You Read What? Book Review: Fire With Fire

Author: Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han

Publisher:  Simon & Schuster

  • Imprint:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Date Published: August 13th 2013

Format: ARC (Advance Reader’s Copy).

Source: From the publisher for an honest review


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…

Number of Days It Took to Read: 1



I love the covers to the series. Burn for Burn looked awesome in hardcover and it’s sequel looks just as good. I find that it’s mostly the color scheme that makes it really pop.

The Writing Score: 3.5 out of 5

Recommendation: Great Read

Memorable or Forgettable: Memorable

Rating:  4 out of 5



I read Burn for Burn within a day or so and I’ve done the same with Fire With Fire. Despite the slow start and seeing part of the ending way ahead of reading it, it was still an addictive read that mixes aching suspense with teens who still haven’t learned that their hunger for revenge can lead to dire consequences. The characters are far more complex than you would think. I keep thinking I know who the bad guys are but people are far more complicated than they appear. I’ve said it before that having a story told in multiple POVs, especially in first person, is tricky because you can have characters that are more interesting than others. In this case, I wasn’t a fan of Mary’s POV but it did offer important information for readers later on and it didn’t hamper my reading experiences or slow down momentum.

I wish I could go into detail of all the moments that got me frustrated, angry and upset at and with the characters but this is a book where the less you know going into it, the better off you are.

This was one of the top 5 books I really wanted to nab at BookExpo America this past May and it really delivered.

A. A. Omer

The opinions expressed here are mine and readers are welcome to disagree. In fact, I encourage it! I never believed in putting particular books or authors on some sort of universal pedestal but you’re free to put it on your individualized pedestal because I most certainly will.

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