Zoe is as kick-butt as ever, and while there were times I wished she wouldn’t be quite so oblivious, she is understandably distracted (nah – not giving that part of the plot away!) so I forgave her. Overall, the author has “cooked” up another fast-paced, well-thought-out novel in her Dragonfire universe. Teen readers will love that Zoe and her friends get to be the stars.
Zoe is finally beginning to come into her Wyvern powers and is loving the use of her newfound abilities (and hasn’t stopped making lists, either!). It’s been a quiet summer: the adult Pyr have made a treaty with the mages, there’s been no sign of Kohana and Zoe’s 16th birthday is on the way. Only two things are dragging Zoe down: not being able to tell Meagan her secret and not hearing from Jared all summer. She’s come up with a list of three things she wants for her sweet 16: a grudge match with Kohana, a tattoo and a chance to see Jared.
When Zoe’s family is falling apart and her best friend think she’s a liar and hates her, she must fight through the stress to survive the latest threat from the mages and save her friends — old and new. The adult Pyr don’t believe the mages are a threat and so it is up to Zoe, and an unlikely group of allies who have unexpected powers, to defeat the mages forever. (NAL, Dec., 352 pp., $9.99, ISBN: 9780451234896, PB, 12 & Up)