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Flying Blind

(The Dragon Diaries Trilogy #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,600 ratings  ·  195 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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Paperback, 308 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by New American Library
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Wendy Darling
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Hex Hall, Darkest Powers
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
Feb 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dropped, partly-read

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
May 06, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jul 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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
Oct 06, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Kylara Jensen
I can't believe this book was written in 2011. It's like this author studied how to write YA by reading and watching stuff from teh 80s and 90s.

I'm just SO sick of the mean girl, girl jealousy, succeed for a boy, drink to be cool mentality. Ffs! Hey look at me: I'm underage and I'm drinking to show off for a boy and I hate that other girl because she's so much prettier than me and the only boy I'll ever love is so cool, definitely overage and also a bad boy.


This book left a bad taste in m
Stephanie  G
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
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
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Zoë is not your average dragon shifter. You see, there are no such thing as female dragons. That is, unless you are the wyvern. The most special dragon of all. She's supposed to have these amazing powers that will help save/protect all of the pyr. The only problem is, she has yet to exhibit any powers or even shift. Being a late-bloomer has never been as embarrassing or as dangerous as it has now.

The characters of this story didn't jive with me. Zoë was a very VERY difficult character to like.
Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 11, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Oct 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library
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
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 08, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it

For some odd reason I really enjoyed this book even though I seriously did not like Zoe the main character. There was just something about the book – most likely the plot that kept me engaged and entertained so despite all of my eye-rolling at Zoe and her ridiculousness, I still really liked the book. I enjoyed it so much that I tried to find the rest of the series but alas, I could not find them. So this will most likely be the end of my adventure w
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
Book Binge
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dark Faerie Tales
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Abbey Lissaman
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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May 12, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Stina Madison
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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
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Scooper Speaks
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Oh My Books!

You probably know I love dragons, so when I discovered this book I thought it was perfect for me.

It's the first time I read a book from this author, and I understand she has already written books about the previous generation of these characters. But you don't need to read the previous series to read this one.

Flying Blind is about Zoe, the only female shape shifter dragon. She has a responsibility greater that everyone else. She's supposed to have special powers that will help the
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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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