Monday, 22 June 2015

Review: Going Down in Flames (Going Down in Flames #1) by Chris Cannon

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18363243-going-down-in-flamesGoodreads Synopsis:
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.


Review:
After what felt like a little bit of a cliché start with the whole runaway parents and sixteenth birthday thing, this book picked up dramatically and I found myself flying through it. Originally it reminded me a lot of Firebolt by Adrienne Woods (which was my first dragon book) and what set Going Down in Flames apart was the world building.

It’s safe to say that no matter how awesome it would be to be a dragon, I would not want to live in this society under the Dictators sorry I meant Directorate… Learning about their beyond strict rules and prejudices was enough to make my stomach turn! Bryn felt much the same and we follow her as she tries to get by in a school run by people who hate her for no other reason than the fact she’s a hybrid of two different dragon clans - which are awesome by the way with their different colours and affinities.

Bryn’s character is simply brilliant. Through being bombarded by information at the start you’re immediately in the same boat and her reactions were so genuine that it was impossible not to like her. The added snarky attitude and ability to give out as much as she got in respond to bullying sealed the deal.

Of course not everyone had it out for Bryn and she made some great friends along the way. Ivy and Clint had personalities that jumped from the pages and their presences always brightened the scene. Zavien is another matter with very hot-and-cold behaviour that meant it took a while for me to warm up to him. By the end of the book I could kind of understand why Bryn was interested and now can’t wait to see how their relationship progresses (or doesn’t?) in the sequel.

With a kick-ass heroine, villain you love to hate, interesting society and did I mention dragons? Going Down in Flames is a book you do not want to miss.
Favourite Quotes:
“Nothing relieves stress like setting things on fire.”

“I threatened him with bodily harm. He promised to bring me cake for the rest of my life.” 

“Ferrin looked at her like she had two heads. “You don’t want to marry my son?”
“Hell. No.” He resumed his seat.
“That’s the first sensible thing I’ve heard you say.”

“Did her dragon nature make her more violent? She’d never fantasized death for anyone before. Then again, she’d never met someone like Ferrin.”

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