Review: Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn #1) – Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian


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

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

Author: Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Release Date: February 18, 2013

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 358

Payback is paradise in this start to a trilogy from “New York Times” bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.
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 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.

2 out of 5 stars


This book went so quickly, BUT it seemed so unnecessary to me.

Just a little background here. These three girls, who barely know each other, decide to take down their enemies randomly one day when they see one another in the school bathroom.

Lillia decides to take revenge on this guy named Alex who she saw her little sister with. She is best friends with him, but doesn’t actually ask him what was going on, she just assumed they were hooking up. She doesn’t get his side of the story and just decides to destroy his life…. seems…. valid? ehh not really.

Kat decides to take revenge on her ex best friend (lol at that even being said) because the ex friend, Rennie, kicked her out of the friend group at the beginning of high school. AKA three years ago. Yeah, Rennie was rude, but does it mean she needs to hurt her? ehhhhhhh probably not.

Finally the only (semi) valid need for revenge comes from Mary. Mary decides to take revenge on a super rude guy who bullied her to a suicide attempt. His name is Reeve. He was a backstabber who was her friend ONLY depending on the circumstance.

These three stories collide that day in the bathroom where they’re all upset about something. To make this more interesting, Lillia is friends with Alex, Reeve, and Rennie. So, Lillia is attacking her entire friend group, but she’s just okay with it without much thought…. okay.

The plan to get back at Alex is to make him unable to hook up with any girls ever again. Kat hooked up with him the summer before so she has some history. Anyway. So the first thing they decide to do is put something in his sunscreen that will make him SUPER sensitive to the sun. That’s just an evil move because it’s physically harming him. I had a problem with that because the girls seemed to have ABSOLUTELY NO MORALS, but you know. Teens these days.

So while they decide to go and destroy his skin, Lillia just gets “caught up in the moment” and she throws a rock through his SUV’s back window. This was kind of funny because this is so illegal! Destruction of property is not an adequate way to get revenge on someone for maybe possibly kissing a younger sister. I actually laughed when I read this because it was so childish. Then they decide to steal his journal/book of poetry and copy one of the poems to put up all over the school. Again, childish, but then they do it and Kat sets off the fire alarm blah blah. This sentence actually gets said: “They won’t find one, [meaning a fire] but Alex is going to get burned.”

Are you serious. That line was in the fricking book. It’s just so dumb it’s almost funny.

The whole book they’re getting back at Alex and he didn’t even do anything! It was all a huge misunderstanding which just makes it worse. Then the revenge for the other two takes place over the last 50ish pages. They decide to make sure Rennie doesn’t get homecoming queen, and they DRUG Reeve with ecstasy.

They drug him so he’ll get kicked off the football team. wha. They buy liquid ecstasy to put in his drink at the homecoming dance. He ends up falling off a stage and being possibly paralyzed, but the girls only talk about how they don’t want to get caught! Again with the whole no morals thing.

Also randomly Mary has some sort of supernatural abilities?

There were quite a few triggers in this book that should be prefaced. There was talk of suicide. Extreme bullying. And an unspoken about, but slightly mentioned eating disorder. These elements weren’t elaborated enough on to make a difference in the sense of explaining or saying they’re wrong and scary, but just mentioned so you know there are some imperfect parts about the girls.

I don’t think there was a lot of good in this book other than the fact that it read quickly. I finished it in a few days, and that’s the only reason I gave it 2 stars instead of 1. This characters in this book seemed too childish for it to be considered YA, but had too many difficult topics to be middle grade. This is NOT how high schoolers act, and if it is, there needs to be some serious talking about our society as a whole. I will not be continuing on with this series, but you’re welcome to give it a try lol.

Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) – Jenny Han


To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) – Jenny Han

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Title: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Author: Jenny Han

Release Date: April 15, 2014

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 355

Source: Bookstore

Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Lara Jean has loved 5 boys in her life. She set aside her feelings for each and every one of them by writing them a goodbye love letter. She kept all of these letters in a hatbox that her mother gave to her before she died. She writes the letters and pours all of her emotions into them, addresses them, then puts them in her hatbox. One day she finds out that the letters are sent to all five of the boys. One is sent back to her, one is sent to a boy who turns out to be gay, one of them never responds, one of them is sent to the cool kid of her grade, and one is sent to her sister’s boyfriend.The cool guy, Peter, just got dumped by his girlfriend and confronts Lara Jean about the letter. They decide to fake going out to cover up the feelings for her sister’s boyfriend, Josh, who lives next door. They create a contract and act like a couple because he wants to make his ex-girlfriend jealous, and she doesn’t want her sister’s boyfriend to know she has feelings for him. It’s all going well until she realizes that she has feelings for him again. She doesn’t know if he actually likes her or if it’s just the act. She’s too chicken to actually tell him that her goodbye love letter didn’t work… I loved this book so much. Jenny Han is an amazing writer. Her books are so real. The way the relationship was formed was so beautiful. I read this book in one day. It was one of the best books I’ve ever read in my life.

