Early Review: Blazing the Trail by Deborah Cooke

June 7, 2012 Review 2

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Blazing the Trail (The Dragon Diaries, #3)

Cover Art: Juliana Kolesova

Blazing the Trail

(The Dragon Diaries, #3) 
by Deborah Cooke

Genre: Paranormal YA | Excerpt: Yes
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Publisher

  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (June 5, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0451236823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451236821


Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying.

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and Zoë Sorensson’s love life is heating up. Cute, loyal, and understanding, wolf shifter Derek is pretty much the perfect guy. He likes Zoë, and he knows what it’s like to have to keep a secret. Yet, Zoë can’t help but wish it was rebel rocker Jared asking her to the Valentine’s dance instead. But Jared’s too busy playing hot and cold with her heart, calling Zoë his dragon girl one minute and then taking special interest in her best friend the next.

Zoë is just about ready to breathe fire, especially once she uncovers a new threat that targets her friends. Although Zoë thought the Mages were defeated, they’re back and have invoked an old spell to give them new power—they plan to eliminate all shape shifters on the night of the big dance. Now, Zoë must lead an alliance of young shifters to battle the Mages and figure out exactly what—and who—she wants, before it all goes up in smoke…

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Dragons, teen drama, and an epic war against beings set on destroying all shifters.  That’s BLAZING THE TRAIL in a nutshell, the third book in Deborah Cooke’s Dragon Diaries series (a YA spin-off of her adult PNR Dragonifire series).  Led by a genuinely likable and for the most part levelheaded protagonist, this story flies along at a rapid if somewhat uninspired pace.

 Led by a genuinely likable and for the most part levelheaded protagonist, this story flies along at a rapid if somewhat uninspired pace.After a brief but comprehensive recap, Zoe and her friends are once again battling mages and shadoweaters.  An interesting twist in this series is that Zoe literally has to go to school with some of her mortal enemies. One night a mage tries to sacrifice Zoe in a spell and the next night they are rubbing shoulders in the hallway.  It’s an odd situation, and I couldn’t help but wonder why Zoe wasn’t more on guard around them. The other questionable decisions that Zoe made involved her love life, although I found this to me much more realistic.

The unobtainable Jared is off touring with his band and fellow shifter Derek is more than willing to fill the void in Zoe’s heart.  Zoe’s thoughts and reasoning about both Jared and Derek were uncomfortably realistic at times as she wrestled with the ‘love the one you’re with’ or pine for the one who got away conundrum.

I would have preferred a greater emphasis on Zoe’s romantic entanglements than the generic thriller plot with the shadoweaters that made up the majority of BLAZING THE TRAIL, but Zoe is winning enough to still make this an enjoyable read.  It’s unclear whether or not there will be more books in this series r not, but either way the ending is satisfying.

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2 Responses to “Early Review: Blazing the Trail by Deborah Cooke”

  1. Kt .

    I agree the ending wasn’t very concrete, a lot was really left open. From what I understand, this is the last book in the trilogy, but the author might write about them when they are older. I would have preferred a little bit more focus on the romance issues as well.

    • Abigail

      I know initially they said it was a trilogy, but more recently they’ve referred to this one as the third book in the series, so I don’t know if there will be more. The ending really could go either way. I share once I know for sure.