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Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series; Shug; the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Siobhan Vivian; and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. She is also the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream. A former children’s bookseller, she earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School. Visit her at DearJennyHan.com.

Siobhan Vivian is the author of the young adult novel The List, as well as Not That Kind of Girl, Same Difference, and A Little Friendly Advice, and the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Jenny Han. A former editor for Alloy Entertainment, she received her MFA in creative writing at the New School. She teaches creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Visit her at SiobhanVivian.com.

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Fire with Fire



WHEN THE MONDAY MORNING SUN streams through my window, something tells me to get out of bed instead of rolling over toward the wall like I’ve been doing for the past week. I’ve known I should go back to school for a while, but I couldn’t quite muster up the energy to make it happen. So I stayed in bed.

But today feels different. I’m not sure why. It’s just a feeling I have. Like I need to be there.

I braid my hair and put on my corduroy jumper, a button-up shirt, and a cardigan sweater. I’m nervous about seeing Reeve; I’m nervous about . . . something bad happening again. And then there’s all the schoolwork I’ve missed. I haven’t even tried to keep up with my assignments. My books, all my notebooks, have stayed zipped away in my backpack, untouched, in the corner of my room. I pick it up by one strap and hoist it over my shoulder. I can’t worry about how I’ll catch up right now. I’ll figure something out.

But when I put my hand on my doorknob and try to turn it, it won’t budge.

This happens in our house. Especially in the summer, when the wood swells up with the humidity. The doors are original and the hardware is too. It’s a big glass doorknob with a brass metal plate and room for a skeleton key. You can’t even buy that kind of thing anymore.

It usually takes a little jiggling to get it to work, but I try that and it still won’t move.

“Aunt Bette?” I call out. “Aunt Bette?”

I give the door another try. This time a much harder shake. And then I start to panic. “Aunt Bette! Help!”

Finally I hear her coming up the stairs.

“Something’s wrong with the door!” I shout. “It won’t open.” I give it another shake, to show her. And then, when I don’t hear anything happen on the other side, I sink down to my knees and look through the keyhole, to make sure she’s still standing out there. She is. I can see her long, crinkly maroon skirt. “Aunt Bette! Please!”

Finally Aunt Bette springs into action. I hear her struggle with my door on her side for a second, and then it swings open.

“Thank goodness,” I say, relieved. I’m about to step into the hallway when I spot some stuff on the floor. It looks like white sand, or a chalk of some kind. To the left I can see it was laid in a thin, perfect line, but directly in front of my door it’s been totally messed up by Aunt Bette’s footprints.

What in the world?

I think about stooping over and touching it, but I’m a little spooked.

Aunt Bette has always been into weird things, like smudgings and crystals and channeling different energies. She used to always bring back trinkets and lucky charms whenever she went overseas. I know that stuff is all harmless, but I point down at the chalk and say, “What is that stuff?”

Aunt Bette looks up guiltily. “It’s nothing. I—I’ll clean it up.”

I nod, like Okay, sure, while stepping past her. “I’ll see you in a few hours.”

“Wait,” she says urgently. “Where are you going?”

I sigh. “To school.”

With a thin, frayed voice she says, “It’s better if you stay home.”

All right. I haven’t had the easiest week. I know that. I’ve done a lot of moping around the house, a lot of crying. But it’s not like Aunt Bette’s been doing so hot either. She hasn’t been sleeping much. I hear her in her room at night, puttering around, sighing to herself. She hardly ever goes outside. And she’s not painting much anymore, which might be the most worrisome thing of all. When Aunt Bette paints, she’s happy, simple as that. It’ll be good if I get out of her hair for the day. Give us both some space.

“I can’t stay in the house forever.” I have to follow my gut. Something inside me is telling me to go. “I’m going to school today,” I say again. This time without smiling. And I walk straight down the stairs, without waiting for her permission.

*  *  *

By the time I reach the bike rack at Jar Island High, the sun has disappeared, leaving the sky cold and wispy. The parking lot is empty, except for a few teachers and the electrician vans. Our school is being completely rewired after the homecoming incident. It looks like they’ve hired every electrician on the island, men working around the clock to get it done.

