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Going Down in Flames

(Going Down in Flames #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  3,121 ratings  ·  289 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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Irena BookDustMagic
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
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
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. ...more
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
Paula M
Sep 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, arc


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
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! ...more

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..
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
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
I just found a new series to obsess over :)
great new story line with twists and turns!
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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Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so fun! I alternately giggled and stressed my way through it. I haven't read a dragon story like it, and the creativity was very entertaining. Naturally, I had to start book two seconds after ending book one...just can't let go of these characters yet.

Content warning: mild language, violence
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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
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
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
I was and still am so freaking happy that I got to reread this book for my bookclub this month.
I can't remember exactly when I first discovered this series and read it. I believe it was shortly before the second book got published in 2015. And I absolutely loved the story growing with each new book. Of course the wait between books was true torture and I ended up not getting/reading the last book in the series just because I didn't want it to come to an end. Now I finally am pushing myself to f
*****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
Velina Pencheva
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First half of the book wasn't to my liking. If it hadn't been for the second half my rating would be 3 stars. The book was going on too fast in the beginning, in my opinion, whilst in other parts dragged on.
Was entertaining and in some moments I laughed out loud. Bryn is very whiny and ungrateful and her whole center is herself. Don't know why anyone bothers with those attempts on her life cos yeah she is different but I see no threat in her other than she can't keep her mouth shut. Which I can'
Jeremy Beitz
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a very hard time rating a book 4 stars and an even harder time eating one 5 stars, but I really enjoyed this book. It was a lot of fun, had a good story, and very relatable characters (besides being dragons, lol). I recommend this book
Space Cadet
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Space Cadet by: Lottie
A lot of the romance parts did annoy me.
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Going Down In Flames by Chris Cannon is pretty much what I expected it to be when I read the blurb. I don’t know if that is because Entangled has a “troupe” cheat code they love to use again and again, or if the blurb was just that specific. I think I was a little let down because of that, because it was exactly what I expected. Howe
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Chris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series, the Crossroads Chronicles, 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 roman

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