Book Review: Fire With Fire (Burn For Burn#2) by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

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Fire With Fire (Burn For Burn#2) by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: August 13, 2013

Pages: 528 (Hardcover)

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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.

First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Simon and Schuster/Simon Pulse for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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An eye for an eye. A leg for a leg. A life for a life. Fire With Fire is a novel that I’ve been looking forward to since I found out the title. Even though I didn’t love the first one, Burn For BurnI actually expected to love this one and all of its petty high school drama and bullshit. But I didn’t love this novel, not really. I think I was expecting too much from it, hoping that it would give more information about the popular crowd (mostly Alex) and Mary since I was left wanting to know more about what she really is. The beginning of the story is slow, everything is drawn out especially Mary and her parts. I felt like the authors rushed her parts and only gave me as little as possible information on her.

Fire With Fire has quite a few flaws in it.  The story could have been a lot shorter instead of being dragged out as much as it is. And I hate to say this and it could just be me and my ADD kicking in but I didn’t care about Kat at all. Kat used to be my favourite character, especially during the first book because of her tough attitude and killer confidence, she did whatever she wanted to. But in this one, her nasty attitude seems to falter and her problems albeit important and real to just about every teenager, seem boring and I found myself skimming her chapters to read about Lillia. Han and Vivian try too hard this time around to give Kat a badass appearance that it all feels fake and stiff especially the way Kat spoke. Mary and her problem with Reeve is what really pushes the book forward, but just like with Kat, I had a hard time focusing on Mary and her life because it’s very dull and other than stalking people and doing…things, I couldn’t bring myself to care when something exciting happens to her. That is until the last chapter! It’s so creepy and exciting!

I’m actually shocked that I fell in love with Lillia in this book. Over the span of a few months, she’s changed and shed her innocent skin and became the person I was hoping she would become–a manipulator. I love it. Her character is a lot more developed and realistic not only proving that she has a good side but a bad one too that knows how to get whatever she wants. I also like for the most part, the writing style because it’s fun and very teenage-like. Even thought the relationship between the girls feels a bit stiff, I like it a lot. The way they interact with each other makes it relatable for other people to think about their own friendships and also, it’s sweet.

Something is just off about Fire With Fire.  It lacks the pranks and fun the other book had and two of the characters take the back seat for the better half of the novel. Nonetheless I liked it, there are many parts (mostly Lillia involved) are exciting and evil. The plan to get Reeve to experience what a broken heart feels like is brilliant and dark that also leads to something darker and life changing for just about everyone on the island.  I recommend this to anyone who has read the first one or anyone who likes Pretty Little Liars and enjoys teenage dramas that a little too sinister to be just fun pranks.

3 Clouds
3 Clouds

 

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Book Review: Intertwined (Intertwined#1) by Gena Showalter

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Publisher: Harlequin

Genre: Fantasy and young adult

Release Date: September 1, 2009

Pages: 440 (Ebook)

Intertwined (Intertwined #1)

Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:

One can time travel.
One can raise the dead.
One can possess another human.
One can tell the future.

Everyone thinks he’s crazy, which is why he’s spent his entire life shuffled between mental institutions and juvie. All of that is about to change, however. For months Aden has been having visions of a beautiful girl—a girl who carries centuries-old secrets. A girl who will either save him or destroy him.

Together they’ll enter a dark world of intrigue and danger… but not everyone will come out alive.

(My Opinion)

Although the beginning is all over the place, the characters are stiff, and there isn’t anything intense about it, as I kept reading, I started to really enjoy it, I love the relationship between Aden and the souls, the way everyone reluctantly gets along. And it’s really funny.  The story is told in third person with alternating perspectives between Aden and Anne-Marie and their lives surrounding each other.

At the beginning of the story, everything is everywhere. Nothing seems to be organized and the characters are very stiffed with forced connections. With this being said, it’s obvious that some of the characters are very boring, not only in the beginning of the story, but throughout the book as well. I found Victoria and her life extremely boring and uncreative. Everything about her is very…mediocre in the sense of vampires and how the react to humans in YA books nowadays. I also don’t like the relationships at first. The way Anne-Marie and Riley react to each other is odd, their relationship moves too slow for me to really connect to them (at first) and the relationship between Aden and Victoria moves far too fast, going from dreaming about each other to falling in love. Also known as ‘Insta-love’.

The second half of the book is a lot better than the first, I have to say.  Most of the problems with the disorganized things sort themselves out and the relationship between Anne-Marie and Riley finally speeds up. During this half, it was hard for me to not fall in love with Riley and his snappy ways. Although there are many problems with the book, the writing really drew me in and kept me interested even though it is told in third person. Aden’s abilities to help others cross-over and leave Earth is so touching, it brings out a more exciting and sensitive side of Aden and helped me like him even more as a character. Especially the situation between John and Chloe and how sad they are to be apart *cries* so touching. Riley is my favourite character though. He’s such a bad-ass with his intense stares and feels the need to punch anyone who hurts his friends. Plus, he takes off his clothes to turn into a werewolf *swoons* (call me shallow, but I just couldn’t help but enjoy reading about him.)

Intertwined does take some patience. If you’re one of those readers who are looking for well-organized books with strong characters who take charge of everything within a few chapters, you won’t find it here. BUT If you are patient, I’m sure you will love their wacky, out of control personalities and enjoy this book as much as I do. I recommend this for anyone who likes demon-killers and everything in that genre (including Necromancers) with a bit of vampire and werewolves dashed in, here and there.

Four Dreamy Clouds
Four Dreamy Clouds

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