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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Timeless Books (June 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606192108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606192108
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,860,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2012 Gold Medal - Children's Literary Classics
2011 YA Book of the Year - Sharp Writ Book Awards
2011 YA Honor Book - 
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Five Stars - National Children's Book Examiner

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Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, teacher, and compulsive dawn greeter. She's been known to run in blizzards and bike in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby writes urban fantasy for tweens, teens, and adults. She has also co-authored two books non-fiction books with her husband, author Wes Karchut.
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He is such a great character.
I enjoyed watching Griffin grow into a man and even fall in love.
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I look forward to reading the next book in the series!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tracyshappybookshelf on April 21, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I was so very excited to finally get my hands on this one. First off this was my first ebook, read on my new Ereader. And this was my very first ARC copy given to me by an author for review...thank you so much Darby! And? I am bouncing right now. I so, so, so loved this book! All I can say is, Darby Karchut, where were you when I was 14? This is an awesome middle grade book, but I'm 40 and I still loved it!!

I was not too sure in the beginning if I liked the narration as it flowed into the journal entries, but after the first one? I was hooked. We get a look into the two main characters Griffin and his mentor Basil and also later in the story Griffin's neighbour/girlfriend, Katie, through their journal entries. These journal entries added so much to the story. There is so much humor in this book and there were many laugh out loud moments for me. Katie's first journal entry after meeting Griffin, is priceless!!

I have to say though that the main reason I love this book so much? The relationship between Griffin and Basil. It is so real, so human, so loving, so natural, so...everything. I don't know how you could not fall in love with Griffin. He is such a great character. We see him grow from this broken, shell of a boy, at the hands of his original mentor, Nicopolis, to the loving, strong, cheeky, funny young man he becomes thanks to Basil's love and devotion. I want to adopt Griffin.

Then there is Basil. I love Basil. He is such a strong, loving, amazing mentor/father figure to Griffin. He made me laugh just as much as Griffin. It's funny, aside from the British accent? I kept picturing Nicolas Cage in The Sorcerers Apprentice. Not sure why, but I love Basil. He is just that cool.

I love the mythology of this book as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RGeer on July 13, 2011
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I loved this book! Despite it's fairly short length, I really found myself getting attached to ALL the characters, minor or major, and attached to the story itself. I loved the little historical touches the author spread through the book, and especially the realness of the characters, unlike alot of fictions concerning teens and their parents that gloss over the relationships they share, this one embraces it, showing real tenderness between a "father" and son. All-in-all, though this may be called a young adult fiction I certainly enjoyed it (ok so I enjoy most YA) and I think others of all ages will too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AimeeKay on July 28, 2011
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Let me just start off by saying that this was a very good read. It was fresh and unique. I love supernatural stories, and this one wasn't your typical Vampire or Werewolf novel which seems to be all the rage these days. Now don't get me wrong I love me a good Vampire or Shifter novel, but Karchut's take on Angels that walk amongst us is something I haven't seen in a while and not only was it well written, but it also made me want to delve deeper into Angelic lore on my own. That alone is a pleasant surprise. It made me interested in Angels the way I was interested in Vampires the way I was when I read my first Vampire novel. Some of her story even has it's roots in The Celestial Hierarchy, a manuscript from the fifth century. Which makes me want to go give a look see at that also.
As for the story itself, her characters are well rounded and I really started to become interested in where they were going. I also loved the way she worked the main characters 'journal' entries into the body of the book. I felt it helped give a deeper insight into how the characters themselves were feeling and dealing with the extraordinary events that are going on around them. I also liked the way she showed how Griffin began to heal emotionally once he was taken under wing (no pun intended) by Basil. The only flaw I really found with the novel itself is that Katie and her family seem to take the revelation of Griffin being an angel a little to easily. But then again this isn't a full fledged adult novel. In my personal opinion there are a lot of YA novels out there that try to be too adult. I read for many reasons.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RabidReads on April 16, 2011
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Griffin Rising is a great coming of age novel full of life lessons that are cleverly disguised as an angel adventure story. I connected with each character on a deeper level because of their journals entries which were fun yet insightful. I really enjoyed the contrasts between Griffin's struggles as a teenager and as an angel's apprentice. At times, Fin would demonstrate a level of maturity that was well beyond his years while as others it was clearly evident that he is still just a kid. Darby Karchut hit a home-run on her first try as an author in this genre!

The relationship between Griffin and his mentor, Basil, is what stood out the most in my eyes. Fin's first mentor is the perfect example of every foster child's worst nightmare. Nicopolis is not only mentally and physically abusive but he's also rooting for his apprentice to fail. Needless to say, it's not a healthy environment to grow up in. Then Basil enters Griffin's life and everything changes for the better. It takes a while for Fin to fully trust and open up to his new mentor. No surprise there but it's the young angel's transformation at Basil's hands that made this book really stand out for me. I also liked the fact that Griffin ends up having a loving father figure in his life. Too many Young Adult novels paint the parents in a bad light. It was nice to be reminded that there are good ones out there and what a difference being raised in a loving household can make.

I loved reading the journal entries of the different characters. They allowed me to get into their minds and to truly know them. Basil and Griffin both keep journals and it was interesting to see how their points of view differed on the same topics. Every problem had a teenage and adult perspective.
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