I’m glad to be here early, before most of the other students. I need to ease myself back into this carefully.

To my surprise, Lillia runs up beside me. She has her jacket zipped up tight and the hood over her head. Every day it’s getting colder.

“Hey,” I say shyly, and lock up my bike. It’s the first time we’ve seen each other since homecoming. “You’re here early.”

“Oh my gosh, I’m so glad to see you, Mary.” When I don’t answer right away, she frowns and says, “Are you mad at me or something? You haven’t called; you haven’t reached out. I looked up your aunt’s number in the phone book and tried calling, but nobody picked up. And Kat’s stopped by your house a few times, but no one’s answered the door.”

I guess it was stupid to think Lillia and Kat wouldn’t notice that I’ve been avoiding them. But I haven’t wanted to see anyone from school. It’s nothing personal. “Sorry,” I say. “It’s just been . . . a lot.”

“It’s okay. I get it. And things have been so crazy; it’s probably good that the three of us are lying low.” She says it, but she still sounds sad. “Hey, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Reeve’s coming back to school today.”

I have a hard time swallowing. Is this why I had the feeling that I needed to be here? Because Reeve was coming back too?

“How is he? I read in the paper his leg is broken.”

Lilia presses her lips together and then says, “He’s okay. But I think he’s out for the rest of the season.” I guess she sees something in my face, because she quickly shakes her head. “Don’t worry. Everything’s going to be fine.” She walks backward, away from me. “Let’s talk later, okay? I miss you.”

Reeve’s broken. I broke him.

I got what I wanted.

Didn’t I?

He’ll be arriving soon. I speed walk into school. Almost every classroom has big, gaping holes sawed into the walls, for the electrical work. I need to be careful where I walk or else I’ll trip on bundles of new wires running along the hallway floors.

I go into homeroom and take a seat on the radiator by the window, with the skirt of my corduroy jumper tucked underneath me. I leave a textbook open in my lap. I’m not studying. I don’t look down at the pages once. I peer through my hair and watch the parking lot as it fills up with students.

The temperature dipped down past the freezing mark for the first time this weekend, and I guess the janitors didn’t waste any time shutting the courtyard fountain off. It’s only the smokers and the cross-country runners who can handle the cold. Everyone else is hustling inside.

I pick up the sound of bass thumping through the window. Alex’s SUV pulls into the...

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Dieses Buch lässt sich für mich in drei Teile aufteilen. In den ersten 150 Seiten hat es sich für mich ein bisschen gezogen und nachdem ich den ersten Band so verschlungen habe, war ich ein bisschen enttäuscht.
Dann hecken die drei Mädchen einen weiteren Racheplan aus. Mary hat bemerkt, dass Reeve insgeheim in Lillia verliebt ist und nun soll diese ihm Hoffnungen machen und ihm nachher das Herz brechen. Ab diesem Zeitpunkt und fast den ganzen Rest des Buches habe ich es wieder vollkommen genossen und konnte gar nicht schnell genug erfahren, wie es weitergeht.
Reeve ist ja ein Charakter, den wir bisher nur von der Schlechtesten Seite kennen gelernt haben. Soweit wir wissen ist er egoistisch, kümmert sich nicht um andere und ist nur auf seinen eigenen Vorteil bedacht. Dazu kommt noch das, was er Mary angetan hat. Dadurch, dass Lillia sich ihm annähert, lernen wir aber eine ganz neue Seite an ihm kennen, die verletzlich ist und viel freundlicher. Der Mittelteil hat mir eigentlich hauptsächlich wegen der Beziehung, die sich zwischen den beiden entwickelt, so gut gefallen. Plötzlich konnte ich Reeve doch etwas abgewinnen und wollte, dass Lillia und er eine Chance haben, auch wenn es in gewisser Weise ein Betrug an Mary ist. In diesem Dilemma steckt Lillia auch nach einer Weile, wie könnte es anders sein.
Und dann ist da noch die Sache mit Mary – bzw. das Ende. Schon beim ersten Buch dieser Reihe war mir das Ende zu durcheinander und zu schnell. Hier ging es mir ähnlich. Gegen Ende gibt es eine sehr überraschende Wendung, die mich sehr schockiert hat und ab da gab es dann immer wieder so 1 ½-Seiten-Kapitel, die mich total verwirrt haben. Ich wusste überhaupt nicht mehr, was los ist und hatte nur noch Fragezeichen im Kopf.
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Band 1 war ja schon gut, aber die Autoren haben sich deutlich gesteigert. Kat, Mary und Lillia müssen sich nun im zweiten Teil mit den Konsequenzen ihrer Taten auseinandersetzen. Lillia hat ihre beste Freundin verloren, aber dafür vielleicht die Liebe ihres Lebens gefunden. Kat muss sich mit dem Tod ihrer Mutter auseinandersetzten und ist dabei eine alte Freundschaft wieder zu finden. Mary kann die Vergangenheit nicht loslassen und entdeckt dabei ein schreckliches Geheimnis!!

