Going Down in Flames (A Going Down in Flames Novel)

Going Down in Flames (A Going Down in Flames Novel)

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by Chris Cannon
     
 

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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,

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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 Directorate'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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781500553173
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
07/17/2014
Pages:
410
Sales rank:
511,124
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Going Down in Flames 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and funny. A great summer read.
TheThoughtSpot 8 months ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the ebook of Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon! Going Down in Flames is the first book in a trilogy about dragons. Bryn discovers that she is a dragon on her sixteenth birthday and, if that's not enough, she is told by her parents that she will be shunned by other dragons because they cross-bred. Bryn's father is a Red Dragon and her mother is a Blue Dragon. This makes Bryn a mix. Cross marriages are forbidden, so when her parents fell in love with each other, they ran away from dragon society because they felt as though they had no other choice. Bryn is forced by the Directorate (the governing organization of Dragon society) to attend dragon school and is placed in the Green Dragon dorms in exchange for letting them "study' her scientifically. Bryn's life is threatened more than once, conspiracies fly and new acquaintances are made and friendships are built. Going Down in Flames is a fun beginning to a series with a lot of potential!
Faerie-bookworm 11 months ago
OMG that was awesome!!! Title: Going Down In Flames Author: Chris Cannon Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Format: Ebook Pages: 412 Rating: 5 Setting: Institute for Excellence – Dragon school Main Characters: Bryn, Zavien Supporting Characters: Ivy, Clint, Valmont Summary: Days before her sixteenth birthday, Bryn finds out she can shape-shift into a dragon and has to attend Dragon school. If that isn’t enough, she’s shunned for being a hybrid. As things go from bad to worse now someone is trying to kill her. Can she survive in such a hostile environment? Thoughts: This book started with a bang and kept going until the very last sentence. I absolutely LOVED IT!! I couldn’t put it down, there was so much excitement and questions to be answered. Bryn is the bomb! Snarky and unwilling to submit to the threats and ridicule, she has a few moments where she breaks down but it makes her more relatable. I know Valmont is not a main character but I so fell in love with him when he stood up to Zavien, he melted my heart. I do hope he is in the next books more. And I can’t wait to get my hands on them! Favorite Quote: “Fascinating,” Zavien said. “Is there any other useless information you’d like to share?” Valmont tapped his chin like he was thinking. “Let’s see. I’m eighteen. My favorite food is anything Italian. If you upset Bryn again in my presence, I will hurt you. Any questions?” I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Great story! This story to me was similar to Harry Potter because of certain events that happen.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. There are many different types of dragons within this world and each type, or I guess a better term would be caste since they are pretty much in a caste system of sorts, has it's own talents and abilities. Bryn is a simply awesome main character. I loved her attitude and spunk. Even after she's thrown into a whole new life with new people and a new species, she's a total spit fire... literally. She takes the death threats and day to day problems like a champ, but yet she lets herself fall apart sometimes. This gave her a very realistic feel, and helped flesh her out even more. The whole dragon Directorate is pretty backwards and horrible. I'm surprised more Dragons haven't gone crazy before now. Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have wanted to read this book forever, and I’ll say that I did really enjoy it. I loved the world Chris Cannon created with Going Down in Flames. I really liked the Main Characters, Bryn and Zavien. Plot I really liked the plot. I really liked the way the author set up the world and how she described things. Everything wasn’t resolved in this book it will be at least a trilogy if not more books to resolve everything, but I’m looking forward to it. You will see that there is one guy that Bryn doesn’t get along with, but I like where the author went with that. Romance  You can tell that there is an attraction between Bryn and Zavien and there are a little kissing but as far as the romance goes it very mild in this book. Bestfriends/characters I love I really liked Ivy and Clint Bryn befriends at the Academy. They are awesome and always brighten the scenes they were in. I really look forward to seeing them in the next book. I also really liked Jaxon and his mother. Jaxon not at first but as the book progressed you really start to like him. As for his mother, she was always nice to Bryn, and she also helps her out. Bryn’s grandparents also surprised me. At first I didn’t like them either, but as you get to know their character and stuff you really start to like them too. And Byrn’s parents were awesome. I loved her mother and father, I just wished they would have been more involved in the book more. Dislikes I hated the leader of the council, and Jaxon’s father Ferrin. If you read the book you will understand completely why his character is so hated. I did like Zavien for the most part, but I didn’t like how he was hot and cold all the time. One minute he would want Bryn, but the next he would be cold. I didn’t like it and I just wished he wasn’t that way. I really don’t like how they get matched to a mate when they are like 16 years old or so. I’m just not a fan of this. I also don’t like how they half to be the same color. EX: If they are a blue dragon then they get matched to a blue dragon or if it was a black dragon then they would get matched to another black. There is no mixing. Other than those few things I really did enjoy this book. I loved the world and the characters and the flow of the book. I am excited to read the next book in the series. Happy Reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An awesome read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
284 pgs of "can't put down" dragon adventure. Will continue to follow
Lesley2 More than 1 year ago
I haven't read it but read the sample it was wonderful I love these kind of stories they always make me want to read more of it .
