Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian Review

Ashes to Ashes (Burn for Burn, #3)

Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (Burn for Burn #3)

Published Simon and Schuster 2014

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Format: Hardback

*There will be spoilers for the first two books in this series, Burn for Burn and Fire with Fire! I have reviews for both of these, but I really recommend this series if it sounds like something you would be interested in.

b38bc-coollogo_com-221351400New Year’s Eve ended with a bang and Mary, Kat and Lillia may not be prepared for what is to come. After Rennie’s death, Kat and Lillia try to put the pieces together of what happened to her. They both blame themselves. If Lillia hadn’t left with Reeve… If Kat had only stayed with Rennie… Things could have been different. Now they will never be the same. Only Mary knows the truth about that night. About what she is. She also knows the truth about Lillia and Reeve falling in love, about Reeve being happy when all he deserves is misery, just like the misery he caused her. Now their childish attempts at revenge are a thing of the past and Mary is out for blood. Will she leave anything in her wake or will all that remain be ashes?

029c6-coollogo_com-9181998I feel like this series took a bad twist somewhere. Actually, the somewhere is when the paranormal ghost aspect began. I would have liked the whole series more without that. However, since it happened, I will be reviewing the rest of book not out of spite for the missed opportunity, but for what happened.

Lillia, Lillia, Lillia. She’s always been my favorite throughout the entire series and that continued in this book. Her relationship with Reeve is always super cute. Most of the beginning of this was focused on Lillia and Reeve. They have so much chemistry and I loved their relationship. I’m not too happy with the twist it took at the end, especially in the epilogue. Just saying, you can’t have that much chemistry with someone and none with another person and then everything switches in the end. Sorry, not sorry.

Kat became my favorite character after Lillia starting making stupid relationship decisions, but I liked her so much that it wasn’t hard for her to get to that point. I loved her spunk through everything and where she ended up in the end. She’s so dedicated to her friends and her family. Kat really made huge progress from the beginning of the series to the end. Overall, I was the most happy with her.

Now, the major problem I had with this book. Mary. Mary took a huge U-turn as a character. Seriously, you could not recognize her from the first book to this one. It’s not positive character development either. All of a sudden, the dark, vengeful contemporary turned into a wild ghost story. Mary became evil, spiteful, rude, and malicious. She goes on a death hunt, trying to kill literally everyone, even her friends that she used to value. It was not at all what I expected and I really wasn’t happy with how it happened. Mary took a total nose dive as a character. Getting over that, I did enjoy parts of the ghost story. I liked how Kat stood up and really fought back against it, the total opposite of how Lillia reacted. I liked how creepy it got, how haunting. There was a little bit too much at sometimes. I definitely wanted Mary to let it go. Reeve had clearly moved on and was being a nice person, but Mary lost it multiple times as a ghost. I also didn’t really understand how her being a ghost tied into the first two books, especially considering that she seemed so real in the first two books.

Overall, I was disappointed with this ending. Mary as a ghost, Lillia’s relationship decisions, and the final conclusion just weren’t enough for me. However, I did really enjoy this series and would recommend it.

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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…


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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Burn For Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian Review

Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn, #1)

Burn For Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (Burn for Burn #1)

Published Simon and Schuster 2012

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Format: Paperback

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b38bc-coollogo_com-221351400Postcard-perfect Jar Island is the kind of place where nobody locks their doors at night, where parents can sleep easy, knowing their daughters are tucked away safe and sound in their beds.

But bad things can happen, even to good girls . . . and sometimes, the only way to make things right is to do something wrong.

Lillia used to trust boys, but not anymore. Not after what happened this summer. And she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her little sister from the same fate.

Kat is over the rumors, the insults, the cruel jokes made at her expense. It all goes back to one person–her ex-best friend. Someone needs to teach her a lesson, and, with Lillia and Mary behind her, Kat feels up to the task.

Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she’s not the same girl anymore. Now that she’s got friends who have her back, he’s going to be in big trouble.

Three very different girls who come together to make things right. Will they go too far?


I liked this book, but then again there were some things that I really didn’t like.

The book is told from three points of view from all three girls. I’m really interested to know how the two authors split the task of writing the book because it’s typically done with two POVs from each author, but that wouldn’t really work in this case. I really liked Lillia’s chapters and she was my favorite of the girls. She had the best reasons for doing this revenge and her relationship with her sister was so cute. However, I found her intentions a little weird because she never really had a good reasoning for joining in the first place. It just seemed like she was there as Kat’s ‘in’ to the popular group, who was the main group attacked. Kat was so annoying and I really hated her character. She was really ungrateful to Lillia and Mary, even though they would risk everything to do the revenge. She also pushed it way too far on multiple occasions. Her chapters were the worst because I really just didn’t like her character. Mary was nice and all her backstory was just so sad…I feel like she has the best reason for revenge of the group. However, I didn’t really like the paranormal aspect she brought to the story. It felt random and thrown in there, totally out of place in this genre and book. (Did she remind anyone else of Carrie?)

The revenge plot was really interesting and it was my favorite thing about the book. It reminded me of a high school version of the television show Revenge! The girls are not nice about anything they do and it sometimes gives them disastrous results. It’s not fun to watch them destroy their classmates, but it is intriguing how they pull everything off. I really liked the friendship the girls form through doing everything, especially as Lillia struggles with acting innocently around her friends.

This book also contains some heavy topics such as drug use, bullying, suicide, and date rape. These topics aren’t the main point of the book and are just covered in flashbacks, but drive most of the action that occurs. It gives a good background as to what is happening without getting into too many details to take away the revenge topic. All of the girls have some personal problems that drive them to start along this path of revenge. While I have seen it done better, it delivers.

Overall, this book was okay. Two of the three characters were hard for me to like and connect with. The plot drove most of the book for me and the revenge concept was well executed. I’m looking forward to continuing on with the series.



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