Characters:

Lara Jean is the main character and her love interest is Peter, the cool kid in school. Lara Jean lives with her two sisters, Margot and Kitty, and her father, Danny. She is very family oriented and when her older sister Margot goes to college abroad, she becomes the oldest girl in the household. Lara becomes the mother-figure to Kitty and takes responsibility of all the things Margot did before she left along with all her responsibilities. I honestly loved Lara Jean. I loved the way she interacted with her family and Peter. Peter is the most perfect human. Book crush…check.

Who Would I Be?:

Obviously I would choose Lara Jean. She’s so cute and she has Peter all to herself. Peter is the perfect match for her. Everything about him is perfect for her. He’s nice and he loves her. The steps to there relationship were absolutely perfect. Thank you to the authors that are talented and make characters so perfectly flawed. I love all of you who can create a person in my head. I fell in love with Peter’s personality. You can’t see a character with your eyes. You have to imagine them. That’s the best way to fall in love; personality and character over looks.

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May Book Haul


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  1. Password to Larkspur Lane (Nancy Drew #10) – Carolyn Keene
  2. Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple
  3. An Off Year – Claire Zulkey
  4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) – Jenny Han
  5. Law of Attraction (Anna Curtis #1) – Allison Leotta
  6. Save as Draft – Cavanaugh Lee
  7. Covenant: A Novel (Ethan Warner #1) – Dean Crawford
  8. Paint it Black – Janet Fitch
  9. Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet – Jennifer Homans
  10. The Skin Map (Bright Empires #1) – Stephen R. Lawhead

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Review: We’ll Always Have Summer (Summer #3) – Jenny Han


We’ll Always Have Summer (Summer #3) – Jenny Han

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Title: We’ll Always Have Summer (Summer #3)

Author: Jenny Han

Release Date: April 26, 2011

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 291

Source: Bookstore

It’s been two years since Conrad told Belly to go with Jeremiah. She and Jeremiah have been inseparable ever since, even attending the same college– only, their relationship hasn’t exactly been the happily ever after Belly had hoped it would be. And when Jeremiah makes the worst mistake a boy can make, Belly is forced to question what she thought was true love. Does she really have a future with Jeremiah? Has she ever gotten over Conrad? It’s time for Belly to decide, once and for all, who has her heart forever.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

This was the perfect ending to the Summer Trilogy. I loved this book. I started this morning and finished it around 1:45. I really enjoyed this book and it makes me want summer to come. This book was about Jeremiah proposing to Belly right at the end of her freshman year in college. She loves him, so she says yes. They think the families will be happy for them, but it turns out they highly disapprove. Everyone says they’re much too young to be making big decisions, like getting married. She loves Jere, but does she love him enough to spend the rest of her life with him? Did she fall for the wrong Fisher boy in the end? We’ll Always Have Summer is a realistic take on a college couple getting in over their heads. I love the whole story and all the characters in it.

Characters:

I have been team Conrad for most of the time throughout this series and this book was no exception. Conrad and Belly are perfect together and tehy make the perfect couple. I didn’t like Jere in this book. I’ve never really disliked Jere, but in this one he got irritating and really selfish. People who have read this book understand why Jere is so irritating to me. That is one of the worst, most unforgivable things anyone could ever do. Jere and Belly weren’t meant to be and it really becomes obvious in this book. Belly and Conrad, though, they are perfect. :)

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose to be Conrad because what he did at the end of the book was really brave. I would want to feel what that kind of bravery would feel like. He risked his relationship with his own brother to follow the girl he loved. He chose to act on being in love and in the end it worked out for him.

Series:

It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer #2) – Jenny Han

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Top Ten Tuesday (3)


This week on Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Books that Will Make You Swoon. I have picked some books that have really well written romance in them and the ones I really liked. :)

1. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green *review*

Hazel Grace and Augustus have one of my absolute favorite romances from any book I’ve ever read. It’s so cute and so real. I think something like that could actually happen and I really enjoyed that throughout the book.

2. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell *review*

I love love love Cath and Levi’s relationship in this book. This couple is adorable. It was so cute that I almost think it couldn’t happen, but I still love it and its one of my favorite books.

3. Minutes Before Sunset (The Timely Death Trilogy #1) – Shannon A. Thompson *review*

I got the opportunity to read this book sent from Shannon Thompson herself and it surprised me how good it was. I love Eric and Jessica together. I love the idea of how their stories come together and it is amazingly written.

