Bridges Burned

Bridges Burned

by Chris Cannon

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Bridges Burned by Chris Cannon

Since discovering she is a shape-shifting dragon, Bryn McKenna has seen her world 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.

The Going Down in Flames series is best enjoyed in order
Reading Order:
Book #1- Going Down in Flames
Book #2- Bridges Burned
Book #3- Trial by Fire
Book #4- Fanning the Flames
Book #5- Burning Brights

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633751712
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 01/19/2015
Series: Going Down in Flames , #2
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 65,760
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

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 reading or writing a fire-breathing paranormal adventure. You can find her online at www.chriscannonauthor.com.

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Bridges Burned

A Going Down in Flames Novel


By Chris Cannon, Erin Molta

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2015 Chris Cannon
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-171-2


CHAPTER 1

On the drive back to school, Bryn reflected on how her life had recently gone to hell. It had all started when flames shot out of her mouth on her sixteenth birthday, proving she wasn't completely human. Since then she'd been shipped off to a secret school for dragons—the Institute for Excellence—where she was learning how to control her shape-shifting dragon powers. She'd faced discrimination, death threats, and poisoning. She'd been blown up and involved in a battle to the death with a radical Revisionist member—and she'd been there for only a few months.

Though not everything about her new life was bad. She had a sexy boyfriend, Black dragon Zavien Blackthorn, and two good friends, Clint and Ivy. Being a crossbred dragon meant she had both the Red and Blue dragons' breath weapons, fire and ice, and even though she was the only crossbreed, she could still outfly even the fastest Blue. Of course, that's why some of the other Clans hated her. She'd upset the natural order of things in this color-coded world, where the Directorate dictated what Red, Black, Green, Orange, and Blue dragon Clan members could do as a profession and whom they could marry. It was absurd. Yet most dragons didn't question it.

Part of Zavien's appeal lay in the fact that he headed up the student Revisionist group that petitioned the Directorate to change outdated laws. Bryn glanced at Directorate lawyer Merrick Overton, who was driving the Cadillac SUV hybrid she was riding in. Her classmate and former nemesis Jaxon Westgate rode shotgun. She and Jaxon no longer hated each other. Scratch that: he no longer hated her based on his father's vendetta against her mother, but that didn't mean they were friends. Funny how saving someone's life could turn you from enemies to ... what? Not friends. Frenemies, maybe? Who knew? It's not like she wanted to hang out with him, but there was a weird level of trust between them now that she didn't know what to do with.

God, what she wouldn't give to close her eyes and wake up at home with her mom and dad, sitting in the living room eating popcorn and watching bad television. But the Directorate would never let that happen. She was stuck. Stuck in this weird shape-shifting dragon world where she still didn't know all the rules. And half the rules she did know were total crap.

Time to concentrate on happier things. Zavien's black spiky manga-like hair and his dark eyes came to mind. The hypnotic buzz of the tires on pavement lulled her to sleep.

* * *

"Bryn, you're home." Merrick Overton's voice woke her. Her feelings toward him were mixed. He was a lawyer for the Directorate, yet he'd helped to protect her life. When they'd first met he'd offered to act as her benefactor, which meant keeping her as his mistress and supporting her after graduation. The reason he was still alive and breathing? She hadn't known what the word "benefactor" meant at the time.

"Home?" She sat up, expecting to see her parents' apartment. Instead, they were back at school. She covered her disappointment with a yawn.

"Good-bye. I hope we won't see each other again soon." Jaxon nodded like he hadn't insulted her and headed for his dorm.

"The feeling is mutual."

Merrick chuckled. "Come. I'll escort you to your room. I want to check the new security."

Not many students were out wandering the sidewalks or flying in the sky. It was Sunday evening, so everyone was probably relaxing or finishing up homework. She yawned for real this time. More sleep. That's what she needed.

