The novel Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian is the third book in the Burn for Burn trilogy. In order to understand what is going on in this book, you must read the first two books in the trilogy, Burn for Burn and Fire with Fire. The novel is about three teenage girls, Kat, Mary, and Lillia, living in a place near Boston called Jar Island who want revenge on different people. They formed an agreement to get revenge on different people, and the only catch is that if they forget the pact, they become fair game.
The novel splits between the point of views of Kat, Lillia, and Mary, which makes it extra interesting because it gives insight into each of the characters thoughts and actions.
The book begins at the funeral of Rennie, a popular girl who was friends with both Lillia and Kat. Rennie’s death largely affects the plot of the book because of events that occurred in the previous books of this series. In the beginning of the series, it was told that Reeve bullied Mary the point that she committed suicide.
Mary’s part in the revenge pact was to get revenge on Reeve. This is Mary’s goal throughout the book. She has the internal struggle of figuring out why she is a spirit that hasn’t moved on, and works to help herself try to do her unfinished business.
I would definitely recommend this book to any teen reader, although you would need to read Burn for Burn and Fire with Fire before reading Ashes to Ashes. These books were filled with romance, mystery, and fantasy. There was also an element of suspense that made this book impossible to put down. As the book progressed, the plot became more and more intense, and I couldn’t stop reading. I enjoyed each character, because they each had their own personalities; they each had some good qualities, but they also had some bad. Not being perfect people made the characters come alive more in my mind because they were more realistic .The conflicting thoughts from characters about doing what you want to do and doing what’s right also developed a strong theme to the book. The characters had things that they had their hearts set on, but decided to give them up in order to save the lives of their, friends, families, and other citizens of Jar Island. Although I loved reading this book, and I recommend it, I didn’t particularly enjoy the ending. I was hoping something else would happen, and I was a little disappointed to learn of the sad ending.