4. The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence #1) – Jessica Sorensen

Okay, I’m excited now. I just looked this up on Goodreads and saw there were three books in this series. Oh my goodness. I need to reread this book anyway because I really enjoyed it, but now I can read the others as well! Oh em gee. Anyway, I love this book. This is the first New Adult book I read and I had no idea what New Adult was at the time. I thought it was a Young Adult book, but then I read it and NOT YA. I love Callie and Kayden though and cannot wait to reread and read the sequels.

5. It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer #2) – Jenny Han *review*

I am really enjoying these books and I love Belly and Conrad and Belly and Jeremiah for different reasons. At the beginning I was team Conrad, but then once I read the second book I was rooting for Jeremiah. Jenny Han did an excellent job of giving both of them an equal chance with Belly, but I hope she ends up with Jeremiah.

6. Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) – Richelle Mead *review*

Lissa and Dimitri are absolutely perfect together and it makes it even better because their love is “forbidden.” It’s the perfect Romeo and Juliet kind of thing…. except with vampires…. :)

7. Envy (The Fury Trilogy #2) – Elizabeth Miles *review*

I love Em and her relationship the love interest. The end of the first book was better with this because you understood where they met and everything, but the second describes how she should have fallen for him before and she shouldn’t have had to have a run-in with the Furies. I really enjoy these books and they will definitely make you swoon.

8. Evolution (Evolution #1) – Kelly Carrero *review*

I absolutely adore the relationship between Jade and Aiden. I love how he is so protective of her and the whole story just makes me so happy.

9. City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) – Cassandra Clare

Clary and Jace are perfect. They are wonderful, but I want to have Jace all to myself, so they aren’t my favorite couple. I love Simon and Izzy, but Alec and Magnus are my favorite couple. They are so cute together and the TMI fandom doesn’t care that they’re gay. It makes them much more likeable because it’s different.

10. The Season – Sarah MacLean

I adore this book and I plan to reread it because I liked it so much. This is one of my favorite Historical Fiction novels because it’s very girly, but I really relate to the main character.

Review: It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer #2) – Jenny Han


It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer #2) – Jenny Han

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Title: It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer #2)

Author: Jenny Han

Release Date: April 27, 2010

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 288

Source: Bought from bookstore

Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?

It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.

But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started–at Cousins Beach.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

I really enjoyed Jenny Han’s writing style and I really loved this story. I like that the summer house in Cousins is their place. It’s their real home and as long as they’re all together, it’s for all of them. I love that this book is touching but not cry-your-eyes-out sad. It does get sad at some parts, but then some parts make you laugh. I find myself liking the second books in trilogies better than the first because all the world building is over and you can concentrate on the characters and the storyline and the development of the characters. I love how this book has flashbacks all throughout the story. I really enjoyed this because through the first book there wasn’t many flashbacks and I really enjoy getting to know the characters more and more. I look forward to reading the third and final book in this trilogy.

Characters:

I love the characters in this trilogy. They are so… real. I feel like I could meet someone exactly like them and be comfortable talking to them. Belly grew so much in this book in particular vs. the first. She finally realizes that Conrad isn’t all that he’s cracked up to be. My favorite part about Belly is that she’s becoming more independent and the whole book wasn’t about her moping arounnd about Susannah. Jeremiah, Conrad’s brother, is definitely a new book crush. I’m team Jeremiah all the way. Conrad doesn’t understand Belly the way he should. He “cheated” Belly’s heart by dating Aubrey. (of course the evil girfriend and I would have the same name…)

Who Would I Be?:

I would want to be Belly because I would love to have a summerhouse to look forward to all year. I want that in my life. Wating for summer and then when it does come there would be no worries in the world. You leave your old life behind for the summer. If I was Belly I would have her be in love with Jeremiah because… he’s Jeremiah, enough said. :)

Series:

We’ll Always Have Summer (Summer #3) – Jenny Han

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Woah, Dere Wednesday (5)


I just finished The Legend of the Moonstone: A Series for Kids and Young Adults – Meglena Ivanova. Check out my review! *linked above* I am currently reading It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer #2) – Jenny Han. I really enjoyed the first one and need a quick and light hearted read right now. I finished the first one in a day, so I think I’ll be able to finish this one relatively quick. I’m very excited about this book because, like I said, I loved the first. If I can manage to finish this book before the end of the month, I will pick up Shadowland (The Immortals #3) – Alyson Noël to continue on with the story.

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Quick update:

The author of Fury (The Fury Trilogy #1) – Elizabeth Miles and Envy (The Fury Trilogy #2) – Elizabeth Miles tweeted to me about my review on my blog and followed me on Twitter. *Elizabeth Miles Twitter* She also had someone tweet to her about my blog saying “Awesome to see @MilesBooks FURY on the top ten tuesday list!” This Twitter page also linked my blog in their tweet. *Paper Lantern Lit Twitter*

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