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Review: Blazing the Trail by Deborah Cooke

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Blazing the Trail
Author: Deborah Cooke 
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Publisher: NAL Trade
Dragon Diaries Trilogy #3
ISBN: 978-0451236821
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal Romance)
Format(s): Paperback (320 pages), E-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
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…
What G & U are talking about:
Blazing the Trail, it seems, is the final book in the young adult Dragon Diaries series. As it comes to a close, Gikany and Una are proud to see the young woman Zoe has matured into.  In fact, we actually hoped to see more of her until, while researching for this review, we discovered it is a trilogy, and this is the end.
In Blazing the Trail Zoe must finally choose what she wants in life, more importantly: who.  This final decision may have ramifications that will affect the alliance and the future of the shapeshifters.  The strife between Zoe and Trevor is finally resolved.  Through this novel, Zoe fully comes into her powers or at least can recognize them better.
There were a few moments that felt a little simplistic and obvious, but that could be because Gikany and Una are adults reading this – lacking the naivety of a high school girl.  However, the body count in this novel is a little shocking.  Blazing the Trail has a few more gruesome moments compared to the previous novels.  With the death of classmates, we would recommend that high school and older students read this series.
Although there is some typical teenager drama and angst, this final edition of the Dragon Diaries had a maturity to it, in the writing and style, which helped to support the feeling of Zoe’s maturity level rising.  She realized she needed to learn from her mistakes, not dive in before evaluating the situation, and truly gauge what her heart and mind were telling her.  She seemed much more balanced – giving us a glimmer of the great Wyvern she will be.
All in all, Gikany and Una enjoyed the Dragon Diaries trilogy and the final book, Blazing the Trail.  We hope that we will get a glimpse of these great characters in the future.  Even though there is a sense of finality to the ending, you just never know and we hold hope that maybe there will be future novels.
Their Rating:
Enjoyed it – strongly recommend (A)
 
 
 
 
 
Purchase Info:
Blazing the Trail: The Dragon Diaries #3
Reviews in the Series:
Flying Blind: The Dragon Diaries #1  
Winging It: The Dragon Diaries #2
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