I have found my new favorite series guys. Like holy cow I could not put these books down.
I never used to be one for cliche young adult novels. But then I read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and I fell in love with the genre. I actually heard about the Burn for Burn series around a year ago, sometime around when I heard of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, but I never connected that they were written by the same author until I was a couple chapters away from finishing the second book.
At that time I also realized that the other co-author of the trilogy wrote a book I randomly read almost two years ago. I guess you can say I really love these girls’ writing if I’m finding their books without even looking!
The series as a whole
I loved the idea behind this trilogy. A group of girls going after high school enemies? Yes please. I may not like drama in my own life, but I love reading about it. Plus, it’s fun to imagine I’m still in high school and not worrying about how to be an adult.
So quick overall thoughts without spoilers:
I burned through this series. Like I’m pretty sure I finished all three books within a week. I can’t remember the last time I read any book, let alone a series, that quickly.
Also, I’m a huge fan of how they’re told in alternating point of views. So the chapters rotate between Mary, Lillia, and Kat’s POV. But they aren’t in that order, nor do the ever really have a real pattern. I’m a huge fan of this style writing because in real life we only ever see things from our own POV, meaning we don’t know the whole story. Telling a story from multiple POV broadens the story and really connects you to more characters.
I want every book to do this now. Also, I really want a book written from Reeve’s POV.
(Sorry, that may or may not have been a spoiler.)
These women just do an amazing of job of writing things that really hit home with me. They don’t skirt around the heavy stuff and just write about high school drama and fluff. These books contain heavy subjects with real-life consequences which is why I love them so much. I can relate to the characters and what they’re going through. Especially the whole “first love” plot line.
(That one’s not a spoiler. Promise.)
Burn for Burn
Right away I was transported back to when I was in high school as I started reading this book. And right away I noticed how cliche the main popular clique was, but I was okay with it because I was in the mood for cliche.
The book wasted no time getting to the girls starting their revenge plot, which made sense but it still seemed rushed to me. Also, I feel they focused way too much on one person they were going after and barely did anything for Mary and Kat’s targets.
There were parts involving Mary that made me angry, because she thought she had powers of some kind. That continues throughout the series, but I eventually got over it. (Not okay with it though.)
Description from GoodReads:
“Big girls don’t cry…they get even.
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.”
Fire with Fire
Personally this was my favorite of the three books. Probably because it included a lot of romance, and I’ve been a sucker for those lately.
The book was so focused on the romance of two characters that I honestly forgot this was supposed to be a book about revenge. Which is actually smart on the author’s part because that’s exactly what happened in the story, Lillia forgot she was going in for revenge not true love.
This book also went more into detail about the idea toxic relationships, like what Reeve and Mary had as kids. Which I think it very important to note and bring up to young audiences who this book is aimed for.
This book also had a huge plot twist, which usually I’m a fan of, but I did not like how the authors went about introducing it.
Description from GoodReads:
“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 was ever a pact.
But there is something seriously wrong with sweet, little Mary. If she can’t control her anger, she’s sure someone will get hurt. Mary understands now that it’s not just that Reeve bullied her—it’s that he made her love him.
It seems once a fire is lit, the only thing you can do is let it burn…”
Ashes to Ashes
I do have to say the last installment was a little disappointing. I feel like the authors tried to rush everything or they didn’t know how to get to their ending so they just tied it up speedy quick thinking readers wouldn’t notice.
Newsflash: I did.
Okay, maybe that was a bit harsh. While yes, the book could have been extended a bit I do really like how it ended. The epilogue actually had me in tears, and I’ve only cried reading two books before.
Description from GoodReads (edited to prevent spoilers):
“New Year’s Eve ended with a bang and Mary, Kat and Lillia may not be prepared for what is to come.
[Kat and Lillia] 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. 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?”
I finished the series weeks ago but I’m still so hyped up about it. I just need someone to talk to about it! Preferably someone who has read it because there’s so much I can’t say on here because I don’t want to spoil everything for you! I despise spoilers.