Bryn is back for her senior year at the Institute for Excellence, also known as shape-shifting dragon school. She isn’t sure which is scarier, the life-force-sucking dragons stalking campus or the fact that she’s officially betrothed to Jaxon, a guy who will never love her. Not that she could ever love him, either…
That’s just ridiculous.
Senior year should be fun. Her parents are alive, she’s finally fitting in, and she’s learning how to be a Medic. But what’s with Jaxon giving her strange looks?
He runs hot and cold, and he doesn’t even have the excuses of being a hybrid fire-and-ice-breathing dragon like her. One minute they’re having a great time and the next, she wants to blast a fireball at his head. The marriage contract of doom looms over them — unless this match not made in heaven kindles a flame…
About the Author
Chris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down in Flames series and the Boyfriend Chronicles. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts.
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 or romantic comedies. You can find her online:
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Title: Burning Bright
Series: Going Down In Flames #5
Author: Chris Cannon
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
I binged this series over a weekend, going back to back with these entertaining installments and really getting to spend a lot of time with the characters. I think it’s safe to say I have an idea of what these people are like, what style the author had stuck with until now, and how the tone of Bryn’s life was sung. It’s obvious that with this fifth installment, everything’s changed. I say it’s good because this installment felt a little more tidied up, but at the same time, a part of me wasn’t sure how to take this book, because it didn’t match the other four books in this series. Do I dislike something because it deviates from what’s pretty much been present all this time, even if it meant bettering itself? Let’s find out.
If you don’t know, I’ve been shipping Jaxon and Bryn since day one. They have a real knack for getting under each other’s skins and their banter and fights are awesome. You can’t fake chemistry like that! As the books progressed, things happened, and you slowly see them warm up to each other. Jaxon’s no longer the devil’s spawn, and Bryn can come off as pretty strong when he isn’t thinking of strangling her for her lack of manners in society. Both are so different, but when they’re not fighting, they’re pretty dang great together. And this book was meant to show that.
I thought this book did a pretty good job at moving the story along, setting them all in their senior year of high school, advancing to a new stage in life, taking on new family responsibilities. You’d think that this book was everything I’d been waiting for, but I couldn’t help the slight disappointment that came over me when I got to it. Jaxon has changed, a lot. I know many things have helped to do that, but the timeline just felt a little strange to me. I still wasn’t over the losses they both had, and it rather upset me with the way Bryn handled things. She’s always been brash, but a few of her comments really rubbed me the wrong way, and it set a bad tone for the reading experience.
Bryn’s matured a lot, which I enjoyed. The repetitiveness I noticed in the previous books weren’t here, but this installment had a few of its own, as she constantly wondered what she was thinking about Jaxon in regards to her own feelings. It was a bit much after some time. Jaxon himself, as I’ve said, has mellowed out. He’s obviously done a one-eighty where Bryn’s concerned, and I think it’s because I shipped them due to their fighting that I wasn’t feeling this softer approach to their relationship. Seeing such a heated pair approach things with a softer touch seemed a little anticlimactic, but I still fangirled over any moments they had.
This reading experience has been a mix of entertainment and disappointment with an ending that sounded rather final, and I hope that isn’t the case. I had my moments with this book, both good and bad, but in the end, I didn’t think it was a bad read. I do hope this new tone sets up for some better times, as the bad guys have been overdue with their frightening plans to overthrow the Council. Overall, it’s a recommend for this series if you like boarding schools and dragon shifters and a girl who can’t seem to stay out of trouble.
A Little Darling
Start from the beginning:
Going Down In Flames #1
Bridges Burned #2
Trial By Fire #3
Fanning The Flames #4