"The Griffin Cryer" formatted and ready for paperback is now in the hands of proof readers, and the presses should roll on 20th March - always a special day in our house! To complement the paperback release, we're giving away a personalised signed copy of The Griffin Cryer, with some great runner up prizes!
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All readers' feedback is cherished, but in my view, this latest review of "The Griffin Cryer" is especially sweet:
" 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. (T Dewhirst Avid Reader).
As always, many thanks to everyone who takes the time to comment, on Amazon it really does help other readers find good books!