Ich muss sagen das Buch hat mich sehr überrascht. Figuren die ich in "Burn for Burn" nicht leiden konnte waren mir plötzlich sympathisch oder ich hatte Mitleid mit ihnen. Kat, Mary und Lillia waren richtig gehässig zu Reeve, ich weiß er ist ein Idot, aber jeder hat mal so eine Phase und ich hatte richtig Mitleid mit ihm.

Mary mag ich ja, aber ich finde sie benimmt sich wie ein kranker Storker. Sie muss die Vergangenheit doch irgendwann mal ruhen lassen, Reeve kann nun mal nichts dafür das er sie nicht lieb und das sie in Reeve verliebt ist sieht sogar ein blinder. Lillia spielt ganz schön mit dem Feuer und ich mochte sie in diesem Band nicht mehr so recht leiden.

Alex tut mir so leid, er hat was besseres als Lillia verdient. Ich fand er und Kat waren so ein tolles Paar, hoffentlich finden sie noch zueinander. Wer mir in diesem Band besonders positiv aufgefallen ist war Pat, Kat's Bruder. Ich hoffe er kommt noch öfter vor, er is so niedlich. Rennie war mal wieder eine Hexe, aber was sie am Ende bekommen hat war mehr als selbst sie verdient hat. Das Szene mit ihr und Kat auf der Party fand ich so traurig.

Fazit: "Fire with Fire" war sehr spanned, voller Action und das Ende war einfach nur WOW!! Das Cover ist wieder sehr schön und das Buch hat sich wieder super flüssig lesen lassen. Die Figuren waren toll und die paranormalen Elemente haben der Geschichte noch mal einen Aufschwung gegeben!! Band 3 kann kommen!!
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Sehe oben. Fortsetzung von "Auge um Auge".
Dieses Teil ist etwas heftiger als das Erste. Noch besser und spannender.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Holy WOW! 22. August 2013
Von K. Sowa - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I was so happy to be back on Jar Island with three ladies that I grew to really like in Burn For Burn. Fire With Fire picks up as Reeve is aggressively recovering from his "accident" and all three girls are kind of happy and horrified that their revenge plot worked. As they try to navigate the post-revenge environment, Lillia's life seems to change the most since the homecoming dance had some big social consequences for her. When Kat and Mary ask Lillia to break Reeve's heart, things get even more interesting. Real feelings get mixed in with loyalty to friends and anger for what Reeve did and it made the plot very engaging. I felt so for badly for Mary, who still felt the pain of Reeve's betrayal, no matter how hard she tried forget it. Her situation at home with her aunt deteriorates, as well, but if you are wondering if you will find out what Mary's abilities mean, all I can say is: oh, yes you will. Kat, who is my favorite, showed a slightly softer side and I really liked the way we got a peek into her life with her dad. She is so eager to get off the island, but she also feels conflicted about moving on after her mother's death. In between the insight into each girl's life, the overall plan of revenge against Reeve is put into place, but certain secrets are getting harder and harder to keep.

