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Blazing the Trail (The Dragon Diaries Trilogy #3)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  332 ratings  ·  50 reviews
From the author of the Dragonfire Novels comes anew series about the next generation of shape-shifting dragons—they’re ready to lead their pack.

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, Z
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by NAL Trade
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2.5 stars - Spoilers

Meh. The plot, action and secondary characters were okay but the romance was fucking awful.

-The heroine, Zoe, was mostly likeable — though there were parts of her personality that I disliked. I hated the amount of dumb things she did — like shifting into a dragon at school in front of loads of humans. She could have risked exposing her race but she did it anyway. It was idiotic and selfish.

-The worst thing about Zoe was her patheticness when it came to Jared. It was obvious t
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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.

After a brief but comprehensive recap, Zoe and her friends are once again battling mages
I've read the first two books in this series and loved it. So when I heard that Blazing the Trail will be the final installment in The Dragon Diaries Series, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. After a long waiting, I finally read it and was a bit disappointed. To me, it felt like from the beginning to the middle was a slow drag. There wasn't much going on. I was hoping for more action, and romance but didn't really get it till the end of the book. Zoe’s a strong character, but at times she c ...more


I can honestly say that I hate the guy, I mean he's barely there, discarding the fact that he is mentioned through out the series. Zoe doesn't even know much about him except for what she's seen and what she's been told, when he, on the other hand can read her like an open book. And whenever Zoe tries t contact him, he shrugs her off. It's seems pretty clear to me that he isn't completely serious about Zoe. It doesn't matter how much he says those s

There’s a lot of trusting and doubting in this one: trusting people you’d think to not to trust; then doubting certain others who didn’t deserve it. I could imagine just how frustrating things were going for her. Still, most of that was canceled out by how quick the story went. Going from one predicament to another certainly left the girl bagged. Imagine girl dragon, juggling time to save the world from power hungry mages and school work!

I suppose it is good that it wasn’t all dragon shift
Ugh, giving up. I just can't keep myself interested in this book- I've finished I think 4 others while I've been reading this. I pick it up and read a few chapters, but it's just not holding me. I'm going to stop and read something that interests me instead now, instead of continuing to slog through this.
2.5 stars. I feel like there is a point where one should stop saying books are just okay or stop reading the series, and yet I am doing neither. So, points for making me care what happens -- a step up from book 2. Very authentic teenage voice, in that sometimes the narration over-explains and sometimes the narrator makes extremely stupid choices, but you generally understand where she's coming from.
Gwynn White
I have so enjoyed this series and am really sad it is over. Zoe is a great character and I just love her voice. She gives constant asides to the reader which make me laugh and her descriptions of her emotions - especially regarding Jared - leave me smiling. I am really going to miss her. I wish there were more in the series.
The author did a great job on understanding a sixteen year's old perspective but something just seemed off and I realized I was not pleased with the dad in this series. Even though his daughter is very important to dragons and I know that part of growing up is figuring out how to handle your own problems, he does seem to leave her alone quite a bit. It was also strange to me that the main character went to a public school and this increased her chances of discovery. It also didn't fit in my brai ...more
Jinky Spring
Is this book really the last in the Dragon Diaries series? I will really miss Zoe she is one of the best narrators I've ever read.
This series is set around a young girl, but she is not any normal girl she is a dragon shifter. it takes her time to come into her powers but when she does she is thrown into a world of danger and suspense, shifts against mages. Mages wanting power and the shifters wanting to keep them from taking control. I have to say When I stared reading this series I fell in love with it right from the start. an Im going to be truthful and say I didn't expect to because I bought the first book just because ...more
This is a wonderful, wonderful YA series. I have adored the growth and loves of the PYR...that's what the Dragon shifters call themselves. It was sad when the only female dragon, called the Wyvern, died and moved on to her next life, be it human or other. When the leader of the Pyr and his human wife had their first child, all felt blessed when it wound up being a girl, the ONLY female...the next Wyvern. And though Zoe is just learning all she will need as the Wyvern...and as Zoe says: she didn' ...more
Maybe the novelty has worn off, or I've simply become too distracted by the prospect of better reads, but I feel like the whole series went downhill a little from the end of book 2. Strangely enough, looking back, the events of book three and two were actually considerably more interesting than book one. Despite this, I found myself dragging through Blazing the Trail, periodically counting the pages I had until the end- which is never a good sign.

Zoe was kinda annoying, as was the love square. I
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Zoe did the impossible by bringing the remaining shifters together to form an alliance, so why can't she bring herself to choose a guy? On one hand she has the incredibly Derek who seems like the perfect match. He should be the obvious choice, but her heart seems to have a mind of its own. She just can't forget Jared, the sexy rocker who has come and gone from her life more times than she can count. But her relationship worries are the least
Jaime Lester
I absolutely adored this whole series, beginning to end. I am incredibly sad to see it go, especially with that ending. No worries, everything was tied up at the end, my problem is that is DID end. Sigh!
There were several new characters introduced in this final book, and they all played into the story quite nicely. Zoe was just as amazing in this book as she has been throughout the whole series. Deborah Cooke's character developing skills are extraordinary. I fell in love with each of the guy
Even though it’s winter in the Windy City, Zoe Sorensson’s life is about to heat up, she has a date to the Valentine’s dance but it’s not with the boy of her dreams and the Mages she thought she and her friends had triumphed over just turned a new and deadlier page in their spell book. And as if that’s not enough for the sixteen year old and still in training spiritual leader of her dragon-shape shifting species the Pyr, the new threat the Mages are preparing for could mean the total annihilatio ...more
BLAZING THE TRAIL (The Dragon Diaries YA #3) by Deborah Cooke

