Fire With Fire

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*WARNING: This review may not be entirely coherent because I have so many feels*

Title: Fire With Fire
Author: Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: August 13, 2013
Pages: 528
Genre: Paranormal
Source: BEA!
Rating: 5/5

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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I’ve tried not to think about this book for the past few days so I can focus on other stuff, but I JUST CAN’T! This book. OH MY GOD THIS BOOK! I’m hyperventilating again. Crap.

I spent a good ten minutes shouting about this book to my boyfriend the day I finished it. It was actually that awesome/terrifying/what the actual f***. I still can’t really form coherent thoughts or sentences about this book, but let me start with this: it was about 10x better than the first book. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Burn for Burn a lot, but this one was like Burn for Burn on paranormal/drama steroids.

I liked how even though the book is mostly fun and drama-filled, there were also some important serious moments that came out more in this installment. Against the backdrop of scheming and revenge, the issue of bullying is explored even more as we get to know Mary’s character. Mary. No, Mary, you did not just do that. I’m sorry, it appears I can’t talk about Mary without giving away a MAJOR spoiler, so I’ll just move on.

I thought it was good that Han & Vivian delved deeper into the issue of Lillia’s rape in this book, although to be honest I could have really used a trigger warning. I won’t lie that there’s a lot going on in this book (come on; it’s over 500 pages), but for me, everything worked and contributed to the story well, especially in Lillia’s case. Kat and Mary are the kinds of characters I would usually like in a story like this, but Lillia has actually become my favorite, due to our similar experiences and her romance with Reeve.

Oh my god, I SO did not see that coming. I hate Han & Vivian for making me like Reeve, even though he made Mary…yeah, nevermind, not talking about that… But anyway, I just can’t help it. He’s not the usual type of boy I’m attracted to in either life or fiction, but I am now a fan of Lillia + Reeve. I understand why Mary is jealous even though he was horrible to her, and after the first book I’d even started hoping it would be Reeve and Mary who would get together, but I’m very happy with the romantic outcome at the moment.

On top of the trigger warning, I feel like I should also give a cliffhanger ending warning, because that was SO. NOT. COOL. You can’t end a book like that. You just can’t. Especially since we don’t even know when Ashes to Ashes is going to be released, and I don’t know if I’ll be able to get an ARC of it again! I don’t care how perfect the ending may have been, it was a horrible, sadistic thing to do. Are the authors TRYING to kill us?

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