Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Book Review: Winging It by Deborah Cooke

Winging It
Author: Deborah Cooke
Publication: NAL Trade; 1 edition (December 6, 2011)

Description: 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...

My Thoughts: This was another exciting episode for Zoë. She is near to her sixteenth birthday but things are not going her way. She is arguing with her best friend Meagan because she is required not to share anything with her about being a dragon. Meagan has found a new friend named Jessica who is also a math whiz and Z feels left out. She is confused about Jared, the boy she has a crush on, because he seems to be avoiding her. Her parents are having troubles and separate. And the Mages are planning something. Her father doesn't think the Mages will do anything because the dragons signed a treaty with them. Z doesn't think a treaty will be enough.

After Zoë's mother takes off for England and her father follows to try to win her back, Z is left with pretty loose supervision and some pretty big problems to solve. She learns that Meagan is a potential spellsinger like Jared and thus of great interest to the Mages. Trevor, an apprentice mage who goes to their high school, is the boy that Meagan has had a crush on forever. When he starts inviting her to things and spending time with her, Z gets worried but can't change Meagan's mind without sharing secrets she has been forbidden to share. Z has another run-in with the thunderbird Kohana but she doesn't know if she can trust what he tells her about the mages. He says that there are only four kinds of shifters left - dragon, thunderbird, wolves and leopards. But is he lying about this and working with the mages?

Things come to a head at Trevor's halloween party when the mages do some spells and capture Jessica, who is a leopard shifter, and almost capture Zoë, Meagan, and the other boy dragons who are Zoë's friends. In escaping, Zoë's secret is exposed. This makes things easier with Meagan but Meagan thinks she is strong enough to spy on the mages without being caught. 

There is a lot of excitement in this one. Z also learns more about her future as a wyvern and forges the beginnings of alliances with the wolves and the cat shifters. The supernatural groups will have to work together to defeat the mages. I can't wait to read Blazing the Trail to find out if the supernaturals can defeat the mages and to see Z  grow into her wyvern powers.  

I recommend this series to readers who love dragons and who are fans of strong heroines. 

Favorite Quote:
It said something for my state of mind that the sudden brilliant shimmer of light blue to my right reassured me. It reassured me even more when a silver-gray wolf matched my stride, his pale eyes shining with wariness. I buried my fingers in the silken fur at Derek's neck and felt the tension in him.

It was the kind of place where a person could do with a pet predator.
I bought this one because I like dragons and I like the author's adult Dragonfire novels. You can buy your copy here.

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