Friday, April 1, 2016

Review: Trial By Fire

Author Chris Cannon
Format e-ARC
Print Length 330 pages
Publisher Entangled Teen
Published April 4, 2016

Bryn’s hopes for a peaceful new semester at school go up in smoke when someone tries to kill her—again. She’s not sure which is scarier, facing the radicals who want to sacrifice her for their cause, or her impending nightmare-of-a-Directorate-arranged marriage to her nemesis, Jaxon.

The one bright spot in her life is Valmont, her smoking-hot knight who is assigned to watch over her twenty-four hours a day. Is what she feels for him real, or just a side effect of the dragon-knight bond? At this point, stopping the impending civil war might be easier than figuring out her love life.

My Opinion

Bryn’s life is in danger so her grandma has decided that Valmont , her knight is her only hope. Her grandpa is working hard at insuring that she is arranged to be married to Jaxon, leader of the Blues and full-time jerk.

Valmont and Bryn recognize their feelings for each other. Yet both are unsure how much of the feelings are the bond verse real. Bryn doesn’t seem too concerned about it. That could be due to her break-up with Zavien. Zavien is surprisingly absent throughout much of the book. I miss him. I liked them together and am still pouting about their break-up.

The radicals are getting more dangerous. The Directorate is getting more extreme: curfews, imprisoning, students. Then Valmont and Bryn discover a secret lair. She has to let her grandpa know, but that means letting the Directorate know. Hopefully, they will be able to protect the dragon’s lair and Bryn.

Jaxon is still standing by Rhianna. He still seems like a jerk. Yet he keeps heling Bryn out, over and over again. He claims to do it so he doesn’t seem weak yet I like to think that it is because secretly he is a good guy. Who is jelling her out because his girlfriend told him to. So it could just be me but that is okay.

Of the three in this series, this is my least favorite. Still good but I felt like it was mean to enrich the story not move it forward. Byrn was also less confident in this one than the other two- this confused me.

My Rating 4 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote
“Can’t you think of the bond like sprinkles on ice cream?”

Other People

Rhianna- Jaxon’s fiancĂ©
Ivy- Bryn’s bestie
Clint- Ivy’s finance

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