Things start to unravel quickly, with a series of events that put my heart in my throat and kept me up very late so I could finish the book. I am so glad that I kept reading because, at the very end, the bottom drops out of everything and I was thrown one of the biggest OMG WTF twists I have read in a long, long time. I mean, I was taken totally by surprise. I think I sat there with my mouth actually hanging open. It was awesome, but also painful, because while one big question was answered, I have about a million more. Where Burn For Burn set the stage with a compelling story and good character development, Fire With Fire grabs you by the collar and doesn't let go. I think one of the reasons I love it so much is that it combines everything I love about contemporaries with some really interesting paranormal elements. All I could think after finishing it was, is it time for book 3 yet????
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Mind Blowing! 15. August 2013
Von AboutToRead - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I dove into Fire with Fire the very day I got it. I loved Burn for Burn and I was anxious to see what would happen next, although I wasn't sure exactly what direction the series was heading. Fire with Fire far exceed my expectations. It was impossible to put down, full of twists and turns, and even better than Burn for Burn!

By the end of Burn for Burn, I pretty much hated every character except for Lindy. I was certainly sympathetic to them all in one way for another, but it didn't stop me from thinking that they were all basically bad people. By the end of Fire with Fire, the only characters I truly couldn't stand were Rennie and, surprisingly, Mary. Everyone else (including Reeve) is now on my list of good people and characters I'll always love (except for Kat, who has only been elevated to like).

As much as I love the characters, the plot was possibly even better --it's just so good! It's hard to say whether or not I think the plot or the characters are stronger, but they are both defiantly fantastic! Fire with Fire still has a plot that is revenge driven, but it has stronger notes of forgiveness. The end of the novel was so incredibly thrilling, that I was on the edge of my seat the entire time! This book is just 100% un-put-downable. I have so many theories and ideas for what might happen in the final novel and I am so anxious to see where everything truly ends up going.

Fire for Fire is an epic follow up to Burn for Burn. This is one of those books that I will certainly be recommending to everyone I know. It is such an emotional and thrilling read! From the mystery surrounding Mary to the unexpected romances and the overwhelming need for vengeance, Fire with Fire has a little bit of something for everyone. This is one series that simply cannot be missed.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A tense sequel with a shocking ending 15. August 2013
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After the consequences of the homecoming dance, Kat, Lillia, and Mary decide that perhaps they've had enough of their plots to exact revenge on their peers. But once the girls have had a taste for balancing the scales (according to their own perspectives), it gets harder for them to stop meddling. As Kat, Lillia, and Mary discover surprising secrets about the people in their community, they come closer to discovering the truth about their own friendship and each other.

Fire with Fire is a tense sequel to Burn for Burn, full of surprising developments and shocking revelations. Kat, Lillia, and Mary each have their own story lines and struggles that are woven together to create a high-stakes and unexpected story. The character development is excellent, and so is the development of the distinctive setting of Jar Island. Han and Vivian explore the duality of class and wealth, and the unique social dynamics that occur in a tourist destination during the off season, populated with the extremely wealthy and lower middle class in a way that will appeal to fans of Veronica Mars. Although the mystery of this trilogy may not be immediately obvious, the tension in this story is thick as Kat struggles with deciding what she wants, Lillia grapples with an unexpected romance, and Mary faces the demons from her past, building to an explosive ending that will make readers rethink everything they thought they knew about the characters.

Cover Comments: I love these covers. The colors and the cover models are gorgeous and so perfect for the story. I love Kat's direct stare in this one--so fitting knowing her character.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Like a train wreck.... 6. September 2013
Von Problem Solver - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is the sequel to Burn for Burn, the thrice narrated book about unlikely allies seeking revenge on the classmates who have wronged them. Fire With Fire picks up right where book 1 left off, post-Homecoming dance that left Reeve injured and Rennie and Lillia on the outs. FWF follows the girls, Lillia, Kat and Mary, as they continue to seek revenge, mostly on Reeve as they identify him as the root of all evil, and concoct another sinister plan to knock him off his pedestal. The paranormal element involving Mary that was briefly introduced in BFB is revisted and expanded upon in an interesting way.

