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Going Down in Flames

(Going Down in Flames #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  2,962 ratings  ·  275 reviews
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 ca
ebook, 407 pages
Published June 30th 2014 by Entangled Teen Ember
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Cristina Monica
Jun 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: If you want a light urban fantasy read.
This is how I imagined Zavien at the beginning of the story:


With his pale skin and dark hair fixed in three-inch spikes, he looked like a demented manga character.

Now I know the three-inch spikes don’t apply with Gajeel Redfox from Fairy Tail (amazing manga) but a girl has the right to dream, no?

Turns out Zavien is too nice for me to keep representing him as Gajeel. Grrr.

Going Down in Flames was a pretty surprising read and I enjoyed it more than I expected. I’m usually not that into shapes
Jacob Proffitt
I'm dnfing this "without prejudice" (rating). I like Cannon's YA romances so I thought I'd give this UF a try. It's not for me. I can't get past the background setup because it doesn't work for me, politically. A system that stratifies on immutable racial bounds (dragon clans/colors) will be one fraught with conflict even if you don't have one clan inexorably on top. Add an expectation of arranged marriages that have to be approved by "the directorate" (the clan on top) and you have an intolerab ...more
Irena BookDustMagic
Before reading:

I really hope I will somehow manage to have this book in my hands. it sounds like nothing I have read before so I really, really want to read it (ASAP).

After reading:

2,5 stars

I have to admit it, I judge a book by it's cover. When I first saw a cover for this book and read it's blurb, I wanted to read it really bad.

So after expressing my interest for Going Down in Flames the writer contacted me with a question if I would like to receive a free copy in an exchange for an honest revi
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 th
Okay. I'm intrigued....go on.
Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!


I'm not sure because I have no time to ransack  my shelf but I think this is my first book about dragons. And maybe this is too much Game Of Thrones but every time a Dragon is mentioned, my mind just automatically thinks Khaleesi. Yep, too much GoT. Anyway, Going Down in Flames is a light read. And I'm not complaining. Dragons are there but I found the story more concentrated on their worlds politics and Bryns coping on living with people who doesn't like her that much. And of course, about
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
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
Mention of fire in the title of Going Down in Flames got my dragon detection sense tingling. Reading the summary confirmed my hunch – there will be dragons in this book. In fact heroine Bryn is a dragon-shifter. Urban fantasy with dragons? You know I had to read it!

Going Down in Flames start with an usual young adult novel plot: Bryn is stalked by some creepy (but handsome) guy and then she discovers that she is special and has hidden powers. I must admit, I was a little bit turned down in the b
Amanda (Is Not a Panda)
Oh my gosh. I'm finished? I'm finished!
Since I apparently relish giving extremely precise ratings, I'm giving this an actual rating of 4.75 stars. That's just how I roll.

I'm in love. I'm in love. I'm in love with this book.



Sorry. Spongebob is like the only way to express these inner emotions :P

I started it out thinking this might just be an another slightly amusing, if not corny dragon book. But then, from the very first page, Bryn was established as a no-nonsense kind of girl. Then, it turns
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
*THIS* is the YA I love and miss. It is not your typical angst-ridden, dystopian love triangle that saturates the genre today. Plus, a HUGE bonus (in my book) is that there are no werewolves, vampires, or fairies of any kind. There are DRAGONS. In YA. Need I say more?

You have your sassy (but not b**chy) 16-year-old girl who just found out she is the daughter of two different Clans of dragonshifters who fled their dragon society in order to be together. Because intermarriage between Clans is forb
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Loved everything about this book, it was just so awesome! So snarky! Can't wait to read more!
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!! It’s actually been a while since I’ve read a YA paranormal story. And what a great way to get back into the genre! This book was everything I hoped it would be…wonderful characters, an interesting setting filled with both good and evil, twists and turns and mystery, and, of course, dragons!

