Going Down in Flames

Going Down in Flames

by Chris Cannon

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Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon

“A fun, quirky, easy read, and I just could not put it down!” —Sassy&Dangerous blog

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.

The Going Down in Flames series is best enjoyed in order
Reading Order:
Book #1- Going Down in Flames
Book #2- Bridges Burned
Book #3- Trial by Fire
Book #4- Fanning the Flames
Book #5- Burning Brights

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622665303
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 06/30/2014
Series: Going Down in Flames , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 407
Sales rank: 32,166
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

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 reading or writing a fire-breathing paranormal adventure. You can find her online at www.chriscannonauthor.com.

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Going Down in Flames


By Chris Cannon, Erin Molta, Theresa M. Cole

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2014 Christine Canada
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-530-3


CHAPTER 1

Bryn yanked down the school bus window. Not that it helped much. The bus still smelled like sweat and nacho cheese. The sweat could be explained by the freshman boys who had gym last hour and considered showering optional. The nacho cheese was a mystery.

When the bus came to her stop, Bryn stood, cringing at the suction-type sound her thighs made as her skin separated from the vinyl seat.

"Hey, Bryn just ripped one," an idiot yelled from the back of the bus. It was the same stupid joke every time someone's legs stuck to the seats.

She pretended to scratch the back of her head and flipped him off as she shuffled down the aisle. Laughter followed her out the door into the semi-fresh air. And now it was time for her daily hike.

On a good day, Bryn hated the walk home from her bus stop. The up-and-coming industrial neighborhood where her family lived had ended up down and out. Boarded-up storefronts lined the street, making it look like the set of a low-budget zombie film.

The roar of motorcycle engines reverberated through the air from the crowd gathered outside Joe's Pawn Shop. People came and went, ducking into vacant buildings for reasons she'd rather not know.

A man standing in the shadows of an abandoned auto shop tracked her progress as she walked past. Her heart kicked up a notch. She glanced over her shoulder just to make sure. Yep. The hot-guy stalker was back. This was sighting number three. She'd spotted him across the street from the high school parking lot yesterday and outside McDonald's the day before. It's not like he blended in anywhere.

With his pale skin and dark hair fixed in three-inch spikes, he looked like a demented manga character. The black muscle shirt he wore showed off the elaborate dragon tattoo running the length of his arm. And now he'd caught her staring. One corner of his mouth turned up in a lopsided grin.

Fantastic. It would be just her luck if Tall, Dark, and Tattooed thought she was flirting with him.

The morning news story about a sixteen-year-old girl found dead in a Dumpster just a few blocks away flashed through her mind. Despite the sticky heat of the August afternoon, a chill slithered down her spine. If she wanted to reach her own sixteenth birthday next week, she might not want to give this guy the benefit of the doubt. He could be harmless. Or, he could collect heads and hang them on meat hooks in his freezer.

Her parents' yoga and martial arts studio sat at the end of the block. The late-afternoon sun glinted off the metal fire escape that led up to their apartment. It was too far. She needed a plan.

Just a quick look to see how close he was. Crap. He'd halved the distance. Less than a dozen feet separated them. He was closing in on her. Time to run.

She took a deep breath, checked for cars, and bolted across the street toward the used bookstore. The shopkeeper's bell rang out as she crossed the threshold, and the cashier acknowledged her with a smile. Bryn nodded, moved to the section of teen books by the front window, and scanned the street. No manga-haired guy in sight, but he could be lurking nearby. Now what?

She knew what she should do, and she didn't want to do it. Because of the crappy area they lived in, her dad had just started letting her walk home by herself. If she called him, he'd be back on guard duty. And he seemed to be in her business more than usual lately. Did she really want to encourage that? Then again, it was better than ending up in a Dumpster. She pulled the cell phone from her pocket and dialed home.

The call went straight to voicemail. According to the time on her cell, her parents would be off work in fifteen minutes. Then they'd check for calls.

"I'm in Pennywise Books. I think someone is following me."

That should do it. Now, she'd sit tight and wait for the cavalry to arrive. Glancing around the store, she felt ridiculous. Had she overreacted?

People sat at tables in the back of the store, reading books, chatting, and drinking herbal tea. The smell of peppermint and bergamot filled the air. A calico cat slept on the windowsill next to a sign that read: Cat not for sale. Everything else is negotiable.

"Hey, kitty." She stroked his head. He purred, leaning in to her touch. Life seemed normal again. The stupid news story had made her paranoid. She turned away to browse the store and find a new book.

Tap. Tap. Tap.

