“Wasn't keen on this unfortunately. I couldn't really get into it.”PhoenixEmber “I'm not psycho...I just like psychotic things.” -Gerard Way <3 wrote this review Monday, May 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“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.
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 after hour. There was a moment or two near the end of this book, I couldn’t help but say “NO WAY” and scared my poor dog awake.
The story has the skeleton of the typical “coming of age” story but the way the author fleshes out this book is superb. I could hear Zoë’s voice in my head as I read her story which added breath and character to this world. Zoë’s fear, joy and anxiety were demonstrated in her actions and also biological response to emotions such as “made me get even warmer and more flustered.” This type of story telling often goes too far but this is exactly what I look for in an author and book.
The character development for her counterparts: Garrett, Liam, Nick & Isabelle are given substance. I look forward to more from all of these characters in book 2, Winging It.
The parents in this story are people that I can easily see in real life. The way in which Zoë’s dad is portrayed very much reminds me of my own dad, which is why I guess I adored his character. He teaches Zoë by allowing her to stretch and seek answers for herself. He refuses to mollycoddle her and I appreciate that. Who wants a wimpy girl dragon especially if she is gifted with some amazing powers.
Lastly Jared, the human male thrown into this mix of dragon shifters, is a character with charm, charisma, and bad boy attitude with a hidden talent. What woman, young or old is immune to this type of male? Not me. He had me from hello. I look forward to this continued story in book 2.
My final thoughts are if you have any interest in YA, paranormal or just a well told story that is PG rated then this gets my highest recommendation. I look forward to reading book 2 at my earliest opportunity.
“Donovan’s orders.” Jared watched me. There was a dare in his eyes and I understood that it was up to me.
He didn’t think I had the nerve.
That made me decide instantly that I was going to do it.
I stood up. He was taller than me, but I refused to be daunted. “First you have to tell me something. You can’t know anything about Wyverns. It’s against the rules.”
He shrugged, unapologetic. “Well, I do. Screw rules.” He winked at me as Alex glared at him. Then he proved that he knew some Wyvern lore. “Send me a dream, Zoë. Or maybe you already have.”
The guys hooted an Nick gave a wolf whistle. But Jared just smiled at me, smiled in a way that made me get even warmer and more flustered.
“On the other hand, you might be right. Maybe I don’t know nearly enough about this particular Wyvern.” His voice dropped low. “Yet.”
FTC Advisory: New America Library/Penguin provided me with a copy of Flying Blind. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.”
“I liked this continuation of Zoe's story from the Dragonfire series. She is strong and enchanting. A wonderful coming of age story, can't wait for the next one!”Kristen P wrote this review Friday, May 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Pretty good; the first part annoyed me for some reason and I actually don't know why - it might have been the main character, the way some things were said, I don't know but at some point whatever-it-was either stopped, or stopped being annoying, and I enjoyed it. I thought it was going to end up being one of those endings where you think it's finished but then it drags on some more for no reason - but it wasn't. It did seem like there were two climaxes, but both these and the actual ending were good. I would recommend it, because I doubt anyone else would find that strange little whatever-it-was annoying, and despite this, the first bit was, technically, good, so I have no idea why I didn't like it. :) Also, I would be interested in reading the sequel. So the annoying thing couldn't have been that bad. Whatever the annoying thing was...”Beth G wrote this review Saturday, May 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The spin off series to Deborah Cooke's Dragonfire series is a YA paranormal series featuring Zoe Sorensson, daughter of the leader of the Pyr, dragon shifters, and the new Wyvern. The series is called the Dragon Diaries, and the first book is called Flying Blind. In this series, the children of the characters from the adult series are now in their teens and learning about their Pyr abilities. Zoe is behind the curve, as she hasn't manifested any of her Wyvern (the only female dragon shifter) abilities since before she started talking. Only an altercation at school brought it out, but not the right way.
