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Going Down in Flames

Narrated by: Julie Niblett
Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

If her love life is going down in flames, she might as well spark a revolution. 

Finding out on your 16th 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.

©2014 Entangled Teen (P)2018 Chris Cannon

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Pulled into the world

I wasn't sure how much I would like this book. It seemed a little young for me, but I wanted to give it a shot.

What I liked:
I loved the main character, Bryn. She was sarcastic, and snarky, and the narrator captured that perfectly. There were a lot of fun characters in this book, and the narrator was really able to bring them to life. My favorite character(s) that she voiced was the Speaker for the Directorate (LOVED that evil, smug voice), and a green dragon named Garrett. I thought the pace of the audiobook was perfect. The writing and narration was fantastic and I started forgetting I was in my car or house and wasn't in the story standing next to the characters.

What I didn't like:
Really the only thing was the language was a little stronger than I expected.


I am very excited for what comes next. Will definitely listen to the rest of the series when they're released.

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  • TU
  • 12-27-18

far better than expected

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I was very pleaseantly surprised by this book. I found that I rather quite liked it. I didn't expect very much due to this being a YA fantasy romance. It was actually well balanced and entertaining. The narration is well done and the story is balanced well. The action and paranormal content blends well with the young adult romance, making for a good listen for fans of any age.

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Surprise! Your a Dragon Shifter!

This is the story of Bryn who finds out on her sixteen birthday that she is a Dragon Shifter. I really enjoyed listening to this story about a strong logical girl who has to deal with some crazy situations. Going to an elite boarding school, she spends her days trying to control her Dragon powers. I received this Audio book for free in exchange for an unbiased review. I really enjoyed this Audio book and would recommend it to anyone who loves independant striped haired women.

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great young adult

great shifters Young Adult Book it was very adorable and very great story I enjoyed it very much the nurture was nice and the book was very interesting
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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A Great Beginning

I want to begin this review by stating I received an Audible code via Audiobook Boom for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation made for this review.

Now, I want you to look at the cover. It doesn't look very interesting, right? Just a girl who looks like she may have a skin issue. Well, this girl doesn't need to speak with a dermatologist, she needs someone to keep her anger in check and this girl is angry. Bryn McKenna had a pretty normal life and didn't have much to worry about. That is until a stalker comes into her life and she learns a few things. Turns out, she's not human and when someone angers her, they can get burned.

Going Down in Flames starts pretty predictably. You get your normal girl turned powerful and you have your angry people who don't like it. That said, It turned around close to the 15% mark. I found the story itself enjoyable and the world interesting. What I loved most about this book though was the main character.

Bryn McKenna is a strong and stubborn young lady. Despite most books with the "powerful girl" trope having a powerful girl who only seems to pretend to be stubborn, Bryn definitely felt like it. She is kicked hard and low but keeps coming back up and kicking hardcore ass. She holds her own in the world she is thrust into and I found her relatable.

The narration isn't bad though I do think the narrator was a bit slow. This is easily taken care of if you just speed up the reading in the audible app. For me, it works at 1.05 speed. So, it didn't take much to help it along. The narrator herself wasn't exciting at first, but once the world really started going, so did the voice. I feel the narrator was a good match for this book because of that.

In the end, I found myself being disappointed that the sequel is not in audio yet. I want to fly into this world more and see Bryn's evolution as a dragon. I would recommend this for young adult readers and readers of urban fantasy shifter fiction.

Final Rating: 4/5

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Dovahkiin

I wasn't sure how it was going to feel about this book when I started but turns out I was just being stupid. I actually enjoyed it. I felt the magic system was really good.

The audio was good as well overall it's a good book and you should check it out.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Good book

Good book that takes a very common starting point and puts a fresh new spin on it.

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Exciting world of dragons and teenage angst

I received this audiobook for review.


