Review: Fire With Fire (Burn for Burn #2) by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

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Rating: 4.5 / 5
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Expected Publication: September 3, 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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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…

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An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. This did not alter or influence my thoughts in any way.

Disclaimer: If you haven’t read Book 1, be cautious as this review may have some spoilers.

Now that that’s done with…

GOOD LORD SWEET BABY JESUS. THIS BOOK WAS SIZZLING, I TELL YOU! SIZZLING GOOD!

Honestly, I’m not coherent right now. My feelings are all over the place and I don’t think I’ll be able to keep myself from gushing how madafracking awesome this book was and how it made me all cray cray. I’m still going back to certain chapters just to read and experience the heart-pounding and heart-melting scenes again, so full of held-back emotions that are just threatening to overflow. Hell, I’m actually reading those chapters right now and I’m feeling butterflies in my stomach. GUUH. If you thought Burn for Burn was good, dude, you’re in for a mad ride with book 2 ’cause this instalment was insanely better.

I don’t know if y’all are aware of it, but I hate bad boys. I get grouchy like a cat whenever I encounter a handsome but bad/rebellious/arrogant guy in YA fiction and the heroine falls for him. I would always scratch my head and wonder what the hell could she be thinking? But this book… this book made me fall for bad boy, arrogant and cocky jock Reeve… isn’t that just weird and astounding?! I hated him in Book 1, hated what he did to Mary and all the sneers and jeers he gave to everyone… I was so happy when he got what he deserved at the end of Burn for Burn because… well… he’s a dick. Period. No question about it. But here? Oh my, ooh lala! My heart softened and melted like delicious peanut butter. NO JOKE.

So how did I transform from a Reeve hater to a Reeve fangirl? Let me tell you. Fire with Fire starts where Burn for Burn finished. Everything has pretty much ended for Reeve, but he’s determined to get back to the sport he loves so much. Rennie starts hatin’ on Lillia, and Lillia is clueless why the former has given her the cold shoulder — to the point of ignoring her mere existence. Kat can’t wait to get out of Jar Island but is still conflicted with her feelings for Alex, and Mary still feels what they did to Reeve just wasn’t enough. Then we find out Reeve has feelings for Lillia, and the trio has decided to give him the best punishment yet… make him fall in love with Lillia more and then crush his heart after.

To tell you the truth, I wasn’t exactly happy with this premise. I didn’t think it was as strong as the first one. And really, 518 pages on that alone?! I was wary, definitely. But damn… I need to be more trustful because this book fricking hit the nail on the head! The journey was fantastic! I learned to love Reeve — all his flaws and his strong points — and even rooted for him and Lillia even though I was originally pinning her with Alex. Sure he’s a dick, he’s an arrogant prick, he’s a jock whose life ended after that one night… but (god, kill me now, I can’t believe I’m actually saying this) that’s all a façade. He’s a good guy inside, full of dreams and hopes, and he’s kind. He’s kind to Rennie, and his somewhat bad boy/conceited asshole behaviour his way of affection towards his guy friends. And while he and Lillia was developing, I just couldn’t help but feel for him and see him in a new light. Sure, at first it was fake to Lillia, but it eventually started to become real for her, too… and our knowledge of that just made their relationship so heartrending.

I was pretty much like this all that time:

SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS!


Yeah… that’s pretty much it… hahaha.

I know, I’m only gushing about the romance. It was the highlight of the book and I think it was really written well. It made me just see the people I didn’t like in a different light. But I guess the narration helped in making me feel this strongly, as the book was easy to read with very likeable voices. It’s told in three POVs, three different girls, three different personalities, and they all stand out on their own. The book was very hard to put down, and I looked forward to every POV change, to see and witness the story unfold from a different pair of eyes… needless to say, it gave me quite a broader understanding of the situation.

And that ending… OMG, that ending. I think I’ve spoiled enough (I CAN’T HELP IT, OK?? I LOVED THE ROMANCE!! CAN I HAVE MY OWN REEVE PLEASE?! I’M ASIAN, TOO! >.<) so I won’t say it, but goddamn that ending. I can’t wait to see what else Han and Vivian have in store for us. Book 3 will be explosive, I tell you.

Do I recommend this? HELL YES. If you haven’t read Book 1, get it now, and when September 3 comes, get this, too. Contemporary high school revenge/romance stories just can’t get any better than this! <3

Final Verdict: 4.5 stars!

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Faye

A 21 years old Filipina who loves books, games, languages, and most especially, food. Secretly wishes to be an astronaut so she can explore the stars. Has a love-hate relationship with Philippine politics. To get in her good graces, offer her Foie Gras, Or shrimp. Or a JRPG. A YA sci-fi book works, too. You can follow her on twitter here: @kawaiileena

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  1. Patricia says

    Haha you’re so funny when you become, as you say, incoherent like this. You definitely sold me in this series, though! I think I saw book 1 in a bookstore so I’ll go and get it when I visit it. Thanks for the review!

  2. says

    I had to skim this review very briefly as I haven’t read Burn for Burn (which I just reserved at the library) But I’m glad to see that the romance and characters were enjoyable!

    Fantastic review, chick! <33

    • FayeFaye says

      Yikes! Yeah, good call there. I don’t want to ruin your experience for you. This is an awesome read if you want a twist in the usual high school revenge drama. Haha. Thanks for stopping by!

    • FayeFaye says

      Oh, yes. I was mad for a while about one of the three girls blaming herself, but I think it was kind of justified because she was a bit naïve and sheltered. The other girls put some into her and convinced her it was rape and that she should call for help, and it was never her fault, so props to that :D

  3. Becky Gardner says

    I have not read a really hot sizzling book in a while and this one sounds perfect to take my attention away form everything else.

    • FayeFaye says

      Awesome! You should read Burn for Burn first as it’s the first book in the series. Not as sizzling hot as Fire with Fire, but it has its own story that’s equally compelling :D

  4. Jaime Lester says

    Well, it sure seems to me that this series just got even better! I haven’t read Burn for Burn yet, but it sits on my shelf just waiting for me to hurry up and get to it. And it seems I need to do so quickly, so that I can get to this second book and go cray cray for it!

    • FayeFaye says

      You haven’t read Burn for Burn yet?! What are you doing, man? Go get it and read it now! You don’t know what you’re missing :D