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Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn #1)

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Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes—and three girls secretly plotting revenge.

KAT is sick and tired of being bullied by her former best friend.

LILLIA has always looked out for her little sister, so when she discovers that one of her guy friends has been secretly hooking up with her, she’s going to put a
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Amelia Yes. I've read PLL too (which you can probably tell) and it's most of the same stuff. It's been a while since I've read this series, but I'm pretty…moreYes. I've read PLL too (which you can probably tell) and it's most of the same stuff. It's been a while since I've read this series, but I'm pretty sure it is pretty clean except for some drug use, smoking, cursing, and sexual situations. They never go into much detail with the sexual situations, but it can get a little mature with the drugs and partying part. (less)
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Amelia Okay, so basically, it's not even revealed till the end of the series. I forget which girl it was, but I think it was Mary. It turns out that she…moreOkay, so basically, it's not even revealed till the end of the series. I forget which girl it was, but I think it was Mary. It turns out that she really died and now she is a ghost and she wants to get her revenge on Reeve. It was pretty crazy, and I don't think anyone saw it coming.(less)
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Khanh (the Grinch)
"This is Karma. I’m a bitch. Can you think of anyone who deserves a bitch slap?"
My phone buzzes again.
"If so, meet at Judy Blue Eyes, 2am. If not, sit back and enjoy the show."
*sheepishly hands over her "Get Out Of Jail Free" card*

Technically, I'm not supposed to like this book. There are no end to clichéd characters, there's not so much a love triangle as a love star or whatever shape there is with way too many pointy ends (my Geometry teacher would be so proud), because it seems like everyon
Lola  Reviewer
Feb 01, 2016 Lola Reviewer rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of The Revenge Playbook

What would you do if someone you trusted, your friend or lover, humiliated, betrayed and hurt you?


Mary, Kat and Lillia want revenge. They don’t all know each other, but what the three of them are seeking will bring them closer to one another than they could ever think possible. At first it’s just a question of retribution, but they slowly start forming real and strong links that are not so easily breakable.

Boy did I have fun reading this. I could tell you all about the clichés and the soporific
bitches get even

now, usually i am a little leery about reading books that it took two people to write. but this one didn't seem cobbled together the way Beautiful Creatures did. and i don't read a lot of realistic YA, but the guy at the s&s booth at ALA assured me i would like it. and i did. thank you, guy whose name i have forgotten. we had a very nice conversation and i am sorry i have forgotten your name and i thank you for pushing this book on me, even though i made a frowny face at the
Sep 03, 2012 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own
Sorry Karma, we're taking things into our own hands! Kat, Mary, and Lillia are out for revenge. These three incredibly different girls - both in personality and social status - help each other right some wrongs. A great balance of friendship, drama, and intrigue; Burn for Burn is full of entertainment value, and high in sass!

The girls: We've got three convincing voices made up of three distinctive personalities. In a style that will appeal to fans of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, we swi
Oct 12, 2014 Benjaminoftomes rated it it was amazing
Natalie Monroe
My reaction to the sort-of-cliffhanger ending:

Yup. Burn For Burn is that good.

It's told from the POVs of three different girls, Lillia, Kat, and Mary, who meet by chance in a bathroom during the lowest points of their lives. Together, they plot to take down the people who have hurt them.

Mean Girls style.

You can always, always tell who's narrating because their voices are so distinctive. Unlike a certain dystopian, who only had two POVs, one of which was a different gender, and they couldn't get
"Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves."

"Oh, here go hell come."
-Calvin Tran

I love revenge stories. Whether it's Edmond Dantes in Count of Monte Cristo or Beatrix Kiddo in Kill Bill, there's just something about characters who say, No. Not anymore. Not again.

