Sunday, July 15, 2012

Winging It by Deborah Cooke

Published: December 2011
Publisher: NAL Trade
Pages: 328
Copy: Library
Summary: Goodreads

Zoë Sorensson yearns to come into her powers as the only female dragon shifter. But being part of two worlds is more complicated than she expected. It’s bad enough that she’s the target of the Mages’ plan to eliminate all shifters—she also has to hide her true nature from her best friend Megan, a human. For her sixteenth birthday, all Zoë wants is one normal day, including a tattoo and a chance to see hot rocker Jared.

Instead, the Pyr throw her a birthday party but ban Megan from attendance, putting Zoë in a tight spot. Things get even worse when Zoe is invited to the popular kids’ Halloween party and Megan’s left out. Zoë knows the party is a trap laid by the host, an apprentice Mage. When Megan gets a last-minute invite, Zoë must save the day—and her best friend—without revealing her fire-breathing secrets . .

Winging It is the second book in the Dragon Diaries series after Flying Blind, which I reviewed a few weeks ago.  It was full of more wonderful dragon-y fun.  One of the most memorable things about this one is the number of amazingly hot guys who just seem to keep climbing out of the woodwork.  There are dragons - Liam, Nick and Garrett; mages - Trevor and Adrian; wolves - Derek and spellsingers - Jared,  (there may even be more that I\ve forgotten).Not all are good, sometimes you're not sure who is which, if you get my drift, but oh the testosterone!

Not to worry, there are some great girls to help soak up all this maleness.  Zoe is still a wonderful main character, who is slowly coming into her own as the Wyvern, and her best friend Meaghan is one of my favourites.  Their relationship is full of complexities and the hurt feelings and mis-understandings really ring true. There is a little romance in amongst all the goings on, but it's not the main focus of the tale, although it is intriguing, with a little bit of a triangle forming, just for good measure.

No-one seems to really know who to trust and there are countless twists and turns that keep the suspense alive, but ultimately make complete sense.  Full of excitement and adventure, Winging It is not going to make a huge amount of sense if you haven't read Flying Blind first, but I strongly recommend that you try them.

The third volume, Blazing the Trail, is sitting on my shelf already just waiting for me - what fun!

1 comment:

  1. Great review. I read this one recently too and also have Blazing the Trail in my Stack. If I ever get caught up on the review books, I will be able to read it. Happy reading!