REVIEW: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han

to all the boys ive loved before books keep me saneTitle: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1)

Author: Jenny Han

Genre: YA Contemporary

Release Date: April 15th 2014

Purchase: Amazon (Kindle, Hardcover)

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

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I was so excited to read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before because I love Jenny Han’s other books and the story seems really fun and interesting. And this book did not disappoint me!

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MINI REVIEW: Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn #2) by Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han

Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn, #2)Title: Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn #2)

Author: Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han

Genre: YA Paranormal

Release Date: August 13th 2013

Purchase: Amazon (Kindle or Hardcover)

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When 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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I really adored Burn for Burn so I was really excited to read this. First of all, I think the cover is gorgeous. I have a soft spot for pretty covers. I did mention that Burn for Burn was “tamer” than I expected. But Fire with Fire brought it up a notch this time which I really love.

The three main characters have very distinct identities so it’s not confusing to read their point of views. I think I have mentioned this in my review for Burn for Burn but I really love Kat’s personality. She’s strong and feisty! And yet she knows how to have fun.

“It’s all about attitude. You act like you’re the shit and guys are so dumb they’ll totally believe it.”

I also like Lillia, she’s not the typical stuck-up rich brat. She’s actually very nice! The character I’m the least fond of is Mary, she’s too soft for my liking. I understand what she’s been through but I just want to see more fierceness in her, you know?

Overall, the book is great. In fact I think this is better than the previous book. What I do not love, however, is the cliffhanger in the end. It was also my biggest pet peeve in the first book. But oh well, I guess I can do nothing but to patiently wait for the third book to come out.

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

Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn, #1)Title: Burn for Burn

Author: Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Genre: YA Contemporary

Release Date: September 18th, 2012

Purchase: Amazon (Kindle or Paperback)

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Postcard-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?

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I was randomly surfing Goodreads when I came upon this book. The title burn for Burn instantly reminded me of the saying “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”. The title intrigued me so I read the blurb. My first impression of the book is that the plot is somehow the same with Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl. I was hesitant to read it at first. I kept thinking, “Will this be a good novel?” There’s only one way to find out—read the novel. And read I did.

Burn for Burn is a story of three girls, Lillia, Mary and Kat. They want to seek revenge to the people who they think have wronged them. I find the main storyline too cliché. How many novels have had the same plot? But nevertheless I kept my mind open to the possibility that this won’t get too cliché and predictable as other novels.

This is Karma. I’m a bitch. Can you think of anyone who deserves a bitch slap?

Lillia, Mary and Kat each have very distinct personalities. Lillia is the popular, rich girl that everyone thinks is pretty and innocent and perfect. Mary is the emotionally-wreaked transfer student who has a dark past she doesn’t want to run away from anymore. And Kat is the headstrong, feisty chick who’s always capable of uttering the most vulgar words. I love how they are very different with each other and each of them is really intriguing in their own way.

I was really skeptical of the book at first. Would it measure up to my expectations? As I read it I find it okay, not really great but okay. But then the story kinds of grow on you and in no time I was engrossed with the book. I just think that the book was “tamer” than I expected. I expected there will be murder, blackmail or kidnapping or some crazy stuff like those things but there wasn’t. Still, I find the book good.

There’s only one thing I do not like about the book and that’s the supernatural element in it. I think the story will be more believable if there’s no supernatural element to it. But nevertheless I really like it and it definitely piqued my curiosity. I can’t wait to read the second book to the series—Fire with Fire.

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