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If her love life is going down in flames, she might as well spark a revolution.Finding out on your sixteenth birthday you're a shape-shifting dragon is tough to swallow. Being hauled off to an elite boarding school is enough to choke on.Since Bryn is the only crossbreed at the Institute for Excellence, all eyes are on her, but it's a particular black dragon, Zavien, who caIf her love life is going down in flames, she might as well spark a revolution.Finding out on your sixteenth birthday you're a shape-shifting dragon is tough to swallow. Being hauled off to an elite boarding school is enough to choke on.Since Bryn is the only crossbreed at the Institute for Excellence, all eyes are on her, but it's a particular black dragon, Zavien, who catches her attention.Zavien is tired of the Directorate's rules. Segregated clans, being told who to love, and close-minded leaders make freedom of choice almost impossible. The new girl with the striped hair is a breath of fresh air, and with Bryn's help, they may be able to change the rules.At the Institute, old grudges, new crushes, and death threats are all part of a normal day for Bryn. She'll need to learn to control her dragon powers if she wants to make it through her first year at school. But even focusing on staying alive is difficult when you're falling for someone you can't have....

Title : Going Down in Flames
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ISBN : 9781500553173
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Number of Pages : 410 Pages
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Going Down in Flames Reviews

  • LolaReviewer
    2019-03-31 04:27

    This is how I imagined Zavien at the beginning of the story:With his pale skin and dark hair fixed in three-inch spikes, he looked like a demented manga character.Now I know the three-inch spikes don’t apply with Gajeel Redfox from Fairy Tail (amazing manga) but a girl has the right to dream, no?Turns out Zavien is too nice for me to keep representing him as Gajeel. Grrr.Going Down in Flames was a pretty surprising read and I enjoyed it more than I expected. I’m usually not that into shapeshifters, as I said in my review of Dead Witch Walking, but I never read a book with dragons before, of what I recall, and I thought it’d be interesting to try one.And it truly was!The world building Chris Cannon created is detailed and elaborated. It’s obvious that she worked hard on it and made some research to gain some new inspiration and ideas. I respect that and I admire how gracefully she left some descriptions here and there about dragons, how they behave, how they live, their magic, etc. Because, yes, they do have magic. There are 4 different classes of dragons; red, black, green and blue ones. The black dragons are the most interesting and ''rebel'' of the four and Zavien is one of them. Our heroine, named Bryn, is a crossbred between a blue and a red dragon. Which means she can control fire AND ice and some other things that I’ll let you discover.While the world building was well done, I hated the main character, Bryn. She’s sixteen but acted like a twelve years old one. Multiple times in the book people told her to stop acting like a 5 years old girl so I believe I am pretty generous by saying twelve. She’s simply immature, impulsive, doesn’t know when and can't shut her mouth, disrespectful and swears so so much. I have no problem with adults swear but I can’t help but cringe my teeth when teenagers do so, except in M/M romances (exceptions can apply.)The writing was great. It was fluent and very pleasant to read. Even if Going Down in Flames has 400 pages, it never felt like it did. It’s the kind of light book you read to entertain yourself and don’t even realize you just read 100 pages because you were into the story and had fun reading it. I know it says ''revolution'' but it doesn’t actually apply as a ''heavy subject'' to the book. It’s important and kind of serious by moments, of course, but it’s not as serious as you may think. Bryn and some other people want to start one in purpose of changing some rules but Going Down in Flames feels more like the ''step one'' to it and, no, there is no war (yet?).I talked a lot about Zavien because he is yummy. I always was into manga characters (because of their charm principally) so, when the author made that description, I knew I would like him, and I did! I wanted him to be more ''bad'' and rebel because I guess it would have suited his physics better but that’s just me having a ''bad boys in books'' adoration (or craziness?) right now. BUT, I did like him still. Another thing I also didn’t appreciate that much in the book, again regarding the main character, is Zavien being her love interest. Not because I want him to be mine *coughs* *coughs* but especially for the reason that he is nineteen and mature and Bryn is sixteen and immature. It doesn’t feel like they're meant for each other in my opinion. Maybe you will think otherwise, I hope so at least.Again, Chris Cannon thought about a lot of things while writing her book. She didn’t forget to include funny and endearing secondary characters, a lot of enemies so it actually confuses you when there is something bad happening to the heroine, because you don’t know anymore who did it, and different settings. I first thought the whole book was going to take place at the boarding school for dragon shape shifters but many events are happening and they don’t all take place there. It's the main setting, without doubt, but it's not boring or dull at all.This is definitely a book I would recommend. Even if you mind whiny and annoying main characters, as I do, I think you'll still like it (at least a bit.) I know that if Bryn was acting differently and not like everything revolves around her (which is a little bit true but still…) and was more mature, I would have given this book 4 stars without hesitation.

  • Irena
    2019-04-17 00:02

    Before reading:I really hope I will somehow manage to have this book in my hands. it sounds like nothing I have read before so I really, really want to read it (ASAP).After reading:2,5 starsI have to admit it, I judge a book by it's cover. When I first saw a cover for this book and read it's blurb, I wanted to read it really bad.So after expressing my interest for Going Down in Flames the writer contacted me with a question if I would like to receive a free copy in an exchange for an honest review. Of course I said yes. Now, after reading it, I kinda feel bad about writing my review since I didn't like the book all that much. I really, really wanted to.I guess it was just not my cup of tea.So this story follows Bryn, a 16 year old girl who finds out she is a shape shifting dragon who's parents are rejected from their society because they married each other. You see, Bryn's parents are not the same type of dragons, and in the dragon world, it is strictly forbidden to be with someone who is not the same type of dragon as you.After Brynn finds out she is a dragon, she is sent to a special school for her specie where she is exploring the new world and where she founds out someone wants her death. You see, Bryn is a half-breed, and she shouldn't exist in the first place.There is another secret society of dragons who see Bryn as a perfect tool for displacing the Directorate.This story had a promising start, an unique universe and an attractive main character.I really liked how it contains a different types of dragons, how every dragon type has a special ability and uniqueness. Some scenes were really well described.for example: the scene when Bryn for the first time sees the sky with all sorts of flying dragons. It is a scene where you just want to transport yourself into that world and witness the beauty of it.What killed the story for me is the writing style. I'm sorry to say that.It is just over detailed. It came to that point where I just wanted to stop reading. If I wasn't obligated for writing a review I would have.I get that Bryn likes animal prints but I really don't need to know what kind of animals she wears on her panties every time she changes them. Her bra and pajama included. Other thing: the food. OMG! I got a feeling the writer was on some extreme diet and was obsessed with the food. So she fed her book characters. I mean, I get that Bryn likes sugar and can eat as much as she wants to without getting weight, but come on! I really, really don't need to know what Bryn or her friends are eating EVERY SINGLE TIME they eat.This book contains more food then any other book I have EVER read, including those with an eating disorder theme.When something happens, and we already read about it, we don't need to read it again when Bryn is describing it to her friends. We already read it, move on!There is just one more thing I'll state: I'm not sure this story is over. It is a stand-alone according to goodreads but it doesn't feel this way. There are too many questions left open.conclusion: good potential but the finished product is not so good. I wish the writer had better editors because this story could have been great.

  • JAIME
    2019-03-26 01:06

    Okay. I'm intrigued....go on.

  • Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
    2019-04-22 04:01

     I'm not sure because I have no time to ransack  my shelf but I think this is my first book about dragons. And maybe this is too much Game Of Thrones but every time a Dragon is mentioned, my mind just automatically thinks Khaleesi. Yep, too much GoT. Anyway, Going Down in Flames is a light read. And I'm not complaining. Dragons are there but I found the story more concentrated on their worlds politics and Bryns coping on living with people who doesn't like her that much. And of course, about her and Zavien. According to the other dragons, Bryn is an abomination. A mistake. And maybe he is if it's all baded on theor worlds rules. The dragons are classified into Clans: which re the Blue, Red, Green, Black and Orange. In their world, only a Blue can marry a Blue, a Black can only a Black and so on. But Bryns dad is a Black and her mom is a Blue. So yeah, she is an abomibation.I like Bryn flare as a main character. She's sassy and clumsy in a very adorable way. Too witty for her own good too. I think she acts as a 16 years old accurately.  "So, not only am I a dragon, I'm the child of social outcasts. This keeps getting better and better" Like I said, she's sassy. And I like her so much for that. There were times that she can a little boy crazy but she's being bullied so I'm letting that one slide because that can be her only entertainment.Every characters in here are actually wonderful. Zavien is the only one I want to know more. He is just soooo mysterious that I'm getting impatiemt. I WANT A ZAVIEN POV! I know I'm not the only one. Being mysterious and broody is cool.. but come on! Let me peek inside his handsome brain. I am asking this because that's one of my not-so-good  ebcounter with the book. I'm a hopeless romantic I guess and I don't buy Zavier's words. I ship him with Bryn but he's too suspicious. See. I don't know what to think anymore. Bryns parents are the coolest. I'm really a fan of her mother's cool demeanor and her Dad's i'm-gonna-kick-your-ass aura. And they truly love and care for their daughter. AND THEY ARE BOTH ALIVE. That doesn't happen in YA that much. "Do not take crap from anyone.... You are as good as they are." - Bryns Dad. Someone needs to hold me right npw and tell me there'll be a sequel because it can't end that way! I'm looking forward to what's gonna happen between Bryn and Zavien and... Jaxon? Going Down in Flames is perfect for readers who are looking for spunky heroine that can fire someone with fire or ice with huff. The dragon aspect will draw you in and Bryn will entertain you. 

  • Anna (Enchanted by YA)
    2019-03-26 03:02

    After what felt like a little bit of a cliché start with the whole runaway parents and sixteenth birthday thing, this book picked up dramatically and I found myself flying through it. Originally it reminded me a lot of Firebolt by Adrienne Woods (which was my first dragon book) and what set Going Down in Flames apart was the world building.It’s safe to say that no matter how awesome it would be to be a dragon, I would not want to live in this society under the Dictators sorry I meant Directorate… Learning about their beyond strict rules and prejudices was enough to make my stomach turn! Bryn felt much the same and we follow her as she tries to get by in a school run by people who hate her for no other reason than the fact she’s a hybrid of two different dragon clans - which are awesome by the way with their different colours and affinities.Bryn’s character is simply brilliant. Through being bombarded by information at the start you’re immediately in the same boat and her reactions were so genuine that it was impossible not to like her. The added snarky attitude and ability to give out as much as she got in respond to bullying sealed the deal.Of course not everyone had it out for Bryn and she made some great friends along the way. Ivy and Clint had personalities that jumped from the pages and their presences always brightened the scene. Zavien is another matter with very hot-and-cold behaviour that meant it took a while for me to warm up to him. By the end of the book I could kind of understand why Bryn was interested and now can’t wait to see how their relationship progresses (or doesn’t?) in the sequel.With a kick-ass heroine, villain you love to hate, interesting society and did I mention dragons? Going Down in Flames is a book you do not want to miss.[image error]Posted on: http://enchantedbyya.blogspot.co.uk

  • Amanda (Is Not a Panda)
    2019-04-08 00:09

    Oh my gosh. I'm finished? I'm finished!Since I apparently relish giving extremely precise ratings, I'm giving this an actual rating of 4.75 stars. That's just how I roll.I'm in love. I'm in love. I'm in love with this book. Sorry. Spongebob is like the only way to express these inner emotions :PI started it out thinking this might just be an another slightly amusing, if not corny dragon book. But then, from the very first page, Bryn was established as a no-nonsense kind of girl. Then, it turns out her parents have been hiding something from her: they're runaways from a society of shape shifting dragons! If that's not an interesting birthday present, I don't know what is. I thought it was a little unbelievable how relatively nonchalant the whole family acted at this turning point, but I couldn't care less because I was already sucked into the story. Then, going into this part??“Here’s my advice for the day: there are few problems in the world sugar and fat can’t solve. Now that you’ve shifted, you can eat as much as you want and not gain weight.”Forget about it. Dragons have such a high metabolism that this girl can stuff her face like I can do only in my dreams?! Now, this is my kind of story!It reminded me of elements from Harry Potter and The Black Mage AND Born at Midnight BUT INSTEAD OF PEOPLE, YOU HAVE DRAGONS.And this was some legit story-telling. Everything moved along at a great pace for me and I connected to ALL the characters (whether good or bad). Adding onto that, I haven't laughed with this much consistency since reading "Graceling" or "The Darkworld". The dialogue was probably the best part about the story. Continuing the singing of praises:Bryn wasn't a heroine that was utterly lost and useless whenever her love interest wasn't around. She had quite the temper, she could hold her own, and she could make snippy comebacks when she needed to. The story line is pieced together well and the world building is actually coherent and believable. I can see how this book is only for some people however, so I'd say to read a sample of the book and see if the writing style is for you. That's what I did, anyway. And look how that turned out for me! I immediately bought it, read it in 1 day, and for the majority of my reading experience, I looked like this:I feel like this is like a prequel to the real stuff happening. It's a good way to introduce us to the our colorful cast of characters and explain their unique situations in society and the world they live in. In the next book I'm hoping more badass kickassery will go down (yeah I just coined that phrase). That being said.... ON TO BOOK TWO!

  • Josephine
    2019-04-09 00:29

    *THIS* is the YA I love and miss. It is not your typical angst-ridden, dystopian love triangle that saturates the genre today. Plus, a HUGE bonus (in my book) is that there are no werewolves, vampires, or fairies of any kind. There are DRAGONS. In YA. Need I say more?You have your sassy (but not b**chy) 16-year-old girl who just found out she is the daughter of two different Clans of dragonshifters who fled their dragon society in order to be together. Because intermarriage between Clans is forbidden, Bryn is not supposed to exist and is an outcast. When she discovers that not only can she shift but has numerous dragon powers as well, she is forced to attend dragon boarding school to hone her abilities. Once there, she is not only shunned but fears for her life after two failed murder attempts. The way the book ends is kind of abrupt, but of course this is the first in yet another series. Overall, this was a delightfully, fun read that is a departure from the monotony that has become the currently over-used YA trope du jour.