This story starts with a bang. And, although this is jarring and doesn’t give us much time to get to know the characters, it works here. We’re immediately thrown into a world that no one, not even

This book was a fun, easy read. However I had an issue with the main characters contradictory morals. I thought it was rather galling that she was disgusted with the prospect of being someone's mistress, yet finds no issue in dating an engaged man. My other qualm was that the plot was rather predictable. This doesn't make it a bad novel, despite my complaining I did enjoy this.

Going down in flames would make a great summer read/rainy day read. I look forward to reading the next book in the serie
im really glad it got better..
I just found a new series to obsess over :)
great new story line with twists and turns!
Lenore Kosinski

On reread, this is full 4 stars of goodness, maybe even more. The things I listed below still existed, but I just didn't care as much b/c I LOVED all the rest of it. Bryn is an AWESOME heroine, so spunky and hilarious! Can't wait to read book 2!!

Original review:
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 im
Kelli Behr
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loooved this book! My favorite genre is paranormal romance (usually vampires), but Chris Cannon has opened the door to dragons for me! Bryn is a great main character! She doesn't conform, she's witty,and is "a breath of fresh air" at the Institute. Her love interest, Zavian, is exactly what you want him to be, though I'm kind of into Valmont too ;-)! I would definitely recommend this book (and have via Facebook, Twitter, G+ and word of mouth) to anyone that is looking for a great read! Yes,I g ...more
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This series is:

Well written
Gloriously awesome.

I loved it and will be sticking with it!
Anna 'Bookbuyer'
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
For once, I think my instincts were right (not that I ever listen) about Going Down in Flames. I was expecting a lot more.

The idea and the concept were unique and interesting. Shape-shifting dragons? Check. Oddball at a prestigious boarding school Bryn is being sent to on her sixteenth birthday? Check. Proof that the Directorate isn't always right? Check. TRYING to stay alive? Ooo, interesting. Check! All the ingredients of a great book. I was even so excited about DRAGONS!

Plus, the pretty cover
Mikky (Nocturnal Predators Reviews)
Originally posted at:

My Rating: ✮✮✮½

* I was provided an eARC by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

I LOVE anything dragon related! So I was sure I was going to like this book. Add in a sexist society with a kicka** heroine and you know it's going to be an awesome read!

I loved the way Bryn thinks. She says the first thing that comes to mind. Though sometimes (MOST times) that may get her into trouble, it was what I found the most lovable in her. Considering she's only 16, she acted

Istyria book blog ~ B's world of enchanted books

I really didn’t hate this one. It wasn’t bad! I did like most of it, but I just feel like there’s something missing. It’s very hard to describe what exactly. I just wanted more I think. I wanted to love this, but in the end it’s just okay for me.

Going Down in Flames is about Bryn, she’s always led a normal, quiet life until one day her whole world is turned upside down. She’s a dragon. And not just any dragon, she’s a Crossbreed between a Red and a
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
I received a review copy of this book for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.

Bryn is a hybrid dragon - her mom is a Blue, her dad is a Red - who can breathe fire or ice. She's snarky, strong, and unwilling to back down from a challenge. Those qualities make her a kick ass heroine and just the right dragon to incite change in the archaic ways dragons have been forced to live for so long by their governing body, the Directorate.

Bryn has a crush on Zavien, but I didn't. I think she was
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Not only did Bryn not know she was a dragon shifter, but she's also a mutant that shouldn't exist doesn't really soften the blow. 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 ...more
Kimber Wheaton
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, ya
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

I love dragons, so I was drawn to Going Down in Flames like a moth to flame. It's a light read with lots of humor and a touch of romance. The old-fashioned dragon society is enough to curdle the stomach as is the way Bryn is treated at her new school. Though the novel does have an ending of sorts, it's clearly left open for more.

I really enjoyed Bryn, though I have to admit that I'm a bit unsure how she managed to keep from
taveena kade
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Re-Read: 11/2/17
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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. ...more
Katherine Paschal
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, wh ...more
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Chris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series, the Boyfriend Chronicles, and the Dating Dilemma series. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts.
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 or romantic comedies. You can find

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