REVIEW: Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon
TITLE: Going Down in Flames
AUTHOR: Chris Cannon
PUBLICATION: Published June 30th 2014 by Entangled Teen Ember
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Paranormal | Dragons
PAGES: 407pages (ebook)
SOURCE: review copy via tour host
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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 catches her attention.
Zavien is tired of the Council’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.
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.
And because I’m a good person and I love you guys, I have some teasers for y’all
Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shitzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures. Going Down In Flames is the first book in Chris Cannon’s shape-shifting dragon series.