Annd . . . what do I think so far? It's been a couple of years since I've read a dragon shapeshifter book. I really enjoyed the world the author created for this one. Again--voice was fun in this book. This one is good enough that I've started the second in the series, Bridges Burned.
Here's the blurb:
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.
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.
Write it!I don't think I've ever gone to a writing conference when an agent hasn't said:
• I don't want to read another dystopian novel.
• Vampire novels aren't selling.
• No one is selling historic romances.
Have you noticed how book types come in waves? There's a whole slew of "issues" books now. They're all trying to ride a wave that if a reader bought that book then they might buy this book. It may be that these kind of statements or the failure of publishers to produce a variety of books that is driving new market forces.
It's possible that this has lead to the growth of indie publishing. Yay for Indies! I buy a lot of indie books because they offer more variety than the bookstore shelves right now. Don't be worried that your book doesn't fit the current market trends--write it.