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Going Down in Flames (Entangled Teen) by [Cannon, Chris]
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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. 

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1637 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Teen (30 June 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,529 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I loved all of the elements of this book!!! From the sarcastic and witty banter of the protagonist and practically with all of whom she encountered made for an exciting and admirable novel. I also loved the paranormal/supernatural element and of course who doesn't love the blossoming of a somewhat forbidden love and a protagonist whose very birth defies the laws of society and reason!
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By Emma on 8 January 2016
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Dragons! One of my favourite mythical creatures! I love reading about shape shifting dragon, well shape shifting anything really, but the ones about dragons reel me in more than most. Who wouldn't love to discover they belong to a mythical race and place? With sexy dragon shape shifters and handsome Knights that swear oaths to protect you with their lives. I was transfixed from the first page and didn't put it down until I'd read the last page. Definitely worth the read.
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Too much tell and not enough show.

The central character is retarded: she gets told not to do something and why and then proceeds to go ahead and do it >> okay that's plot but she doesn't explain her reasons for agreeing to the common sense of "not showing her powers" and then doesn't explain her reasons for going ahead and acting like a retarted brat.

I lost all sympathy for the character and the world she lives in
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I Loved this book Chris really makes you feel for Bryn and the difficulties she goes through being not only different but also the new kid on the block and that practically everyone hates you from the start then death threats and then a crush on a guy she can't have but is also the only one she feels she can trust all I can say is that this book leaves you wanting more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good, and not only YA 13 May 2016
By D. M. Reavis - Published on
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I found the book quite good and the reviews characterizing it as YA romance quite off the mark. I haven't been a Young Adult in many decades and have never been female. Since when has a book without explicit sex and graphic violence been appropriate only for teenagers? The author displays excellent writing skills - I enjoyed the occasional humor and thought the dialogue was very well handled. The young female protagonist was shown as a capable person, without the usual overblown emotional dramatics. The pacing was quite good, the story had an actual plot rather than a series of meandering scenes, and there was even a bit of a surprise ending. BTW, four stars is a very good rating for me, and I will recommend this book to my young granddaughters (at about age 12), but also think many adults will enjoy it also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read! 17 March 2015
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After reading the description of this book, I was a little scared it would turn out being very cliche with the whole, "I just found out I have supernatural abilities and am now being shipped off to a boarding school." I'm happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised. The beginning hooked me right away. Bryn is a strong character, and I really like that she's not perfect. She actually has some fun unique personality traits.

I was really drawn into the writing style, which made this book a real page-turner. The whole idea of the shape-shifting dragons and the world they lived in felt unique to me. While the counsel sounded a lot like the Volturi from Twilight, this book has a lot of unique attributes of its own and is something I really felt I could get into. This is definitely *my* kind of book.

But I'm a big complainer, too. While I loved the characters and the writing style, I felt like Bryn's relationship with the Directorate was ignored quite a bit. I wanted to see her start a revolution. As much as she hated the Directorate, she didn't really think much about joining a revolution or anything. In fact, she was scared of the rebels in the forest. Given Bryn's character, I'd think she'd be jumping at the sound of danger.

I also would have liked to see this written in Bryn's perspective since we're in her head most of the time anyway. Additionally, I felt that "pushing" was creative, but it never did much for the story.

Honestly, there were some scenes and characters the book could have done without. I was pretty disappointed that the fight scene climax was all of one chapter. I would have liked to see that stretched out into something longer and more exciting.

I was also a bit disappointed that I didn't see much character development in Bryn. While I liked her character, I really would have liked to see her and Jaxon make up a little bit. There was definitely room for it, but by the end, Bryn was still calling him a jerk and threatening to throw fireballs at his head.