WonderWmn More than 1 year ago
Dragons.  Oh my, who hasn't ever gotten the thrill at least once in their life when reading about dragons?  And a crossbreed girl who shape-shifts into one?  That's just icing on dragon cake!  It's been a long time since I read a dragon book and this book did not disappoint. The imagery that the author provides is by far one of the best that I've had the pleasure of reading this year.  Being it's about a week and a half until the New Year, I'd say that I've saved the best for last.  I found myself enveloped in the story, feeling what was going on, seeing the visuals as if in a hi-def dream and I was able to stay immersed from the beginning to the very end.  That alone makes for one heck of a book.  The authors descriptions couldn't have been any better and with a story that has so many different elements in it on so many different levels, this kept the story from losing its balance. Bryn has a heck of a time ahead of her.  As someone who was never supposed to be born, because of the mix of two different clans, which is never supposed to happen, she discovers the truth about herself.  The changes have its ups and downs on her, but she is quite lonely because her fellow classmates shun her for something she has no control over. Parts of the story could have been worked differently to provide more of a strength to the story overall.  The whole revolution bit is a little lost because Bryn really isn't that involved with any of it.  Also Bryn was not the most pleasurable person.  As a mom, she grated on many of my nerves and well, she was probably supposed to be that way, but at times it just seemed too much. Overall, this is a fascinating first book in a series of dragons, shape-shifters and the future of both.  Anyone who likes to read about dragons would be a good fit for this book, as would someone who is testing the dragon waters for the first time.  I look forward to reading further into this series and also whatever books the author comes out with.
BooksbyNightMommybyDay More than 1 year ago
**I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review** Soild 5 star read!! Being a high school student is hard enough, but for 16 year old Bryn McKenna, she just found out that she is also a dragon – and not just any dragon, but a one of a kind hybrid of the red and blue dragons…which by the dragon community’s standards, she is known as an abomination a they are not supposed to marry or mate outside of their own clans. Enter Zavien, as dragon from the black clan (one of the more neutral clans) who wants to help Bryn as she is hauled off to the mandatory “Institute” where all young dragons are supposed to attend and learn how to be the best they can be in their clans.  But there are many of the clans that do not agree that she should be there, let alone alive.  Can Bryn get through the Institute alive and show the other dragons that she won’t give up without a fight?  And is Zaiven to be trusted, or is he just there to destroy her like the others in the clans?  For Bryn, she has to wade into the dangerous water of attraction for Zaiven, and the distaste of the dragons as a whole…so far, turning 16 is not all it’s cracked up to be! I LOVED this created and well thought out plot!  And Bryn is a tough little thing and she is willing to fight anyone who threatens her or anyone she cares about!  I was very fascinated by the premise of the book and was extremely impressed how the book played out.  The path that Bryn is taken down in such a short time is a crazy one – but I love that with some newly acquired friends (and one adorable…no, hot young black dragon in particular) by her side, she learns that she is up for big things, as long as she remembers to keep forging her own path!  This is an amazing debut novel for Ms. Cannon – I foresee great things in store from her!!