Auburn-haired men with the muscular build of Red dragons walked the campus wearing uniforms that matched the guards at the front gate. That was new. The fact that her grandfather had swayed the Directorate to increase security on campus for her protection was amazing. Then again, most of the Directorate had family members at the school, because no one escaped attending the institute. Every single shape-shifting dragon had to attend from junior year of high school through college graduation, which sucked.

Not that the campus was ugly. Far from it. The old stone buildings and the meticulously kept grounds were almost too perfect—Stepford-creepy-level perfect.

A light wind ruffled the leaves, which looked like they were ready to turn. Bryn inhaled the crisp air. "It smells like autumn."

Merrick smiled. "Winter is around the corner."

"Do all Blue dragons love winter?" "We do." He winked. "It's in our blood."

"Maybe that's why I like fall. It's between the hot and cold seasons like I'm between the Red and Blue dragons."

When they reached their destination, Merrick opened the door to the dorm. A small camera above the door pulsed with a tiny red light. "The surveillance cameras appear to be functional."

Each hallway had its own camera. Good to know someone was taking note of who entered the building. Maybe that would cut down on people breaking into her room and leaving her poisoned carrot cake, because almost dying from a dose of Dragonbane was not something she wanted to experience again. Once was enough, thank you very much. When they reached her room, she opened the door with the key and flipped on the overhead light. Two wooden rolltop desks sat on opposite ends of the room with their uncomfortable wooden chairs. A black couch and gray chairs flanked the mahogany coffee table.

She wandered into her bedroom and saw the four-poster beds with the gray comforters, the armoires, and the dresser. More furniture than she needed, since she'd never have a roommate. She'd grown used to living alone because no one wanted to live with the only known hybrid.

Nothing appeared out of place. She breathed a sigh of relief and joined Merrick in the living room.

"You don't have to babysit me. I feel safer with the cameras."

"I believe you are safer since your grandparents recognized you. Anyone feeling vengeful will think twice about crossing Ephram Sinclair."

"I think my grandmother is scarier."

"That's only because you don't know your grandfather very well. Now lock yourself in. I'm sure Zavien will be by to check on you soon."

She followed him to the door. "Thanks for watching out for me and for knocking off the benefactor crap."

"You're welcome." A smile played across his lips. "It's for the best that I rescinded my offer to act as your benefactor, because if my sister and your grandmother have their way, and if your lineage check to Jaxon comes back compatible, I might end up your uncle."

"That's not funny." She might not hate Jaxon anymore, but she had no desire to be shackled to him in a Directorate-sanctioned farce of a marriage. She crossed her arms over her chest. "If they try to set me up with Jaxon I'm claiming lesbianism."

Merrick laughed.

She might be worrying about nothing. "Now that I've been recognized by my grandparents, do you think the Directorate will really take me off the 'unfit to marry' list?"

"Your grandfather wants the Sinclair line to continue. He'll work toward that end, but it will take time."

"I turn eighteen in two years. What happens if I'm not approved by then?" "Fortune-telling was never my specialty. Concentrate on your studies and the rest will work itself out."

Once he was gone, she headed to the bedroom to change clothes. Dressed in her standard after-class attire of yoga pants and a tank top, she felt much better. Now what? A quick check in the mirror showed a tired girl with red, blond, and black striped hair. That wouldn't do. She focused her life force, or Quintessence, and imagined it as a ball of white light in her chest. She allowed the ball to drift upward, darkening her lips and cheeks, using it as makeup in a way that few students her age could do. It was a source of pride that she was so skilled at manipulating Quintessence. She couldn't wait to start her classes in Quintessential medicine next year. Becoming a medic, being able to heal other dragons, was her dream job. Once she was satisfied with her newly enhanced and far more alert-looking reflection, she wondered what to do next.

