Can Remember by Stacy Kramer from Early Nerd Special
Review: Lucid By Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass from Birth Of A New Witch
Review: Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara from 365 Days Of Reading
Red Glove (Curse Workers#2) By Holly Black
4.9/5-Almost there, Holly Black. Almost there. Cassel Sharpe and Lila Zacharov’s relationship is amazing because once you think you know whether they’re going to be together or never speak to each other again, Holly Black pulls out yet another trick from her sleeve and you’re left in the dark. I’m starting to really like her.
Cassel Sharpe thought he was normal until he found out that his older brother manipulated him into doing their dirty work for them. Now, he’s fully aware that he’s a transformation worker-the rarest kind of curse worker out there. Everyone wants him to be on their side, but who can he trust? Lila has been forced to love him because of his mother and he can’t stand to be near here because he doesn’t know how she truly feels about him. When Cassel’s older brother, Phillip is murdered, he has to work with the feds. All he knows is that the killer was wearing red gloves. Can Cassel work with the people he trusts the least, keep the mob happy, and figure out where him and Lila stand?
I love this. I loved the plot and the killer, the way he figures everything out. Of course, if you’re reading this review then you already know just how much I love Cassel Sharpe. Because I love him a lot. The plot for this book is surrounded mostly on the relationship between the death of his older brother. The characters’ in this boom (new and old) and amazing and funny with surprises of their own. The ending was great because even though it seemed like it was slowing down, it really wasn’t. I also liked the ending because it kept me on my toes about what will happen in the next book between Cassel and his loved ones.
Even though this book was amazing the agents that had to work with Cassel felt a bit like they were rushed and I’m still wondering a bit about them. It was a bit tricky for me to remember who was who since they seemed very similar.
Like I’ve said before, I loved the relationship between Cassel and Lila because it’s not like any other romance. Their romance is complicated and a constant roller coaster because they don’t know where they stand with each other. The cons and pranks that they pull off kept me laughing throughout this book. Holly Black really does know how to make things funny as hell. I also loved that I was hooked to this book from the first page It was fast paced, full of cons and romance and a dash of humour.
If you haven’t read, White Cat By Holly Black then you shouldn’t read this book. If you have, then read this book. I love this series because of the humour but also because its original and fast. I recommend this series to anyone who loves to laugh and are looking for a new character to fall in love with. The next book in this series is Black Heart which is out now!