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only did Bryn not know she was a dragon shifter, but she’s also a mutant that shouldn’t exist. Her parents are from different clans and weren’t supposed to be able to breed. Apparently, they were wrong because a fire dragon and an ice dragon can apparently create a hybrid. Bryn is not only able to use both elements but she’s also able to change her appearance by willing it. Her “coming of age” draws the councils attention and soon she finds herself shipped off to an institute for dragon kids. Not only does the fact that her parent’s ran away breaking the law cause her to be an outcast, but she’s faster and have more abilities than even the more skilled dragons. Yup, there’s a lot in store for Bryn. This was a good paranormal young adult story. There was a little bit of romance sprinkled in but it wasn’t what stole the show. The author has a great way of giving the readers details on what’s going on without overloading them with information. I liked that we were talked through the transformation instead of getting the usual smoke and mirrors that so many paranormal books throw our way. There wasn’t anything overly surprising in this story. However, I enjoyed it a lot. I like that the dragon clans are kind of set in their old ways. The council determines whether a dragon is eligible for marriage and if so they are designated a mate. If they aren’t approved for marriage, they are left to find a “benefactor” to whom they become the mistress of. Considering dragons are an old species that date back thousands of years ago, it would make sense that their ways would be a bit outdated. The author did manage to throw some twists into the story to keep it interesting. I was never bored with where things were going. There was always something going on between attacks on Bryn, her non-existent romantic life, and the fact that she’s still learning about what being a dragon means. The ending is a bit abrupt and left a lot of loose ends. I’m hoping that there is another book in the works and that this wasn’t a stand alone novel. Otherwise, there’s going to be a lot of frustrated readers.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
GOING DOWN IN FLAMES by Chris Cannon was an engaging YA urban fantasy featuring dragons. I love dragons so I HAD to pick it up. I did enjoy it, but not as much as I expected to. Since it mostly dealt with youngsters -and I'm in my 60s - I was exasperated by and lost patience with some of the heroine's thought-processes. A younger reader would probably not experience the issues I did. :-))) My full review has been posted at Reading Between the Wines Book Club. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book and what I hope is the start of a great series. You really enjoy the young main character as she strives to change her corner af an archaic new to her world. Take a chance on this book and I bet you love as much as I do.
EllenParker More than 1 year ago
A few days before her sixteenth birthday, Bryn McKenna learns she comes from an extraordinary family. Her parents are shape-shifting dragons, banished when they married outside of their color coded clans. Uncertain if Bryn has inherited their dragon abilities they don’t inform her until in an upset mood she sets the kitchen curtains on fire – with her breath. The powerful dragon Directorate insists that Bryn attend their special boarding school or her parents will suffer the consequences. So off she goes with little notice and Zavien (a black dragon) and Garret (a green) for guides.  Adjusting to boarding school, learning the dragon culture, and dodging the political repercussions of her very existence take all of Bryn’s energy. It’s a good thing that dragons can eat what they want without gaining weight.  I enjoyed this book and look forward to further adventures of Bryn and her new dragon friends. 
Four More than 1 year ago
Chris Cannon has done for dragons and knights what Stephenie Meyer did for vampires and werewolves! Going Down in Flames has mystery, romance, intrigue, attempted murder, lovable heroes and heroines, and extremely hateful bad guys. My kind of mix! I recommend Going Down in Flames to everyone who wants to shed the old ideas of dragons as unintelligent beasts or purely evil monsters. Chris's dragons are amazing! I CAN'T WAIT for the story to continue!
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
This novel is a ton of fun--Cannon bring the world of dragons to life and I thoroughly enjoyed it; I mean, who doesn't want to be a dragon? While some of the pacing was a little fast in terms of the characters' acceptance and abilities, the dragon world is one of intense mystery, and I found myself wishing to be a part of it as the novel unfolded. Imagine being a teenager and finding out that, well, you're not human. Nope. You're actually a dragon, and your parents have been in hiding from the dragon realm, as well as hiding your true identity from you your whole life. You know how teenagers tend to be a little over-dramatic and think the world is constantly crashing down on them? Well, for Bryn, it is. With her 16th birthday comes secrets and rigid, outdated laws that she now must abide by or risk her family's well-being, but in turn she is also risking her own life as the outcast and utter "abomination" that stems from her own existence. I have to give Bryn props, because she is a very strong character, and that's what I like the most about her. In the face of adversity, and there's a lot of it, she's strong-willed and doesn't back down, a trait that makes her even more detrimental than her counterparts in a fight. I really liked this about her, and although I found her to be just a little too accepting of the facts around her, such as the fact that she's a dragon, I loved her spunk and the fact that she faces her fears and her tormentors head on. This novel deals with much more than just a dragon story, though. With it's phenomenal themes concerning bullying, peer-pressure, family values, and doing the right thing even when it's easier to go with the flow, it stands apart from other novels of its genre. Cannon has done a great job bringing this story to life, and I can't wait to dive back in to this enticing world once the sequel releases.
Stephanie01 More than 1 year ago
Great first novel by Chris Cannon! She really knows how to capture her readers attention.
