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Monday, December 19, 2011

Winging It (Dragon Diaries 2)

Winging It (Dragon Diaries #2) by Deborah Cooke

Grade: 4 stars out of 5
"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 . . ."--from Amazon
Picking up from Flying Blind, Zoë and her crew of extremely hot boys never seem to be able to catch a break. Cooke engages the readers in the world of dragons and shifters that is every bit as fantastical as the first. Not a big fan of dragons? Well, these boys might change your mind from a cool, dark and handsome to a cutie pie, there’s enough personality to please everyone.  Don’t forget Zoë, our strong heroine who kicks major booty and still manages to find time worrying about her best friend.

Then there’s Jared, the elusive musician who seems to have all the answers, but likes to tease Zoë with riddles and come-hither looks. (Okay so I might be making the second part up, but he’s really sexy.) What I didn’t really appreciate was the progression the two made in Winging It. There’s a trend where the male characters has to stay away from the heroine because he’s dangerous to her safety, but it causes emotional drama between the two and he has trouble staying away. Yadda yadda yadda. Personally, I was not fond of the recent development as I’ve come to notice that by staying away, it benefits no one. The girl is still in danger; they both become really really sad and angsty. I do, however, like the last scene for the pair: sweet, charmed the boots off me, (and in my head, sensual, though many people won’t see that).

And what’s a sequel without the introduction of some new faces (with a love triangle!). Winging It has plenty of new faces, but it never gets overwhelming. I love how Cooke expanded the Shifting world (I believe that is what you call it). Forget thunderbirds and dragons, you can never go wrong with the classic werewolf. Or you know some new creatures like shifting cats (leopards, lions, alley cats….) Tons of fun to be had! Did I immediately fall in love with the all of the characters? Not really. There are tons of potential and more books to come so we’ll see. I’m not one to put all my eggs in one basket.

Now let’s talk about some old familiar faces. Meagan for one plays a much BIGGER role in Winging It. And if you’ve read the guest post by Meagan *hint hint nudge nudge* you know that she gets a special power. Let’s just say she won’t a damsel in distress anymore andddddd she might even get a cute guy in the end. You just have to read Winging It to find out. However, I found Meagan slightly frustrating to read especially from Zoë’s perspective. As readers, we know why Zoë is keeping secrets but keeping in mind that Meagan doesn’t know escapes me at times.

I love how Cooke also brought in Zoë’s parents. Even dragon shifters have marriage problems. It added just another dimension to this solid sequel.

Winging It was an action-packed sequel. Plenty of fresh new faces and many old ones that never gets boring. It had a clear direction of where it’s heading, some place where I surely would like to find out. With new questions left to be unanswered and relationships really heating up, you can surely bet that I will be reading Blazing the Trails.

Cover B-
Source: review copy from NAL (publishers)
Published: 2011, December 6

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