Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
Together We Burn by Isabel Ibañez offers an inventive story & lots of passion, drama, & thrills.
Flamenco dancer Zarela Zalvidar finds herself responsible for the Dragonador arena her family’s owned for years & years after her father—already only somewhat present due to grieving her mother—is attacked by escaped dragons at one of their dragon-fighting matches.
Zarela feels compelled to save her arena, a task made both less & more difficult by Arturo, the supremely grumpy young man she wants to hire to teach her to fight dragons.
Lots of emotions pack these pages: grief, loss, anger, sadness, & Zarela experiences them all. She’s a fierce, dynamic character who may not be for everyone, but that energy & rawness is what I love most about her I think.
The romance is more than flavored with a dash of antagonism, as Zarela—still hurting from the loss of her mother by dragon attack—& Arturo—who wants to protect dragons & abhors dragon-fighting—are on opposite sides of the fight.
Though I was glad they reached a compromise, it resolves itself somewhat too easily for me & the overall ending feels somewhat rushed.
Overall this is a compelling YA with a relationship & a heroine that I was rooting for—by its closing pages I was celebrating what she had accomplished.
4 ⭐️. Release date: 5/31
Give me that HEA, please.
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