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Griffin Rising Paperback – June 15, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I really enjoyed this book. Very easy to read. Set in today's world with great characters and storyline.Published 16 months ago by Lucienne
I was sent an ARC of Griffin Rising a year ago, right at the time my life was thrown a curve ball and I went from reading 5 or 6 books a week to just one. Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by Kathy Habel
My daughter and I started reading this together and she got ahead of me when I picked it back up I had a little trouble at first but soon found I was at home!Published on February 8, 2014 by Teresa A. Beilfuss
I won a free paperback copy of 'Griffin Rising' through a blog giveaway. I was in no way compensated for this review. Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by A. McCall
There is something interesting in the way Darby writes this. I really think it's the journal-ling that the three main characters do. Read morePublished on October 23, 2012 by Free-Bird Reviews
Personally, I have never written a review before, but this book was the best book I have ever read! Incredible!!!!!! Read morePublished on October 20, 2012 by Preschool review
I received a digital galley, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
I am not really sure what I was expecting, and I started reading this tentatively because not all angel... Read more
Paranormal at its best, suitable for young adults and old adults the same. How awkward it is to be a teenager, doubled by having found powers out of this realm! Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by Born To Read
I very much enjoyed this book! The characters are well-developed, the plot interesting, and the romance sweet, but realistic. Read morePublished on August 12, 2012 by Tracy A. Akers