Published by Entangled Teen, Macmillan on June 30, 2014
Series: Going Down in Flames #1
Genres: Dragons, Unicorns & Mythical, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: eARC from Publisher
Also in this series: Trial By Fire
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.
Reading Challenges: COYER
Going Down in Flames is about Bryn- a girl who can shapeshift into a dragon. I loved it! I don’t think I have ever read a young adult book where the main characters are dragons. It was interesting because none of it felt overdone or standard. Every piece of information that the author gave us really added to my overall picture of the story. Bryn gets shipped off to basically the dragon boarding school, where you learn all about your newly manifested dragon powers and basically get prepped for your life within dragon society.
Bryn is a unique case because she is the product of crossbreading- something that the Directorate (think government full of Umbridges) told everyone wasn’t possible. Her father is a red dragon and her mother is a blue dragon. Bryn became a little bit of each, which means that she has lots of really cool abilities. People from the clans pretty much hate Bryn on sight. Not all of them, but most of them. I felt bad for her. This is all so new to her. Most kids from dragons know what is going on and they know the rules and customs. It’s true that everyone at the school gets their powers at 16, so she is not behind in that aspect but she still doesn’t know anything about their world. So to be dumped into that overnight AND to find out you are pretty much the most hated kid at school is rough. I wouldn’t have blamed her for moping around a bit- but no. Bryn is a feisty one. She is not going to feel sorry for herself, and she is not going to take anything from anyone. I loved Bryn. She is a little spitfire, even if that sometimes gets her in trouble.
My favorite part of Going Down in Flames was learning all about the dragon world. This book read beautifully. Chris Cannon did a fantastic job with the descriptions and background information. I never felt like I was left too in the dark, but I also never felt overwhelmed or like I was in an information dump. The characters are great as well. I really enjoyed the little gang that Bryn met at the school. They were a lot of fun. Not a ton of romance in this, but the little that was there really suited the story. I wasn’t thrilled about the ending of the story. I wanted more and it just kind of stopped. I need another book. It doesn’t say, but I have to believe that this is part of a series. Bring us book two Chris! Going Down in Flames is an easy and super interesting read that you will not want to put down.
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