Title: Flame and Form
Publisher: Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
Number of pages: 73
Genre: Paranormal/Dragon Shifter Romance
When Brienne intervenes on behalf of a draghan, a wild, fire-breathing beast from the realm of Firiehn, she only means to save the creature from a fate worse than death. What Brienne doesn’t realize, however, is that this monster is cru-athru, a shapeshifter capable of transforming into a man, one whose very presence heats her blood like drahan fire.
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When the synopsis (the one you read at the start) turned up in my message box I have to say I was intrigued, so I quickly signed up for a copy of this book and give it an honest review. Flame and Form did not disappoint me! It is a well written story that has a good flo, interesting characters and a potential of a world that could grow to be so much bigger.
You are introduced to Brienne, who is the main protagonist of the book, passing through a village – when she is faced with a draghan and has to make a choice that will change her path. Brienne is an interesting character, she has layers that you get to peel through throughout the story – and for me the more I started to learn, the more I wanted to know. The story is written from her point of view, so all we know of the world and the characters around her is limited to what Brienne is choosing to tell us.
I like Brienne, she is an interesting character, that is clearly capable of taking care of her self – her vulnerable parts do shine through and so does her insecurities when it comes to Dorran, but I find them likeable. There is never too much of either feelings, and that to me makes it easier to connect with her. It is also interesting how she communicates to this draghan who turns into a man, that cannot speak her language. For the most part of the book, the only dialoge is between Brienne and her spirit animal Mynne as Dorran does not speak her language – even though he seems to understand her most of the time.
This if were I find Johnson to be a good writer, she is able to communicate his intention to Brienne nicely, and their communication is not depending on witty comments between them. They have a connection and you do not need language to understand that there is something there.
If I had to point out one thing that I was not too fond of, it must be the last part of the book – where we are given a background story to Dorran and his presence in her world. I will not spoil it, but for me this part was a bit too short and felt a little rushed. However, this is the only thing that I can point out as a «negative» part of the book.
All in all, Flame and Form is a nice read and I enjoyed it quite a lot! If you are looking for an easy and enjoyable read – I recommend it! I have given it 4.5/5 – my Goodreads says 5, but I cant seem to hit the right spot to make 4.5
Disclaimer: The picture I have used is the sole property of the author, cover is designed by Crimson Phoenix Creations.