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Review: Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke

Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke
Published by Allison and Bushby
Source: Review Copy

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.


I'm quite happy to say that I might be doing this book an injustice with my review as I really didn't get on with it. Maybe it was because I read it to close to reading Firelight, another dragon shapeshifting book but for a variety of reasons I'll go through below this book really didn't do it for me.

The story itself is interesting and it's nice to be offered something other than vampires or werewolves in the YA paranormal romance market and their certainly were some good ideas going on which could make for a really good overall plot.

The thing that really did it (or didn't depending on how you see it I suppose) for me was that the main character Zoe in this book was a complete whinger. All the girl did was moan about not being powerful, not having big breasts (seriously I did not need to read that the countless times I had to) and how everyone was better than her. I honestly got to the point where I really didn't want to hear anymore about her self indulgent whining. There were sections of the book where she acted like a complete child and was really selfish and self-involved meaning others got put in danger. I got to the point where no matter how fast paced the storyline of interesting the ideas I really didn't care because I wanted Zoe to get ripped to pieces by the other dragons so everyone could have a peaceful time without her.

So will I read the next book? Probably not! If you want a dragon book read Sophie Jordan's Firelight instead.


BookGeek said…
That's a bummer about this book. I agree about the interesting and different premise. But if the character is hard to relate to and even stand, then I'm not hooked. I have to pick up Firelight though!
serendipity_viv said…
Sorry it didn't pan out for you. Will probably go with the Firelight instead.
I can't say that I've ever heard of this book but what a shame that it didn't work out for you :(
I haven't heard of this one before - it does sound interesting but it's a shame it wasn't for you. Fab review :D