The new book bag Jaxon's mother, Lillith, had given her lay on the bed. And ... she had no books. How was she supposed to get new textbooks when she wasn't allowed to tell anyone about the explosion at her grandparents' estate that had incinerated her book bag and almost killed her? Maybe Zavien would know what to do. For now, she grabbed the spare notebooks and pens she kept in her room and tossed them in the bag. The final step was adding the silver pen with the tracking spell Zavien had given her the first night they'd met. The pen that had allowed him to find her at her grandparents' estate where he had helped fight off Alec, the crazy radical Revisionist dragon who had wanted to kill Bryn and make her a martyr for his cause.

Knock knock. She shot across the room and yanked the door open. Her best friends stood there grinning at her. Ivy greeted her with a hug. Clint walked in balancing several cartons of take-out food.

"We heard through the grapevine you were back." Ivy released her and headed for the couch. "Tell us everything that happened at the Directorate meeting."

She'd love to share with her friends, but by Directorate law, it wasn't allowed. "Did Zavien tell you anything?"

"He showed up at camp this afternoon and said you'd been officially recognized by your grandparents because you tried to help save Alec."

"That's the official version of the truth," Bryn said. "There isn't much else to the story. Although my grandmother did invite me to Christmas Eve dinner."

"That's great." Clint set the take-out boxes on the coffee table. "Are your parents invited, too?"

After running away to escape arranged marriages, her parents had been banished from dragon society, and her grandparents had refused contact of any kind since. They had even refused delivery of any cards or photos her parents had tried to send. Now she might have a chance to mend some fences. "I'm working on that. How was the camping trip?"

"The only good thing we ate was s'mores," Ivy said. "We're starved."

The savory scent of french fries filled the air. "That smells awesome."

"Cheeseburgers and fries from the dining hall." Clint offered her a white box. "I grabbed enough for Zavien. I'm surprised he's not here."

"I haven't seen him since he left to go back to the campground." Bryn sat on the couch and ripped open a ketchup packet with her teeth.

Ivy removed the pickles from her hamburger and passed them to Clint. "When we left, he was talking with Nola and some of those radical Revisionist dragons."

Nola was the friend the Directorate had decreed Zavien should marry based on lineage. Even though Zavien swore they were just friends, the dark-haired Barbie still got under Bryn's skin.

"Did they seem upset?"

"They seemed sad about their friend, but they weren't angry," Ivy said.

"Tell me more about the camping trip." Bryn didn't want to think about Nola or the radical Revisionist members. For a while, she wanted to pretend she was a normal person with normal problems and normal friends rather than a shape-shifting, fire-breathing dragon at the mercy of an archaic society.

"Sleeping on the ground in human form sucks," Clint said. "But sleeping as a dragon feels strange."

"Some of the extreme Revisionist guys spoke to us. They're intense and sort of scary."

Ivy dipped a french fry in ketchup. "The Directorate may have too much control over our employment and schooling, but I don't think they're evil."

Were they? Bryn remembered the men she'd pleaded her case in front of attempting to prove that while she was unique due to her forbidden Blue/Red dragon Clan heritage, she wasn't a threat that needed to be neutralized. "Some of them could pass for evil. Some are nice. It's the fact that they're so sure they're right about everything that pisses me off."

Ivy frowned. "I hate that there aren't any women on the Directorate, even though they claim women are allowed to be Directorate members. In the history book there is the occasional woman mentioned, but it's always as a footnote."

"I'd love to ask my grandmother how she feels about that." And then she remembered her grandmother's plan. "Right now, I'm glad she doesn't have a vote. She and Jaxon's mom have lost their minds. They want the Directorate to check my lineage to see if Jaxon and I are a match."

Clint laughed so hard he fell off the couch.

Ivy clamped a hand over her mouth and worked at swallowing her food without choking. When she achieved that feat, she said, "You can't be serious."

"Since my mom and Ferrin were a match, Lillith thinks Jaxon and I might match up, too. She's enlisted my grandmother in her scheme. That's what terrifies me. My grandmother is almost scarier than Ferrin. In a one-on-one battle, I'd give them even odds."

