Fire With Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian Review

Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn, #2)

Fire With Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (Burn for Burn #2)

Published Simon and Schuster 2013

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Format: Hardback

Warning: There will be spoilers for the first book in this series! You can check out my review for Burn for Burn here.

b38bc-coollogo_com-221351400When sweet revenge turns sour… Book two of a trilogy fromNew York Times bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

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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So much happened in this book! However, for the most part, my opinions on this series stayed the same from the first book.

I still love Lillia. She’s my favorite character out of the main three girls. I felt really bad for her throughout this book though as she was struggling with the revenge aspect. Her job is to break Reeve’s heart as payback for what he did to Mary. However, it doesn’t really go as she planned. Lillia relates to me the most in that way. She always has a little bit more of her heart involved in the revenge situations. As much as she is in on them, she has a very interesting guilt complex. Unlike the first book, I liked Kat’s character more. She’s really a strong character and I liked how she was pretty much the exact opposite of Lillia. I also really want her to get into Oberlin! All of the girls have really cool college plans, so I’m looking forward to seeing where that goes. It’s just something I always like in books. I’m still not a huge fan of Mary. The twist at the end was really weird and I’m still not a huge fan of the random supernatural hints in the book. Unless it really comes to connect in the last book, it’s going to take the whole series down a notch for me.

Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian are such good writers, especially together! I could never tell the difference between the two authors, even though I tried so hard. Both of their styles flow together really well together. I’ve read some of Jenny Han’s work, but never Siobhan Vivian. I’ll have to read more for the both of them.

This book was perfect to get me out of my reading slump. Since I loved the first one, I knew I would enjoy this book and I did. It was also a fast paced book that always kept me reading. It’s a huge book and I read it in just two days. So much was always happening.

Overall, this was a really good sequel. Hopefully, I can read the last book soon and it will fix a few problems I have with the series!

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Let’s Chat: To Be Read Lists Feat. the TBR Tag

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My To Be Read List (or TBR) is one of my favorite things about Goodreads. I love having all the books I want to read in one easy list, even though it can get a little bit overwhelming sometimes. For more discussion on this topic, I decided to do the TBR tag!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

Like I mentioned above, my Goodreads list has all of it. Everything is included on this list – from sequels to books that aren’t yet released to classics. It does look a little hectic, but I try to keep it up to date. I rarely ever buy books that aren’t already on this list, so it rarely needs updating from my physical book TBR pile.

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

A few months ago, I would have definitely said ebook! I left my Kindle mostly abandoned except for the occasional ARC. However, I’ve gotten both of these almost balanced out. I’m reading more on my ebook and therefore less of print.

How do you determine what to read next?

I’m a mood reader! I just pick up whatever is looking good from my shelf. Typically, since I get most of my books from the library, at the beginning of the month I will request a huge stack of books including sequels, standalones, and a little bit from every genre. That way, I can pick based on my mood without having to run to the library every time I finish a book. I have found that this method works really well!

A book that has been on your TBR longest:

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows. It’s not available at my library and I’ve never seen it a bookstore. I recently bought it on my Kindle, but have yet to pick it up.

A book you recently added to your TBR pile:

On the Edge by Allison van Diepen. I’ve seen some pretty good reviews for this and I’m always up for a contemporary romance!

A book on your TBR solely for its beautiful cover:

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. This book is so pretty. Thankfully, the synopsis sounds interesting too, but it was a cover draw at first.

A book on your TBR you never plan on reading:

I’m not really sure…but the first one that comes to mind is City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. I’ve never been a huge fan of the Mortal Instruments or any of the characters. When it was first released, I was put off by the length of it all. And that will probably keep me from it for a while.

An unpublished book on your TBR you’re most excited about:

So many! Right now, my top two are Fairest by Marissa Meyer and Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales.

A book on your TBR basically everyone has read but you:

New Moon by Stephanie Meyer. I’ve only read Twilight and haven’t gotten around to finishing the rest of the series. It was so huge a couple of years ago and I really need to catch up with it.

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

369…which is a big number for me. I’ve seen some other huge numbers on other posts though! It makes me feel a little better that at least some of them are unpublished, but it is still a little scary to wonder if I’ll ever get to them all.

So… what do your Goodreads TBRs look like?

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Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry – Excerpt and Giveaway!

