Tonight’s book review, of The Griffin Cryer by Julia Hughes, is brought to you by memoirist Doreen ‘Dody’ Cox.
The Griffin Cryer
Synopsis: Teenager Frankie discovers she has an unusual talent when she accidentally summons a griffin from another dimension.
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From the beginning, in Chapter 1, I was plunged excitedly into a cannot-put-down, do-not-want it to end fantasy tale. The story itself is quite thrilling, an intricately woven one that portrays a girl with ordinary teenage issues suddenly being catapulted into an intriguing, perilous adventure involving a griffin and a being from a twin world.
The story is quite exhilarating throughout, with zesty dialogues between characters and vivid descriptions of people, places and things. Several segments were so skillfully written that there was a strong sense that I was there, in the story itself. There is a harmonious flow throughout the story as it moved me to and fro, from Frankie’s rich, zesty day-to-day life situations into the perils undertaken with the griffin and his companion.
I found Frankie to be an engaging and fascinating character. She is not cast as one of the cool kids at school. Frankie appears to be rather ordinary; a girl who is struggling to maneuver through the throes of middle adolescence towards adulthood. I was delightfully engaged during the segments involving Frankie’s encounters and foibles at her school. Her discoveries about friendship and enemies, and the humanness of teachers, brought me back into memories of my own teenage years.
There was for me an element of complexity that added psychological depth to the story, flowing beneath the storyline itself. I resonated deeply with the author’s ability to script Frankie’s coming-of-age maturity, as evidenced by her reactions to ordinary yet often intense life events; they are in counterpoint to the daring challenges that she takes on with new friends, those other-worldly beings.
One of the most moving scenes for me related to an unexpected, fascinating purpose for Frankie’s encounter: her ability to call forth a griffin from this parallel universe ends up serving her family’s tragic circumstances in a unique mysterious way.
There are exhilarating scenes involving flight and deeply moving ones that relate to mystery. I consider the writing to be masterful; the story to be extraordinary.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Thank you, Dody.
Doreen (Dody) Cox can be found via her website: doreencox.blogspot.com.
Her book, Adventures in Mother-Sitting, is Dody’s memoir of the three years spent as a full-time caregiver to her mom, coping with dementia.
An avid reader of many genres, she has featured reviews and interviews of several indie authors, as well as her own fanciful short stories, on her blog, Treasured Encounters.
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