"What about Rhianna?" Ivy asked. "What would happen to her if you and Jaxon were paired up?"

"If fate hated me that much, then I guess Rhianna would be matched with someone else."

Clint shook his head. "She'd have to go with someone younger. Most of the top dragon families already have agreements in place. That's why Ferrin had to marry someone much younger when your mom ran off with your dad. All the contracts with females of his own age had already been worked out."

"Then I shouldn't have anything to worry about. Rhianna's and Jaxon's families must have their agreement in place. Nothing could change that, right?"

"For Red, Orange, Black, and Green dragons, nothing supersedes an agreement between families," Ivy said. "In the Blue upper-class circles, things change if a family loses its wealth or status."

"So, what was your grandfather's house like?" Clint asked, completely changing the subject.

"Huge and cold. My grandparents have their own separate wings."

"I guess if you marry someone you don't like you can hang out in your own wing."

Clint winked at Ivy. "We're going to have a small ranch house, so I'll always know where you are."

Ivy shook her head. "I want a two-story house like I grew up in."

A goofy smile spread across Clint's face, making Bryn chuckle. It had taken Clint years to make Ivy fall for him, even though they'd been friends forever. Before she could comment, another knock sounded on the door.

That must be Zavien. She hopped up, dashed across the room, and swung the door open. Jaxon and his friend Quentin stood there. Not who she wanted to see. If the way they were frowning was any indication, neither of them was pleased to be at her door.

"What's up?" She stepped back so they could enter.

Jaxon shoved a box wrapped in blue paper at her. "My uncle insisted I deliver your new textbooks in this ridiculous manner. The Directorate didn't want anyone to know why you needed the replacement."

She accepted the box and set it on the coffee table, but she couldn't help needling him. "Thanks for playing errand boy. What reason would you have for bringing me a gift?"

"My mother sent you an early Christmas present." He shrugged.

"That doesn't make much sense. And why is Quentin with you?"

"He missed me," Quentin said in a dry tone.

Clint cleared his throat. "What happened to your books?"

She hated keeping secrets from her friends, so she didn't. "I signed a paper saying I wouldn't talk about it."

Jaxon scowled. "You can't tell them that."

"It's not like I told them what happened. I kept my word. What did you tell Quentin?"

"That you can manipulate Quintessence. When Alec collapsed before the Directorate, you assisted Medic Williams." Quentin checked his watch. "Not to be rude, but I don't have a burning desire to know anything about your textbooks, and our dates are waiting."

"Thanks for the books." Bryn opened the door so they could leave.

Zavien stood in the hall with his hand raised to knock. His eyebrows went up at the sight of the two Blue males. "What are you doing here?"

Jaxon wore a serious expression. "I stopped by to talk to my future wife about names for our offspring. Sadly, your name didn't make the list."

Zavien's gaze darted back and forth between Jaxon and Bryn. "Tell me he's joking."

Before she could speak, Quentin said, "Sorry, it's true. Your name didn't make the cut. I believe they settled on Leonard and Beatrice."

"They were just leaving." Bryn pushed Jaxon out the door and then grabbed Zavien's arm and tugged him inside.


(Continues...)