Complaints aside, this was a very compelling story with intriguing characters. There were lots of great things about it, particularly that it was tough to put down. I kept telling people, "I'm reading this really good book right now!" That's such a relief to say! I really enjoyed the world Chris Cannon has built, and I loved that her writing style helped push the story along nicely. I was ready to buy the next book in the series halfway through this book (which I did!). This is the type of book I feel I could read over and over despite my complaints above. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series!
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3.0 out of 5 stars shades of HP but entertaining 19 August 2014
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Overall it must be said that the author did a good job keeping me entertained with a story that has been done before. Inevitably, any magical school is going to have comparisons with Harry Potter. Main character who is unique and powerful? Check. Does not have any clue about the magical world and their place in it? Check. Goes to school to learn about magical powers? Check. School is divided into different houses that have specific characteristics (smart, arrogant, artsy, etc.)? Check. Has instructors that are for and against main character? Check. Main character has amazing flying speed and dexterity? Check. I could go on but I'll stop there. The focus on this story is the love story, though, and a rebellion against the ruling class so that helped to differentiate it. I think teens will like it and probably want to continue on with the series but I am good with stopping here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fan-Dragon-Tastic! 14 July 2014
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I can not help but love a feisty girl who doesn't care if you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth or not. Meet Bryn, the girl who was clueless to the fact that she was a Dragon until she was almost 16. Bryn is basically given no alternative to go live with other dragons because she wants to protect her parents...the ones who bucked society and married even though a red was not supposed to marry a blue. Although I really liked Zavien, a black Dragon, I can not help but wonder about Jaxon, a snobby blue. Their verbal interaction was something else. This was an amazingly great read. I am looking forward to seeing how this plays out. Bryn has turned the Dragon society upside down in their beliefs. She is a refreshing kind of gal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great fantasy YA-read! A strong protagonist and cast-full of friends that will draw you into their world and keep you reading! 3 July 2014
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I have to admit, I'm not normally keen on books that are marketed as "dragon" stories. (The last dragon I liked was Falkor.) But this one caught my attention. Shape-shifting? Humans to dragons? and romance?! Alright then...I took the bait...

Holy dragons, damsels and knights! (Oh, my!) Yes, there be dragons, but Chris Cannon has created something much more than a mere "dragon" story!

Let me start with relationships. At the heart of this story are relationships. The main character, Bryn, has to immediately accept the concept that she's a shape-shifting dragon and so does the reader. (We're thrust into the concept from the very beginning.) But the reality is that she has to cope with the drama of leaving her comfort-zone behind and trade it in for the awkwardness of being the new-kid at a school for kids like her--dragons.

Despite the fantasy of Bryn's dragon lineage, her world is completely believable and realistic.

She's a typical 16 year old and luckily, she has a supportive nuclear family. Her mom is strong and pensive; her dad, protective and proud. Bryn likes quirky clothes and has a tendency to be impulsive. But like most teens, it's the relationships that are difficult. Bryn's greatest struggle is having to figure out whom she can trust.

I especially love that there are plenty of friends and potential boyfriends for Bryn to choose in this fantasy world! Ms. Cannon has crafted a wonderful list of characters that are obviously much more than appearances alone can explain. The dragon clans, red, blue, green, black and orange, separate the characters initially, but as the story progresses, I found myself picking my own favorites and aligning characters based on more than merely their dragon forms. (And which clan would I want to be a part of?) I believe this is the point. (And did I mention knights? Swoon...I LOVE knights!)

Appearances can be deceiving; whereas, actions and words are not so easy to hide behind.

It's an exciting, entertaining and fast-paced read. But be forewarned...Bryn is a pig! Nope, she doesn't shift into a squealing Wilber, but her eating habits will bring on the munchies. (Make sure you read on a full stomach.) I was thrilled to read about a teenage protagonist who wasn't constantly concerned about her slim reflection in a mirror. This gal eats and exercises, but best of all, you won't read about her complaining that a dress doesn't fit. She's confident. (Kudos to the author!)

If you liked the factions of Divergent, the boarding school world of Harry Potter and the romantic magic and tension of Twilight (with, of course, DRAGONS!) then you've got a winner with Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon. (I can't wait for a sequel!)

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