Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke [Review]

4 out of 5 Robots!
Title: Flying Blind
Series: Dragon Diaries, #1
Author: Deborah Cooke
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: June 7, 2011
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: NAL Trade
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451233883
ISBN-13: 978-0451233882
My Copy: Teen Book Scene
Reviewer: Rex

Book Blurb:
Zoë Sorensson is perfectly normal, except she's been told she's destined for great things. Zoë's the one female dragon shapeshifter of her kind. But Zoë is at the bottom of the class when it comes to being Pyr and her powers are AWOL, so she's sent to a Pyr boot camp.

Zoë quickly realizes that she has to master her powers yesterday, because the Pyr are in danger and boot camp is a trap. The Mages want to eliminate all shifters and the Pyr are next in line-unless Zoë and her friends can work together and save their own kind.

My Review:
Flying Blind is extremely refreshing and fun. This is the debut novel in Deborah Cooke's Young Adult dragon shifter series- a spin off of her Dragonfire series. I met Deborah at BEA after I read this book... she is amazing and so kind! I had no idea that this was a spin off series and ordered the first book in her Dragonfire series as soon as I was home from BEA. I'm so glad I met with her and spoke with her about it. The characters in this YA series are the children of the couples in her Paranormal Romance series. So awesome. That being said, this can be read as a stand alone series. She did a beautiful job explaining the Pyr and their world.

This is my first novel containing dragons, so I'm not an expert, but wow, Cooke really blew me away. Zoe, our protagonist, is very pragmatic and three dimensional. Despite the fact that she may be a fire breathing dragon, she has the attitude of a typical teenage girl- her insecurities, everything. Zoe's character evolves throughout this novel, can't wait to see what she gets into in the second installment. Hopefully she will be spending more time with Jared. Ahem. ;) 

I think that the Pyr may be my new favorite fantasy species. Their world is incredibly intriguing and the author did a wonderful job diving into their traditions without overwhelming the story with information. Each scene is also brilliantly crafted and the intricate details make each scene pop out of the pages. Highly recommend this one to those that loved the Dragonfire series and those that love Young Adult Fantasy!


  1. Since you liked this one, you should definitely check out her adult Pyr series. It's one of my favorite shifter series.

  2. I am so glad to hear that from someone! I bought the first book in the series, I'm going to start it after I get caught up on some review books :)



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