The simple sound made the hair on her neck stand up. It couldn't be. In slow motion, she turned back to the window. There he was, on the other side of the glass, smirking at her.

She jumped back like he'd given her an electric shock. A weird, tingling sensation ran down her spine as she watched him enter the store.

Amusement shone from his eyes as he approached. When he was close enough, he whispered, "If I wanted to harm you, no one in here could stop me."

He seemed to be teasing. Instinctively, she knew he spoke the truth. "What do you want?"

"We have important matters to discuss, Bryn."

Whoa. "How do you know my name?"

"Names are easy to come by. It's the pictures that are hard to find. I wondered who you'd favor. Apparently, blue and red makes strawberry blond." He brushed his fingers through her hair.

She jerked away. "Back off."

Tilting his head, he studied her. "Amazing. They haven't told you. Have they?"

This guy wasn't right in the head.

"I don't know what you're talking about, and I don't care. Go stalk someone else." She turned and headed for the café in the back of the store.

He caught hold of her upper arm, anchoring her in place. "No need to be rude." He exerted pressure until she turned around. "We need to talk. Have a cup of tea with me."

"You can take your cup of tea and shove it up — "

Her voice disappeared. She stood frozen in place, unable to make a sound. His pupils dilated and swirled, and it felt like she was falling into their black depths. From far away, she heard herself say, "I'd love a cup of tea."

Wait. What?

"Come with me." With his hand on her shoulder, he steered her to one of the small tables in the café. "Sit."

Mentally, she fought him, but she was no longer in control of her own body. She'd turned into a puppet, and he held the strings. Fear turned her stomach, and a metallic taste filled her mouth.

The waitress approached, and her captor ordered two cups of Earl Gray tea.

Bryn glared at him. It was the only act of defiance she could manage.

"Sorry. I know this is rude, but you're not cooperating." After their order arrived, he touched her arm. "When I release you, you'll sit and drink your tea. You'll speak in a normal tone of voice. You'll do nothing to attract attention."

"What in the hell did you do to me?" She meant to yell, but the question came out in the same tone of voice someone would use to discuss the weather. It was beyond infuriating. She told her body, Stand. Run. Instead, her hand reached for the cup of tea.

He placed his fingers under his nose and inhaled. "You smell like smoke and snow."

The feral quality in his eyes gave her goose bumps.

"You're insane." There, at least she could say what she thought.

"It might appear that way to the uninformed." He stirred sugar into his tea. "Now where were we?"

"You were kidnapping me."

He leaned forward. One corner of his mouth quirked up in a lopsided grin. "You are entertaining. I've heard stories your mother was the same way."

Why would he know anything about her mother? Was he stalking her family?

"Pay attention." He snapped his fingers at her like she was a dog. "Soon your life will not be your own. You're going to be sent away to a special school where the Directorate and the teachers will lecture you about your place in society. They'll tell you what classes you can take and what jobs you can apply for. But you don't have to follow the Directorate's rules."

What was he talking about? She focused all her mental energy into standing. A headache started at the base of her skull. Nothing happened. She pushed harder. Bam. Bam. Bam. It felt like someone was hitting her in the head with a hammer.

"Stop fighting me. You'll only hurt yourself." His gaze shifted to the door. "It appears our time is up."

Her dad stood in the shop doorway. Face contorted in anger, he strode across the store. She may have imagined it, but she thought she heard him growl. The teacups on the table rattled.

The dark-haired man was on his feet in a flash. His casual stance was betrayed by the way his neck muscles corded against his collar. "Ian McKenna, I presume."

Eyes locked on the man, her dad said, "Your mom is outside. Go."

Bryn's body slumped in the seat as she regained control of her muscles. Pushing to her feet, she backed away from the table. "Dad, be careful. He's some sort of hypnotist."

Her father's face darkened. His shoulders seemed to grow larger and stretch the seams of his shirt. "You pushed my daughter?"

"I thought she was playing dumb. She doesn't know anything, does she?"

"What my daughter knows is none of your concern."

The stranger smirked. "Maybe you should've warned her about creatures like me."

The temperature seemed to increase as Bryn backed out of the store. When she reached the doorway, her mom yanked her outside. "Did he hurt you? Are you all right?"

"I'm fine. We should call the police. That guy's crazy." She pulled out her cell, but the battery was dead.

"Don't worry. He's no match for your father. Come on. We're going home."

Home sounded like heaven. She followed her mom down the sidewalk toward the fire escape. As always, her mom appeared to float up the metal stairs. Bryn's tennis shoes made a ringing sound as she bounded up the steps to their apartment. Once they were inside, she grabbed the phone. Her mom may not think that guy was bad news, but Bryn had her own opinion.