I really enjoyed the world-building in Going Down in Flames. The notion of dragons and their individual clans is really interesting. There are dragons of various colors, and each color dragon has a special breath weapon. Red dragons breathe fire, as expected, but then there are blue dragons who breathe ice! There's wind, electricity, and it's so exciting to have different types of dragons. I also like that these shifts are magical and not tear-out-of-your-clothes type shifts. And when the dragons look at each other, they see a glimpse of the human face to know the dragon's identity. Unique!

The premise is our main character is a mixed-breed. A red and blue dragon fell in love and ran away from the dragon society and rules. They were expecting to be sterile, but as it turned out, their offspring is a mix of both type of dragon. She can breathe fire and ice, among other cool things she can do.

Of course, she finds out in a typical I just turned 16 and now I'm this new thing I've never heard of before way, and she handles it like any feisty and hard-headed teenager does, but overall she comes to her own. She learns to accept and even admire other dragons and even charms some of the hater-haters to think more of her and accept her existence. She also makes some loyal friends and supporters.

But of course, there's politics. Lots and lots of politics. There are death threats and attempts on her life. There are love interests and forbidden futures. There is enough intrigue to get me curious about the rest of the series, but also I kind of expected a bigger build up at the end. It almost seemed like everything tied up too nicely, which don't get me wrong, I didn't want a cliffhanger! But there are so many bigger problems, yet it kind of felt too chummy at the end.

The audio narration was great. Good voices, pleasant cadence. Great to listen to and enjoyable. I would definitely listen to this narrator again.

Overall, a good read. Somewhere between a 3.5 and 4 stars. I do love a feisty red-head heroine who challenges the norms and will hopefully lead to the fall of the dragon patriarchy.

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  • Mary
  • TACOMA, WA, US
  • 02-15-19

Better than Anticipated

I came into this listen thinking it was another young adult listens with drama, love triangles, and angry adults. While I was right, the spin Chris Cannon placed on it was fun to follow along with.
Brynn McKenna is a 16-year-old who just found out she is a dragon shifter, Surprise! At the threat of destruction of her parents, Brynn leaves home to attend Dragon School. It is here that she meets Zavien, love interest, and her friends Lily and Cliff. She comes to find out that the dragon population is set in archaic ways, even to the point of arranging marriages for its citizens. Brynn is considered a half breed, that was supposed to not be able to exist. Because of this, she faces a lot of prejudice from the students, teachers, and the dragon high council.
The narrator had a slow start but after the first hour, I found myself being lost in the story. I am very anxious to see Brynn's development in the Dragon World.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.


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Solid First Book in series

This is the first book I've read by Chris Cannon. I found this book a solid start to what appears to be a 5 book series. The main cast is solidly introduced and created. I like how the words flow. I like the details in this fantasy world. I like dragons created by Cannon and the various rifts among the different colored dragons.

I do have two beefs. The first is the language. Some may say there isn't any language since there are no f-bombs, others may say there is mild-language. I say...beware of language (for those with younger ears in your listening area). The second is...without giving anything away...I wanted some kind of resolution to at least one of the various mysteries introduced in the story to keep me interested in book 2. Yes, we find out who's stalking Bryn, but I thought there should be more explanation. Perhaps in book 2? Bummer.

This is also the first time I have had the pleasure of listening to Ms. Niblett. I thought she was perfect for the snarky Bryn and protective, sometimes brooding, Zavien. There were several times when I didn't know if Cliff, Valmont or Zavien was speaking, but the story/dialogue didn't leave me clueless for long. Overall, the main cast of Bryn, Zavien, Lily, Cliff, and Jaxon were solid throughout the main storyline. Ms. Niblett created a strong performance and added to my overall listening experience. I would not hesitate to choose another audiobook performed by her.

Overall, I gave this story only 3 stars because I could not get over the callous exchange of words in regards to Bryn's status of being a 'half-breed'. To say Bryn's mom should have terminated her birth, instead of allowing a mongrel to come into the world, was extremely harsh for a high school target audience. I will not be looking for the next book in this series. It's just not for me.

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