Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian are an excellent writing team, and together they've created a very engaging story with a great island setting in Burn for Burn, the first in a new trilogy. While the retribution that the girls exact on the three people who have done them wrong is intense and smart, what's so compelling about this book is not the revenge angle or the details of the pranks, but the characterization. Despite the fact that the book is broken up into the three perspectives, Kat emerges as the protagonist and instigator. She's very independent and bad-ass, but she has her vulnerabilities and she learns a lot through this experience. Lillia is very loyal and protective of her sister, and though she has a lot of money, she tries to be generous and is kind. Mary is quite sensitive and delicate, but she's not powerless. She's a bit of an enigma, and the mystery surrounding her only builds as the book progresses. The plot unfolds quite nicely, and just as the girls don't hold back when it comes to revenge, the consequences aren't minor either. Han and Vivian wrap up the book with a lot on the line, and it will be very interesting to see what happens to the girls and their victims in book two.
Cover Comments: I love, love, love this cover. The girls on the cover look so much like the characters, and the coloring is so soft and pretty, which is an interesting juxtaposition to the intensity and seriousness of the story. It's beautiful! (And as a bonus--when I was at the Simon & Schuster cocktail party, Jenny and Siobhan said that this is the product of a photo shoot and the other cover photos were shot as well, so they'll all match! Yay!)
ARC picked up at Simon & Schuster party.
Burn for Burn will be out on September 18th, 2012.