Sunday, 25 August 2013

Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn #2) by Jenny Han

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss.
Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
When sweet revenge turns sour… Book two of a 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 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...

Fire with Fire by Jenny Han

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Burn For Burn’ series, and kicks off a few hours after the end of book 1 ‘Burn for Burn’.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Burn for Burn’.**
Following the events of the dance, Reeve has ended up in hospital with a broken leg, and the girls are feeling a little guilty over what happened.
Mary doesn’t want this to interfere with their plan for revenge though, and once again the intended victim is Reeve.
Can the girl’s use Reeve’s feelings for Lilia against him? What is this strange paranormal ability that Mary seems to have? And will Reeve ever feel sorry for what he did to Mary?

This was an interesting second book, but it seemed quite long.

Lilia, Kat, and Mary continued in this book the way they did in the first – planning ways to pay back the people who had wronged them. The major plan this time though was back to ‘John Tucker Must Die’ territory – get Reeve to fall in love with Lilia and then break his heart. I wasn’t sure that this was a very good idea though, I would not have wanted to bet on Lilia being able to start a relationship with Reeve without her own feelings getting involved.

The last book ended with a strange paranormal occurrence, and there didn’t seem to have been much made of this in this second book, until right at the end. I did guess what was going on slightly earlier than Mary did, because the clues we got pointed directly to what was going on, and I did think that this paranormal element was handled pretty well all things considered. We were then left with another cliff-hanger at the end of this book which was unfortunate.

I did think that this book was long. At over 500 pages, it was a really long book for the amount of stuff that actually happened, and I think a different author could probably have written this much more succinctly. It did seem to drag a bit in places, and I felt like we weren’t getting where we were going fast enough, but I think part of that may be down to second book syndrome.
There were a few surprises at the end, including an unexpected death, and I do want to read the third book in the series to find out what happens, although I do worry about how long the final book will be.
Overall; an interesting second book, but felt a bit long.
7 out of 10


  1. Burn for burn -- that alone makes it not the book (series for me). I'm into revenge, or thinking I have the right to punish someone not matter what they did. :-(

  2. I've been hearing great things about this series, hope I can read it one day. Plus, love the cover! :)

  3. I don't mind a book that's long unless it could have been shorter and just as good.