REVIEW: Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke

The 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

The Short Stick: Funny, endearing and action packed.

The Goods: This was a lighthearted read, something that you can pack with you on a summer vacation and dip into if you have a few moments. It’s definitely a coming of age story, and it’s very real to the way teenagers act and are. In Zoe’s case, she’s having trouble conjuring the dragon within her, and that makes puberty even more awkward for the tiny girl. Add the fact that she’s supposed to be the only girl dragon, the Wyvern and that she’s supposed to be more powerful than all the boys, and ta da! You have a good book! I liked the interactions between Zoe and the boys, it wasn’t really clear who her love interest was going to be, but it was ironed out by the end, and that was satisfying. Also, Cooke is hilarious, I found myself laughing out loud at a couple of the lines and trying to memorize them for later speculation. Sadly, I’ve gotten them. I realize there’s going to be more to this series and I’m looking forward to it.

The Not So Goods: It’s a little kitchy, but it’s supposed to be. You know, the shapeshifting thing doesn’t hurt for them, and ohh, I remember the line now! “It’s like trying to fold your clothes while a tornado trashes your house.” She was talking about folding clothes and hiding them as dragons and I thought wow, cheese factor right there. There were quite a few of these cheese factor moments, but they were imbued with humor.

Rating: 5/5

Recommendation: You should pick it up for the teenager in your life, it’s awesome, and they should read it.