I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
I love dragons, so I was drawn to Going Down in Flames like a moth to flame. It's a light read with lots of humor and a touch of romance. The old-fashioned dragon society is enough to curdle the stomach as is the way Bryn is treated at her new school. Though the novel does have an ending of sorts, it's clearly left open for more.
I really enjoyed Bryn, though I have to admit that I'm a bit unsure how she managed to keep from self-combustion with everything heaped on her all at once. In a matter of days, she learns that she's a shape-shifting dragon (side note- how cool is that?) and also learns that a "Directorate" controls every aspect of dragon society with an iron fist.
Bryn is an outcast among dragons for being a crossbreed. Her parents defied the Directorate and ran off to be together despite being from different clans. To say she is mistreated at school would be an understatement. There are several people who befriend her which does make things a bit easier. I liked her friends Clint and Ivy quite a bit even though they had small roles and were never fully developed.
Then there's Bryn's romantic interest, Zavien, a black dragon petitioning for change among dragon kind. A relationship develops between the two even though Bryn knows they can never be together-- at least in legitimate dragon society.
Going Down in Flames is a cute, fun read with quirky characters and an interesting plot. I look forward to reading more about Bryn and the dragons.