Wednesday, January 28, 2015

{Blog Tour + Review + GIveaway} Bridges Burned (Going Down in Flames #2) by Chris Cannon @ccannonauthor @entangledteen

 Bridges Burned (Going Down in Flames, #2)

Bridges Burned (Going Down in Flames #2)
Release Date: 01/19/15
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

{Details} Kindle Edition, 312 pages. Published January 19th 2015 by Entangled Teen. Source: ebook provided in exchange for an honest review.

{Rating} 4/5 - I really liked it!

"On the drive back to school, Bryn reflected on how her life had recently gone to hell." (page 1, line 1)
Bridges Burned picks up right after the first book, Going Down in Flames, ended - if you haven't read it go do it now, it's awesome. Bryn is still fabulously sassy, mouthy, independent, with a huge appetite. Bryn really grows up in this book as her life changes again and again and endures heartbreak, betrayal, and threats all around her.

As to the other characters: I wasn't a fan of the turn in the Zavien storyline. Without spoiling things I was confused about what happened, it's like he had a personality transplant between book one and two. I loved Clint and Ivy, the best friends a girl could ask for, and their comments about killing Zavien were laugh out loud. Surprisingly Jaxon is growing on me. He's still snooty and bossy and strikes sparks off of Bryn because in so many ways they're very alike but he's actually a decent guy deep down. And Valmont, Bryn's knight? He didn't really stand out for me in book one but I came to adore him, he's kind and charming and the shoulder Bryn needs to lean on. I'm interested in find out what's going to happen there. Is there more to the dragon/knight connection? Is a romance in their future?

There's quite a bit of action, excitement and mysteries. Bridges Burned focuses less on romance - there's romantic drama for sure - but there is more about the drama of being a dragon, of wrestling with the constrictions of the Directorate, of growing up and all the hurts involved.

The ending came too soon, there was too much still up in the air, but it did leave me eager for the next book in the Going Down in Flames series.

Going Down in Flames

Books One:
Going Down in Flames
Release Date: 06/30/14
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
If her love life is going down in flames, she might as well spark a revolution.

Finding out on your sixteenth birthday you’re a shape-shifting dragon is tough to swallow. Being hauled off to an elite boarding school is enough to choke on.

Since Bryn is the only crossbreed at the Institute for Excellence, all eyes are on her, but it’s a particular black dragon, Zavien, who catches her attention.

Zavien is tired of the Council’s rules. Segregated clans, being told who to love, and close-minded leaders make freedom of choice almost impossible. The new girl with the striped hair is a breath of fresh air, and with Bryn’s help, they may be able to change the rules.

At the Institute, old grudges, new crushes, and death threats are all part of a normal day for Bryn. She’ll need to learn to control her dragon powers if she wants to make it through her first year at school. But even focusing on staying alive is difficult when you’re falling for someone you can't have.

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About the Author
I love reading and writing snarky, kick-butt characters who take on the world and win.
My truths: You can never have too many books, shoes, or purses.
Coffee is the Elixir of Life.
There should be a National Nerf Bat Day where you are allowed to whack annoying people upside the head.

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