Book Review: Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon

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Going Down in Flames
by Chris Cannon
Publication date: June 30th 2014
by Entangled Teen Ember
Category: YA
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Personal purchase

My Rating:

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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.

~My Thoughts~

Going Down in Flames was so much fun to read! I’m becoming a huge fan of contemporary fantasy. I’d never read a book about any kind of shifters before, unless you count The Twilight Saga. I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true. Nothing about wolves or dragons or any of the other kinds of shifters I frequently hear about, but that’s about to change. I’m totally enthralled by the idea, and after reading this book, I may be addicted to the whole dragon shifter theme.

The story doesn’t take long to shift from a story about Bryn, a normal teenage girl in an average neighborhood going to a regular old school — to Bryn, the sixteen-year-old dragon shifter with a sordid family history that gets shipped off to The Institute of Excellence. I loved every character in this book, even the ones I couldn’t stand. There were a lot of characters, but it wasn’t difficult to keep them all straight. Each was introduced at the perfect time, and each had a very distinct personality and voice. They couldn’t have been written any better. The pacing of the story was also exceptional, and it had just the right amount of mystery and action to keep it interesting. Oh, and Zavien. He was quite…interesting. In a super hot, tattooed, spikey-haired black dragon type of way. Whaaat? He’s nineteen.. totally legal. Ok, not really, but for the sixteen-year-old girl inside of me he was! 😉

I pictured Zavien something like this…

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Or maybe like this…

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The author takes pride in the details that give the story vast amounts of depth. She’s also going to owe me a membership at Weight Watchers because the amount of yummy food described in this book was far beyond what I had the willpower to resist. At one point while reading, I actually got out of bed for a midnight snack. Technically it was after one in the morning, but my point is… not an ideal time to be chowing down.

The tagline is a bit misleading. I’m not so sure that what Bryn did could be considered a revolution, but she did manage to ruffle a lot of scales. I really enjoyed this book and I’m DYING to know what happens next. If I had the next book in my hands right now, I would already be reading it. I could see this book being turned into a movie.

I recommend Going Down in Flames to all fans of light-hearted contemporary fantasy with loads of action and a realistic, simmering romance!

~About the Author~

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Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu 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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