Saturday, February 15, 2014

Review: Fire with Fire

Fire with Fire
Authors: Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Published: August 13, 2013
Hardcover, 528 pages
4 Gold Stars

(summary from Goodreads)

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...

The first book in this series,  Burn for Burn, set up life on a small island and a plan for revenge that went horribly wrong. Now Lilia, Mary and Kat are back, cleaning up their mess and trying to figure out a new plan of attack. You think these girls would learn, but they just keep getting themselves deeper and deeper. Things get even more complicated in this book - feelings are involved, friendships are tested, and suddenly it's not so easy to see who the good guys are and who are the bad. 

What I love about these girls is that they are drastically different yet find a way to be really good to each other. Lilia is from the rich part of town, a promising future at an ivy league college and a good family life. Kat isn't as lucky, living with her dad and brother and knowing she'll be stuck on the island forever. And Mary, her life in ruins, misses her parents and worries about these strange powers she seems to hold. But they all smile to each other and meet up in secret still, even though they know they don't have to, and continue to plot revenge on those who have wronged them. They stick up for each other even when their plans don't work out. 

The story seemed to drag on at points and I'm nut sure this book really needed to be 500 pages. It was nice to get some more background on each of the girls and there was definitely some build up for the final instalment, but there was also a lot of filler. We got to learn more about Mary's ability and some family history that may explain it. Her powers almost seem to be holding this story together as I know they will end up playing a much bigger part in the end. There are a lot of intermixing of lives in this one. Lilia and Reeve get closer than they thought they would, a plan for revenge that doesn't turn out quite right. Mary is left wanting Reeve yet also wanting to hurt him. And Kat wants Alex but Alex is still hung up on Lilia. For an island so small, there's an awful lot of drama, but it was entertaining to read and leaves a lot open for the finale. The plans for revenge keep going wrong so I'm curious to see if the girls will finally give up or if they will try to come up with a different plan. There is so much character development and so many different plots that it's hard to believe it will wrap up in one more book. This is the kind of book you need to read instead of just reading reviews about. It's hard to explain and it's worth diving into. The last book should be an explosion and I can't wait to see how this will all wrap up. There's really no way of guessing the end to this series, seriously, these girls keep you guessing until the end!

“It’s all about attitude. You act like you’re the shit and guys are so dumb they’ll totally believe it.” 

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