REVIEW: Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon

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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)
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3 ★★★1/2

 

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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.

 

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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. 

 


 

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THE AUTHOR:

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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ARC REVIEW: Finding Her Way Back by Heather Van Fleet

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TITLE: Finding Her Way Back
AUTHOR: Heather Van Fleet
PUBLICATION: October 7th 2014 by Swoon Romance (TODAY!!!)
GENRE: YA > Contemporary | Romance
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RATING: 3 ★★★1/2
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Meet Callie, a chubby-sexy nineteen-year-old girl who fears high heels, commitments, and has a love/hate relationship with her running shoes. Nine months of college down the drain and all she has to show for it is her freshman thirty.

But alas, life has other crap plans for her–one that includes a strict regiment of “do this and do that” from her she-devil sister, all while trying to avoid the unavoidable. The unavoidable being Ky: the ex-best friend-turned-sex god who lives across the street.

Meet Ky; a nineteen-year-old wanna be country music singer and a boy-turned-man who still wears a proverbial skateboard around his neck from wasted high school days. When Callie returns home, he realizes that she’s exactly the muse he’s been missing all this time.

Now, if only she can stop running long enough to find out where their love could lead. FINDING HER WAY BACK is a new adult novel about finding love while learning how to love yourself. For all the chubby-sexy girls who tend to feel invisible, this one’s for you!

 

 

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I picked up Findig Her Way Back intending to read just a chapter or two in between other tasks, and ended up reading late into the night. I had to. Callie is such a well developed character and the secondary characters surrounding her were fabulous as well. The pacing was spot on.

Callie is overweight, having problems with school and has troubles with her family. Especially her sister. Well, Callie is a refreshing character. It’s nice to finally read a female character with a chubby physique AND LOVING HERSELF.

“No. I wouldn’t let her bring me down. Nobody could. I was a damn force- someone you definitely didn’t want to mess with.”

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In New Adult genre, that’s kind of rare. We all read that oh why do i hate myself heroines so that’s why Callie is such an admirable character. She’s not only kick-ass but also caring. Oh man, you have no idea how I want to slap and choke her sister to death. I wouldn’t say that Callie didn’t have thoughts like that, she did some stupid stuff that she regretted too. And that’s why she’s well developed. She’s flawed and character development was very much present.

Anna really got through me, and not in a good way. I’ve never wanted to puncha and slap a character so bad. And yeah, that is good writing and evidence of an excellent character but I just can’t take her.

Ky is Callie’s best friend from before who also has his own demons to face.  If this isn’t an alpha male, I don’t know what is. Ky’s a typical NA guy but he’s so much more. The layers that is coating his characters keeps surprising me until the book ended. He’s a mix of douchebag and a gentleman.  And I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t swoon because.. yeah, I DID.

“I will endure every aspect you let me, Callie”

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Heather Van Fleet’s writing is engaging and gripping. She made a book that is rich in unique details with enjoyable dialogue, three dimensional characters, and has an excellent mixture of light and sweet aspects, as well as dark and scary moments. I enjoyed watching the characters grow, letting their fears end and looking for people to help them endure in their troubles. This book really made it’s way inside my heart.

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

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Midwestern native Heather Van Fleet lives in a small town on the Iowa/Illinois border. She’s a wife to her hubby–and high school sweet heart–Chris, as well as a mom to her three little girls, Kelsey, Emma and Bella. When she’s not obsessing over her fictional book characters, cooking dinner, or running around chasing her crazy kiddos, you can usually find her with her head stuck in her Kindle, sucking down White Chocolate Mochas like they’re water.

 

 

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