Let's get this little fire out of the way before a bigger fire grows: I was not very fond of Going Down in Flames when I read the ARC back in June. It had a fantastic idea and all, but I just didn't like how the story played out, especially the end and Bryn simply damning the Directorate throughout the entire novel. Oh, and the ending did end with another "Damn Directorate."
So.... why did I even bother reading Bridges Burned – I switched the title around for a good week – if I didn't like book one?
Basically it all goes down to a second chance (a rarity that I bestow to authors): I liked the idea behind Going Down in Flames, and the Dragon culture Cannon wrote about. I couldn't exactly let that go to waste without seeing how the next book would play out, especially when the teeny amount of dragon books is compared to the whopping amount of Contemporaries.
So when I signed up to review Bridges Burned, the book would either a) slowly slip into my good graces, or b) burn. Figuratively. I then vowed to throw the book at the wall and out the window if the sequel ended with "Damn Directorate" again.
This series is surely, yet slowly, falling into my good graces. Throughout book two, Bryn and Jaxon team up to investigate the motives of the actions behind the attack in the end of book one. Cannon eventually plunges Bryn into the world of the Blue dragon clan, where Bryn isn't entirely welcomed and the dragons aren't entirely very friendly with her until Bryn does something that meets their approval.
Cannon also seems to give some of the characters a distinct personality that makes them unique rather than simply a cold personality because Bryn is "abnormal and doesn't fit in dragon society." Bryn's grandparents don't seem like something you'll expect from a statue – cold, stern, icy, etc. Jaxon's meant-to-be-antagonizing comments are beginning to sound adorable and amusing (read: entertaining), and his banters with Bryn seem much more natural rather than a mocking that seems forced.
Bryn: Calm down. I’m talking about your social circle, not your mom in particular. How do you know those women are content to be by themselves? How do you know they aren’t sleeping with their gardeners out of spite?I'm enjoying the dialogue between the characters much to the point where I don't really care too much about the overall plot of the series seeming to be slow in its development. But while I don't care too much about the overall plot development being a little slow (there are future books for more plot development), I really dislike how Bryn jumps from one guy to another throughout the majority of the book and is being a little too obsessed with Zavien, even after huge, gaping cracks are developing in their relationship. It almost makes a little too desperate in the romance department and it's starting to fry my nerves.
Jaxon: *glares* Our gardener is a seventy-year-old female. If I have nightmares, I’m going to call you and describe them in detail.
Bryn tried not to look for Zavien, but his absence gnawed at her. Where was he?And...
Over the next few days, Bryn found it harder and harder to contain her jealousy. No matter how irrational it was, she hated that Zavien jumped whenever Nola called.One does not simply pursue someone continuously after being continuously rejected, unless they're desperate.
Though I currently have mixed feelings about the series overall, I honestly enjoyed Bridges Burned much more than Going Down in Flames – perhaps the sun is finally shining through the vortex.
Jaxon: *sighs irritably* Haven't we spent enough time together?
Bryn: You're such a joy to be around I couldn't stay away.