  • Louisa
    2019-04-08 22:04

    Oh, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Loved everything about this book, it was just so awesome! So snarky! Can't wait to read more!

  • Dragana
    2019-04-21 01:07

    Mention of fire in the title of Going Down in Flames got my dragon detection sense tingling. Reading the summary confirmed my hunch – there will be dragons in this book. In fact heroine Bryn is a dragon-shifter. Urban fantasy with dragons? You know I had to read it!Going Down in Flames start with an usual young adult novel plot: Bryn is stalked by some creepy (but handsome) guy and then she discovers that she is special and has hidden powers. I must admit, I was a little bit turned down in the beginning because it all sounded familiar. But soon I forgot to complain about the cliches because I got immersed into the interesting world of dragon-shifters.Being a dragon-shifter has a lot of advantages: - Eating as much as you want and not gaining weight. “Bryn burned through her stress, literally.” - Shooting fireballs at everyone who annoys you. - Flying! - Going to elite boarding school. - All of your new friends are dragons.BUT, there are downsides too:"Acid surged from her stomach and shot up her throat, burning her esophagus. Pressure built in her chest. She coughed. Her lungs constricted. She cleared her throat and opened her mouth to speak. Flames exploded out of her mouth and shot across the room, setting the kitchen curtains on fire."Blowing fire does not sound like a pleasant experience. More like a bad case of heartburn.Chris Cannon invented a world of modern dragons that is intriguing and very complex. Dragon-shifters have different powers based on their color, are divided in clans and have strict rules for everything (even dating and marriage). And since our heroine is new to the dragon world, we get to be acquainted with it along with her. I know it’s a cliche, but this is still one of the best ways to do world-building. Something new appears and Bryn and you will exclaim together: “Wow, what’s that?”Another aspect of Going Down in Flames I liked is Bryn’s friendship with Clint and Ivy. Clint was especially funny and full of puns. It reminded me of my high school buddies, friendly teasing and adventures we had together. Happy times! *sigh*One big flaw of Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon that I must point out is that it’s not a standalone novel. I’m guessing it’s a first book in a series, because it ends in a big cliffhanger. I wish there was an info about this on cover or book title page, I would have been a little bit less surprised.In The End…If you like young adult urban fantasy novels set in boarding school with dragons then you should check out Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon. It’s fun and easy to read – perfect for the summer. There might be a couple of usual cliches in the plot and heroine is sometimes too hot-tempered to think rationally, but it’s still quick and entertaining read.Disclaimer: I was given a free eBook by the publisher via blog tour in exchange for a honest review. This text is also posted on my blog Bookworm Dreams in a little bit more styled edition.

  • Ana
    2019-04-07 00:23

    4.5 stars!! It’s actually been a while since I’ve read a YA paranormal story. And what a great way to get back into the genre! This book was everything I hoped it would be…wonderful characters, an interesting setting filled with both good and evil, twists and turns and mystery, and, of course, dragons!This story starts with a bang. And, although this is jarring and doesn’t give us much time to get to know the characters, it works here. We’re immediately thrown into a world that no one, not even the main character, expects. Just before her 16th birthday, Bryn discovers that she’s a dragon. And, not only is she a mythical creature, she’s also the child of two types of dragons – blue and red – something that’s never happened before. Her learning curve is steep and she’s not given much time to absorb the news, but this leap into the story allows us our first peek at her strength. Bryn is feisty and intelligent and a fighter. I love that about her! She’s always thinking steps ahead and her inner monologue is quite humorous at times too. And these characteristics make her the perfect hero because readers are not given even one moment to breath before the story takes off and the adventure begins. Bryn faces all types of hostility and prejudice because of her unusual lineage but she’s brave and resilient time and time again.There are a few other characters who also won my heart. Clint and Ivy, two dragons who look beyond her differences and become her friends, are warm, funny, and they balance Bryn’s character nicely. Zavien, the reluctant love interest, is dreamy and I really need to know more about him. He’s the perfect mix of mysterious and sexy. And then there’s Jaxon. He’s Bryn’s arch nemeses but he’s quite intriguing too…I may actually find him more than interesting…but we’ll leave it at that for now!! lolI’m really hoping this is the first book in this series because there is so much more story to be told. Dragon society is rooted in old fashioned beliefs and Bryn has an uphill battle if she’s to help change that. Her enemies have plans for her and they’re not going to stop just because I’ve read the last page. And, don’t even get me started about the budding romance…I need to know more!! So, I’m hoping that Ms. Cannon is hard at work on the second book because I definitely need more Bryn, Zavien and Jaxon…soon!!

  • Dana
    2019-04-06 23:10

    This book was a fun, easy read. However I had an issue with the main characters contradictory morals. I thought it was rather galling that she was disgusted with the prospect of being someone's mistress, yet finds no issue in dating an engaged man. My other qualm was that the plot was rather predictable. This doesn't make it a bad novel, despite my complaining I did enjoy this.Going down in flames would make a great summer read/rainy day read. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. 3.5/5Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Brianna
    2019-04-18 04:23

    im really glad it got better..

  • Maddi
    2019-04-14 05:05

    I just found a new series to obsess over :)great new story line with twists and turns!

  • Kelli Behr
    2019-03-24 04:09

    I loooved this book! My favorite genre is paranormal romance (usually vampires), but Chris Cannon has opened the door to dragons for me! Bryn is a great main character! She doesn't conform, she's witty,and is "a breath of fresh air" at the Institute. Her love interest, Zavian, is exactly what you want him to be, though I'm kind of into Valmont too ;-)! I would definitely recommend this book (and have via Facebook, Twitter, G+ and word of mouth) to anyone that is looking for a great read! Yes,I got book hangover from staying up waaay too late to finish it lol! I can't wait for the 2nd (and 3rd and 4th...) book(s) in the series to be released!

  • Tia
    2019-03-30 02:29

    This series is:HilariousWell writtenGloriously awesome.I loved it and will be sticking with it!

  • Bookbuyer
    2019-04-02 04:21

    While at times juvenile and a bit over exaggerated I did enjoy this novel. I did however find Bryn to be whiny. I considered giving this a 3 star for that alone. I really liked her friends and Zavian. But I found all there customs to be very strange.I hope in the next book not so many people try to kill her.I find it a bit icky that someone who is married and 10 years older than her wants her as a mistress.Overall enjoyable and I look forward to the next book.

  • Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
    2019-04-01 01:16

    For once, I think my instincts were right (not that I ever listen) about Going Down in Flames. I was expecting a lot more.The idea and the concept were unique and interesting. Shape-shifting dragons? Check. Oddball at a prestigious boarding school Bryn is being sent to on her sixteenth birthday? Check. Proof that the Directorate isn't always right? Check. TRYING to stay alive? Ooo, interesting. Check! All the ingredients of a great book. I was even so excited about DRAGONS!Plus, the pretty cover and the tag line: If her love life is going down in flames, she might as well spark a revolution.WHAT REVOLUTION?!?!?! is my biggest question right at this very moment. There's no revolution, not really. At least, not one that Bryn starts. That revolution, which is apparently peaceful and started by Zavien-Not-Zayn, was there well before Bryn comes around. She doesn't even know about that revolution or even the fact that she's a dragon until said dude starts stalking her for awhile.So I'm really curious as to the definition of revolution here. Because in the long run, it's all sparkly rainbows and unicorns with the abrupt end. The last sentence? Damn Directorate. If anything, damning the Directorate shows there hasn't been a revolution. Sure, Bryn makes her point. She's a crossbreed and she's just like any other dragon. She made a change. To have a love life, that is, but it's not like she gets to choose. I mean, her grandmother and the mom of the dude she hates most attempts at playing matchmaker. Arranged marriage still exists.*sighs* Not a dramatic change if you ask me. A change for future crossbreeds, sure. Certainly the Directorate wasn't overthrown.Perhaps the most interesting part of Going Down in Flames for me were the death threats. The way they're written and set up. They're thrown in at surprising, yet right times. Oh, and there's no warning on those attempts. It kept me at the edge of my seat trying to guess where the next attack would be at.There also seems to be something missing from the characters. Particularly with Jaxon and Bryn. They hate each other and then all of a sudden, he starts helping her. Not just to save his reputation, but to protect her. There is something remotely wrong with a character who hates you from the bottom of their hearts to "protecting you." O_o Jaxon: I also did it to help you.Bryn: I saved your life. Don’t get snippy with me.Jaxon: *slams coffee cup down* I came to secure protection for your life.Tell me there isn't something wrong with that. O_o Because it ends shortly after, and now I can't really decide if Bryn gets stuck marrying Jaxon due to arranged marriage or she gets to choose who she wants to marry. If there are any other life threatening stuff going on afterward or the dragons that used to hate her now treat her as an equal. If her mother actually gets a happy reunion with her parents. If Zavien is still stuck with his intended or if he and the Revisionists peacefully achieve more individual rights for dragons.There are just so many questions that aren't answered yet, that this feels like an entire end is missing and Going Down in Flames is the very first of a trilogy or series. Yet... this is a stand alone... according to Goodreads. Am I missing something, or did anyone else who read this feel the same way?--------------------------Advanced copy provided by the publisherOriginal Rating: 2.5This review and more found over at Bookwyrming Thoughts

  • Lenore Kosinski
    2019-04-13 22:28

    https://celebrityreaders.wordpress.co...On reread, this is full 4 stars of goodness, maybe even more. The things I listed below still existed, but I just didn't care as much b/c I LOVED all the rest of it. Bryn is an AWESOME heroine, so spunky and hilarious! Can't wait to read book 2!!Original review:3.5 stars -- OK this was a surprise in a few different ways. Crap, but first: I received a copy of this book through netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.OK, so I started this book and was immediately hit with a "wait, whoa!" And not in a good way. This book launches us immediately into Bryn learning about her dragon heritage....which can be a mixed bag. Yes, it's nice to get right down to the meat of the story. My "wait, whoa!" moment came b/c I hadn't had ANY time to get to know Bryn AT ALL, and then all this information was being blasted at both me and her, and I couldn't help but think to myself "OK, I know the fire coming out her mouth is kind of hard to set aside, but wow she's really accepting of this." It all just seemed a bit...easy? Unrealistic? I mean, maybe if we'd had some background, and she'd always thought there was something strange about her family....or maybe if she'd started with little clues (like smoke coming out her mouth when she's mad), but it's like BAM! And she has a couple moments where she *thinks* she should be hysterical, but instead she just sort of shrugs and says "OK". So I was worried. I really thought the plot sounded cool, but this was not starting off on a Lenore-approved note. Never fear readers, if you have it in you -- STICK WITH THIS BOOK!I ended up just going with the flow and accepting it, albeit with some wariness, and somewhere when she gets settled in the school I started to get a better feel for Bryn, and then the story really sucked me in. So while the beginning is still a nay mark for me, the rest of the book sucked me in and took me on a ride. In some ways it reminded me of a very strange cross between Harry Potter and Rachel Higginson's Starcrossed series....just in a few basic ways. You have a 16 year old girl who gets the surprise of her life discovering a whole other world that exists (and she's a part of)....she's kind of an outcast, especially at school. She goes off and has to live away from her parents in a dorm. She learns a lot about this whole new world. There's even a Hogsmeade type town. So it had a bit of homey familiarity to it that let me hunker right down.Bryn was fun, and sassy, and holy fiery temper. I LOVED her huge appetite, and she had some great banter with so many of the other characters. Zavien was suitably mysterious and sexy. Ivy and Clint were ADORABLE together. Merrick amused me to no end. Even Jaxon, Rhianna and Lillith were intriguing characters "from the other side".In the end there were still a lot of things that bothered me about this book, but I think it has a bit of "first book-itis". There were parts that maybe didn't need to be in there (Keegan? Beth at the beginning?) unless they'll be fleshed out in later books. And the book ended rather abruptly. I knew it was a series, so it wasn't that I was expecting a huge wrap up, but....I don't know. It felt like the end of a chapter.Despite all that, I thoroughly enjoyed the world, thoroughly enjoyed the characters, and look forward to seeing where this series will go.

  • Bee {Quite the Novel Idea}
    2019-03-30 03:25

    Istyria book blog ~ B's world of enchanted booksI really didn’t hate this one. It wasn’t bad! I did like most of it, but I just feel like there’s something missing. It’s very hard to describe what exactly. I just wanted more I think. I wanted to love this, but in the end it’s just okay for me.Going Down in Flames is about Bryn, she’s always led a normal, quiet life until one day her whole world is turned upside down. She’s a dragon. And not just any dragon, she’s a Crossbreed between a Red and a Blue dragon, something thought to be impossible. Bryn is shipped of to the Institution, a school for dragons to learn how to use their powers and find their future. Overwhelmed by all the new traditions and rules she has to learn, Bryn also has to deal with everyone hating her. She’s an abomination and most of the other dragons are not afraid to let her know what they think. She manages to find a few good friends, but there’s still someone out there that wants more than just shout mean insults. Someone is trying to kill her.I so wanted to love this book! I love dragons and that’s the whole reason I even requested this book. I did like that part! The whole history and stuff from the dragons in this book is so cool! It’s a great idea but I feel like it wasn’t worked out as well as it could have. I wanted to see everything fleshed out more. I wanted more details, more world-building, more character development! But for the most part, this book just felt like a very long summary. And when I was just starting to enjoy it more and getting into it, it just ended. At first I thought there was a part at the end missing. It just ended, just like that. In the middle of a chapter it just ends.Some of the characters are a bit stereotypical, but I did like most of them! I loved Bryn’s temper and sarcasm. The humor was great in this book. I also really felt for her. In some ways, weirdly enough, I could relate to how she felt. And I really liked that. I also liked Ivy, Clint and Zavien. While the friendships did feel real and I was able to click with that, I can’t say the same for the romance in this book. I just didn’t feel it. Probably for the lack of depth I felt in this story. I hope the author works on that for the next book in the series. I don’t anything about a second book in the series on Goodreads or the author’s website and that worries me a little bit. I do hope there will be a sequel because it’s obvious the story isn’t finished yet.Going Down In Flames was just okay for me. I wanted more details! I hope the next book will be better on that department. I do want to continue the series because I just love dragons. I’d say give this one a try and see if you can find what I’m missing here. Maybe it’s just me. If so, please let me know!

  • JenniferRicketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
    2019-03-31 01:03

    I received a review copy of this book for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl. Bryn is a hybrid dragon - her mom is a Blue, her dad is a Red - who can breathe fire or ice. She's snarky, strong, and unwilling to back down from a challenge. Those qualities make her a kick ass heroine and just the right dragon to incite change in the archaic ways dragons have been forced to live for so long by their governing body, the Directorate. Bryn has a crush on Zavien, but I didn't. I think she was too quick to forgive him when he'd act like a first class jerk. She'd come close to crying, he'd apologize, and she'd forgive him right away. I'd stay mad for at least a day, especially when he confessed he was manipulating her emotions. Maybe I'd even stay angry at him for a week! I figured there had to be more to his story than what first appeared. I loved Mr. Stanton, the head of the Green dragons and Bryn's teacher for Elemental Science. He doesn't look at her the same way most do - he sees her as having potential to do amazing things. I could tell from their first meeting he would be a person of authority whom she could trust and confide in. He's one of my favorite characters. I also really liked Ivy and Clint, two black dragons who soon become friends with Bryn. It was nice to see she wouldn't be completely alone. Some of the remarks other students made were downright horrendous, especially the Blues. One blue dragon female told her her mother should've had an abortion. The Blues were the most hateful and treated her worse than the other groups did by far. Even some of the teachers treated Bryn terribly, like Mrs. Hanfelder, the history teacher. I knew history was going to be a problem class for Bryn since her parents are well known for running away as they did and not following the Directorate's rules. The first day of class, she tells the class crossbreeding can't produce a functional dragon. Obviously, she's not only spiteful but also dead wrong. She tells Bryn she's an abomination who should have been put down at birth. But then I was ecstatic when Bryn came back with, "Do all the teachers at this school attack their students? Or are you just a raving bitch?" I probably would've cried, but not Bryn. I love a heroine with a lot of spunk! Overall, Going Down in Flames is a book I loved - it's fun with a lot of humor and exciting with a lot of adventure. I loved Bryn to pieces - she's exactly the kind of lead female character YA books need.

  • Rafael Ribeiro
    2019-04-09 23:25

    Muito bom, o livro tem um ritmo muito suave, você consegue ler sem precisar parar por ter ficado maçante, os personagens tem personalidades muito legais, mesmo os ruins são interessantes.Espero muito dos próximos livros, o mundo tem uma proposta muito legal e incluiu algumas coisas que eu não tinha visto em nenhum outro.

  • Kristin
    2019-04-07 23:03

    Not only did Bryn not know she was a dragon shifter, but she's also a mutant that shouldn't exist doesn't really soften the blow. Her parents are from different clans and weren't supposed to be able to breed. Apparently, they were wrong because a fire dragon and an ice dragon can apparently create a hybrid. Bryn is not only able to use both elements but she's also able to change her appearance by willing it. Her "coming of age" draws the councils attention and soon she finds herself shipped off to an institute for dragon kids. Not only does the fact that her parent's ran away breaking the law cause her to be an outcast, but she's faster and have more abilities than even the more skilled dragons. Yup, there's a lot in store for Bryn.This was a good paranormal young adult story. There was a little bit of romance sprinkled in but it wasn't what stole the show. The author has a great way of giving the readers details on what's going on without overloading them with information. I liked that we were talked through the transformation instead of getting the usual smoke and mirrors that so many paranormal books throw our way. There wasn't anything overly surprising in this story. However, I enjoyed it a lot. I like that the dragon clans are kind of set in their old ways. The council determines whether a dragon is eligible for marriage and if so they are designated a mate. If they aren't approved for marriage, they are left to find a "benefactor" to whom they become the mistress of. Considering dragons are an old species that date back thousands of years ago, it would make sense that their ways would be a bit outdated. The author did manage to throw some twists into the story to keep it interesting. I was never bored with where things were going. There was always something going on between attacks on Bryn, her non-existent romantic life, and the fact that she's still learning about what being a dragon means. The ending is a bit abrupt and left a lot of loose ends. I'm hoping that there is another book in the works and that this wasn't a stand alone novel. Otherwise, there's going to be a lot of frustrated readers.

  • Kimber Wheaton
    2019-04-20 22:24

    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewI love dragons, so I was drawn to Going Down in Flames like a moth to flame. It's a light read with lots of humor and a touch of romance. The old-fashioned dragon society is enough to curdle the stomach as is the way Bryn is treated at her new school. Though the novel does have an ending of sorts, it's clearly left open for more.I really enjoyed Bryn, though I have to admit that I'm a bit unsure how she managed to keep from self-combustion with everything heaped on her all at once. In a matter of days, she learns that she's a shape-shifting dragon (side note- how cool is that?) and also learns that a "Directorate" controls every aspect of dragon society with an iron fist.Bryn is an outcast among dragons for being a crossbreed. Her parents defied the Directorate and ran off to be together despite being from different clans. To say she is mistreated at school would be an understatement. There are several people who befriend her which does make things a bit easier. I liked her friends Clint and Ivy quite a bit even though they had small roles and were never fully developed.Then there's Bryn's romantic interest, Zavien, a black dragon petitioning for change among dragon kind. A relationship develops between the two even though Bryn knows they can never be together-- at least in legitimate dragon society.Going Down in Flames is a cute, fun read with quirky characters and an interesting plot. I look forward to reading more about Bryn and the dragons.

  • Katherine Paschal
    2019-04-09 01:07

    A week before her 16th birthday, Bryn notices that a strange (yet attractive) boy has been stalking her. When she finally has a confrontation with him, he tells her some outrageous things, such as her being a dragon and can breathe fire. When Bryn tells her parents about the strange boy's words, they don't deny it, in fact, they actually confirm his tale. Bryn is an anomaly, a hybrid dragon offspring from 2 different types of dragons. Bryn now must face this new world she knows nothing about, where she is seen as abnormal, while a rebellion is brewing close to the surface.I absolutely loved the concept of this book. This is the first time that I have ever read a book about a female shapeshifting dragon, making this story unique right from the start. The story was able to capture the feelings of a teen girl, while at the same time incorporate all kinds of supernatural elements, politics and the caste system of the different colored dragons. There was a little bit of everything in this story to keep me on my toes. I enjoyed Bryn's spunk. She does not take anything lying down, instead she heads into it swinging. She is the narrator of the story so the reader gets to learn the complexities of this dangerous exciting world right along with her. It kinda sorta felt like a female Harry Potter meets dragons (and I mean that in the best possible way) where there is a whole Dragon special town the students can go to and how everyone knows who Bryn is (she is totally infamous) and her back story. She was so in the dark about everything I wanted to wrap her in bubble wrap.Did I mention the hunky love interest Zavien?? And Jaxon has definitely peaked my interest...I want to know what role he will play in Bryn's lifeI am so glad that I got the opportunity to read the first book in this series and now I can't wait to see what will happen next. If you like strong female characters who don't need to be saved and cuss like a sailor, as well as some complicated supernatural adventures, then this is a book for you to pick up. I will most certainly read the rest of the series and I look forward to more from this author.I received this title in return for my honest review.For more reviews visit my blog at http://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com

