Review: ‘Fire with Fire’ by Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian

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Review: ‘Fire with Fire’ by Jenny Han, Siobhan VivianFire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Series: Burn for Burn #2
Published by Simon and Schuster on August 13th, 2013
Genres: Friendship
Pages: 544
Format: Paperback
Source: publisher unsolicited
Secrets prove deadly in Book Two of the Burn for Burn trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

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 was ever a pact.

But there is something seriously wrong with sweet, little Mary. If she can’t control her anger, she’s sure someone will get hurt. Mary understands now that it’s not just that Reeve bullied her—it’s that he made her love him.

It seems once a fire is lit, the only thing you can do is let it burn…

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We’re back with Mary, Lillia and Kat. Three very distinct teenage girls who are reaping the consequences of their planned embarrassment of both Reeve and Rennie. Not too much detail on plot because it could be a spoiler if you haven’t read Burn for Burn yet.

These are the girls that I necessarily didn’t like in high school. The ones that played games, and back stabbed you in the back. Sure they’re doing it for the greater good but it’s not right. You would never do the things these characters did in real life. That is why I ultimately liked this one as well. You’re dropped into the character’s lives at a moment’s notice and it’s easy to see how each of their lives affect the decisions they make.

Oh l love the growth of Lillia’s character. She grows from a princess to an astute young women. She made a mistake and she realizes it. Her princess endearments of Mommy and Daddy made me cringe but I learned to ignore it. It is part of her character after all. We also find out what really happens with Lillia and Rennie, and it’s not pretty.

I also had to say that the Asian habits found in this book is incredibly true. You respect your parents no matter what. Just like Lillia you must shut your mouth and remember to swallow your pride and never ever talk back. The shoe thing is also so true which is so great because it’s truly relatable. There’s also the sense that Lillia felt of sometimes being an outsider just because of the colour of her skin. I’m so glad there’s the voices of Jenny and Siobhan for teenagers everywhere.

This is like watching a train wreck.. You know it’s coming, and you can’t take your eyes off it. There’s also little hints here and there dropped meticulously about Mary.. It fueled my curiosity so much. And that ending..I didn’t see it coming and I was plenty surprised.

Fire with Fire is just like Mean Girls the movie. Only better, it’s a book..sure it can be cliche with it’s high school cliques, backstabbing friends and revenge, but the book has heart. They go about the wrong way to fixing their problems, and you can see their struggles when they realize they crossed a line. Ultimately it’s also a book about friendship and how far you’ll go to protect them.

I just loved this one. Expect a contemporary read with a paranormal twist! Read it and you won’t be disappointed!

reading progress



It’s all about attitude. You act like you’re the shit and guys are so dumb they’ll totally believe it. (178)
I hated how hard they were trying to fix this for me. It couldn’t be fixed. Not by them. And I hated seeing them hurt. I wanted to shield them from the hurt. I could take it. But I didn’t want them to suffer. (292)
It’s like my life is a broken record, and even though I can see it coming, I can’t seem to jump the scratch. (293)
It’s a reminder that nice things do happen to good people, every so often. (313)
I’m so mad at myself for falling for it when I know better. (329)
All the lies you’ve told about me. The teadung, the bullying. I never deserved that. I was your friend. (368)
The thing I remember about it was how it made me feel when she assumed the only reason he would remember me was my Asianess. Like there was nothing else special or worth remembering about me. (386)
I’ve preyed upon his deepest gear and used it against him, and I think that’s maybe the biggest betrayal yet. (406)
I hated when people did that, assumed that because I was Asian, I didn’t know English. It drove me crazy.




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