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Bridges Burned (Entangled Teen) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it want more now
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Want to read the next one!!!
hrschic More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters. Very well written. Can't wait for the next book to come out!
CleverGirl1 More than 1 year ago
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. Disclosure: ebook provided in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chris Cannon's voice as Bryn is distinctly purposeful, irreverent and hilarious. She says the things everyone wishes they had the guts to say. If you only read to see what she is going to say next, the book is great. Add battling dragons, ancient lore and legend, political intrigue, and mystery and you'll find yourself reading well into the night and during your lunch breaks like I did. Bryn stands up to her rivals, asks tough questions, and in doing so, stands up for everyone. Bryn brings out the best in the good people around her. A**hat Jaxon, ice-queen Grandmother, and megalomaniac Grandfather, have now grown "more human". Chris Cannon has created a world that I can't wait to visit again. Hurry up with book 3.
donniedarkogirl More than 1 year ago
Getting ready to read Bridges Burned gave me an excuse to re-read the first book, Going Down in Flames, and I'm so glad I did. I really didn't need an excuse to read it again though - GDiF was just as awesome the second time around! Bryn is the kind of heroine you don't soon forget. In case you haven't read GDiF yet, I've done my best to make sure not to include any spoilers.  A couple of things stood out to me right away. It's interesting when an author can subtly shift your opinion of a character and even more so when it's achieved with multiple characters. That's exactly what Chris Cannon did in Bridges Burned. I found myself starting to feel differently about some of the characters than I had in GDiF, and it was surprising because I never would have thought my opinions could change that way.  I'm also super jealous that dragons can eat as much as they want without gaining weight. Like SUPER jealous. And it can be anything, even food that isn't good for you. Bryn could eat three or four pieces of cake after dinner! How can anyone not be jealous of that!  Like in the first book, I felt Zavien, the black dragon who is kind of Bryn's protector, is a jerk. I don't get his appeal. I can see it, I just don't get it. Nola, a black dragon and Zavien's friend, becomes super needy this time around, and of course he runs to her rescue at the drop of a hat. I was sad to see Bryn get left behind over and over.   I always liked Valmont, Bryn's literal knight in shining armor, and it was cool to get to know him and his backstory. He works at an Italian restaurant near the school in Dragon's Bluff. Bryn brought out the knight in him, so he really does protect her. There were definite sparks flying between them, and I think he's much more noble and caring than Zavien.  There was a lot of story around Bryn and her love life, which definitely kept me turning the pages. But I was also eager to delve into the politics of the Directorate and the ways in which Bryn could really shake things up. With conspiracy theories and the mystery of who would have gained what from trying to kill her, there was plenty of action and suspense to keep me reading straight through.  I love this series! Chris Cannon delivers once again with a heart-pounding and action-filled story with romance and heart.   I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  
Preethi More than 1 year ago
Bridges Burned is the second book of the Going Down in Flames series and continues with the story of the hybrid dragon shifter  Bryn McKenna. A lot happen in this book, and this book too, like its predecessor, is unputdownable.  You'd think Bryn's life might get a little easier, now that her grandparents have recognized her, but no. Things get even worse for Bryn. While some people have started to warm up to her, there are still many who haven't. The school has also tightened up their security after the attacks on Bryn in the previous book. But, there are still many attacks happening and Bryn's world is quickly spiraling out of control.  There was a lot of drama on the romance and relationship front in this book. Zavien becomes a total ass in this book! I started disliking him immensely. Contrarily, Jaxon has become a much better person. The banterings between Jaxon and Bryn was enjoyable. Byrn's knight Valmont, however, has a huge place in this book. He is there to support and comfort her, whenever Bryn is in need, as are her friends Clint and Ivy and even Jaxon!  The love triangle (or is it rectangle or pentagon???) was a bit annoying. I'm not sure who to support now..... Another thing that annoyed me a bit is that ending.. Or the non-ending, to be precise. It seems more of a sudden stop in the story rather than a cliffhanger.  The action and mystery aspect of the book compensated for the confusion on the romance front, however.  And there are shocking twists- some characters die, the attitude of some people does a total turn  ( both good and bad ways), and some people provide a solidarity to Bryn that was heartwarming to see. Even with all this, this series continues to be one of my favorites. While this book may not be as good as the first one (that was spectacular!), it still makes me wait eagerly for the next book. I cannot wait to see how the author will take the story forward in the next book! ***Many thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.***
