Today is the first day of the tour for Darby Karchut’s Griffin Rising, hosted by AToMR.
I have a review to share and a US ONLY giveaway for you.
TITLE: Griffin Rising
AUTHOR: Darby Karchut
GENRE: YA Fantasy
PUBLISHED: April 2011
SOURCE: Received ebook from publishers for blog tour
For centuries, rumors have abounded of a lowly caste of supernatural beings known as the Terrae Angeli. Armed with the power to control Earth, Fire, Wind, and Water, these warriors secretly serve as guardians for mortals in danger.
But for one young angel-in-training, Griffin, life is hell as a cruel master makes his apprenticeship a nightmare. On the verge of failing, a new mentor, Basil, enters his life and changes it forever. Taking on the identity of father and son, Griffin and Basil forge a special bond where honesty and trust go hand in hand to secure Griffin’s destiny as a Terrae Angeli. Griffin’s belief in himself and the love of a mortal girl are the perfect combination in overcoming the darkest days of his life.
But will it be enough for him to succeed?
For Griffin, it’s time to angel up.
In Griffin Rising we meet Griffin, the namesake of the story. He’s a young angel-in-training living with a cruel Terrae Angeli mentor. He beats him, starves him, verbally torments him, you name it. I don’t actually remember now how it came about that he left the cruel mentor and got Basil as his mentor but that was his saving grace. Basil is kind, fair, and patient, which is exactly what Griffin needs to help him overcome his past. Together they work hard on Griffin’s training and prepare him for his make or break test, his Proelium. This decides whether he can become a fully fledged Guardian Angel or be forced to become mortal. Along the way he meets Katie, who has just moved in across the street. They soon begin a sweet relationship that helps Griffin focus on what he has to face.
Griffin Rising is book 1 in a YA fantasy series. I would say it’s aimed at early teens, rather than late teens as the content is very child friendly. Griffin’s curse word of choice is “Fire”! I found this to be a little confusing before I realised that’s why he was saying it and not because he wanted to shoot fire, since this was one of his special powers.
As I started reading the prologue to the book I honestly didn’t know if I wanted to continue reading. I just didn’t like the writing style at first. I carried on though and was pleased to see that I actually found the book quite enjoyable. The story uses diary extracts from Griffin, Basil, and Katie. I liked this, it meant that all the normal internal monologue that a character has wasn’t needed, we already knew how they were feeling. I liked reading things from Basil’s point of view. Most books don’t focus on the parental figure so it was good to see how Basil perceived things and to get a feel of his love for Griffin.
The story was well written, I can’t argue with that and wouldn’t want to take anything away from the author who I think did a great job. I just think that I didn’t love the book, but I did like it. I hope that makes sense! I read a lot of YA books that cover most genres but I think the main difference is that they mostly border on to mature YA whereas Griffin Rising was for me right at the other end, just nudging itself in to the YA bracket.
I wasn’t too sure if I liked the ending or not. I’m hoping that some of the things that I felt were unfinished or unanswered will be resolved in book 2. There was something that happened at the end that I felt was unfair and the perpetrator wasn’t held accountable or questioned to find out the full story. Neither was the person it involved allowed to give their side. Not a great example to give to younger readers but if those things are ironed out in book 2 then I can let that go.
So, I know that this review sounds like I’m bashing the book but I’m honestly not. I did like it and I think the writing was good, the characters likeable, and I might even read book 2 to see if I can find out the answers to those questions I have. I would recommend this to the lower end of the YA audience, I think they will really enjoy it.
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