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Today, I am super excited to participate in the book blitz for Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry! This is the newest book in her Pushing the Limits series which I have loved so far. In fact you can even check out my reviews for these books here. I am very excited to get back into Noah and Echo’s story with this latest book. Keep reading for a giveaway and excerpt from Breaking the Rules!
Breaking the Rules (Pushing the
Limits #1.5)
Release Date: 12/08/14
Harlequin Teen
Summary from Goodreads:
A summer road trip changes
everything in this unforgettable new tale from acclaimed author Katie McGarry.
For new high school graduate Echo Emerson, a summer road trip out west with her
boyfriend means getting away and forgetting what makes her so… different. It
means seeing cool sights while selling her art at galleries along the way. And
most of all, it means almost three months alone with Noah Hutchins, the hot,
smart, soul-battered guy who’s never judged her. Echo and Noah share everything
— except the one thing Echo’s just not ready for.But when the source of Echo’s constant nightmares comes back into her life, she
has to make some tough decisions about what she really wants — even as foster
kid Noah’s search for his last remaining relatives forces them both to confront
some serious truths about life, love, and themselves.

Now, with one week left before college orientation, jobs and real life, Echo
must decide if Noah’s more than the bad-boy fling everyone warned her he’d be.
And the last leg of an amazing road trip will turn… seriously epic.

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About the Author
KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.


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Excerpt: 

From Echo’s Point of View

It’s like watching a horror film in slow motion. She tucks her hair behind her ears, gives Noah a hesitant smile and speaks. The girl is pretty—very pretty. I run my hand over the scars on my left arm. Sometimes I don’t understand why Noah’s with me. Especially when I’m so…

Noah answers the girl then motions at me with his chin. Both girls turn, and their faces fall. Noah waves. I wave back. Butterflies tumble in my stomach when he flashes his wicked grin.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Wish Would Get Their Own Book

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish. This week is for our top ten characters I wish would get their own book.

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1) Johanna Mason from Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – She has always been one of my favorite characters in this series! I think she would be a really fun and intricate character to read from.

2) Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (or any of her guys!) – I always love when romances feature both perspectives from the guy and the girl. It just is so cute to see them both falling in love! Cricket is my favorite Perkins boyfriend, so naturally, I had to pick him.

3) Gatsby from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – This is one of my favorite books of all time and the mystery that comes with Gatsby is part of the fun. It would be interesting to get his perspective of all the events in the book, but I still love how Nick told the story.

4) A from Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard – As much as I would love for this series to end, I would really enjoy at least one of the books told from the perspective of A. How she pulled it all off, how everything folded together on her side…

5) The Giver from The Giver by Lois Lowry – We get Jonas’ perspective, but I think it would be interesting to get the Giver’s perspective on Jonas and the last attempt at finding a new Giver.

6) Lady Macbeth from Macbeth by William Shakespeare – She’s insane and I love her. Another great complex character.

7) Lissa from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – We already get a little bit of her POV from Rose, but I would love a whole book just about Lissa, especially after seeing the movie.

8) Warner from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – He’s the bad boy! That would make it so much more fun. I also didn’t really like him until Ignite Me, so getting to see him earlier would be fun.

9) Gus from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – That would be hard book to read, but I love Gus so much! I think he would bring a really great other side of the story that we couldn’t get from Hazel.

10) Liam from The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – He’s just as much of a leader as Ruby, the main character, so I would like to see some more of him.

That’s my list! It’s actually a great topic that I’ve never really thought much about before. Except now I really need some of these…who was on your list?

Conversion by Katherine Howe Review

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Conversion by Katherine Howe

Published Putnam 2014

Genre: Young Adult Mystery

Format: Hardback from the library

b38bc-coollogo_com-221351400From the New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane comes a chilling mystery—Prep meets The Crucible

 It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.

First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.

Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . .

Inspired by true events—from seventeenth-century colonial life to the halls of a modern-day high school—Conversion casts a spell. With her signature wit and passion, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe delivers an exciting and suspenseful novel, a chilling mystery that raises the question, what’s really happening to the girls at St. Joan’s?

029c6-coollogo_com-9181998This book was really good! I picked this up on Halloween and it was the perfect read for that season. However, I really think anyone would like this book. It has so many different aspects from all genres.

The main part of Conversion was, of course, the mystery aspect. This illness all the girls get was really captivating. I always wanted to know what was going to happen next or who would catch this random disease. There are many little components as well that build up to the conclusion, pieces that don’t seem to make sense until the very end. All of the mystery was intriguing the entire time and took many different twists and turns. It wasn’t necessarily horror, although there were a few aspects tossed in (such as some of the more gruesome descriptions of the varying forms of the disease). The setting was also perfect for this type of story. The fancy prep school had really great detail and allowed for the story to flourish within the school.

Colleen, the main character, was super relatable. I liked how she was never at the forefront of the disease, contracting it right away or really even caring. It starts out farther away from her and grows closer into her group of friends. She has some of the best dialogue I have read recently – very up to date and like a regular teenage girl would speak. Her family is a very strong point of this book as well, which I appreciated. There is just a little bit of a romance, but not too much. It isn’t the major focus of the story at all.