BooksbyNightMommybyDay More than 1 year ago
**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley and the publishers in exchange for my honest review** 4 ½ stars!                                 When half-breed dragon Bryn McKenna’s grandparents finally recognized her as their granddaughter after the attack on her at their home during the a deposition that almost ended her life, Bryn thinks that just maybe, life will get a little easier.  But that couldn’t be further from the truth…now her life is truly not her own.  Now, she’s got the possibly of being betrothed to someone she doesn’t love, her secret boyfriend – black dragon Zaven – is acting strange, and Jaxon is {GASP} actually being nice to her!  Upon returning to the Institute for Excellence, the secret dragon only school, the security has been boosted to try to protect her, as well as the other young dragons at the school – more cameras, more security guards, and curfews.  But when the school begins to receive attacks – dragon attacks to be specific, starting with the orange dragons powered attack, Bryn’s whole world seems to be spiraling out of control.  The only constants are her best friends, green dragons Ivy and Clint, her knight Valmont, and surprising new developments – her grandmother and Jaxon.   When the attacks of various dragon assaults continue, injuring a lot of dragons – even crippling some, like Rhianna, Jaxon’s betrothed; Bryn is whisked away to her grandparent’s estate during the winter break to keep her safer.  With Valmont only a call away, Bryn feels like she is well protected and safe – plus she feels like there may be a growing affection for them both.  But when the tragedies strikes, hitting even closer to home for Bryn, how can she move on from being the weird cross-breed?  Will the dragon community ever see past her heritage…and will the attacks stop escalating or will everyone become a target? Bryn seems like she is very confused throughout the book.  She is still her strong, kick-butt self, but with all the changes that ensue in her world, she just seems to be winding her way through a crazy maze – twisting and turning, still trying to find her place in the bureaucracy of the dragon world.  I really liked that Valmont and his relationship as Bryn’s knight (and maybe more…) was explored.  Their budding relationship was gentle and soulful – very different than Bryn’s relationship with Zavien.  While something just felt “off” about some of the story – I honestly can’t even put my finger on it, I still REALLY loved the story and think that Ms. Cannon hit another homerun – another one for the best-sellers list!  Can’t WAIT to see what happens next for Bryn – no doubt she’ll still be kicking dragon butt and taking names!
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Bridges Burned (Going Down in Flames #2) by Chris Cannon 4 ½ of 5 Stars Bryn McKenna is a crossbreed part red and part blue dragon.  This is making it difficult for her to fit in the ridged dragon society.  To make matters more problematic it seems that everyone around her isn’t quite who she originally thought they were. I really enjoyed Bridges Burned.  Despite being 312 pages, I quickly flew through the story because I did not want to put it down.   Bryn is a wonderful character.  She recently found out she is a dragon shifter after being raised as a human.  She has to learn so much about her new life, while handling prejudices.  She undergoes loss, betrayal, and luckily friendship. She handles situations as well as can be expected and does her best to prevail.    I enjoyed her interactions with her once nemesis, Jaxon.  It was interesting seeing how dealings with each other evolve through the novel.   I also, appreciated her relationship with her knight, Valmont.  The whole concept of their relationship is original and intriguing.  I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with their bond in future books. Bridges Burned had a great plot that was action packed.  I truly enjoyed the story.  It felt refreshing and new.  I cannot wait for the next book in the series. Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.  
Danii_045 9 months ago
