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The Griffin Cryer (Griffin Riders Book 2) by [Hughes, Julia]
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From the Author

I wanted this story to reflect the enormous challenges teenagers face; all of whom are poised between two worlds; childhood and adulthood. And that can be scary sometimes. 
Our heroine, Frankie, actually has four worlds to cope with, but I'll leave you to find out more about those!
I truly believe that we all have at least one special talent. It's just a question of finding that talent, and being the best you can be at that particular skill. 
Of course, Frankie discovers her talent when she accidentally summons Balkind from an alternative dimension; I hope you discover your special talent in an equally thrilling manner!
Btw, if anyone's wondering why the griffins of Ella Earth have teeth, the answer's simple. Griffins are traditionally the guardians of London, and there's quite a few of their likenesses dotted around my home town - nearly all of them are snarling and displaying a fearsome set of fangs!  

About the Author

I'm originally from London, and like Scout, cannot remember learning to read. First love was always fantasy; from the wonderful world of Narnia to the fantastic Harry Potter series, the sense of wonder insists that magic exists - of course it does - and can be found in books. 
When I wanted a griffin in my stories, it was easy to combine the best elements of my two favourite animals: horses and dogs. Anyone who has ever hurtled across country on horseback has a inkling of how it feels to fly; anyone who's ever been outwitted by a dog determined to have its bone can identify Balkind's character. 
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Product Details

  • File Size: 518 KB
  • Print Length: 135 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Talon; 120514 edition (December 11, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 11, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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If you believe Shakespeare, names don't matter all that much; but if Francesca Shaunessy's dog had been christened Spot or Rover, none of this would have happened.

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.
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The Griffin Cryer

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.
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There is a unique sense of place in "The Griffin Cryer." Frankie is very clearly English and speaks in an appropriate slang for her region. Her specific dialect may throw readers off for a moment but in this global age, a reader will not take long to adjust.

"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.
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This is definitely a Young Adult and above book due to the language and emotional growing up intensity scenes that are described. In addition the language is not something that I as a parent would want under 8 year olds exposed to, which is probably dreaming these days, as what is shown on the Telly is infinitely worse. It should be pointed out that this book is really geared for the English / Great Britain audience as the terms, phrases and some words would not be familiar to American readers, for the most part, as well as the whole scenery being in England.
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.
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