[Review] Chris Cannon: Going Down in Flames

Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon

Series: Going Down in Flames #1
eBook, 407 pages
Debut: June 30, 2014
@ Goodreads
Genres: Adventure, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Overall Rating: five-stars

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.

Read First: January 17-21, 2015 | -- I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 146

This was tons of fun! Bryn is a snarky piece of work who knows her own mind, and the rest of the characters were very, very well made as well. There was alot of banter, both good- and bad-natured, and yummy food was involved thanks to the fast metabolism of the dragons. It can only get better from there, right? You bet!

At first, it was more or less typical high school drama in high society with a dragon twist to it, but that made it definitvely interesting again! However, after about two-thirds in, the real action starts. It was an awesome twist from 0 to 100 in the matter of a few pages, but I don't want to spoil the details -- just know that I didn't expect anything like it. Thus also came the conspiracy into play, and while I do have some theories, I'm still generally clueless over the outcome. Looking forward to find out the whole truth!

Just before I started on this review, I had a very Bryn moment and wanted to mark this Dystopia just out of spite. The laws the dragon community live under the Blues, the Directorate... it's basically a dystopian standard. I have no idea how it was the Blues to get out on top after the wars, but I believe that most of their laws are based on their stupid pride. Don't get me wrong, to have some pride and class is good for everyone's self-confidence, but not like this! However, I also think that they are spoiled after generations in power, that's why they no longer think clearly. I can image that the initial Blues in power weren't that cold and blind. Bryn being who she is, I think she can get them back on solid ground without the other clans slaughtering them afterwards for revenge.

Oh, the clans! Don't get me started, I think it's awesome what Chris Cannon thought up for her dragon community. Different clans in different scale color, but also with a certain complexion in human form, with affinities to certain fields (art, science, muscle, etc), certain status and each a different element they control. Then there's the knights... no, it's not complicated or out-of-the-world extraordinary at all, but totally awesome! It just right, getting you all hyped wanting to know more, without getting confusing.

Area Scan: Flow: 5/5 -- Vocab: 5/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Heroes: 5/5 -- Sidekicks: 5/5 -- Villains: 4/5 -- Romance: 3.5/5 -- Drama: 3/5 -- Action: 3.5/5 -- Suspense: 4/5 -- Idea: 5/5

Discovered: 5+ Hoods


Sights: Teaser -- HEE

Going Down in Flames:
#1 Going Down in Flames | #2 Bridges Burned

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