Being sent to a shapeshifter boot camp with the guys she's known all her life was a dream come true, but soon she's doubting her powers and it's affecting everyone around her! There is a riddle to solve, and a secretive group of Mafes want to eliminate all shifters, with the Pyr next in line. Unless Zoe and her friends can solve the riddle and work together....
This was a great read! Having read all but one of the Dragonfire novels (it's on the TBR pile!), it's great to jump into their future (2024), and see how the young children have grown up! It's like a family reunion! Ms. Cooke does a great job transitioning her stories into the YA genre, with all the teen uncertainties, unrequited love, and such, magnified with Pyr abilities (or lack of same abilities) and having to keep secrets from a human best friend! The Mages are definitely the next big bad guys to take over after the Slayers defeat in the previous series. Mages had a small role back then, but obviously things have changed in the present time of these books!
I really hope we see more of Jared, who is the human brother of Alex, who Zoe ends up crushing on, as well as Elizabeth, adopted human daughter of one the Pyr. I am already wishing I had the next book in my hands!! A new series to be addicted to, I van tell already!”
“Even though this is a YA novel and I can no longer count myself as one, I found this to be very enjoyable. Zoe may only be 15 but she doesn't read as annoying or incredibly immature. There's plenty of yummy guys, magic, and dragons to go around as well! ”Rebeccah M wrote this review Wednesday, January 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review to come.”Kris-10 wrote this review Sunday, December 11, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Zoe has always known she would be special, being the only female Pyr, or dragonshifter. However, she wishes her specialness would hurry itself along as she is drastically behind all of her male counterparts. In hopes of hurrying things along for her, Zoe's father sends her to the Pyr's boot camp. However, things are not as they seem as boot camp turns out to be a giant trap. More than ever, Zoe will need to learn to believe in herself, because the alternative may just mean the end of her kind.
The world behind Flying Blind was by far the best part of the book. The world is set a little in the future, but not too far that it felt overly sci-fi. Also, the supernatural was semi-open to the rest of humanity. In other words, humans are aware that there are dragons (Pyr), but do not know them in their human forms. Only a select few know any Pyr in either form as the group stays very secretive for their own protection. Apparently they were nearly eradicated by slayers many years ago, and now are overly cautious. Of course this does make things a little interesting between the younger and older generations as they both have different ideas about things. Since the slayers had been eliminated before the younger generation was born, they don't feel the need to hide. But of course the older Pyr remember what it was to be hunted. I have a feeling there will be a lot more tension and battles of wills as the younger Pyr start to come into their positions of power. They may just shake things up.
As much as I enjoyed the concept behind the world and the secondary characters, unfortunately the narrator drove me batty. She's fifteen but acts more like a 12 year old (or younger) with their first crush. She is incredibly whiny about a whole slew of things, but even that could have been overlooked due to the huge burden placed on her shoulders by being the only female Pyr. My biggest problem was the way she behaved about the boys she was mooning over. If they even looked at her she blushed from head to toe. Then there is the extreme hatred and jealousy of a character who didn't deserve it, just because this girl was interested in the Pyr of Zoe's affection. What make the situation worse was that Zoe knows that Pyr can only "mate" with humans, yet she somehow overlooked that fact for most of the book. Then all of a sudden she gets a clue and realizes "Hey, this couldn't work," and then her attention turns to a guy in his twenties. To be honest age differences do not really bother me in books as long as the younger character is very mature for their age, but that definitely was not case here.
I'll be honest that I didn't think I was going to be able to get through this book. At 25% of the way in I was ready to throw in the towel, but decided to hang on a little longer. I'm glad I did, as things started to pick up and Zoe's immaturity wasn't grating on my nerves as bad. In all honesty, Zoe did do a fair amount of maturing and waking up to her own behavior in Flying Blind, so I do have hopes for the next installment. As I said earlier, the world behind the story is what really made the book, and since the Paranormal YA genre hasn't been over saturated with dragon shifter books, Flying Blind was a very fresh read. I'm also interested in checking out the author's other books that center around the adults in the book as it would be great to see their back stories. ”