I'm being a rebel and reading this series out of order. I wouldn't recommend this but I like the fact I know who's important and who to snub. Bridges Burned is the second book in the Going down in flames series and I liked it more than the first one. Bryn's future as part of the dragon community is beginning to fall into place but her love life is up in the air. Bryn is dating Zavien who is promised to someone else. Zavien was Bryn's mystery guide in book one. He's the rebel bad boy but not the knight in shining armour. As we see this story unfold we see Zavien isn't the person Bryn expected. Luckily she has a good network of friends and family. There is trouble amongst the dragons once again and nobody is safe. This is a condition story of Bryn's life as a dragon shifter. (I read book One and Five first) 4.5 stars out of 5. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Bryn is definitely one of my favorite characters. I absolutely love how she wants to throw a fireball at the head of anyone who remotely aggravates her. I completely relate. I wasn't crazy about Zavien in the first book. I still don't like him, and I have no idea why Bryn is so hung up on him. She's made of tougher stuff than to put up with his crap. I think Bryn is going to change things in the next book in a big way. She's fed up with the Directorate...not that she was ever really tolerant of them. I'm beyond excited to see how she handles things. Bridges Burned by Chris Cannon was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the ebook of Bridges Burned, the second book in the Going Down in Flames series by Chris Cannon! Bryn discovers who she can truly trust and depend on as she struggles through heartache. She loses her parents and moves in with her maternal grandparents while Valmont proves his bond with Bryn, building their relationship even more. Other hybrids are discovered, helping Bryn feel like less of an outcast. This is a clean read, through and through and the ending leaves an opening for the next book.
Faerie-bookworm More than 1 year ago
AWESOME, COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!!!!! Title: Bridges Burned Author: Chris Cannon Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Format: Ebook Pages: 312 Rating: 5 Setting: Institute for Excellence – Dragon school Main Characters: Bryn Supporting Characters: Jaxon, Lilian, Bryn’s Grandparents, Valmont Summary: Now that Bryn has been acknowledged by her grandparents things still aren’t much better. And now dragons are attacking the school, town and homes. At least she’s gaining the respect of her grandparents. Thoughts: This was just as good as the first book. Twists, turns, mystery, and some laughs make this one of the best YA series I’ve read in a while. I love the characters, so many different personalities that mesh or clash in amusing ways. This was a nonstop ride until the very end. Young, old and in between will love this series. It’s fresh and exciting!
Bookworm_Babblings More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Bridges Burned is book two of the Going Down In Flames series. In book two we see Bryn learning about who she is and finally being recognized by her grandparents. As Zavien continually insists that he and Nola are only friends even though they are contracted for marriage, Bryn begins to question whether or not what he says is true, her relationship with Valmont, her knight, grows. As she strives for acceptance from her grandparents and Valmont's family, she becomes exceedingly aware of how different she is. Will the Blue Clan accept her as their own? Will she and Jaxon be anything more than "frenemies"? Will she ever be able to consider Dragon's Bluff her home? This was a great novel about acceptance. Although this was a fantasy novel, you could easily relate with Bryn and all of the things that she had to overcome. I also enjoyed the description of the area, I could actually imagine there really being a place like Dragon's Bluff. The story was fast paced and the excitement was never-ending. I can't wait to read the next book to find out who the mastermind is behind all of the attacks.
E_VanZwoll More than 1 year ago
Bridges Burned is the second novel in Chris Cannon's "Going Down in Flames" series, and it continues the story of Bryn McKenna at the Institute for Excellence. Though being acknowledged by her mother's parents gives Bryn a level of protection she lacked, she still isn't accepted by all students, especially those in the Blue Clan. Moved to the Black dorm after she was poisoned, this would be the perfect opportunity for Bryn and Zavien to become closer. Unfortunately, Zavien seems to want to keep Bryn as his secret girlfriend while he sends increasing amounts of time with his intended. With Zavien's intentions proving false, Bryn luckily has a shoulder to cry on and someone to make her smile... Her knight, Valmont. Danger surfaces and threatens all when the school comes under attack, first by Orange breath weapons. Surviving sonic waves, wind storms, giant hail, and fire, Bryn learns the value of true friends and finds a way to prove her own worth. Maybe this isn't where she expected to be, but it's quickly becoming home. Bridges Burned is a good book and I'm very happy with the twists the author integrated with the story. The relationships between the characters aren't perfect, and feel more real because of this. While the ending isn't as strong and leaves loose strings, I'm hopeful that the author will continue this series and bring everything to a satisfying conclusion. Bryn is keeping her independence but is slowly realizing that sometimes compromise and other social niceties are required, and I'm glad to see the growth in her character while still keeping a fiery spirit. Valmont is quickly becoming a favorite character, and it was great to learn more about him, Jaxon, and Rhianna. While I don't feel that Bridges Burned is as strong as the first book, it is still a great addition to the series and a wonderful adventure. