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Francesca "Frankie" is an ordinary high-school girl with some, if not most, of the problems one associates with high-school girls. Then, one day, as she was calling her dog Balkin home to dinner, she suddenly found herself confronted by what she first thought was a dragon. Further investigation revealed that the creature was in fact a griffin--half lion, half eagle--from a parallel world. (The griffin's name was and is Balkind...hence the mix-up.) What happens next, and it's a LOT, I'll leave for you to discover...
Julia Hughes is, first and foremost, a natural teller of tales. THE GRIFFIN CRYER is of course a fantasy, but as I read, I had no trouble in suspending my disbelief for the duration. Neither will you. Hughes's use of sensory details, especially the often-overlooked ones of scent and touch, draw the reader naturally into the story world she's created, no matter how fantastic. And you'll find yourself pulling not only for Frankie, but also for the Griffin and his mysterious Rider, who have problems and enemies of their own to confront.
The technical aspects of the book (formatting, cover, and so on) are excellent. Using our system, we award five out of five in that category, and also give full marks for the story itself. We recommend THE GRIFFIN CRYER unreservedly.
The Griffin Cryer is an enthralling and imaginative tale, suitable for readers of all ages.
The lovable heroine Frankie embarks upon a fantastic adventure between two worlds as she encounters the Griffin with "barley sugar horns...and gossamer wings" and the Rider. The scenes in Frankie's school (with the ever present teenage angst of wanting to be popular and cool) are startlingly realistic and the transition to another dimension is seamless and believable.
We meet a solid, dependable policeman, loyal friends, a loving family with a tragic situation and also plenty of unpleasant characters, even one from (literally!) beyond the grave.
As the dramatic story races along and Frankie has to make the biggest decision of her life, we are swept up in the action and moved by the emotion. I thoroughly recommend The Griffin Cryer; your heart will beat a little faster as you devour this magical, timeless fairytale.
"The Griffin Cryer" was a good book. Frankie is a fun character who grows exponentially within the scope of the story-line. There are certain elements that the reader can anticipate the end result from introduction but the journey is the point and Hughes gives us a compelling progression. Frankie has a good parent and step-parent that are willing to stand beside her though they have their own worries and problems. She has friends that she never realized she had ... and a boy she never thought she could have.
The baddies are a bit brutal in this novel though no more so than in the Harry Potter series (though in a vastly different way). If I were to give this novel to my 11-year-old to read (and we have talked about her reading it), I'd want to discuss the baddies with her. I think the level of violence is suitably appropriate for someone 13+ when children understand that this is just a novel and that sometimes people are just horrible jerks but this is fiction so rarely to the extent we see in the work. That said the baddies, though exceptionally well-written, are not the point of the story. The point seems to be a beautiful progression within Frankie herself.
Now this is an imaginative, well composed piece of fiction, that encompasses both fantasy and the real world. Definitely a can't put down until the last page sort that will be handed down in the family for sure. This could be added to a school library or used in a high school reading assignment with no problems. Has a lot of the current themes that a lot of our teenagers have to struggle with, divorce, handicapped friends and siblings, shift working parents, problem teachers, peer pressure, basically the whole gamut of life we all went through or were associated with in the day. A good book to read with your kids and have discussions about hard topics, in a non threatening way and environment. I give it a 4.90 on the scale of 5 and that is for a few minor technical points that are not worth getting worked up about. Good job and I will look forward to receiving Ms. Hughes next book to review, they are quite entertaining.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a fun, light read, with enough depth threaded through the telling for it to have almost no fluff at all. Read morePublished 13 months ago by I. Khanani
It's difficult for a book to completely transport you into a different reality even when the world where the story takes place is totally different from yours. Read morePublished 13 months ago by crazypuce
Let me first start off by saying how Ms. Julia Hughes simply charmed me with this story and pulled me in from the beginning. Read morePublished 15 months ago by A. Lynnette
This book takes you on an adventure like no other, with characters you'll not soon forget, right from the very first chapter. The Griffin Cryer is a fun book for all ages! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Shelly Hammond
Really a great story. Only bone to pick was the use of Alice with Frankie's brother. Loved the way 'The Rider' remained mysterious throughout the tale. Read morePublished on July 19, 2014 by Kindle Customer
I absolutely loved The Griffin's Boy and this is the next book in the series. This one is set 'here' as young Francesca, or as she prefers Frankie, mistakenly calls Neb and Balkind... Read morePublished on June 10, 2014 by Pafos2109
Julia Hughes stole my heart in her book The Griffin Cryer. I am forever a Griffin rider want-a-be. Her tale of a parallel world, peopled with griffins and people who ride them to... Read morePublished on May 18, 2014 by M. Moran Bishop
With many fantasy books, the whole story takes place in fantasy land. I really enjoyed the mix of fantasy and reality in the Griffin Cryer. Read morePublished on April 29, 2014 by Eddie de Jong
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