Series: Going Down in Flames #2
Publisher: Entangled Teen on January 19, 2015
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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.
Check out my review of Going Down in Flames (Going Down in Flames #1)
Bridges Burned was sufficiently entertaining. There was tons of romantic drama as well as some adventure-type drama. There were things that happened that I wasn’t expecting at all, and some of the plot’s twists and turns kept me guessing about what would happen. At times, some things felt overly dramatic, but it wasn’t so off-putting as in book one. I thought it was a decent improvement, in terms of both plot and writing.
Bryn was just as spunky in this novel as in the last, but she suffered from some emotional turmoil in this installment due to a variety of different things. At first it was alarming to see such a confident character break down, but in the end, it made her more realistic than she felt in book one. I found myself genuinely rooting for her at points in this novel.
I suppose that Jaxon and Zavien are the two main male characters in this book. Zavien’s personality seemed to do a complete 180. He was definitely not my favorite character in the book, which was off-putting because I didn’t mind his character in the first novel. On the other hand, we see a completely different side of Jaxon in this installment. It was like their personalities did a complete flip-flop, which was slightly concerning.
As I mentioned, something was going on with Zavien, so that definitely affected his and Bryn’s secret relationship. It was a bit upsetting because there had been such build up to their relationship in book one. Moreover, you have Jaxon, whose mother (and Bryn’s grandmother) want mated with Bryn. And finally, you have Valmont, Bryn’s knight. It was just a mess of romantic feelings and forced relationships and such. I don’t even know who to root for at this point.
We get a bit more information on the work that Cannon created in this series. It was a nice touch, especially as the plot continued to progress and get more complicated in itself. Regardless, there is a lot more that can be told about this mystical world with dragons, and I hope that we are able to continue filling in the blanks with the progression of the series.
Bridges Burned was an improvement to the first novel of the series, Going Down in Flames. Although there was some unexpected character discontinuities, it was an okay read, and I am still interested to see how this story will pan out.