The last book of my Pennedcon haul! Hurray! Just in time for Christmas.
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said…
Going Down In Flames by Chris Cannon
Synopsis From The Book
Short Synopsis By Me
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
Somehow none of my before thoughts saved before I read this book. That is… frustrating. Essentially, I was excited. This is my last book from Pennedcon to read and review. (I’ll put out the others next week) I was worried that I would need to get the remaining books in this series if I liked it. (Spoiler: I need to)
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
It was cute. I don’t think I was necessarily in the wrong reading group for it because it did entertain me, but I feel that it was written for a younger audience. I am tempted to read the remainder of the books.
Bryn is sixteen and finds out all at once that she is a hybrid Dragon (Blue and Red), being shipped off to a boarding school, and that her parents are exiled. At the school she faces loads of prejudice for being a hybrid, but survives it. She makes friends and falls for a boy. Everything is seemingly working alright, when she gets poisoned. After the poisoning she is taken to the Directorate (dragon council/government) to explain what happened and that she wasn’t faking. There is a bomb, a kidnapping, and a final talk of her being accepted into her mother’s former family.
What I Liked:
The Caste and clan system; All dragons have a color. Each color has a magic. Each color has a sort of job. That line can not be crossed. Blues are at the top (ice, which is interesting). The prejudice against each other was steaming. I love this sort of conflict.
The characters were well written based on their ages. I believed they were the ages they said they were. No one character stood out to me in specific. Bryn was a good protagonist even if I didn’t love her.
It was well written, cussing was used at great times.
Explanation of the world and magic.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
Nothing much yet (though I wish I got all the books at the time).
Why You Should Read:
It was a cute book about Dragons and Dragon shifters. I will have to make final judgments on this series from the whole series, because the first book isn’t a standalone novel.
Time Taken To Read
“Do all the teachers at this school attack their students? Or are you just a raving bitch?” – Bryn to Mrs. Hanfelder (Her super prejudice history teacher)
“Would it help if I performed an interpretive dance while I said the words?” – Bryn to her grandmother