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Blazing the Trail - Deborah Cooke 2.5/5There’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 shifter drama. The boy drama could get painfully contrived at times. Her having to choose between the predictably good one and the one who made her heart stutter: cute, but been there and done that. The school drama of bullies and mean girls, or of a guidance councilor who’s too enthusiastic for her own good (and at times strangely blind to some aspects too,) livened things up some more. Then of course her parents’ glaringly obvious absence in the picture: it’s an absence that allowed for so many things to take place. It’s also an absence that’s in stark contrast to the goings on in the first two books. Plenty of things didn’t add up on that end… BUT, the amount of excitement was not bad. Or how about those puzzles to solve? Yes, there’s a lot of those too. Unsurprisingly, there’s a lot more bumbling this time around. I liked and liked this for the same reasons I liked/disliked the first two installments; even though a lot of the scenarios were painfully obvious and despite the fact that plenty of the solutions were a bit too easy to put together.(so easy in fact, it was a wonder why they’d not put it together sooner,) these were things I could let slide because this one like the first two were fun and easy reads.