Flying Blind (The Dragon Diaries #1) by Deborah Cooke
Published: June 2011
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Shapeshifters. Dragons. Salamanders. Snakes. Bootcamp. What do all of these have in common? The solution to Zoe’s problem.
Zoe Sorensson is more than just a normal teenager who is a late bloomer. She is the Wyvern of Pyr, a shape shifter dragon, and there can only be one female for the whole species.
After a mishap at school, she is sent away to boot camp. However, it is not a regular boot camp; it’s a boot camp for dragons. It’s too bad that she is the only one of the whole group who has yet to fully come into power with her abilities. She attempts to hide the fact for as long as possible until she is forced to save her species.
The Pyr boot camp turns out to be a trap and she must trust her instinct and use her shape shifting powers to save everyone from the Mages. The Mages want to eliminate all the shape shifters everywhere and they are not afraid of anyone who gets in their way. Zoe has only one option; work together with her friends to fight the bad guys and save the Pyr or else they are history.
This book was packed with action and it wasn’t dull for a moment. From the first page to the last, I was wondering what would happen to Zoe when she would be faced with finally shape shifting into her natural form. I sympathized with her when she couldn’t change shapes, when she was heartbroken about not being able to be with Nick, and I felt joy when she was able to change shapes and do her duty. It kept me thinking about what would happen next and what the challenge would be.
The only thing that I would have liked to see is something going beyond the boot camp.
Overall a good YA read that’s an entertaining read. I haven’t heard of the author until now so for a first read, it’s a good start. I will definitely be looking into other books that she has written.