"Put the phone down, Bryn. I need help with dinner."

"Dinner? How can you think about dinner? Dad could be in trouble."

Lips set in a thin line, her mom said, "The police would bring more problems."

The back door opened, and Bryn raised the phone like a club.

Her father entered the kitchen. "That's a poor excuse for a weapon."

She slammed the phone down on the blue Formica countertop. "How can you joke about this? What's going on?"

"You're safe now." He touched her shoulder. "I don't think you were ever in any real danger."

Bryn shrugged away from his touch and pointed at the red mark where the stranger grabbed her arm. "Does this look like I wasn't in any danger?" The delayed reaction to her situation kicked in. "He talked about how I smelled." Her adrenaline spiked. Acid roiled in her stomach. "Normal people don't talk about how you smell."

"You're right. I'm sorry." He frowned at the mark on her arm. "You did the right thing. You found a well-lit place with people."

"Who was that guy? How did he know my name?"

Her dad traded a knowing glance with her mother and then cleared his throat. "Help fix dinner while we try to explain."

Food wasn't going to cut it. She wanted answers. Acid surged from her stomach and shot up her throat, burning her esophagus. Pressure built in her chest. She coughed. Her lungs constricted. She cleared her throat and opened her mouth to speak.

Flames exploded out of her mouth and shot across the room, setting the kitchen curtains on fire.

Impossible.

She had to be hallucinating, but it seemed so real. She could smell the smoke, taste it in the back of her throat. Her brain spun in circles, searching for a logical explanation, while her mom calmly grabbed the fire extinguisher from under the sink and doused the blaze.

"I never cared for those curtains anyway." Her dad grinned.

"What's going on?" Bryn croaked.

Flames shot toward her father's head. He laughed and dodged to the side. "It's simple. We're dragons."

CHAPTER 2

"We're what?"

The dishtowels went up in flames. Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God. What was happening?

"Do this." Her dad put a hand over his own mouth.

Good idea. She clamped a hand over her mouth while her mom put the fire extinguisher to good use.

Her father pulled a carton of chocolate ice cream from the freezer and set it on the kitchen table. "Don't talk until you've had a few bites. Until you learn to control the fire, this will put it out."

Sure. Ice cream was the answer. They'd probably have lots of ice cream at the nice mental facility where she'd be spending the rest of her life.

She took the spoon her dad offered and shoveled ice cream into her mouth until the burning sensation disappeared. Her parents sat on either side of her, staring intently. Fed up, she slammed the spoon on the butcher-block table.

"What is going on?"

"You can breathe fire." Her dad smiled like this was a fabulous discovery.

Her mother's expression became hopeful. "Do you feel a cold sensation in your stomach?"

"I just ate half a carton of ice cream." Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer.

Flapping her hands like an excited toddler, her mom said, "Concentrate on the cold. Take a deep breath and aim for the sink."

"She's a Red." Her dad puffed his chest out with pride.

"We don't know that." Her mom leaned in and touched her cheek. "Try it for me. Just once."

"What am I trying to do?"

"You're trying to shoot ice out of your throat like a Blue dragon."

"Right. How silly of me for asking." Bryn concentrated on the cold sensation swirling in her stomach and exhaled. She gagged and coughed like a cat hacking up a fur ball. Three small snowballs were ejected from her throat. They splattered against the wall and slid into the stainless steel sink.

Her father laughed.

"She did good for her first time," her mother said. "Ice is harder than fire."

Great, a new skill set. Just what she needed. She rubbed at her sore throat. The pain helped convince her this was real. "Can I have some answers now?"

"We'll answer all your questions," her dad promised. "Let's fix dinner while we talk."

Bryn started chopping vegetables for a salad while her dad seasoned the hamburgers and her mom set the table. The normal household chores seemed surreal. The smell of burned cloth hung in the air.

"There are different types of dragons." Her father slapped the hamburgers into the pan. "Our Clans are classified by color: Red, Blue, Black, Green, and Orange. I'm a Red. Reds are the strongest. We breathe fire. Your mom is a Blue. Blues are the fastest fliers. They breathe ice."

Okay. For now, she'd go with that basic premise. "What does that make me, purple?"

The sizzling of the hamburgers in the hot pan was the only response to her question.

She set the butcher knife on the yellow plastic cutting board. "Hello ... one of you needs to say something."

Her mom filled the void. "By law, dragons have always married within their own Clans. Your dad and I ran away together. Technically, we're banished."