  • Talina | Sassy & Dangerous
    2019-03-30 01:27

    Also reviewed on my blog! http://sassyanddangerous.blogspot.mx/I recently just finished Going Down In Flames by Chris Cannon; it was a fun, quirky, easy read and I just could not put it down!Finding out on your sixteenth birthday you’re a shape-shifting dragon is tough to swallow. Being hauled off to an elite boarding school is enough to choke on. Since Bryn is the only crossbreed at the Institute for Excellence, all eyes are on her, but it’s a particular black dragon, Zavien, who catches her attention.Zavien is tired of the Directorate's rules. Segregated clans, being told who to love, and close-minded leaders make freedom of choice almost impossible. The new girl with the striped hair is a breath of fresh air, and with Bryn's help, they may be able to change the rules.The writing was brilliant. The author's writing intrigued me and made me want to keep turning the page. What I loved most about this book how funny, and charming it was. I loved how the author put a little bit of everything from the dragon's history, what kind of magic they have, where they live, etc; she didn't leave anything out for me to wonder, and I appreciated that. Bryn: She is the main character in this book. I liked/disliked her. I liked her for her sassiness, she was smart, had a funny sense of humor, and always spoke her mind. But, sometimes she would speak the wrong thing and just come off as rude and a child. I felt bad that she was forced into having to leave her parents behind and join a a school for dragons. I loved Bryn's dad and how protective and funny he could be. I also found it funny how he growled a lot. Almost every time he spoke, he would let out a growl and it made me smile every time. I was taken by surprise on how she reacted when she found out she was a dragon though. "She rubbed at her sore throat. The pain helped convince her this was real. “Can I have some answers now?” “We’ll answer all your questions,” her dad promised. “Let’s fix dinner while we talk.” Bryn started chopping vegetables for a salad while her dad seasoned the hamburgers and her mom set the table. The normal household chores seemed surreal. The smell of burned cloth hung in the air."If I found out I was a fire/ice breathing dragon, I wouldn't be chopping up vegetables! I'd probably be going crazy and wondering what the frick is going on. A few things I liked about being a dragon were;#1. You can eat all you want, and not gain weight.#2 You can can shape shift into a dragon without having your clothes ripped off.#3. You can fly whenever, and almost wherever you want.When Bryn gets shipped of to Institute for Excellence, my eyebrows raised by how the dragons treated her, especially the Blues. Other students told her she was a mongrel, her mother should've had an abortion, and other terrible things. Even her history teacher, Mrs. Hanfelder, acted terrible toward Bryn."Mrs. Hanfelder slammed the pointer against the podium so hard it broke in half. “Your mother is a disgrace, and you are an abomination who should have been put down at birth.” Bryn held back the fire, but the words poured out before she could stop them. “Do all the teachers at this school attack their students? Or are you just a raving bitch?”Even though she acted immature a few times, I liked her and her attitude. Definitely a good character and one of my favorites.Zavien: If I had to describe him in two words, it would be hot and a jerk! I'm not going to lie, yes, us girls/women tend to fall for guys with tattoos and a bit of an attitude. He hated how the Directorate ruled over everyone's lives, including who to marry and what job you would have, and seeing as though Bryn is an abomination to the dragon world, she is the answer to his prayers."With his pale skin and dark hair fixed in three-inch spikes, he looked like a demented manga character. The black muscle shirt he wore showed off the elaborate dragon tattoo running the length of his arm."But the way he acted towards Bryn sometimes, it ticked me off! He hurt her feelings a few times, and he also tried to manipulate her, he would bring her to tears, and BAM, she forgave him.Excuse me, but if someone tried to manipulate my emotions, I wouldn't be so forgiving that quickly. Maybe a day or two I would be mad with that person, but in just a few minutes she forgave him. *eye roll* And even though he came off as a jerk a few times, he really did care for Bryn. The relationship between the two was funny to read. One of them would be mad, then the other would too, and if one of them were happy, so was the other.Then there was Ivy and Clint, two charming Black dragons that always put a smile on my face when they showed up. I loved how Clint was so sweet around Ivy. I would love to read a novella about those two!Then there was Merrick. I'm not going to get into too much detail, but I actually liked him more than I liked Zavien! It would have been better if he was a few years younger (26) and wasn't married though. *pouts*There were a few small twists here and there, and I wasn't really surprised at who the killer was. That was the only thing that I found to be predictable. I'm hoping there will be another book to come about Bryn and her friends because I just couldn't get enough!Overall, Going Down In Flames is a cute, fun summer read and I would recommend it to anyone!This was how I pictured Zavien.

