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.
I haven’t read a good dragon book in a while, but my drought is over. Going Into the Flames was phenomenal! The book started out with Bryn, the main character, flipping someone off on the school bus because they were being obnoxious. I immediately loved the fact that Bryn was sarcastic and had a spunky streak. A couple of pages later, Bryn saw a guy who she thought was stalking her and actually caught his glance. She then saw him walking towards her, so she walked into a bookstore where she thought that she would be safe. Yay for bookstores! 🙂 Yet, when she started browsing, she heard a tap and saw him behind the window. He then compelled her to follow him. I could tell that he was a bad boy, but I wasn’t sure exactly how he was able to force her to follow him. Was it magic? Was it something supernatural? Even though it was a small detail, it was very intriguing and made me want to continue reading the story. The author did a great job of adding in many little mysteries like this throughout the book.
Shortly after her disappearance, her parents found her, immediately brought her back to her house, and then revealed the family secret. If you couldn’t guess by the title and cover, the big secret was that Bryn and her parents were dragons. Once the secret was revealed, she was forced to go to a school for dragons, even though she hadn’t been raised as a dragon. Something that I loved about the school was the fact that there were different color dragons, and each color acted as a family. In addition, all of the dragons had different abilities, depending on their color. It almost gave me a greek mythology feeling, except it was with dragons!
When Bryn entered the school, she was treated as an outcast and people tried to bully her. I loved that she didn’t care, and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind, even when it could possibly get her into trouble. She wasn’t the type of person to let people insult her without retorting back with an insult. As the book progressed, she made friends with a couple of different colored dragons, and I adored all of her friends. Each and every character was unique and had a completely different personality. It was amazing!
I honestly loved this book because of the characters, mysteries, setting, and style.The one part that I will say that I hated was…THE CLIFFHANGER. It was cruel. Very cruel. I can’t wait to read book two of this great series.
I highly recommend this book and give it 4.5/5stars.
Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shitzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures.