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Estelle: Fire with Fire by S. Vivian & J. Han

Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan VivianFire 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
Pages: 528
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.)

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May 12, 2014 - 9:00 am

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September 18, 2013 - 2:48 am

Alexa Y. - It’s awesome to hear that you really liked Fire with Fire too! I’ve been regretting leaving my ARC back in the US, particularly as your review and Rachel’s have me curious as to what’s happening with the three girls. It seems to me like things get a lot clearer in this book, and that there’s definitely a lot for me to look forward to!

September 2, 2013 - 12:09 pm

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September 2, 2013 - 11:54 am

Kate - I loved this one but the ending killed me! I am so confused now about everything! Book 3 is definitely going to be a long wait.

September 1, 2013 - 7:27 am

April Books & Wine - I really liked Burn For Burn, but I waited so long to read it, like long past the hype which helps a lot. I’m pumped up to hear that Fire With Fire is way better, because yay revenge! Yay character development! Also! I loved Kat the most so I am glad to hear she gets way more awesome in this book!

August 31, 2013 - 11:31 am

Bookworm1858 - I saw this book but hadn’t given its first one a shot yet. I really like Vivian’s writing (not familiar with Han’s) so I was hopeful that this series as a whole would be good and I’m glad to hear that the second really improves and there is room for even more growth in the third.

August 30, 2013 - 3:43 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Nice review – I still haven’t gotten to Burn for Burn, and I’m not really sure why, since I love Jenny Han, I’ve always wanted to read Siobhan Vivian’s work, AND I met them during their tour last year and it was awesome. I think maybe because I heard that the paranormal stuff seemed like it came out of nowhere, and I hate that. But your review has convinced me that I need to get on this train…but this might be a binge series, because I HATE waiting. Thanks!

August 30, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Jessie @ Jessie Marie Reads - So I had a real problem with Burn for Burn. I was really peeved at the end of that book, and then the cliffhanger just sent me over the edge and I swore I wasn’t continuing on with this series. But after reading this review… I’m more inclined to give it a shot. I wish the paranormal element was left out altogether, but if it’s important enough to the story then I’m glad to hear Vivian and Han better handled it this time around. Lovely review. *adds it to my TBR*

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