Friday, 17 July 2015

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

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Paranormal
Published: September 16, 2014 by: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 387
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
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Be prepared for the most rambly review ever, because I really need to rant. That being said, this review is also covered in spoilers, so if you have not read this book, do not highlight the white areas,or don't even read this review at all. Here we go:

Ashes to Ashes was the thrilling, (and somewhat shocking) conclusion to the Burn for Burn trilogy. Here, Mary is back in full force, ready to get revenge on not only Reeve, but also the girls she once trusted. Meanwhile, Kat and Lillia are still trying to come to terms with their futures, and why everything seems to be going wrong ever since Mary disappeared. 

I was quite impressed with this book. Halfway through the series, there is a genre change when more paranormal aspects appear. I thought that this added quite a lot of interest to the book, however some things I felt were left unresolved. I didn't find the characters strong either.

Like I said, I loved the rising action, and the eerieness that was added. I was kept intrigued throughout the entire book, and nothing left me uninterested. I loved how this book contained two genres that worked perfectly with each other, without being cheesy. There were twists and turns that kept me wanting to find out what happens next.

This book however, was kind of a let down in comparison to the other two. I felt as if a lot of the characters annoyed me ,and most of them were impulsive, naive and conceited. Lillia should know better to not go after her deceased friend's ex-boyfriend! Even if they weren't on good terms, it's simple ethics. I found her to be a bit whiny, so oblivious to everything happening, and manipulated by Reeve.

I also didn't like Mary as much. I found her to be kind of harsh in a sense. She went out of her way to make Kat and Lillia's lives miserable, which I don't think was fair. I thought for sure she would kill them in the end. Even though in the end she turned out to be good, I didn't like her actions leading up to it.

Now to that ending, that dreaded ending. The whole series leads up to this dramatic conclusion that: doesn't happen. The book ends in the blink of an eye, and then we get a three page epilogue telling us about all of the character's lives after graduation. It was kind of a waste of time, because I want to know more about what happened to Mary, not that Reeve and Lillia live happily ever after. 

All this being said, I enjoyed reading about the paranormal aspects, and I thought that Kat and Alex provided some great comic relief. They were by far my favourites from this book. I just found that this ending lacked a lot, and I wished Lillia and Mary were portrayed differently. 

Have you read Ashes to Ashes? What did you think?

Emily @ Paperback Princess


  1. To be honest I forcefully hated Ashes to Ashes. I put it aside for the weekend so I could read it in one seat but I ended up reading it for days because I was so annoyed and bored. I liked Reeve's character, I liked that he changed and admitted his mistakes, however I hated Alex. He was such a loser and, as far as I see, did absolutely nothing to get Lillie but whined. Them being together in the end? It felt like Lillie only settled down with him because she couldn't find anyone she loved passionately. I used to love all three girls but in this book I hated them all. Kat barely had any role in the novel but university talk... and then she didn't go where she'd planned to all her life. What the what? Can we get an explanation, perhaps? Lillie became extremely annoying and made the dumbest decisions. And Mary.. let's not talk about her. I actually wrote a review - check it out if you want to know why I hated it so much. No pressure, though. :)
    Lovely review. :)

    1. Haha yes!!! I was so frustrated that Kat didn't even end up going to the damn school that takes up 95% of her conversations. And Lillia was just too impulsive in her decisions. I actually read your review before I started the book because I wanted to see what people thought of it. Now I 100% see where you're coming from. Thanks Veronika!

  2. I'm still a little reluctant about this series. I've been thinking about it for some time now. Now that I've read your review, I might at last give it a try (don't worry I didn't read any of the spoilers :D)

    1. You should definitely give it a try, but I warn you, this book will frustrate you!