FangirlingMisses More than 1 year ago
*****I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*****  The first part of the book was exciting and all fast fast fast revelations!! And kinda like a sit-com XP But after that, there wasn't really that much happening for a while. The pace just slumped. And it became boring, honestly. I kinda put the book down for a while :/ *guilty look* Took a while to convince myself to finish it.......which is part of the reason for this late review *holds up hands in surrender* I knowww, I knowwww, that's a terrible excuse (I also had a busy week full of math and daaance rehearsals–the comps have officially begun *crowd cheers*–like literally, lately it's been a house rule or sumfin that you're either doing schoolwork, doing chores, dancing, eating, or sleeping *scowls and hugs Cazza tightly* don't let it drag me into a dank dungeon with no GR and friendsss! *wails*) XD but I'm glad I did continue the book because it slugged itself out of the mud and started up again at a more modest pace, but this time it actually maintained it's pacing *sticks out tongue* The beginning was the best XD Like, duuudeeee it was hilarioussssss ;P I kept bombarding Cazza with my cackling antics *grins* Unfortunately it didn't last. It was like da author used up all her jokes early on and then......ran out o.O Poohhh *pouts* But still, the book wasn't half bad overall, especially for a debut crack at YA...... The concept was a little too generic. Young adult finds out she's a dragon and goes to a dragon school where she's one of a kind and everyone else looks at her like she's a serial killer or sumfin XD *mock glares at these peeps* come onnn don't be too harsh to Bryn sure she's different, but so are youuu.....or have you forgotten that you're all shape shifting dragons?? *snickers* But back on topic, you remember what we want right? ...*crickets chirp*... *rolls eyes* Fiiineee I'll spell it out for ya'll :P #WeNeedDiverseBooks dun dunn duuunnnnnnn! xD Yeaahhh Cannon must've missed the tweeting procession *sigh* MC aka Bryn: I couldn't really connect to her that much :/ In fact, none of da characters seemed very believable to me, but whatevehhh. That's my opinion. And one thing that annoyed me is that Cannon didn't express Bryn's looks......yaahh knoww......*slight laugh*.....if she's pwettyy or not? XD It always annoys me to no end when authors somehow manage to make their charries uncategorizable *unimpressed look* Still, she was an entertaining charrie XP Snarkyy? Check. Self–confident? Average. Kickass? Unconfirmed. Stubborn? Check. A dragon? Check. Can change appearance at will? Check. Smart? *shrugs* XD Calm? Nopeee *pops the p* Mature? Errr *coughs* Temper? Double check! But whyyyyyyy? Whyyyyyy did she have to choose Zavien the spiky-haired malcontent??? *cracks up* Her grandfather's words, not miiinee XDD Seriously tho -__- Me no likey spiky-haired, tattooed goth type guys!! >:/ Ooookayyy I may be exaggerating just a teensy bit :P *ducks head*.......but just sayin' *defensive look* Valmont on the other hand......*nods approvingly* Why couldn't she like Valmont her handsome knight in shining armour.......literally? xD *whines* He's so much bettahhh XP *swoons* Short black hair, ice blue eyes, a dimpleee *leans head in palm and sighs dreamily* Fight scenes.....meh. Honestly I was hoping for more in this department, but all we got was a tiiinnyyy bit of dispassionate fighting, and Bryn and a certain annoying charrie called Jaxon trading fireballs and snowballs at each other's heads XPP Not really 'trading' tho.....if you catch mah drift *evil laugh* Ooohhhh and that reminds me! The coughing fireballs and snowballs thing o.O That's just weird. I mean, suuuree a dragon breathing fire.....even a dragon breathing snow is ookayyy on the weird scale, but humans exhaling fire and snow.......not so much XDD Even tho they're dragon shifters, you'd think they can only do the mojo stuff in dragon form.....right? *raises eyebrows* Also, I think there was a bit of misinformation in the tagline *frowns* I kept waiting for this professed revolution o.O 25% way through: *squints at pages* 50% way through: *taps pen on table* 75% way through: *bounces knee and sighs* 100% way through: o.O *facedesk* Whaaat revolution??? *confuzzled look* Suuureee some peeps are against the Directorate's rule, but they were against the Directorate's rule long before she popped outta the woodwork, she hasn't become a symbol of rebellion or anythang like Katniss in THG, and she certainly hasn't organised a rebellion o.O All she's done in relation to the Directorate is manage to convince half the students not to hate on her.....and if you're wondering.....the other half still do XDD Bookish Revelation: Is that Quintessence in her hair??? *squints at book cover* Hmmm ;D And if you're wondering what Quintessence is, here's a blurb from da book.... “Quintessence is the essence of all things. It’s the very stuff life is made of. Learn to manipulate it, and you will be able to do simple spells. Learn to control it, and you could do anything.” Mmmm XDD So they're not just dragons, they're also magicians of sorts ;P *rubs hands together and smirks* And Bryn seems to be a naturale at controlling it *winks* The ending seems open and hinting to the possibility of a sequel, tho like the last e-arc I read, Cinderella's Dress, there was no actual cliff-hanger, soooo yeaahhh. *shrugs* Maybe, maybe not.....XP 3 stars. Booyaahhh :P —MissBloodsucker™ All Sucked Out!