The other perspective of this story was Ann, set in the colonial time period of the Salem Witch Trials. This part lagged at some points and was a little bit hard to understand with all the different characters. These sections are a little bit shorter and less frequent, so the characters are all really hard to keep up with. However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that these sections are so important to the overall story. I loved the moment when they finally tied together with the real world. It also added so much to the creepiness factor of the story and I really liked the overall feeling of these sections.

The entire book kept a very mysterious, creepy tone that really pushed me to give it the full five stars. Overall, this was a great mystery book for Halloween! I would highly suggest it and I can’t wait to check out more of Katherine Howe’s books.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to Reread

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish. This week is the top ten books I want to reread!

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)Slaughterhouse-FiveMockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Number the StarsThe Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

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  1. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – Having just finished this series, I would love to get back into the original, first book and rereading from the beginning all over again.
  2. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut – I recently read this one, but it has so many different messages, so I feel like I could get another new story out of this one every time.
  3. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – The movie is coming out soon, so I need to pick this up as a refresher!
  4. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry – I read this so long ago, but I really like books from this WW2 time period.
  5. The Maze Runner by James Dashner – The movie came out a while ago, but I hope to reread it before I get it on DVD.
  6. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green – Same as above. Plus, I didn’t like it the first time, so I would like to see if it improves the second time.
  7. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – I feel like I missed out on something the first time, and after reading more reviews, I would really like to reread it again to find some more of the themes other people saw while reading.
  8. 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad – One of my favorite books! I just love how creepy this one is so much.
  9. Villette by Charlotte Bronte – This is really long and has really hard language. When I started reading it, I was under a bit of a time crunch so I couldn’t fully process. It needs more time that it deserves.
  10. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer – This book means a lot, and I think I could get even more out of it the second time.

What books do you want to reread? I always find it hard to reread because I have so many other new books on my list!

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The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan Review

The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (Heroes of Olympus #5)

Published Disney Hyperion 2014

Genre: Children’s Fantasy

Format: Hardback

b38bc-coollogo_com-221351400Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it “might” be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

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I have been waiting for this book for a very long time. And sadly, it was disappointing.

The first main problem I had with this book was the selection of character points of view. Our five character perspectives were Jason, Piper, Leo, Reyna, and Nico. First, no Percy? Or Annabeth? I have read about Percy Jackson for around five years and have really grown up with this amazing character that I love so much. When it is the last book in a series with this character, I was really hoping to have his perspective for the last time. Even an Annabeth perspective would have even been better. However, these two very important main characters fell to the side, barely completing any important tasks or even keeping a real focus. They were not the only characters to suffer from this choice – I forgot Hazel and Frank were even there. The problems with the piece of wood and Hazel returning to the underworld just disappeared. There was no big deal surrounding that and these character did nothing for the entire book. They both were just kind of…there. Now, Jason’s perspective was good. I like Jason as a character, but there is something that doesn’t seem as genuine about him as Percy. Piper really shined during this. She stood up for herself and I loved seeing the relationship she made with Annabeth throughout the series. She really improved herself. Leo was a good choice. I liked his character, but he was missing something from the last books. Reyna and Nico’s perspectives were both boring, and I mostly skimmed through both of them. While I enjoyed hearing about these two characters, they have never been some of the main characters in the series. I didn’t feel a strong connection with any of them, as just side characters. I understand that we had to have some perspective in order to follow the Athena statue across the ocean and back to Camp Halfblood, but there was really only one perspective needed for that. Normally, I love the characters in this series, but this time they all just fell short.

My next problem was with the pacing of the plot. Everything just happened so quickly. There are two major battles that seemed to happen in a couple of pages, with a lack of detailed description. They ended before they really even started. I was not happy with seeing some of the most epic conclusions thrown to the side. It was almost like Riordan didnt’ really want to end the series, so just kind of trailed it off. There really was no conclusion that I needed.

Okay, so now for some things that I really did like. I loved how it kept the humor and wit and usage of Greek gods. They were all so snappy and intelligent. We get to see some more minor gods and little missions along the way to Athens, all of which were the best parts of the entire book. I loved the descriptions of the scenery and the settings around the Mediterranean. Piper made great strides as a character. Before leaving this series, I got to appreciate all seven of the demigods at least once throughout the five book series.

Overall, this wasn’t a bad book. It was just a little disappointing based on previous books and the high expectations I had set for it. The pacing and character choices were my main problem. The series didn’t really seem to come to a real ending, but this was still a great continuation of Percy Jackson, a character I will miss very much. Thank you, Rick Riordan, for writing an amazing series!

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