Burn for Burn

Series: Burn for Burn, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
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Payback is paradise in this start to a trilogy from New York Times best-selling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

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 stop to it.

MARY is perpetually haunted by a traumatic event from years past, and the boy who’s responsible has yet to get what’s coming to him.

None of the girls can act on their revenge fantasies alone without being suspected. But together…anything is possible .

With an unlikely alliance in place, there will be no more "I wish I’d said…" or "If I could go back and do things differently..." These girls will show Jar Island that revenge is a dish best enjoyed together.

©2012 Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc
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Amazing!

Would you consider the audio edition of Burn for Burn to be better than the print version?

Idk, do not own the paper version

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kat

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What a great story. It was so easy to read. I couldn't put the book down. I loved that each girl had their own personality and social circle. I loved how they all came together and became "friends". I can't wait to read the next book!

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Entertaining but Glitchy

Burn For Burn is a tale of three wronged girls and their plot for revenge, and is kind of a cross between Pretty Little Liars, Fury, and maybe Carrie? With two authors, and three POV’s, you may expect the story to get confusing, but Han and Vivian are a great writing team and I found the story easy to follow for the most part. There were some technical problems with the audiobook, but I did like that there are three narrators to line up with the three book leads.

The setting is the resort town of Jar Island. Lillia, Kat, and Mary are three girls bonded by their desire to take down their frenemies. Lillia is the pretty and rich one, who wants to protect her little sister from the guy who hurt her. Kat is tired of all the gossip and the Regina George of her school tormenting her. And Mary is back on Jar Island after a long absence. The guy she trusted bullied her, and now she’s back with a new sleek figure and a need for revenge.

This book is the first book of a trilogy, and sets up the backstory well and gives you a feel for the characters. Once the trio comes together to hatch their plan the story kicks into high gear. At first, everything goes off without a hitch, but soon the girls get in over their heads. I liked the girl power alliance of the trio, though I didn’t really find any of the characters particularly likeable so I felt a little distant from the story.

I’m a fan of all three audiobook narrators (Joy Osmanski, Madeleine Maby, Rebekkah Ross) who read this book, so it was a no-brainer to pick up the audio. However, technical problems made listening difficult and the quality wasn’t consistent between narrators. At least one of the narrators sounded like they were in a tunnel, and breathing sounds were audible. Personality-wise, the narrators got into their characters and made them their own. And with three POV’s, it was a good call to have three narrators. I have the audiobook for the sequel, and I’m happy to say the sound quality is clear so no worries there.

There are definitely loose ends at the end of Burn For Burn, so I’m eager to see how the story develops in Fire With Fire, and if there’s more of a paranormal element. This book is light and entertaining, with lots of high school drama, and friendship and romantic moral dilemmas. This is something to pick up when you’re in a bit of a vengeful mood.

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This was the first book I read with Audible...

This book was the first book I read with Audible, and its the one that made me fall in love with audiobooks. I listened to the whole thing in a matter of days, and the voice actors that read this book really embody the characters and make it so interesting. The characters in this book are super relatable and the story is a fun page-turner (i don't know what the audiobook equivalent of that phrase would be.) However, the book is YA fiction and sometimes seems to air on the "teen trash" side of YA that many authors fall victim too. Yet it's not trashy enough that you shouldn't give it a read. If you like YA, this is a series for you!

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This is fantasy?

I enjoyed this book and its characters. My only concern about this book is with the "fantasy/supernatural" portions, which seem like they could be cut out entirely from this first book in the series and no one would bat an eye or even notice. I didn't even realize from reading the description or from anything I've heard about the book from other people that there was anything to do with "powers" or magic in the book. Maybe it'll become more apparent in the next few books in the series why the authors felt the need to add fantasy to their book about revenge.
Other than questioning that small part, these books are entertaining and all three of the main girls are interesting to learn about.

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amazing

the burn to burn series hold up to the standard that Jenny Han has put forth. the twists and turns in this whole series absolutely fantastic. you'll want to just keep reading, I know I had a hard time putting it down.

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If you’re looking for something similar to the series “To All The Boys I’ve loved before”, it’s not as good.

I first listened to the series “To All The Boys I’ve loved before”. That being said, I couldn’t get through this book. There was a lot of switching between characters which was hard to keep up with, as well as whom was mad at whom for what reason. I gave up on this and downloaded The Shining. It’s a little too high school for me. I should’ve known that going in.

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Woah

I picked up this series on an impulse and finished all three within the week! Listening to them makes the story come to life even more and is just addicting. LOVED IT. absolutely recommend

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Great book!

Loved the book and loved the performance. Only issue is that one VAs portion sounded like it was recorded in a bathroom

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DNF

Did Not Finish I might have enjoyed this when I was younger, but it is just not for me now. I am sad about this, as I own all three books in the series. I gave book one a good try though, and I am almost 60% in. However; I found myself drifting and not caring about what was going on. There was no point to continue you on.

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Loved It

This was a really fun read. The characters were well written and the plot was compelling - went straight from this book into the sequel and am currently itching for the third installment. The narrators are incredibly good and really help make the world feel real.

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  • RosePetal86
  • 11-16-19

Left me on a clifhanger

Great chick lit book. Loved the narration between the 3 girls. Can’t wait to read the second instalment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-27-19

Addictive

The story is so dramatic and sometimes became a little annoying. BUT, ultimately I did enjoy it and didnteven realise I was finishing the book until it was done. It's almost a little like a trainwreck, you can't look away.

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  • Jazmin Jade
  • 12-19-18

Good book with stupid teenagers

3.5 rounded up. I was really into the story but i have rated lowish because i can't get over how stupid these girls were. Their final plan really stressed me out, and I can't understand how they ever thought it was a good idea.