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bryn has not had a great start at her new life as a dragon. She’s been attacked, poisoned, and treated with disdain since she set foot in the dragon society. However, she was able to get through that with her boyfriend and two friends. Things are changing though and Bryn soon finds herself making new friends and losing those she cares about the most. This book was completely different than the first. There’s a lot of heartache, a lot of confusion, and destruction at every turn. The majority of the story isn’t just about Bryn at school. There’s a huge portion where Bryn is staying with her Grandparent’s. She learns that her grandmother isn’t as prickly as she once thought. Bryn also learns the difference between the dragon clans. While others show affection and are generally more kinder of a clan, the blue’s are a proud, in-control sort. They don’t show fear, hurt, or really give away any emotion at all. So what Bryn thought was once disdain towards her and others, is really just their way. You really see it with Bryn’s grandmother. The lady is gentler around Bryn when they are alone but when in front of others, she dons her mask and aloof persona. I liked that even though new characters aren’t really introduced, other characters start to share the spotlight with Bryn. Due to events in the last book, Bryn is now on friendlier terms with Jaxon, who was not one of the good guys before. His mother takes an interest in Bryn and she is always popping up with Jaxon in toe to spend time with Bryn. I must admit that Jaxon and Bryn’s interaction with each other was pretty amusing. They are not friends by any means but they now have this common understanding of each other and Jaxon is no longer the bad guy. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t needle each other relentlessly throughout the story. However, there were times where Jaxon was there for Bryn when she needed someone. Even if all she needed was someone to tell her the harsh truth. There’s a lot of destruction in this one since there are dragons out there who are attacking the Directorate (leaders) and their families. I think one of the more gruesome, yet needed, parts of the book was after an attack happened and Bryn comes across limbs and wings on the ground. The author doesn’t really go into detail, but having Bryn come across that really brought the emotions to the forefront rather than it being just another attack and then moving on to the next scene like nothing happened. It really made it seem more real, for both Bryn and the reader. This is a great series so far. Considering that the two books have taken two different turns, bringing forth two sets of characters and situations, I have to say that I’ve no idea where the author is going next. A lot happens in this book. There are characters lost, characters in question, and new bonds being formed. Bryn is now in a whole new world with being acknowledged by her grandparents and living with them. Not to mention that the attacks are never resolved in this book and there’s talk about war. I just hope that if/when the war happens, the author makes sure to add some of those gruesome details in instead of fluffing over it. Those few scenes in this one really stood out for me and made the scene that much more powerful. I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a fantasy coming-of-age young adult story. Bryn’s already changed and adapted to her new surroundings and I can’t wait to see how else she grows in the stifling society of the blue dragon clan.
MoRWAReviewsSTL More than 1 year ago
Bryn McKenna’s safe return to her elite Dragon school was a welcome relief after a fellow student trying to kill her was defeated. Even though it wasn’t her favorite place to be it was where Zavien would be, assuring her that all would be alright. At least that should have been the way she wished it had gone. A teenage hybrid dragon’s life doesn’t seem to go that easy, even with her own personal knight. At least not hers. Now she has to deal with boyfriend drama, another killer, and attacks on the campus and fellow students by an unknown group.  Can Bryn find the person or persons behind all this in time to prevent a major disaster? Or will she need to call on her knight to help her in battle? Chris Cannon’s characters jump off the page in unique detail. Young or old will love her dragon series and cheer for the right to win over the status quo. Following the storylines on the adults convinced that separating into your own specific groups and not with others different from you is a lesson everyone can learn. In Ms. Cannon’s book they are wrapped in a tantalizing package.