In Burn for Burn, we meet three characters -- a princess, a basket case, a brain. The chapters alternate between their points of view as we discover how they end up on a collision course of revenge. The book op
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Lindsey Rey
Feb 28, 2015 Lindsey Rey rated it really liked it
[4.5 Stars]
This was so much fun! LOVED IT!
Feb 22, 2014 Regan rated it liked it
Shelves: books-owned-read

Alright, this book was filled with every ridiculous high school stereotype ever, and is so unrealistic. However, I am hooked so I guess that really didn't matter.
ArmyGirls Read too
Dec 21, 2011 ArmyGirls Read too marked it as to-read
Now I'm pissed! Jenny Han was one of the best Contemporary, Realistic fiction writers ever! Why must she go and write Supernatural, fantasy fiction???? This is so upsetting because most fantasy-fic writers, do not really write good books. so if she writes a crappy book and I read it, I won't remember her for the awesome We'll Always Have Summer but for the crappy job she did with a fantasy book. Ugh. For some, you might think this is stupid of me and petty. It most definitely is. Guess I will fi ...more
Emily  (ObsessedReader)
Aug 19, 2015 Emily (ObsessedReader) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: open-series
Book was first read in November of 2012. My thoughts thoughts then: THIS BOOK WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I don't have one single complaint.
Rating: 5 stars

Book was re-read in August of 2015. My thoughts now: Just as good as the first time, if not better. I am totally hooked on this story and I am going to jump straight into the second book.
Rating: still 5 stars

Hailey (HailsHeartsNyc)
Video review to come!!
Apr 29, 2014 Kassidy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Loved it!
This is such a fun story, and so easy to read.
It's super fast-paced and I had such a hard time putting it down. I loved all of the characters, they each have their own personalities and I love how they all interacted.
The plot is so interesting, even though it's a little predictable. I can't wait to read the next book!
Maria Angelica
Jan 10, 2016 Maria Angelica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tenho, lido-2016
Gostei muito desse livro. Ele fica meio louco e ridículo no final, com a parte paranormal e (view spoiler), mas em geral eu me diverti horrores com as estupidezes dessas três.
Definitivamente a minha favorita é a Kat, apesar de ser a mais precipitada. Eu gosto da Lilia e acho que ela foi a melhor desenvolvida das três nesse livro. O elo mais fraco é a Mary, o que é irônico considerando o que acontece no final.
Outra grande reclamaçã
Anna *hiatus*

3 1/2

“This is Karma. I’m a bitch.
Can you think of anyone who deserves a bitch slap?”

Book Two: Fire with Fire - 4,5 Stars
Book Three: Ashes to Ashes- 2 Stars

This is a story of three different girls coming together. Three allies that are craving revenge. Set in high school.


The story itself isn't hard to follow. As I said there are three girls.

Mary has been gone for a while. She returned to Jar Island,went to it's high school because of something that happened in her past. A person she thought nea
Susane Colasanti
Oct 05, 2012 Susane Colasanti rated it it was amazing
Burn for Burn is such an exciting read. Lillia, Kat and Mary tell this riveting story in three distinct voices that will keep you up late reading. I can't wait to see what happens next in this hot trilogy!
Jun 04, 2015 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay let me just say that this book is perfect to read if you're in a reading slump!
It's so fun and such a fast read!
It's a bit cliche but it's also really fun!
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This review is also available over at my blog.


Actual rating is 4.5 stars.

I cannot even tell you how excited I was to read this book. The beautiful cover and the badass blurb was way too hard to resist. I can safely say that this book didn't disappoint me at all. I ended up reading it so fast because it just pulled me in that much. But I have to take away half a star due to a tiny little detail that I'll explain later in this review.

So the book is told from the POVs of Mary,
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)
Buddy read with my wonderful friend, Maria

Welp. That wasn't what I expected. In many ways I think I've been putting this one off because I knew it wasn't going to be what I wanted. It's not that it didn't have it's exceptional moments where I found some immense enjoyment out of the three girls' bonding experiences or the revenge they were seeking on the individuals who treated them badly. But, at the risk of sounding hoity toity, it all just came across so....juvenile.

So many people liked this b
Nila Smith
Okay so I thought this book would be amazing. It was sitting on my tbr shelf for awhile and I really wanted to read it. I wasn't going to buy it, but none of the libraries around here had it. So I decided just to go ahead and buy it. I was really hoping this would be good but it was far from good.