"So, not only am I a dragon, I'm the child of social outcasts. This keeps getting better and better."

Her dad flipped the burgers and added more salt. "We never told you about our true nature because we'd been taught crossbreeding between Clans was impossible. When we found out your mother was pregnant, we were shocked."

"Your father means thrilled." Her mom swatted at him with a dishtowel.

He laughed. "Right. We were happy, but we had no idea what to expect."

"When you were born with ten fingers and ten toes, we took that as a good sign." Her mom shrugged. "From then on, it was a waiting game to see if you would show signs of transforming."

Unbelievable. "You were waiting for me to set the kitchen on fire?"

"When children of our race approach their sixteenth birthday, they come into their dragon powers. Then they attend a private school that teaches them how to handle their new abilities." Her dad carried the plate of rare burgers to the table.

"Happy birthday to me," Bryn muttered. "This better not be my only gift."

Still trying to wrap her head around the situation, she carried the salad to the table and sat. She half expected someone to jump out with a camera and yell, "Surprise, you're on TV's Wildest Pranks."

Unfortunately, that didn't happen. Which meant this was real. She imagined attending a twelve-step meeting. Hello. My name is Bryn. I'm a dragon.

Her parents weren't doing a great job explaining all of this, so it was time to take charge of the conversation. "The man in the bookstore was a dragon, wasn't he? He told me you were going to ship me off to private school run by a bunch of control freaks. He said I had other options."

"I don't know if that's true," her mom said. "The school situation might be tricky."

"Why would I go away? You guys can teach me everything I need to know."


(Continues...)

