Saturday, May 17, 2014

Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke Review

"The next generation of shape-shifting dragons from the popular author of the Dragonfire novels. 

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."

Flying Blind is a dragon book. Zoe (without the two dots over the e; I can't remember what they are called) is a shifter who can change into dragon form. The interesting part is that she is the only girl dragon among all shifters. Isn't that interesting? Well, that certainly gives Zoe the special treatment. Girl among men. Only girl among men.

Flying Blind is certainly a good book, but it isn't good enough to keep me interested in the second. Zoe isn't a great character to listen to. Then again, for most of the book, she was under a personality spell, so she was basically an...jerk. Specially, a jealousy spell. She was head over heels on a boy named Nick. It is a pity. I really wanted to see her and Jared in action. I don't mind Adrian and her either, even Adrian is... Oh, spoiler alert right there. He is the true enemy/villain behind all of this.

Zoe's voice is annoying annoying. Yes, repetition. That is how annoying it is. She talks over and over and over again about her love for Nick. I mean, puppy love for Nick. It sort of funny how things turn out in the end. Nick is Romeo (not from Romeo and Juliet, but in a starcrossed sense of way), but Zoe isn't Juliet. They weren't meant to be, yet Adrian (the evil douche) pushes them together until the end. She reminds me of an emotionally weak character (especially since her inability to shift backs up that theory). She has been powerless for so long and continues to be so until she finally finds the strength in the love for her father and her species. Isn't that nice? At least it is better than Jared's love. That would be...too quick.

The concept of dragons and shifting is absurd. Well, the way Flying Blind portray it is odd. I'm honestly too confused about everything. For one, how does Zoe have three forms to take. And don't give me that "she's a female shifter" crap. That isn't the right answer. And BTW, she can't be the only female dragon despite what the book says. There has to be a lot more dragons out there than a mere party of ten. Plus, we have other shifters, which isn't that weird when you think about it. But it gets weirder. Mages, basically witches and wizards, exist too. Oh, and there were slayers until they all died. I'm pretty sure there are more things, but I feel that Zoe's world is way too crowded. I can't keep track of all the magical creatures out there. The next thing we know, there is a phoenix hanging around the Empire State Building.

Now, I'm moving on to Jared. In case you haven't pick up my hints and clues (rather obvious ones), Jared is Zoe's love interest. For this book, there are three. However, Nick is interested in this other chick, so he doesn't count anymore. That's two. Then there is the backstabbing idiot (or clever douchebag, depending on the way you look at it), Adrian. So truly, there is only one and only one. However, Zoe seems to think there is three. Anyway, Jared is a hot and cold character. Just cue up the Katy Perry song, and you'll have an over-the-top-not-to-mention-cheesy background music.

Rating: Three out of Five

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