Basically you have three girls living on Jar Island and each of them want to get revenge on someone that wronged them. I thought that sounded cool. The first few chapters were boring but the authors wer
Jamie-leigh Haughn
Dec 26, 2014 Jamie-leigh Haughn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

I went in to this book expecting it to be just a light fun contemporary.... but boy was I wrong! This book had me completely engulfed after the first few chapters. I loved having the perspectives of the three girls, Kat, Lillia and Mary. Each girl is so different and had really interesting reasons on why they wanted revenge, yet they all kind of intertwined. I think of the three girls I liked Mary the best, although its really hard to choose, they are pretty equal, I definitely enjoyed
Jan 22, 2013 Jasprit rated it really liked it
Being a huge fan of Jenny Han’s books, when I first heard about Burn for Burn, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. Also Siobhan Vivian was an author whose books I had been promising myself to getting around to for ages. So I knew picking up this book would be a win-win situation!

Burn for Burn focuses on three girls, Kat, Mary and Lillia forced to work together on one common goal; revenge. You know the saying revenge is a dish best served cold? Well this saying totally applied here. The three
Kyla Harris
Apr 16, 2016 Kyla Harris rated it it was amazing
4/16/16 - 4.5 stars

from reviews pervious of reading this book my expectations were lower a ton. no one seem to really love it. well let me tell you folks I LOVED IT. I decided to start this book randomlly because I just finished rereading ACOTAR last night and even though I have multiple other books on my "still need to finish" I just really wasn't in the mood so Burn for Burn (which the series has been sitting on my shevles forever) was picked up and now here I am 8 hours later (it's 1:37 AM ri
Sarah (the pug whisperer)
Mini review!

Three girls take karma in their own hands.
This is a very simple revenge story that I liked much more than expected. It's the type of book where the flaws are obvious but you can ignore them because the pacing doesn't let you catch a breath. Before you know it, 400 pages have flown by and you can't remember much, other than that it was awesome.

The teenagers were extremely clichéd, and all fall into the classic social groups. The jocks, the popular kids, the social outcasts etc.
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
A finished unsolicited copy was provided by the publisher for review.

Ah the joys of high school, full of cliques, and drama, and this time around revenge. The book takes place on Jar Island. a picture perfect area with four towns. The residents don't believe in locking their doors, and everyone trusts one another. We start off with Mary who comes back to Jar Island, for reasons that aren’t explained right away so the mystery deepens. Then there’s Lillia, the rich but not spoiled princess who wan
2015 Reading Challenge #36: A book set in high school #32: A trilogy.

He decidido cambiar la categoría porque después de leer unas reseñas de los próximos libros me he dado cuenta que necesito leerlos. Ahora. Así que me aprovecharé del hecho que la serie es una trilogía ;)


La primera mitad del libro es una gran y larga introducción donde vamos conociendo poco a poco a Kat, Mary y Lillia y los motivos por los cuales quieren vengarse de Reeve, Alex y Rennie. Todo bastante meh! Con un desarrollo
I'm disappointed at how shallow this book turned out to be - it was a too petty and hurtful to be juvenile, but not hard-hitting enough to be gritty. While the initial idea of it caught my interest, the actual reading turned out to be the pretty immature revenge antics of three girls who I really thought could find a lot of better things to do with their time. As the book continued, I slowly got more and more annoyed with each of the three main girls and wished they would all just grow up a bit. ...more
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some parts were really slow, others were really fast-paced and made me want to not put the book down
I thought the main characters were really childish for people who are supposedly 17/18, but whatever
and what the hell is with Mary? does she have some sort of super powers? if this turns into a supernatural novel, I hope it's done well
Jan 25, 2016 Vir rated it really liked it

Burn for burn empieza presentándonos a las tres protagonistas por separado -ya que ellas no tienen relación al principio de la novela- dándonos pequeñas pinceladas de su personalidad y de cómo es su vida en la isla. Tras tener las tres un día bastante malo, coincidirán en el baño del instituto y a partir de ahí se formará una alianza para vengarse de aquellos que les hacen la vida imposible. Aunque la primera novela gira en torno a las venganzas de cada una, la
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