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Going Down in Flames 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and funny. A great summer read.
Danii_045 10 months ago
Going down in flames is a teen read about a girl who discovers she is a Shifter-Dragon. Bryn is on her way home from school when she notices someone following her. Her eyes are open to new possibilities. Her family are outcasts but that doesn't mean she won't be sucked into the shifter world. All dragons have to attend a special school to help them develop their talents. Dragon-shifters live by the rules of the Directorate. They get the job they are influenced to study. They marry a dragon of the same breed and stature. Bryn is the exception to the rule. Her parents ran away together. She is both a blue and red dragon. She has abilities she shouldn't. Bryn isn't going to have an easy ride. People are mean and she doesn't fit. With the help of some friends, she has to find her place. Dragons are known to have tempers and this makes a fiery read. The story fits perfectly for the teen audience. This book is the start of a series. It's a complete story but will leave you with questions. Luckily there are another 4 books to sink your teeth into. Book 5- Burning Bright is due out on 4th June 2018. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
onemused 10 months ago
"Going Down in Flames" is the first in an intriguing series about people who can shift into dragons. In this unique world, dragons look completely human but can shift when so desired. They are also born with certain magical abilities. For instance, some can breathe fire, while others produce ice, and still others produce electricity. Dragons also live in a very structured society with rigid social classes and forced betrothals/marriages. These restrictions are mostly based on birth and color (e.g. blue dragons, red dragons, orange dragons, etc.). The colors appear on the scales (you get the color of your parents) and in general appearance as a human (e.g. skin, hair color). The book begins abruptly when Bryn is followed by a strange guy, Zavien, who eventually reveals himself and her to be a dragon (it cuts right to the chase!). Upon speaking with her parents, she learns that they are outcasts- her mother was a blue dragon (ice) while her father was a red dragon (fire). The Directorate (blue dragons who rule over everyone else with an iron fist) has told everyone that mixed dragon colors can't produce viable offspring, so her parents were shocked when they got pregnant and ran away. Now that Bryn is almost 16 years old, her powers are coming out and they can't hide their secret much longer. To add to these changes, Bryn finds out the Directorate is forcing her to attend a boarding school, the Institute for Excellence, away from her parents and friends. The beginning of the book moves fast (hooray! No waiting forever to get to the meat of the story) and soon Bryn is at the Institute, adjusting not only to a whole society she didn't know existed but also to being a social pariah. Luckily, she has Zavien, who is hoping to change some of the harsher laws for dragons, and her new friends Ivy and Clint. As Bryn soon learns, the dragon world is more complex and filled with dangers than she could have imagined. With forbidden romances (but very clean- only some kisses), indecent proposals, and attempts on her life, the Institute is anything but boring. Add to this dragons and magic, and you've got a winning YA fantasy series! I have actually read these books out of order, so I can say that the first one is a little more smash-cut/fast-paced than the later books where the author has really hit her stride. On the one hand, it moves so quickly, there's never any time for the agony of a drawn out scene. On the other, the build up to romance and other events (e.g. the knight taking his helm), never feel as significant as they would with a slower build. I had mixed feelings with regards to the pace. As for the plot, I absolutely loved it! I was hooked from page one, and absolutely devoured the book! Reading them in order may have been better for plot continuity, but they are written so well that I had no problem following the plot out of order. I highly recommend picking up this fun YA series!! Please note that I received a digital copy from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
onemused 10 months ago
"Going Down in Flames" is the first in an intriguing series about people who can shift into dragons. In this unique world, dragons look completely human but can shift when so desired. They are also born with certain magical abilities. For instance, some can breathe fire, while others produce ice, and still others produce electricity. Dragons also live in a very structured society with rigid social classes and forced betrothals/marriages. These restrictions are mostly based on birth and color (e.g. blue dragons, red dragons, orange dragons, etc.). The colors appear on the scales (you get the color of your parents) and in general appearance as a human (e.g. skin, hair color). The book begins abruptly when Bryn is followed by a strange guy, Zavien, who eventually reveals himself and her to be a dragon (it cuts right to the chase!). Upon speaking with her parents, she learns that they are outcasts- her mother was a blue dragon (ice) while her father was a red dragon (fire). The Directorate (blue dragons who rule over everyone else with an iron fist) has told everyone that mixed dragon colors can't produce viable offspring, so her parents were shocked when they got pregnant and ran away. Now that Bryn is almost 16 years old, her powers are coming out and they can't hide their secret much longer. To add to these changes, Bryn finds out the Directorate is forcing her to attend a boarding school, the Institute for Excellence, away from her parents and friends. The beginning of the book moves fast (hooray! No waiting forever to get to the meat of the story) and soon Bryn is at the Institute, adjusting not only to a whole society she didn't know existed but also to being a social pariah. Luckily, she has Zavien, who is hoping to change some of the harsher laws for dragons, and her new friends Ivy and Clint. As Bryn soon learns, the dragon world is more complex and filled with dangers than she could have imagined. With forbidden romances (but very clean- only some kisses), indecent proposals, and attempts on her life, the Institute is anything but boring. Add to this dragons and magic, and you've got a winning YA fantasy series! I have actually read these books out of order, so I can say that the first one is a little more smash-cut/fast-paced than the later books where the author has really hit her stride. On the one hand, it moves so quickly, there's never any time for the agony of a drawn out scene. On the other, the build up to romance and other events (e.g. the knight taking his helm), never feel as significant as they would with a slower build. I had mixed feelings with regards to the pace. As for the plot, I absolutely loved it! I was hooked from page one, and absolutely devoured the book! Reading them in order may have been better for plot continuity, but they are written so well that I had no problem following the plot out of order. I highly recommend picking up this fun YA series!! Please note that I received a digital copy from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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krlga More than 1 year ago
A week before her 16th birthday, Bryn notices that a strange (yet attractive) boy has been stalking her. When she finally has a confrontation with him, he tells her some outrageous things, such as her being a dragon and can breathe fire. When Bryn tells her parents about the strange boy's words, they don't deny it, in fact, they actually confirm his tale. Bryn is an anomaly, a hybrid dragon offspring from 2 different types of dragons. Bryn now must face this new world she knows nothing about, where she is seen as abnormal, while a rebellion is brewing close to the surface. I absolutely loved the concept of this book. This is the first time that I have ever read a book about a female shapeshifting dragon, making this story unique right from the start. The story was able to capture the feelings of a teen girl, while at the same time incorporate all kinds of supernatural elements, politics and the caste system of the different colored dragons. There was a little bit of everything in this story to keep me on my toes. I enjoyed Bryn's spunk. She does not take anything lying down, instead she heads into it swinging. She is the narrator of the story so the reader gets to learn the complexities of this dangerous exciting world right along with her. It kinda sorta felt like a female Harry Potter meets dragons (and I mean that in the best possible way) where there is a whole Dragon special town the students can go to and how everyone knows who Bryn is (she is totally infamous) and her back story. She was so in the dark about everything I wanted to wrap her in bubble wrap. Did I mention the hunky love interest Zavien?? And Jaxon has definitely peaked my interest...I want to know what role he will play in Bryn's life I am so glad that I got the opportunity to read the first book in this series and now I can't wait to see what will happen next. If you like strong female characters who don't need to be saved and cuss like a sailor, as well as some complicated supernatural adventures, then this is a book for you to pick up. I will most certainly read the rest of the series and I look forward to more from this author. I received this title in return for my honest review.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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!