#MustRead: Bridges Burned by Chris Cannon

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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.

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ce4a6-gdif_500x750Bridges Burned is Book 2 in the Going Down in Flames series.  My 5-Star Review of Book 1 can be found here.  I was thrilled to be asked to participate in the Blog Tour for the sequel, and if you have not yet read Going Down in Flames – grab your copy now and buckle up for Bryn’s exciting coming of age adventure!

I read a few shape shifter fantasy novels prior to this series, but none were as entertaining.  Bryn’s story is packed with surprises, humor, love and action. The portrayal of teenage life is refreshingly genuine: the uncertainty, the awkwardness, the sarcasm… and especially the friendships.  It must be difficult “keeping it real” when writing about dragons, but the author does a tremendous job crafting believable characters inhabiting a fantasy world.  In Book 1, Bryn gets a crash course in what it is to be a dragon, and the culture shock doesn’t get any easier in Book 2.  In fact, her “new normal” quickly vanishes as she experiences danger, betrayal and loss.  While some characters disappoint Bryn (and me!), others surprisingly step up to offer support.

More of the Directorate’s policies come to light, and this generation of dragons has every right to rise up and fight. You cannot help but cheer them on as they battle for a better future.  The examples of friendship, bravery, perseverance and forgiveness make this a well rounded fantasy adventure.  I highly recommend the series to teenaged readers and any adult who enjoys a fresh take on this genre. – Kris

 

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