Fire with Fire by Siobhan Vivian & Jenny Han
Book 2 of the Burn for Burn series. (Magan’s review of Burn for Burn)
Publication Date: 8/13/2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Target audience: Young adult
Keywords: revenge, friendship, secrets, paranormal
Format read: Paperback ARC from Simon Blogger Party. (Thanks!)
Summary: After their revenge plot spirals out of control, Lillia, Kat, and Mary must tip toe around the aftermath in hopes of not getting found out. But even the night at homecoming doesn’t change the people who need an attitude adjustment, and this time the girls decide to make everything a bit more personal.
Truth be told, I felt a bit lukewarm about Burn for Burn. Sure, I gobbled it up but after that cliffhanger, I wasn’t sure if I would want to pick up Fire with Fire. But I heard from some trusted sources that the second book was so much better than the first so I gave in.
And you know what? I am so glad I gave it a shot. I was really impressed with Fire for Fire. Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian did a great job of giving so much more dimension to the main three characters and what I liked most of all is that the second batch of revenge seemed to include more feelings. Not that Lillia pretending to like Reeve is better or worse than drugging someone’s drink but I just understood it better? If that makes sense.
The connection between Lillia, Kat, and Mary also felt more real this time around. I found myself yearning for them to have time together or even to just come out of the friendship closet already and admit they were friends. It was really nice to watch them lean on each other, and push “revenge” aside to just have fun with each other.
One thing that tends to bother me about young adult fiction is when the bad guy is just a bad guy. There is no gray there. But Han and Vivian had me actually feeling for Rennie and Reeve at certain parts, much to my own chagrin. It would be so much easier just to hate them and send them evil stares! But I couldn’t, and this development made Fire with Fire that much more intense for me, and real. (I have also NEVER been so conflicted over what love connections I wanted to see unfold. Chapter after chapter, I kept changing my mind.)
In Burn for Burn, it was never too clear what the paranormal spurts were all about. This element of the book was folded in a lot more subtly this time around even though there is a total air of mystery clinging to it. I cannot wait to see how Vivian and Han explain all of this in book 3. It is going to be epic.
And one last thing? If I wanted someone in my corner, to fight for me, nothing held back, that person would undeniably be Kat. She was so fiery and passionate in this book, and I felt fiercely attached to her and also inspired to be that kind of a friend. (Though Lillia matches her with loyalty points.)
The wait for book 3 is going to be killer…