  • Izabella
    2019-03-27 02:01

    *****I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*****The first part of the book was exciting and all fast fast fast revelations!! And kinda like a sit-com XP But after that, there wasn't really that much happening for a while. The pace just slumped. And it became boring, honestly.I kinda put the book down for a while :/ *guilty look* Took a while to convince myself to finish it.......which is part of the reason for this late review *holds up hands in surrender* I knowww, I knowwww, that's a terrible excuse (I also had a busy week full of math and daaance rehearsals–the comps have officially begun *crowd cheers*–like literally, lately it's been a house rule or sumfin that you're either doing schoolwork, doing chores, dancing, eating, or sleeping *scowls and hugs Cazza tightly* don't let it drag me into a dank dungeon with no GR and friendsss! *wails*) XD but I'm glad I did continue the book because it slugged itself out of the mud and started up again at a more modest pace, but this time it actually maintained it's pacing *sticks out tongue*The beginning was the best XD Like, duuudeeee it was hilarioussssss ;P I kept bombarding Cazza with my cackling antics *grins*Unfortunately it didn't last. It was like da author used up all her jokes early on and then......ran out o.O Poohhh *pouts* But still, the book wasn't half bad overall, especially for a debut crack at YA......The concept was a little too generic. Young adult finds out she's a dragon and goes to a dragon school where she's one of a kind and everyone else looks at her like she's a serial killer or sumfin XD *mock glares at these peeps* come onnn don't be too harsh to Bryn sure she's different, but so are youuu.....or have you forgotten that you're all shape shifting dragons?? *snickers*But back on topic, you remember what we want right?...*crickets chirp*...*rolls eyes* Fiiineee I'll spell it out for ya'll :P#WeNeedDiverseBooks dun dunn duuunnnnnnn! xDYeaahhh Cannon must've missed the tweeting procession *sigh*MC aka Bryn: I couldn't really connect to her that much :/ In fact, none of da characters seemed very believable to me, but whatevehhh. That's my opinion.And one thing that annoyed me is that Cannon didn't express Bryn's looks......yaahh knoww......*slight laugh*.....if she's pwettyy or not? XD It always annoys me to no end when authors somehow manage to make their charries uncategorizable *unimpressed look*Still, she was an entertaining charrie XPSnarkyy? Check. Self–confident? Average. Kickass? Unconfirmed. Stubborn? Check. A dragon? Check. Can change appearance at will? Check. Smart? *shrugs* XD Calm? Nopeee *pops the p* Mature? Errr *coughs* Temper? Double check!But whyyyyyyy? Whyyyyyy did she have to choose Zavien the spiky-haired malcontent??? *cracks up* Her grandfather's words, not miiinee XDDSeriously tho -__- Me no likey spiky-haired, tattooed goth type guys!! >:/Ooookayyy I may be exaggerating just a teensy bit :P *ducks head*.......but just sayin' *defensive look*Valmont on the other hand......*nods approvingly* Why couldn't she like Valmont her handsome knight in shining armour.......literally? xD *whines* He's so much bettahhh XP *swoons* Short black hair, ice blue eyes, a dimpleee *leans head in palm and sighs dreamily*Fight scenes.....meh. Honestly I was hoping for more in this department, but all we got was a tiiinnyyy bit of dispassionate fighting, and Bryn and a certain annoying charrie called Jaxon trading fireballs and snowballs at each other's heads XPP Not really 'trading' tho.....if you catch mah drift *evil laugh*Ooohhhh and that reminds me! The coughing fireballs and snowballs thing o.O That's just weird. I mean, suuuree a dragon breathing fire.....even a dragon breathing snow is ookayyy on the weird scale, but humans exhaling fire and snow.......not so much XDDEven tho they're dragon shifters, you'd think they can only do the mojo stuff in dragon form.....right? *raises eyebrows*Also, I think there was a bit of misinformation in the tagline *frowns* I kept waiting for this professed revolution o.O25% way through: *squints at pages*50% way through: *taps pen on table*75% way through: *bounces knee and sighs*100% way through: o.O *facedesk*Whaaat revolution??? *confuzzled look* Suuureee some peeps are against the Directorate's rule, but they were against the Directorate's rule long before she popped outta the woodwork, she hasn't become a symbol of rebellion or anythang like Katniss in THG, and she certainly hasn't organised a rebellion o.O All she's done in relation to the Directorate is manage to convince half the students not to hate on her.....and if you're wondering.....the other half still do XDDBookish Revelation: Is that Quintessence in her hair??? *squints at book cover* Hmmm ;D And if you're wondering what Quintessence is, here's a blurb from da book....“Quintessence is the essence of all things. It’s the very stuff life is made of. Learn to manipulate it, and you will be able to do simple spells. Learn to control it, and you could do anything.”Mmmm XDD So they're not just dragons, they're also magicians of sorts ;P *rubs hands together and smirks* And Bryn seems to be a naturale at controlling it *winks*The ending seems open and hinting to the possibility of a sequel, tho like the last e-arc I read, Cinderella's Dress, there was no actual cliff-hanger, soooo yeaahhh. *shrugs* Maybe, maybe not.....XP3 stars. Booyaahhh :P—MissBloodsucker™ All Sucked Out!

  • Velina Pencheva
    2019-04-09 23:17

    First half of the book wasn't to my liking. If it hadn't been for the second half my rating would be 3 stars. The book was going on too fast in the beginning, in my opinion, whilst in other parts dragged on.Was entertaining and in some moments I laughed out loud. Bryn is very whiny and ungrateful and her whole center is herself. Don't know why anyone bothers with those attempts on her life cos yeah she is different but I see no threat in her other than she can't keep her mouth shut. Which I can't seem to do either so, cheers to similarities.Interested to read more!

  • A Book Addict's YA Palace
    2019-03-24 23:12

    For my full review (as a part of Chris Cannon's blog tour) click over to my site Miss Little Book Addict's YA House of books http://misslittlebookaddictya.blogspo...Going Down In Flames by Chris Cannon is pretty much what I expected it to be when I read the blurb. I don’t know if that is because Entangled has a “troupe” cheat code they love to use again and again, or if the blurb was just that specific. I think I was a little let down because of that, because it was exactly what I expected. However, E. Teen may have balanced that a little with yet another kick butt cover that I adore and grabs my attention right away.The world building in Going Down In Flames is really well done. (And that includes the intrigue and excitement of the plot overall.) Having to create 4 communities of dragons—Red, Black, Green and Blue—is no easy task, even for the best authors out there. But Chris Cannon pulled it off with nice style and good hooks throughout the story that kept me reading. I would have liked more action scenes because they were very well written and flowed wonderfully. Honestly these two things are what saved this book for me. No set aside pile for this book. Though I have no problem saying I would have happily traded several of the more political feeling scenes for fight scenes!The universe in GDIF was unique in many ways and read differently from other books. The flip side to the praise above: The whole “speciale schools” with “secret societies” and crazy separation “classes” is starting to feel a little over used for me.Now on to the characters!Bryn is our M.C. (heroine). She’s very special. She just found out she’s a dragon, and on her 16th birthday no less! Even better (though not in her opinion) she’s a half breed. Half Red dragon half Blue dragon. That means several very interesting things for her—both good and bad.The good: because of her duel heritage she has the power of both fire and ice. I’ve gotta say it was pretty entertaining when she accidently set her kitchen on fire trying to use her powers JThe bad side of her parentage: she’s considered a freak/abomination by the stuffy-stuck-in–the-dark-ages dragon society that believes no dragon should marry outside their color. (See my note up top about my feelings on the political aspect of this book) Even worse than being an outcast—she’s got someone out to kill her! Fortunately she’s got a pretty cool cast of secondary characters that are there for her.Let’s start with Clint and Ivy. They both seem to fall perfectly within the whole two best supportive friends that stick by you no matter where your adventures take you that almost every YA book seems to have. But I’m not hating on them—in fact I loved them! I wish I could have gotten more about them.Bryn also has Zavien. A 19 year old Black dragon who ends up being her secret boyfriend because of the whole class separation thing. I liked him a lot, but I wish Chris would have played up the mysterious, sexy side of him more. There were also times that I felt Zavien was too mature for Bryn. I still like them as a couple.The parents were pretty cool too. It was nice to have a YA book with involved parents. A change from the norm.Jackson was probably my favorite character. Or at least the one that I felt had the most untapped potential for character development. Despite him being and “asshat” to Bryn for most of the book, he came through for her when she needed him most. But such a sudden change in opinion of her felt forced/unrealistic for me.The one character I haven’t really gushed over is Bryn. That was by design. Why you ask—simple: she wasn’t really a good heroine for me. Sure is just a 16 year old thrown into a harsh environment, but she was too whiny. She came off like she was 11. (The reason I felt Zavien was too mature for her at points) She’s constantly told to grow up I never saw any kind of growth from her in Going Down In Flames. I think her sassy attitude and the fact she did keep pushing through all the crap situations she was put in was what saved her for me though.Over all I wanted more from all the characters. World building was great, just not so much the characters. If I had not known that there was a second book to this series I would have been tempted to think this a one off book, but since I knew differently….Anyways I am hoping that my issues with lack of character development will be addressed in the next book Burning Bridges. GOING DOWN IN FLAMES is a solid 3 star for me today. I would recommend this to lovers of fantasy, action and dragons!

