*I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Summary via Goodreads:
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.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
How much did I enjoy this book? So much. I started reading and pretty much didn’t stop until I was at the end. This book had so much good stuff going on. Action, romance, characters I fell in love with, and of course dragons.
I loved the different dragon clans and how they each had different gifts and abilities. The clans are told it’s not possible to crossbreed, but Bryn is proof it can be done. Her mom is a blue dragon and her father is a red dragon. Because of this she’s seen as an abomination, someone who shouldn’t exist.
I really liked Bryn. She was smart, funny, and she had an interesting sense of humor. She’s proud of who she is and she’s not afraid to stand up for herself. Despite the situation they were practically forcing her into by shipping her off to this special dragon school, she tries to make the best of it.
Zavien was an interesting character. He was really hot and cold toward Bryn for most of the book. He’s hoping to change how things are done by the council and he thinks Bryn might be the answer. He goes about it in a kind of weird way. On occasion he was a little mean towards her and other times he could be really sweet.
The relationship between Bryn and Zavien seemed, for the most part really genuine. They start out not really liking each other and eventually they become friends and maybe more. I really enjoyed their interactions and the chemistry between them.
Ivy and Clint, Bryn and Zaviens best friends, were perfect as comedic relief. They were so cute and hilarious. They were the scene stealers of this book.
Jaxon was another character that I found very interesting. He father is in charge of the council, so he is raised to hate Bryn, and on occasion he made sure she knew about it. I give him credit though, as a character he really shows a lot of growth and maturity.
This book had a little of everything and I really enjoyed it. I have not seen it mentioned anywhere, but I’m hoping there’s going to be a sequel. I would love to read more about Byrn and the world that she lives in.
Going Down in Flames comes out tomorrow and I hope you go get yourself a copy, and hopefully you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.