I don't know what to make of this book. On one hand, I couldn't put it down and was thoroughly involved with the actions of the narrators. I completely felt like I was eavesdropping on something wicked, something I wasn't meant to hear but couldn't turn away from. On the other hand, I wanted to smack all three girls for their stupid decisions and lack of self-awareness. Mary in particular drove me up the wall. She was so weak, and I don't use that word lightly, and her learned helplessness when it came to Reeve was really horrifying. I think if I met her in real life, Lillia would be the one I'd most likely be friends with, but all of her good-girl-I help-everyone behavior was tempered with her selfish side that reared its ugly head. I was really repulsed by how she treated Mary, which was made worse by the fact that she knew what she was doing was wrong. Kat was perhaps the best "friend" of the three, but she was almost irrelevant to the group storyline. Her personal journey is pretty interesting and I can't wait to see if she gets her dream of going to Oberlin, but in the context of the revenge plot, she was just a cheerleader.

I feel like a bad person, almost, for liking this. I always think that good writers can elicit emotions from their readers, both good and bad, so when I say I was infuriated by the characters, that's major kudos to Han and Vivian for creating unlikeable protagonists. The ending was shocking, but also not, and completely made sense in hindsight, and I am dying to know where this is going.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Fire with Fire 8. September 2013
Von Lauren - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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**I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

Burn for Burn was pretty forgettable for me. I remembered the ending but I wasn't wowed by the story at all, and in fact I found a lot of the revenge acts horrible and just didn't agree with what the girls were doing. When I started Fire with Fire I could barely remember any of the characters so I had to reread my review for Burn for Burn. Ironically Mary, the one girl who wasn't focused on largely in the first book was the only girl I remembered clearly. Despite all the drawbacks Burn for Burn had for me I still very much wanted to pick up Fire with Fire, due to the cliffhanger ending, and see where the story was going.

One thing I had forgotten about entirely was the authors easy to read style. Normally with books I had reservations with I find it extremely hard to initially get into the story. That's not the case at all with Siobhan Vivian & Jenny Han. These two ladies have such a fluent, easy to read writing style that I was immediately swept into the story again. Not to mention they leave each point of view chapter on a cliffhanger and switch to another character. Fantastic writing.

While Kat, Lilia and Mary were still a major part of the story in Fire with Fire, I also found that the secondary characters played just as big of a role this time around. Perhaps it's because Burn for Burn barely left an impression on me, or maybe it actually was the case, but there was a huge focus on secondary characters. And I loved it. I often find a favorite character outside of the main character(s) and it was very true for this story. I adored Alex. He was so incredibly sweet and I hope, HOPE he ends up in a good place in the last novel. Any time he was hurt I was cringing, I just adored him. I remember hating some of the revenge acts that were done to him last time, so I was glad to see it was different this time. I really enjoyed the voices of the three girls as well. Kat still remained my favorite out of the three as she is spunky and not scared to be herself but Lilia was enjoyable as well as Mary. The hardest part about reading Mary's POV though is that it's so incredibly sad sometimes. When she reflects back on what happened on the boat, gosh, it's enough to make my heart twist.

I think one of the main reasons I enjoyed Fire with Fire so much, is the initial element that I disliked the first time is not there. I hated the revenge portion in the first novel. The "revenges" were just so awful, things I couldn't even imagine doing to anyone and I couldn't understand why the girls would do such awful things to someone else. I guess for me, the act that was done to them didn't match up to what the revenge given was. While there is definitely a revenge portion in Fire with Fire, it didn't unsettle me like Burn for Burn did. Actually the main revenge is leading the story down a different road, and I'm really interested to see what happens.

To say Fire with Fire was good would be an understatement, it thoroughly impressed me. It swept my expectations (which were low) completely under the rug, and I was absolutely thrilled with how much I enjoyed the story. The ending made me gasp, I couldn't believe that the story was taken were it was and I cannot believe I have to wait an entire year to see what will happen. I am astonished that not only did this book impress me but it was one of my favorite reads of the summer. It's thrilling, heart wrenching and wonderfully written.

If you loved Burn for Burn, I'm certain you will enjoy Fire with Fire and if you didn't love the first book I would suggest giving this one a chance anyway; I had reservations going in but they were quickly extinguished.
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