BLAZING THE TRAIL is the third novel and June 2012 new release in Deborah Cooke’s Young Adult series-The Dragon Diaries. Zoe Sorensson is the only female dragon and Wyvern in a world of the shape-shifting supernatural, and must learn about her powers and abilities on the fly-literally. But when the 4 remaining shifter-lines are targeted for death by the Mage, Zoe and her friends must find a way to stop the Valentine’s Day ritual that c
I've really enjoyed this series, mostly because Zoe the dragon girl is pretty awesome. She has a great voice and feels so real as a character. On top of that all the different characters are very human too. I love how they all evidence signs of the animal they shift into in a non-campy way. Considering this whole book is about shifters, or weres, that's a really great touch.
For all the good, Blazing the Trail really fell flat for me. The first half has Zoe acting To Stupid To Live for the plot l
May 17, 2013 Katelyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
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How can it be over?! After I was finished with this one I went looking for information on when or if there would be a fourth installment in the series. After looking through Cooke's site and seeing her mention that no plans were in the works I was not a happy camper. I can't say that things were left hanging or unfinished but at the same time I am kind of feeling disappointed. I wasn't ready to say goodbye to these characters. Cooke mentioned that we might one day see these characters in her adu ...more
Kathy Martin
This is the third book in the Dragon Diaries series. If you are sensitive to spoilers, you won't want to read beyond the first paragraph. For new readers, then, this is a series whose main character Zoë is the only female dragon shifter and who is also sixteen. Both would cause enough problems on their own but add in a group of human mages who are determined to wipe out all the remaining shifters and Zoë and her friends have lots of extra pressure.

Things should be going well for Zoë. She and her
3 1/2 stars
Note that this book series is set in 2025 because it is a spin-off series of the author other dragon series (the one about the Wyvern that was before Zoe).
This book was better than the 1st two. I like the humor and some of the characters, but sometimes I found myself confused with all the dragon stuff. Zoe’s a strong character, but the others aren’t as much. I want to like this series, because it’s in Chicago and I really love the Firelight series, but there’s just too much confusion,
I absolutely loved this book to bits. Dragon Diaries has to be one of my favourite series of all time.

Blazing the Trail is the 3rd book in the Dragon Diaries where Zoe's battle with the Mages ain't quite over with them still got a few tricks up their sleeves. Zoe has to try and keep herself and everyone intact and work with the other three races of shifters if they want to survive and if she wants Derek or Jared.

Zoe was great as usual and fun to read from. She is still struggling with her Wyver
Leanne Bell
This book was a joy to read and I find it easy to get lost in in such a way I forget where I am and can block out everyone and everything. This is rare in a book, and usually I find other people distract me from books which is why I read in peace usually. No such issues here though.

I've been following Zoe's adventures since I read the first two books ages ago and I thought I might have forgotten what happened, but i needn't have worried because the Dragon Diaries world just popped straight back
I liked this one too, I thought it came together really well. With all the books Zoe is supposed to get her Wyvern powers cause she didn't have them since she learned to talk as a toddler. So in Flying blind she learned to shift and how to see in other peoples memories, also she learned to see in the present...the wyvern has the ability to see past, present and future Winging It she learns to see in the past and in Blazing the Trail she learns to see the future...and it is sa ...more
Great ending to this series. Or is it just the beginning in a line of books for us all to read. I hope to see Zoe in an adult romance when she has her firestorm. This book allows all the dragon shifters to be a bit more comfortable in their skins. previously they were all trying to keep each other at a distance in case the inevitable firestorm was not with who they wanted to be with (jared kept distance from zoe, Nicholas from Sophie) I was so happy at the end that jared will stick around. I do ...more
After reading the Dragon Diaries trilogy it left me wanting more. I love the fact that it was left open for more books or a whole new series! I would definitely be re-reading these books again they're that goood.
I find it interesting that everyone assumes that Zoe will just save the day, that when crazy stuff starts happening that none of them know what to do, they expect Zoe to know. It is a very unrealistic expectation, yet that is just what happens. Zoe steps up and does what needs to be done. She does make some mistakes along the way, but she does things with the correct intent. I really liked how the 4 wild cards banded together, taking on the bad guys, each playing to their own strength. I am not ...more
it really good and in the end she went out with jared, i liked that coz i i had this feeling that derek just wanted her because he felt an obligation to fufil the profecy as the wold pack wild card(turned out i ws mostly right). it ws intresting how all the other shifters that hv been made extinct by the mages came back alive coz she destroyed the nightblade. so now theres like lots of differnt type of shifters and she's kinda like their leader coz the feel the owe her for bringing them back and ...more
That was...anti-climatic.

Atleast it's all over now.
I was a little disappointed at the end but only because it didn't have an epilogue because it sort of ended abruptly. BUT I did love it and love reading this series. Zoe is courageous and strong, though there was a lot of doubt I think it created the suspense.

Jared is in this book more than the others which is always a good thing. The romance between Zoe and Jared seemed one sided. After the second book I was rooting for Derek but now I am on team Jared.
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Deborah Cooke also writes under the names Claire Delacroix and Claire Cross.

Bestselling and award-winning author Deborah Cooke has published over fifty novels and novellas, including historical romances, fantasy romances, fantasy novels with romantic elements, paranormal romances, contemporary romances, urban fantasy romances, time travel romances and paranormal young adult novels. She writes as h
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Other Books in the Series

The Dragon Diaries Trilogy (3 books)
  • Flying Blind (The Dragon Diaries, #1)
  • Winging It (The Dragon Diaries, #2)
Kiss of Fire (Dragonfire, #1) Kiss of Fate  (Dragonfire, #3) Kiss of Fury (Dragonfire, #2) Winter Kiss (Dragonfire, #4) Whisper Kiss (Dragonfire, #5)

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