Fire with Fire – Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Synopsis

When sweet revenge turns sour… Book two of a trilogy fromNew 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…

Review

I just wanted to note: this title was really aptly named.

If I hadn’t spoiled myself by reading reviews before, this book would’ve completely blindsided me. It was kind of nice to see all the foreshadowing and groundwork laid out throughout though. Throughout the first book, I NEVER would’ve expected it to take the turn that it did. This book gets a lot… darker than the first, yet the “scheme” was a lot sweeter than the previous one.

I found myself feeling sorry for a lot of characters. I felt sorry for Alex, because he was such a great guy and I bet he and Lillia could’ve been something special, under normal circumstances. After getting more insight to his backstory, I felt sorry for Reeve. I felt sorry for Rennie because of what happened to her. I felt sorry for Mary because of who she was.

It was kind of unrealistic how the girls haven’t faced repercussions for the exact actions that they’ve taken. They did seriously harsh things to undeserving people, and those people still accepted them.

I loved how there was a whole new meaning to the term, “Big Easy.” Everything made so much more sense this way. I wonder what the implications are going forward. And yes, the supernatural/paranormal influences are much stronger in this book than the previous, but it’s still very much a YA contemporary novel.

Related Reading

  • Burn for Burn – Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
  • Both of these authors are talented in their own right, so check out their independent novels!
  • Soulmates – Holly Bourne (weather)
  • Mean Girls (movie)

Rating: 4/5

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