Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon | Review

Happy Monday! Today has been a beautiful, but terribly hot day. I feel like going down to the pool with a nice cold mango smoothie and enjoying the beautiful rays and the blue waters. But today is also a great day to review a good book. ;)

I recently just finished Going Down In Flames by Chris Cannon; it was a fun, quirky, easy read and I just could not put it down!

Title: Going Down In Flames
Author: Chris Cannon
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: June 30th 2014
My Rating: 5 stars
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.


The writing was brilliant. The author's writing intrigued me and made me want to keep turning the page. What I loved most about this book how funny, and charming it was. I loved how the author put a little bit of everything from the dragon's history, what kind of magic they have, where they live, etc; she didn't leave anything out for me to wonder, and I appreciated that. 


Bryn: She is the main character in this book. I liked/disliked her. I liked her for her sassiness, she was smart, had a funny sense of humor, and always spoke her mind. But, sometimes she would speak the wrong thing and just come off as rude and a child. I felt bad that she was forced into having to leave her parents behind and join a a school for dragons. I loved Bryn's dad and how protective and funny he could be. I also found it funny how he growled a lot. Almost every time he spoke, he would let out a growl and it made me smile every time. I was taken by surprise on how she reacted when she found out she was a dragon though. 

"She rubbed at her sore throat. The pain helped convince her this was real. “Can I have some answers now?” “We’ll answer all your questions,” her dad promised. “Let’s fix dinner while we talk.” Bryn started chopping vegetables for a salad while her dad seasoned the hamburgers and her mom set the table. The normal household chores seemed surreal. The smell of burned cloth hung in the air."

If I found out I was a fire/ice breathing dragon, I wouldn't be chopping up vegetables! I'd probably be going crazy and wondering what the frick is going on. A few things I liked about being a dragon were;

#1. You can eat all you want, and not gain weight.
#2 You can can shape shift into a dragon without having your clothes ripped off.
#3. You can fly whenever, and almost wherever you want.

When Bryn gets shipped of to Institute for Excellence, my eyebrows raised by how the dragons treated her, especially the Blues. Other students told her she was a mongrel, her mother should've had an abortion, and other terrible things. Even her history teacher, Mrs. Hanfelder, acted terrible toward Bryn.

"Mrs. Hanfelder slammed the pointer against the podium so hard it broke in half. “Your mother is a disgrace, and you are an abomination who should have been put down at birth.” Bryn held back the fire, but the words poured out before she could stop them. “Do all the teachers at this school attack their students? Or are you just a raving bitch?”

Even though she acted immature a few times, I liked her and her attitude. Definitely a good character and one of my favorites.

Zavien: If I had to describe him in two words, it would be hot and a jerk! I'm not going to lie, yes, us girls/women tend to fall for guys with tattoos and a bit of an attitude. He hated how the Directorate ruled over everyone's lives, including who to marry and what job you would have, and seeing as though Bryn is an abomination to the dragon world, she is the answer to his prayers.

"With his pale skin and dark hair fixed in three-inch spikes, he looked like a demented manga character. The black muscle shirt he wore showed off the elaborate dragon tattoo running the length of his arm."

But the way he acted towards Bryn sometimes, it ticked me off! He hurt her feelings a few times, and he also tried to manipulate her, he would bring her to tears, and BAM, she forgave him.

Excuse me, but if someone tried to manipulate my emotions, I wouldn't be so forgiving that quickly. Maybe a day or two I would be mad with that person, but in just a few minutes she forgave him. *eye roll*

And even though he came off as a jerk a few times, he really did care for Bryn. The relationship between the two was funny to read. One of them would be mad, then the other would too, and if one of them were happy, so was the other.

Then there was Ivy and Clint, two charming Black dragons that always put a smile on my face when they showed up. I loved how Clint was so sweet around Ivy. I would love to read a novella about those two!

Then there was Merrick. I'm not going to get into too much detail, but I actually liked him more than I liked Zavien! It would have been better if he was a few years younger (26) and wasn't married though. *pouts*

There were a few small twists here and there, and I wasn't really surprised at who the killer was. That was the only thing that I found to be predictable. I'm hoping there will be another book to come about Bryn and her friends because I just couldn't get enough!

Overall, Going Down In Flames is a cute, fun summer read and I would recommend it to anyone!

Don't forget to leave me a comment and tell me what's on your summer reading list!

Happy reading!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green | Review

Happy Tuesday!

Here is my review on The Fault In Our Stars. Please do remember that this is MY PERSONAL opinion. If you can not handle a semi harsh opinion, then feel free to close this out.

Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Genre: YA, Romance, Fiction
Release Date: January 10th, 2012
Publisher: Dutton Books
My Rating: 0 Stars
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten..


At first, I thought, wow, what is all the hype about this book? Maybe I should give read it. Worst. Idea. Ever. The writing was so freaking cheesy I thought I’d cry, the romance was too fast paced, and the way the author portrayed his characters made me cringe and want to bash my head into the wall.

The writing was very dull, cheesy, and just didn't intrigue me at all. It was predictable, and it was slow and dull. It was like reading Twilight all over again, but instead of reading about an attention seeking girl, and her somewhat freaky vampire boyfriend, I was reading about Bella's boring twin sister and a one legged pirate. I could go on and on..


Hazel: To me, I found her very, very dull. The way she interacted with her family, with Augustus and other people, it bothered me. She acted like she was a grown woman stuck in a sixteen year old's body. I wanted to smack her with the freaking book itself every time she opened her mouth.  After the first twenty pages, I kept asking myself, “Is this what people are calling a good book?”

 Don’t even get me started on when they first met. What kind of person goes to someone’s house after they just met them? An IDIOT. Like hello, she even said so herself that he could be a murderer or a rapist!  Plus, they are only teenagers. How can a sixteen year and a seventeen year old fall in love with each other in just one month?

The hostess’s eyes lit up as Augustus and I walked toward her. “Mr. and Mrs. Waters?” “I guess?” I said.

What?! All I could do was raise my eyebrows and wonder why the frick couldn’t a simple yes do? And why didn’t the hostess’s actually confirm it was them? Either you are Mr. and Mrs. Waters, or you're not.

Another thing that bothered me was when Hazel and Augustus were texting each other and when she continued to just say “Okay”, even after he playfully said to stop flirting with her, she continued. Everything about her bugged the frick out of me.

Augustus: I liked Augustus a lot more than I did Hazel. He seemed like a cool, funny guy. Although, he sometimes came off as dull and some of the things he said made me roll my eyes.

He’s seventeen years old (remember that, I’m going to bring it up in a minute) and he speaks like he’s a freaking Shakespeare. His metaphor, the way he talked about death and especially the way he told Hazel he loved her..it made me stop and wonder, what kind of girl would find him all “amazing and poetic?

“I'm in love with you," he said quietly.
"Augustus," I said.
"I am," he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. "I'm in love with you, and I'm not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I'm in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you.”

To me, that is not romantic whatsoever. It felt like he wrote it down and rehearsed it in front of a mirror twenty times.  I can barely go up to someone and say hello without stuttering and this guy already has a freaking speech in less than two seconds.

“There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.”

Yes, cancer is a terrible, sad disease, but this book, it's just not believable for me.  And for people to cry over such a poorly written book, it's mind boggling. I'm just hoping the movie will be better than the book. 

Thanks for reading and don't forget to comment and let me know your opinion of The Fault in Our Stars! 

Happy reading!

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