Series: Going Down in Flames #1
Publisher: Entangled Teen on June 30, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Debut Author Challenge, 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge
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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 Council’s rules. Segregated clans, being told who to love, and close-minded leaders make freedom of choice almost impossible. The new girl with the striped hair is a breath of fresh air, and with Bryn’s help, they may be able to change the rules.
At the Institute, old grudges, new crushes, and death threats are all part of a normal day for Bryn. She’ll need to learn to control her dragon powers if she wants to make it through her first year at school. But even focusing on staying alive is difficult when you’re falling for someone you can't have.
I haven’t yet read a book about dragons so this one caught my interest.
The plot of the novel was interesting but unrealistic. Bryn was all nonchalant about this dragon thing. There wasn’t any denial, really. It was just really unrealistic to me. She should have freaked out. Then she was so nonchalant about death threats she received? Again it struck me as unrealistic. There were definitely lagging points throughout the duration of the novel which made getting through it difficult at times. But I really wanted to find out why the events that were happening were happening so I kept reading. However, this book had one if those abrupt cliffhangers that leave you thinking the book got cut off so if you dislike those then this isn’t the book for you.
Bryn was snarky, feisty, and didn’t let anyone bully her. Although she was looked down upon due to her split heritage (hybrid dragon) she didn’t let the taunts and name calling bother her. She was strong. She stood up for herself but she had no real concern for herself. And her emotions were slightly bipolar. It was weird at times because it messed with the flow of events in the novel.
Zavien was the forbidden love interest. He was rebellious in a nice way and was kind of bossy. But he cared for Bryn while she didn’t care for herself. My only thing about him was that Zavien was introduced as a part of the revisionists but we didn’t really see any of that the whole novel except for people he knows. It was kind of a let down because we were introduced to him as if it was a large part of his life.
The romance in this novel was of the forbidden type. Dragons couldn’t mate outside of their type and Bryn and Zavien were different types. They had a unique relationship though, as Zavien took her under his wing from the very beginning. It was a pretty slow building romance even though the attraction was noticeable from the start.
The world building was probably the best part of the novel. This story had a pretty extensive back story about the dragons and their rules. It was interesting to unravel the information about dragon culture along with Bryn. It made the story stand out.
Going Down In Flames was not the best and was unrealistic at times but interesting enough premise to keep me reading.