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'Zoe is a wonderful heroine - smart, strong and sympathetic. Bring on book two!' Kelley Armstrong, Number one New York Times bestselling author of The Awakening --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Deborah Cooke has always been fascinated with dragons, although she has never understood why they have to be the bad guys. She has an honors degree in history, with a focus on medieval studies.She is an avid reader of medieval vernacular literature, fairy tales and fantasy novels, and has written over forty romance novels under the names Claire Cross and Claire Delacroix.

Deborah makes her home in Canada with her husband. When she isn't writing, she can be found knitting, sewing or hunting for vintage patterns.

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Product Details

  • Series: Dragon Diaries (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; First Edition edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780451233882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451233882
  • ASIN: 0451233883
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #832,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deborah Cooke sold her first book, a medieval romance which was published under the pseudonym Claire Delacroix, in 1992. Since then, she has published over fifty romance novels in a wide variety of subgenres, including historical romance, paranormal romance, time travel romance, fantasy romance, contemporary romance, fantasy with romantic elements and paranormal young adult with paranormal elements. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Orange County RWA Book Buyer's Best and the Colorado RWA's Award of Excellence. In 2009, Deborah was the writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library, the first time the library has hosted a residency focused on the romance genre. In 2012, she was honored to receive the Romance Writers of America PRO Mentor of the Year Award. Deborah makes her home in Canada with her husband. When she isn't writing or reading, she can be found knitting, sewing or hunting for vintage patterns.

Deborah is currently writing paranormal and contemporary romance as Deborah Cooke, and medieval romance as Claire Delacroix.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie G (Reviewer for Paranormal Haven) on June 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
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 being her first time, Zoë knows something isn't right. Mages are at work weaving their dark magic on the group of young shifters, causing distrust and anger among friends. Zoë must gain confidence in herself in order to become the Wyvern her people need and stop the Mages' plans of exterminating all Pyr before it's too late.

In Flying Blind, we see the world of Deborah Cooke's Dragonfire series through the eyes of a teen age girl who would love to wake up one morning and finally have use for a bra. Yes, Zoë wishes for the usual things a 15 year old girl would love to have. Breasts, the cute older guy to ask her out, not to have to go to gym class, hoping to finally shift into a dragon. Well that last one is unique to Zoë. Along with wanting to fly, breath fire and have the powers to help her kind. Zoë has a lot of pressure on her to become the Wyvern. She complains about her lack of powers but I didn't feel it was necessarily for selfish reasons. She loves what she is and wants to be able to help her Pyr family as only a Wyvern can.

If you think reading about teenagers at book camp is boring, think again. Fighting, dark magic, and jealousy are running ramped through the younger Pyr and Zoë's powers is what's need to stop her kind's extinction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chels on August 18, 2011
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This book starts out by introducing the reader to the main character, Zoe. Zoe is a little impulsive, caring, and funny to read about. She is the only female Pyr...a wyvern. She doesn't have a big head at all in the story; however, she cares way too much about a character, Nick, that she believes she should be with.

Nick is rude, very impulsive, and generally not a character the reader will care too much about. He isn't horrible, but he just doesn't have that likable vibe. Many readers are not a fan of love triangles (YOU ARE WARNED), this book contains several in small doses. The little love spats seem silly next to the good plot-someone is trying to damage the relationships between the dragons and succeeding. The ending is surprising, the love triangles are resolved; however, the reader may be left with that unsettled feeling.

Overall, this book was a good one; the focus was dragons and the author made is seem as realistic as possible...there were even pretty good fights and the reader is able to picture the dragons manifesting. The plot was interesting, the characters could get a tad annoying, and the events were a little slow at times. This book would be recommended for young adults/teens who enjoy fantasy.

*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Book Obsession.. on December 14, 2011
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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.
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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 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.
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