  • Lucy at Rain and Cupcakes Book Blog
    2019-04-06 04:23

    I've mentioned this before on how much I enjoy reading modern dragon-shifter novels. I also like boarding school novels as well. Down in Flames have both dragons and boarding school elements, so how can I resist? ->I very much like this book cover.Down in Flames started out with an attracted stranger stalking the heroine, Bryn. This incident then took on a chain of effects, Bryn found out she is a dragon-shifter, but here is the catch, she is one of a kind, a hybrid of Blue and Red dragon. As you can guess from the description, Blue-ice, Red-fire (pretty simple and straight forward). Both of her parents are exiled from the Dragons society, because you aren't allow to crossbreed with another kind of dragon-shifter (I know, how backward is this). If that wasn't enough for Bryn, there are more bad news, Bryn have to attend the Dragon school to "learn" the proper way of being a dragon. However, Bryn's unique existent will be a threat to those who control and held the traditions dearly, and some would see it as an opportunity to use Bryn to stir up a revolution. The way the story flows in Down in Flames are quite straight forward, the author doesn't beat around the brushes when it comes to what is going on and what will happen in the story. You won't be spending much time on guessing, or lost. This was a simple and a quick read. However, I have often felt the story is missing something, and in need more of explanations and descriptions. I thought this book progress in a pretty fast pace, sometime maybe a bit too fast. When Bryn first learned she is a dragon-shifter, her parents didn't wait around but quickly jump start to teach her how to use her magic (she have two, fire and ice), then at the same night, her parent also teach her how to shift to her dragon form. All these turned out to be quite easy for Bryn, I somehow wish it was more of a challenge, since Bryn is after all still very new to her dragon side. Throughout the book we learn a little by little about how the Dragons lives, which were quite ridiculous. Not only Dragons of different breeds aren't allow to marry outside of their own, the head of the Dragons arrange marriage for each of the young Dragons while they are still attending school ( and doesn't give you why and how they choose). What's even more ridiculous is, if the dragon pairs aren't in love with each other (happens often), the husband will have a mistress (they called it being a sponsor) with the wife's blessing.->say what?! ->So yeah, I can see why the Dragons are in need of change. Bryn is like a forbidden fruit (someone said it in the book, not me), many males are attracted to her because she is different.->rolling my eyes. ->Don't get me wrong, I love YA genre, but sometime I couldn't help but wonder, when will the love triangle crap ever end? It gets old rather quick when you read loads of YA novels. I tend to turn the other way if the story is interesting enough that the boy problems doesn't get in the way and overshadow the focus of the story. But really though, why oh why does triangle-love have to be a standard element in YA genre?->just to be clear there could be a potential love triangle situation, but this book focus very little on Bryn's romance relationships. I don't care much about the main love interests in the story, there weren't much of relationship developments between Bryn and Zavien to begin with. Were there attractions, sure, but in love? Nah. Beside, Zavien is already pair up with someone else. Surprisingly I've grown to like Jaxon's character, not that Bryn and Jaxon will become best friend anytime soon, but they now share an understanding.This book ended abruptly (really odd), I don't know if this would be a series or not, though it certainly feel like it should be. Overall I did like this book, even though I don't particular have a strong feeling, not to mention I thought this book could use some depth. I like the idea of this book, beside I am a sucker for dragon-shifter and boarding school themes, therefore I am going to give this book (hopefully a series) the benefit of doubt and read the next book.

  • Stella
    2019-04-22 04:21

    When I first looked at the description of this book I knew it was going to be perfect for me. I read quite a few deep and meaningful books this month and was looking for a quick and easy pick me up. This book started out extremely fast and jumped straight into the action. During the first 4 or 5 chapters I found that everything moved incredibly fast and the way that Bryn was told about her ability was a bit silly and sounded far too straight forward than what it actually turned out to be. I would have liked to have seen more depth to her parents characters. I loved almost all of the themes and ideas in this book and loved the idea of the dragon shifters and their elemental abilities. The very society had me grinding my teeth and it was good to know that this feeling was also apparent in Bryn. Bryn herself was an awesome character, she didn't let anyone give her any sh*t whatsoever and was always very upfront about how she felt. Her sarcasm and sass had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion. While her reactions at the start seemed slightly unrealistic, I couldn't help but relate more to them than I would have if she had flipped out and ran away from home. I definitely would have stayed to hear what my parents had to say, I mean a dragon shifter? Come on! Her fiery personality was extremely likable and pretty badass when faced with obnoxious characters like Jaxon. It was nice to see how she interacted with many of the other characters and how nice her personality and whole being could turn around if bribed with cake and kindness. I found her to be quite a big change from the usual stereotypical feminine hero who is all 'bland' and 'normal' at the beginning and has some special 'thing' about them that becomes an issue. While she did have a special 'thing' that developed into a bit of an issue, she was in no way 'bland' or 'normal' and this was a great relief, it was also nice to see that for once it was just her love interest that saw her as interesting but also many other characters and us as the readers so definetly brownie points on that. The only issue I had with some of the parts of this book was the lack of description for minor characters such as Garret, from the beginning I found it very hard to put an age to him and for a large portion of the beginning I thought he was a teacher. I really wanted to learn more about the black dragons and red dragons. While we got to see tons on the Blues, Greens and a fare bit on the Oranges based on her encounter with Octavian and Vivian (who I also loved) I would have liked to have looked more into the other two types of dragons. I felt that Cannon created a very well built society, while many of their values were outdated and plain stupid I felt that it was well put together and ran well considering this. There weren't any loopholes and nothing major missing from this society, in a way it was very straight forward as well as complicated at the same time. I was happy that we learnt along with Bryn and how all the information came in short bursts instead of being dropped on us all at once. Oh my gosh... Zavien. Honestly heaven. Can I please have a Zavien?? He was completely perfect, not the typical badass with tattoos and leather jackets, his appearance contradicted his personality in the perfect ways. While I usually prefer reading relationships that start out as love-hate, there's was perfection. I loved the slow burn that was created and their playful banter throughout the entire book had me begging for more. One of the things that made me most happy was the smooth transition from friends into something more, it didn't change anything and I still found them to interact in more or less the same way. They still had witty comments regarding each other and towards Ivy and Clint (another two characters I loved). One character I did not have a particular fancy for was Valmont. I felt that his involvement in the plot was slightly unnecessary and I didn't really know what he was doing there... Still I'm not sure if that is just Zavien rubbing off on me :)Overall a sensational book, not at all what I was expecting. I hope to read the next one in the next few days and I am praying it will be as awesome as this was! Actual Rating: 4.5 stars. Theme Song: Can You Hold Me: NF, Britt Nicolebut please... does anyone know where I can buy a Zavien?