Monday, February 27, 2012

Review of Winging It

My review of Winging It by Deborah Cooke is based on a paperback copy of the book that I purchased for myself. The following review is my honest opinion of the work.

Goodreads Summary: "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 . . ."

For those of you that remember Flying Blind was one of the very first dragon books that I had ever read, Firelight by Sophie Jordan being the first. I fell hard for the characters, plot, and history captured within Flying Blind and as a result had been looking forward to reading Winging It ever since.

One of my favorite aspects of this book is that despite Zoe being Pyr you get to see her human side come out a great deal, yes she has stuff to deal with as a dragon but she also has trouble with dealing with the typical problems of a sixteen year old girl. I mean, isn't that a tricky enough time period for a girl without throwing in the responsibilities of mastering the powers of the wyvern? Oh yeah. Zoe has got a lot on her plate in this one as she is thrust back into her human life, dealing with school day to day and trying to maintain her secret...particularily from her best friend.

I still love the character of Zoe. In Winging It you get the same amazing Zoe, only this time she's back with a vengeance. She's grown up quite a bit between the two books and is beginning to understand that with great power comes great responsibility [Eek! My inner geek has escaped!]. As more of her wyvern powers reveal themselves the more that Zoe realizes what comes up with them, that she has a duty first and foremost to the rest of the Pyr. You see this revealed through the way that Zoe would gladly sacrifice herself for any of her friends, and a lot of other people besides, she wants to be the one to put herself in danger and save everyone from a similar fate.

I'm giving Winging It by Deborah Cooke a four out of five stars review. My only regret is I could have done with a lot more Jared. Guess we'll just have to see what Deborah Cooke has in store for us in the third book of the Dragon Diaries series, Blazing the Trail.

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