KLT10 More than 1 year ago
This is a great read. In this book, the characters shape shift into dragons. They can fly and breathe fire, something I wish I could do. This book kept me turning the pages!
JillHNE More than 1 year ago
Going Down in Flames is a truly fun read. Bryn finds out she's a dragon just days before her 16th birthday. In fact, she comes from a whole line of dragons, but never knew about them because her parents have been excommunicated from the dragon community. Forced to go to a dragon training school miles away, Bryn finds herself surrounded by enemies and people who resent her for being a cross-breed. She must learn who to trust and how to act to find her place in the dragon world. This is a great summer read and it's fast-paced plot will keep you turning the pages. There is some language and more adult themes, so I would recommend this for older teens and up.
lenorewastaken More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars -- OK this was a surprise in a few different ways. Crap, but first: I received a copy of this book through netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. OK, so I started this book and was immediately hit with a "wait, whoa!" And not in a good way. This book launches us immediately into Bryn learning about her dragon heritage....which can be a mixed bag. Yes, it's nice to get right down to the meat of the story. My "wait, whoa!" moment came b/c I hadn't had ANY time to get to know Bryn AT ALL, and then all this information was being blasted at both me and her, and I couldn't help but think to myself "OK, I know the fire coming out her mouth is kind of hard to set aside, but wow she's really accepting of this." It all just seemed a bit...easy? Unrealistic? I mean, maybe if we'd had some background, and she'd always thought there was something strange about her family....or maybe if she'd started with little clues (like smoke coming out her mouth when she's mad), but it's like BAM! And she has a couple moments where she *thinks* she should be hysterical, but instead she just sort of shrugs and says "OK". So I was worried. I really thought the plot sounded cool, but this was not starting off on a Lenore-approved note. Never fear readers, if you have it in you -- STICK WITH THIS BOOK! I ended up just going with the flow and accepting it, albeit with some wariness, and somewhere when she gets settled in the school I started to get a better feel for Bryn, and then the story really sucked me in. So while the beginning is still a nay mark for me, the rest of the book sucked me in and took me on a ride. In some ways it reminded me of a very strange cross between Harry Potter and Rachel Higginson's Starcrossed series....just in a few basic ways. You have a 16 year old girl who gets the surprise of her life discovering a whole other world that exists (and she's a part of)....she's kind of an outcast, especially at school. She goes off and has to live away from her parents in a dorm. She learns a lot about this whole new world. There's even a Hogsmeade type town. So it had a bit of homey familiarity to it that let me hunker right down. Bryn was fun, and sassy, and holy fiery temper. I LOVED her huge appetite, and she had some great banter with so many of the other characters. Zavian was suitably mysterious and sexy. Ivy and Clint were ADORABLE together. Merrick amused me to no end. Even Jaxton, Rhianna and Lillith were intriguing characters "from the other side". In the end there were still a lot of things that bothered me about this book, but I think it has a bit of "first book-itis". There were parts that maybe didn't need to be in there (Keegan? Beth at the beginning?) unless they'll be fleshed out in later books. And the book ended rather abruptly. I knew it was a series, so it wasn't that I was expecting a huge wrap up, but....I don't know. It felt like the end of a chapter. Despite all that, I thoroughly enjoyed the world, thoroughly enjoyed the characters, and look forward to seeing where this series will go.
Kris_Seek More than 1 year ago
An incredibly fun, fast-paced, original coming of age story with a witty heroine, secret school for dragons and unexpected plot.  It is wildly entertaining and I can't wait for Book 2!  Official review coming 7/9 on my blog, The Book Beacon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago