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Flying Blind (The Dragon Diaries Trilogy #1)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,306 ratings  ·  182 reviews
The next generation of shape-shifting dragons from the popular author of the Dragonfire novels.

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.

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ebook, 336 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by New American Library
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Wendy Darling
Aerial dragon battles. A girl with a cool mystical powers. Cute boys on motorbikes. What more could you ask for in a fun and fluffy paranormal book?

Flying Blind took me completely by surprise. The story follows Zoë Sorensson, the only female dragon shapeshifter in existence, who has important duties to assume when she comes to maturity. The problem is, her powers haven't bloomed properly and the few times they begin to appear--in the form of a mesmerizing flame in the pupils of her eyes and a si
jo mo

there was a guy in my bedroom.
it was six in the morning and i didn’t know him.
i’m not much of a morning person, but that woke me up fast.
i sat up and stared, my back pressed against the wall, sure my eyes had to be deceiving me. no matter how much i blinked, though, he was still there.
he seemed to think my reaction was funny.
he had dark hair and dark eyes, and he wasn’t wearing a shirt, just jeans—and he had one heck of a six-pack. his arms were folded across his chest and a smile tugg
Flying Blind is the first in Deborah Cooke’s DRAGON DIARIES series, the young adult spinoff of her DRAGONFIRE paranormal romance novels. The DRAGON DIARIES are set in the near future, and the heroine and her peers are the children of the protagonists of the DRAGONFIRE books.

Zoë Sorensson has always been told she has a great destiny: she is the Wyvern, which means she’s the only female Pyr (dragon shapeshifter) of her generation, and is supposed to have certain powers beneficial to her fellow Pyr
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Dragon mythology is one of the few in paranormal fiction that is still relatively fresh, and Cooke runs wild with her dragon world. If you’ve read her Dragonfire paranormal romance series, you’re already familiar with these elemental based dragons and will even recognize many of the parents in FLYING BLIND.

Zoe is the protagonist in FLYING BLIND, a fifteen year old impatient to grow up and develop her Pyr abilities (along with a nice set of boobs). She’s
I sure have read a lot of dragon books this year.

This book was pretty much what I expected. A light, fluffy book without much on depth but I enjoyed it for what it was. Zoe learning to grow into her powers and then using them was actually kinda cool. I liked the descriptions of the dragons and their powers. It’s fun to see that while she is the special dragon she grows into it.

Zoe was annoying in the beginning because all she did was obsess over that guy. What’s his name? Luke? I mean, all she w
You know, there is something to be said about reading a lot of the same genre.

On one hand, you gain an incredible perspective about what is good, what is bad, and how your favorite books hold up after you've gotten through several similar ones. On the other, there's this thing where everything starts looking alike.

Flying Blind is neither here nor there. It's definitely different from what I've seen in the paranormal genre, in the way it subverts and changes some of the more annoying aspects of
Paranormal Haven
3.5 Stars

Zoë Sorensson has more to worry about than the typical teenage girl. She is the Pyr's Wyvern, a lone female dragon shifter with special powers. Problem is Zoë has yet to come into her powers and the Pyr need their Wyvern. Unfortunately her abilities start to arise while trying to protect a friend against a bully and the most important rule is never to expose her kind to humans. Now suspended from school, Zoë is on her way to shifter boot camp with her fellow Pyr friends. Despite this be
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Zoe is a little distressed. Here she is at the ripe old age of 15 and she still doesn’t have either boobs or her period. She’d love to get the boobs more than the period but with puberty comes the ability to turn into a dragon. You see she is the only female Pyr (Pyr are shape shifting dragons) and since the male offspring of the older Pyr started getting their abilities when they hit puberty she assumes she will too.

Funny (read: strange) things do start to happen when she wakes up one morning b
First of all, stunning cover. The girl is really gorgeous and has a beautiful green eyes. If there should be a girl who able to shape shifted to a dragon, then this girl is definitely the one.

This book is pretty much grab my attention from the very first time I laid eyes on. When I first read the book, I honestly think it's a bit slow, and sometimes I have to put this book down and move to next book on my list. But I'm really glad I got enough sense to continue reading this book because the endi
So I will be honest. I did not expect to like Flying Blind as much as I did. I mean, I had just finished reading Eona and how could two books, both about dragons, be brilliant in a row? I usually am not that lucky.

But this time, I totally was. Because Flying Blind? Rocks. In a totally different way from Eona but it does. I expect you have read the synopsis and therefore know that we were dealing with shape shifting dragons. Or dragons who can take humans who can take dragon forms – or is dragons
Bailey (IB Book Blogging)
Flying Blind is a beguiling YA debut that I couldn't put down! It is a feverish and intense read that will have you staying up way past your bed time. I cannot wait until the next installment in this highly addictive series!

Zoë is a fierce and intelligent protagonist that I was rooting for the whole time! It was wonderful seeing her reawakening to her dragon powers, and how she dealt with them. Zoë is a courageous friend who is willing to go to any lengths to protect those she loves. She is alwa
As it turns out, this first book in a spin-off series of the Dragonfire Novels exceeded my expectations and went beyond.

Zoe knows that she’s a failure when it comes to conjuring the makeshift powers of the Almighty Wyvern. Being the only female dragon shape shifter is suffocating, especially when she does not meet expectations. Finally, in a scene at her high school, Zoe discovers this new rage that triggers parts of her Wyvern powers. Along with this new discovery comes a field trip to spend a
From full review on Teens Read and Write

Zoe's voice jumps off the page!

I loved this feisty heroine struggling to live up to the famous destiny fate has thrust upon her. At times she's clueless, frustrated, jealous, angry, whiny - but she toughs it out and shows exceptional loyalty, strength and smarts when it counts.

Her guy buddies at boot camp are great. The dads are refreshingly active, positive parents. This is a spin-off of Cooke's adult series and I'm sure those familiar with the adult ch
Jul 11, 2011 Shdnx rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Extremely bored and desperate dragon and YA fans
(Contains minor spoilers - although they would hardly come as a surprise to anyone who begins reading it -, and it's assumed that you've read the book description.)

I love dragons. I really do. Actually, the best thing about this book was that it was about dragons. Unfortunately, this was also the only good thing about it, and it was the only thing that made me keep reading, hoping it would get better. It didn't. If we subtract dragons, the book is a junk. A huge disappointment.

The world is appar
FLYING BLIND's beginning was the embodiment of what I needed in a YA right now: it was refreshingly unique, combats bullying in a satisfying, physical way, and leaves a sweet taste my mouth when I think about teenage girls pining for their "soul mates." Alas, the entire book does not continue on such a strong note--especially the last 15% of the novel.

Zoë is a reject in high school who's forced to deal with the popular girls on a daily basis. Thing is, when said girls take their bullying too far
Zoe is a combination of Jacinda and Sophie. Where Jacinda’s tale is a little bit more of the romantic kind with her dragon hunter and star crossed lovers’ tale, Zoe is not quite that. She felt much younger for one; it’s her youth that had her prone to the most awkward of exchanges in the boy/girl department. It’s also these boy/girl moments that allowed for a lot of the Sophie-esque moments to crop up. So there was snark, but there was pining too. I liked that.

I dove into Flying Blind unaware o
What else can I say, I absolutely loved this book.
I havn't read any dragon books before this but it was definitely worth venturing through and I couldn't of asked for a perfect book to go into as a newbie dragon reader.
I will have to get my hands on the next book and I also found out it is actually a spin off so I better find the original book series while I am at it.(although it is not necessary to when reading this.)
All the characters were greatly developed and all weren't cast aside they all
It pulled me in right away only to lose me the more and more the main character acted like a brat. I know, I know - there was dark magic at work and confusing dreams and new powers, but it did not make reading through all that a pleasure. I am glad I went on because the second part gets better again, once things clear up and the heroine begins acting more mature and badass. (And stops swooning about boys for a minute.)
I love the whole idea of how the dragons and dragon lore works here. I liked a
The dragon-y stuff: pretty cool. The character stuff: not so much.

Zoë is a Pyr and, more specifically, the Wyvern. Or she’s supposed to be. The book tells me this is a big deal. She’s the only female dragon shape-shifter and as her generation’s Wyvern she'll be able to help her kind, albeit from a distance. She only knows this is her supposed future because others have told her, she’s fifteen already and has never been able to shift. She gets her period (mmm-hmm) which means that *something* is
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Zoë must learn how to summon the dragon in order for her to save her family and friends.

Opening Sentence: There was a guy in my bedroom.

The Review:

There are only a handful of books that I have read that I can honestly say I was taken completely by surprise. This one is all that with a cherry on top. This book has everything going for it, a great hook, wonderful writing, a real sense of self and twists and turns that kept me coming back hour
I didn't dislike this book, but I didn't love it either, I've only read one other dragon book so the concept of Dragon shifters was new and interesting to me and the backgroud and mythology of the dragons was well thought out and executed, the problem I had with this book was the character of Zoë, she was just to immature for me, which made the book hard to read at times, it took me a month to get through this book because I kept having to put it down to read something else. I did find the secon ...more
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I gave it 3.5 stars

Deborah Cooke's YA novel FLYING BLIND follows the children of the characters from her Dragonfire Series with the main voice being Zoe who is the daughter of Erik who is the leader of the Pyr. If you are not familiar with the Dragonfire series don't worry, you will have no issues following along in FLYING BLIND as its a whole new series and you don't need to know any of the events of the Adult series.

Zoe has to deal with bein
There is only one Wyvern of the Pyr and Zoe Sorensson is that lone female dragon shape-shifter. That is when and hopefully all her powers start to manifest. It is already proven that Zoe can shift when in a fit of rage, Zoe shifted to defend her friend against bullies. But controlling her powers and not letting the white hot blind rage take over will be Zoe’s biggest issue. Maybe the camping trip with the other shape-shifters will help things along.

In her debut young-adult series, Deborah Cooke
Michelle (Much Loved Books)
When I first heard of Flying Blind its sounded really good and when I received it from Allison & Busby I was really happy however this was short lived.

Upon starting Flying Blind I wasn't impressed with the main character Zoë, to me she appeared self centred and wanted everything to revolve around her and the only good side I saw of her was protecting her friend from bullies, which then again got turned around to her.

I liked the plot line and idea behind Flying Blind, and some of the seconda
Flying Blind book one of The Dragon Diaries
Deborah Cooke
Penguin Group – Publish date June 2011
272 Pages – ISBN 13: 9780451233882

Zoe Sorensson is well aware of magic and myth so well aware in fact that she’s part of it. Zoe is the prophesied Wyvern, the only female Pyr, a dragon shape shifting species created to protect the earth. But being aware and becoming the Wyvern seems to be escaping this otherwise typical 15 year old, you see these so called powers of the Wyvern and the Pyr appear with th
Zoe is a dragon shape shifter and the only female of her kind but has yet to fully come into her dragon powers, after defending her best friend against school bullies Zoe's inner dragon is unleashed and she is sent by her father to Dragon boot camp to help her learn some control with fellow dragon shape shifters Nick (who Zoe believes is her destined mate), Garret and Liam.

With no other female dragon shifters Zoe is quite alone and confused, not only does she have the normal teenage angst to dea
Scooper Speaks
Favorite Lines: “The Pyr are all guys–men and their sons–except for me. The story is that there’s only one female dragon at a time, and that she’s the Wyvern and has special powers. Yours truly–I’m supposed to be the Wyvern. The issue with there being only one female dragon shape shifter at a time is that the last one died before I was born. And it’s not like anyone has her diary. Zero references for me. Zero advice. Zero anything.” (p.5)

Flying Blind is the young adult spinoff from Deborah Cooke

This book starts out by introducing the reader to the main character, Zoe. Zoe is a little impulsive, caring, and funny to read about. She is the only female Pyr...a wyvern. She doesn't have a big head at all in the story; however, she cares way too much about a character, Nick, that she believes she should be with.

Nick is rude, very impulsive, and generally not a character the reader will care too much about. He isn't horrible, but he just doesn't have t
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
As YA dragon books go Flying Blind is better than Firelight.

First of all, I should say that Flying Blind is a spin-off of the adult series which I haven't read. I believe this has been reflected negatively in my rating because I got the distinct feeling I was missing some vital information.

The protagonist is likeable, funny and loyal, and she does everything right. In desperate need of information about her destiny and her abilities as the Wyvern (female dragon shifter) for her generation, she g
Christina Madison
Full review here:

To be completely honest, I didn't like the beginning of the book all that much. It starts with Zoë dreaming of a hot guy (nothing wrong with that), then she goes into a little about the Covenant (information is good, especially for those who haven't read the Dragonfire series). But what really bothered me was how much Zoë complained about her non-existent boobs and period. It's a bit immature for a fifteen-year-old. I was hoping the "Pube
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Good YA Series: The Dragon Diaries 1 12 Jan 22, 2012 11:53AM  
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  • Smolder (Dragon Souls, #1)
  • Bloodspell (Bloodspell, #1)
  • Torn (Torn Trilogy, #1)
  • Voices of Dragons
  • Fang Me (Demon Underground, #3)
  • Fairy Bad Day
  • Once Every Never (Never, #1)
  • Enchanted Ivy
  • Going Down in Flames
  • Starlighter (Dragons of Starlight, #1)
  • Ward Against Death (Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer, #1)
  • Winter's Shadow (Winter Saga, #1)
  • Silvermay (Silvermay, #1)
  • Wake Unto Me
  • Dragon Aster (Dragon Aster Trilogy, #1)
  • Alliance Forged (The Light Blade, #2)
  • Dragonswood (Wilde Island Chronicles, #2)
Deborah Cooke also writes under the names Claire Delacroix and Claire Cross.

Deborah makes her home in Canada with her husband. When she isn't writing, she can be found knitting, sewing or hunting for vintage patterns. Deborah Cooke has always been fascinated with dragons, although she has never understood why they have to be the bad guys. She has an honors degree in history, with a focus on mediev
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Other Books in the Series

The Dragon Diaries Trilogy (3 books)
  • Winging It (The Dragon Diaries, #2)
  • Blazing the Trail (The Dragon Diaries, #3)
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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