Authors: Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Series: Burn for Burn, #1
Release Date: September 18th, 2012
Pages: 368 (Hardcover)
BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY... THEY GET EVEN. Lillia has never had any problems dealing with boys who like her. Not until this summer, when one went too far. No way will she let the same thing happen to her little sister. Kat is tired of the rumors, the insults, the cruel jokes. It all goes back to one person– her ex-best friend– and she's ready to make her pay. Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she's not the same girl anymore. And she's ready to prove it to him. Three very different girls who want the same thing: sweet, sweet revenge. And they won't stop until they each had a taste.
Cover Impressions: Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. At first I thought it was a little too contemporary, since I'd thought this was going to be a paranormal series. But after reading the book, I understand why.
Thoughts: Actual rating is 4.5 stars.
I cannot even tell you how excited I was to read this book. The beautiful cover and the badass blurb was way too hard to resist. I can safely say that this book didn't disappoint me at all. I ended up reading it so fast because it just pulled me in that much. But I have to take away half a star due to a tiny little detail that I'll explain later in this review.
So the book is told from the POVs of Mary, Lillia and Kat. Mary is a girl who had left Jar Island because of a boy, who tormented her and hurt her badly, but now she's coming back to prove to him that she isn't the same girl anymore. Lillia is beautiful and popular, but this summer a boy went way too far, and she'll do whatever it takes to protect her little sister Nadia and not let the same thing happen to her. Kat is sick and tired of all the ridicule she's been getting in her school, and the only one to blame for it all is her ex-best friend Rennie, the school's most popular girl, and Kat is ready to make her pay. Three very different girls who unite from wanting the same thing: revenge.
I loved all three of the girls. I thought their voices were very distinct, and they never meshed together. Mary was a little meh during the first few chapters, but I grew to like her more eventually. Lillia was also a very likable character, and I actually liked her overprotective-ness over her little sister. Kat was awesome and badass, and she was I guess the glue that kept the three girls together. The mastermind, if you will.
There wasn't really a romance in this book. Kat had this thing going on with one of the guys in the book, but it was pretty complicated. And it also seemed like that same guy wanted to be with Lillia. As far as Mary goes, she had feelings for the guy who tormented her, despite everything he did. I felt bad for her, and I kind of want her to get a love interest of her own so she doesn't seem so sad all the time. But the romance was the last thing I cared about or paid attention to when reading the book.
Okay, I need to address the whole supernatural thing. It was extremely subtle. Like, it was barely even there until near the end, when everything pretty much blows out of proportion. And it also seemed to be tied to just one girl in particular, not all three of them. It really confused me. If I used percentages, I would say this book is 98% contemporary and 2% supernatural. I do hope it gets addressed more in the sequel, though, cause I really am confused.
The ending, as I just mentioned, was insane. Everything just explodes, and it ended so abruptly. It was a very massive cliffhanger indeed, and I've no doubt it'll make the wait for book two extremely painful.
Overall this was a very very good book. I pretty much liked everything about it. I had to take away half due to the confusing and slightly too subtle supernatural aspect, but I'm definitely excited to see where this series will go in the future.