Early Review: Winging It by Deborah Cooke

December 3, 2011 Review 1

Early Review: Winging It by Deborah CookeWinging It by Deborah Cooke
Series: Dragon Diaries #2
Published by Penguin on December 6th 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Romantic, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Sexual Content: Kissing.
Reviewed by: Abigail
3 Stars

The new Dragon Diary novel from the author of Flying Blind. 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's plan to eliminate all shifters-but she also has to hide her true nature from her human best friend, Megan. But when Megan gets a last-minute invite to the popular kids' Halloween party-hosted by an apprentice Mage-Zoë must save the day and her best friend without revealing her fire- breathing secrets...

Deborah Cooke knows how to write a lighting fast story that flies along from beginning to end without ever once stopping to land.  Even when the plot overshadowed the characters towards the end, the pacing in WINGING IT kept everything moving quickly enough to keep me turning pages to see what happened next.

One thing I absolutely loved about the beginning of WINGING IT was the seamless recap and character refresher that was woven into the first chapter.  New readers to the series will be able to jump right in to book two and fans from the first book will be immediately caught right back up into the excitement from FLYING BLIND.  When there are this many characters, a mythology that is constantly expanding as Zoe learns more about her Wyvern abilities, and relationships that evolve from one book to the next, the reminder was invaluable.

I had a few issues with Zoe’s immaturity in FLYING BLIND, but the Zoe in WINGING IT is stronger, smarter, and more courageous.  She’s still a very realistic sixteen year old so her maturity is appropriately balanced with impetuousness, recklessness, and some questionable romantic decisions.  But Zoe is an extremely likeable protagonist and even when I wanted shake her, I was constantly rooting for her.

Whether you found this spin-off series from Cooke’s adult paranormal romance Dragonfire series or this is your first introduction to this dragon shifter world, WINGING IT is a fast, fun read that will be sure to leave you waiting for the final book in the Dragon Diaries trilogy entitled BLAZING THE TRAIL, when it hits shelves on June 5th 2012.

Series Titles:
  1. Flying Blind – 3/5
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