Book Review: Fire with Fire by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian


Original Title: Fire with Fire

Series: Burn For Burn #2

Author(s): Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian

Published: August 13th, 2013, by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Adults

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Page Count: 517 pages, Hardcover

The second part to “Burn for Burn” was soooo exciting!!! I engulfed this book in two days. I would even say that I liked it better than its first part, and that’s a good thing to do as an author when the sequel even tops the first part of the series.


The plot was concentrated more on the revenge-taking on Reeve in this part now. I liked everything about this book. The Halloween scene, the trip to Boston, the swimming lessons, the strange relationship between Rennie, Reeve, Lillia and Mary. And the one between Lillia, Alex and Kat. And there were many revelations about the past of Kat and Lilian as well. This second part was definitely more exciting than the first one. It took me the same amount of time to finish this as the first book, although this one had more pages :) That says everything I guess.


Well, my favorite character is still Mary. And I also like Alex and Lillia. This book really surprised me, because I didn’t expect that thing with Lillia and Reeve.
Furthermore, I had tears in my eyes quite often in this book. Three times. Mary’s story was still so sad this time. Then I was sad because of Kat’s mum, and I had tears in my eyes because of – yes, Rennie. Although she is the biggest bitch, I had to cry because all she ever wanted was to be popular, rich and loved by Reeve.
[SPOILER ALERT] Furthermore, I was a bit shocked about Mary and the end. Is this book now a supernatural/mystery/fantasy book or is it realistic? Or is this considered as Magical Realism maybe? I am not sure about Mary being a dead person, because in the first book Rennie told Lillian that all the boys were talking about Mary, the new beautiful girl. So, Lillia, Kat, Rennie and Reeve were not the only ones who saw her. I am not sure what to think about that. Maybe she gets more and more invisible and dead the more she takes revenge on Reeve? And maybe she can only exist when her heart is still broken by Reeve? [END OF SPOILER] Well, I am not sure, but I will soon find out when I read the third part, “Ashes to Ashes”.
I could really imagine this book series as a TV show or a movie. It would be awesome! And I even had an acress for Mary in my head, namely Hannah Murray (Cassie from “Skins”).


And for Alex I imagined Sam Claflin (Finnick from Hunger Games)

OMG! He is sooo hot! That’s exactly how I imagine Alex

:D I already have half of the cast in my head :’D that’s funny. And Emma Thompson would be a great aunt Bette. Well, okay, I am exaggerating a bit now :’D Or else, that Teenie-Movie would be filled with too many stars :D Although Hannah Murray and Sam Caflin are not as known as other american actors, since the first two are british <3 And for TV series, there are more often not so famous stars. But I still insist on Hannah Murray, since she also began as a TV star rather than a movie star.
This series is definitely better than “A fault in our stars” (and I still don’t understand why it was hyped so much), so that’s why it would earn its own movie. Oh, and even if they couldn’t find better actors for the other main characters, I think that the girls on the cover would be quite perfect for the roles as well, if they can act, of course.

Writing Style:

When it comes to the style of writing, I have to admit that I loved reading this book. The details were fun to read, and I loved how Boston was described, or the New Year’s Eve party. I could imagine everything as clearly as though I was also there.
It was also remarkable that the both authos, Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian adapted perfectly to each other’s style of writing that it never really stood out too much. But I realized that I liked reading Lillian’s chapters the most, and Kat’s the least. Probably because Lillian’s chapters were always about nice and beautiful things, like partys, clothes, luxuray and trips.

Overall rating – 5/5 stars: A light read for everyone who likes YA-literature, dramatic stories, and unexpected turns


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