Don’t just fight the system…burn it.
Since discovering she is a shape-shifting, fire-breathing dragon on her sixteenth birthday (surprise!), Bryn McKenna’s world has been thrown into chaos. Being a “crossbreed”—part Red dragon and part Blue—means Bryn will never fit in. Not with dragon society. Not with the archaic and controlling Directorate. And definitely not when she has striped hair and a not-so-popular affection for rule-breaking…
But sneaking around with her secret boyfriend, Zavien, gets a whole lot harder when he’s betrothed to someone else. Someone who isn’t a mixed breed and totally forbidden. And for an added complication, it turns out Bryn’s former archnemesis Jaxon Westgate isn’t quite the evil asshat she thought. Now she’s caught between her desire to fit in and a need to set things on fire. Literally.
Because if Bryn can’t adapt to the status quo…well, then maybe it’s time for her to change it.
When I finished reading Going Down In Flames (book 1), I was immediately happy and sad. I was very happy because I loved the book, but I was sad because the book was over and I wanted to know what happened next! I immediately contacted the author, Chris Cannon, and asked her when the sequel would be coming out. Much to my delight, she told me that it was coming out in January, and there would probably be review copies available. Well guess what? I was able to score one of the review copies of the sequel, Bridges Burned, and it was just as amazing as the first book!
Bridges Burned continued right where Going Down In Flames left off. The beginning of the book immediately made me remember why I loved this series so much. Bryn, the main character, was hysterical. After all, when most people are almost killed by poisonous carrot cake, they don’t normally joke about it only a couple days later. Yet Bryn did just that! It wasn’t just Bryn who was amazing though. I fell in love with all of the characters. I also gained a new book boyfriend. Valmont is mine! I claim him! No one else shall have him. 😛 All jokes aside, I honestly did love all of the characters, from Bryn to Jason (former enemy turned frenemy) to Bryn’s grandparents (very strict yet were very funny) to Ivy (Bryn’s best friend). They were all amazing.
This book also deals with an important message that I want to address. In this society, Blue dragons are known for not having feelings, and always putting honor above everything else, including compassion. I LOVE the fact that Bryn didn’t go with the crowd mindlessly, and instead stood up for what she believed in. I think that was very important to address, and while it was just one part of the book, it was something substantial to me. I love it when YA books have morals- I honestly think that it adds a huge part to the plot.
I loved this book and would highly recommend it. I give it 5/5stars.
Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures. Going Down In Flames is the first book in Chris Cannon’s shape-shifting dragon series.