Title: Griffin's Fire
Author: Darby Karchut
Medium: eBook (ARC from Author)
Genre: Young Adult: Paranormal
Buy: Barnes & Noble
For centuries, there have been rumors about a lowly caste of supernatural beings known as the Terrae Angeli. Armed with the power to control Earth, Fire, Wind and Water, these warriors and their apprentices clandestinely serve as guardians for humans in danger.
Forced to become mortal, ex-teen angel Griffin has been banished from the Terrae Angeli. Struggling to adjust, he enrolls in the heaven-and-hell known as high school. In spite of his friends’ support, Centennial High proves to be a battleground, complete with a malicious math teacher.
And to make matters worse, his Mentor, Basil, has been ordered to take on a new apprentice, the gifted and egotistical seventeen-year-old Sergei, whose covert attacks make Griffin’s home life as bleak as a Siberian winter.
Caught between school, Sergei, and a desperate secret, Griffin is certain of one thing: the only way to fight a Cold War is with Fire.
When Darby approached me to read and review her second installment to her paranormal series. I was thrilled. I loved the first one and definitely found it unique. But that was nearly a year ago so I started this book with only little recollection of the first book.
Griffin Fire is almost the perfect sequel to the series. The protagonist who looks like a teenage boy but has actually been "born" at 6 (if I remember correctly) to be trained to be an Angel (the book has a different term for them). The entire story was based on Griffin's (the protagonist) hardships after his test to because a full fledged Angel. His hate and anger towards himself and his mentor, Basil. Their relationship is almost like a father and son but in a more apprentice and mentor way, is completely heart warming that you can't help and go: Aww.
With every new installment there comes a new antagonist that gives our Griffin a big headache or in this case almost cost him his "love". Sergei is staying with Griffin and Basil for a few months and Sergei has it in for Griffin. He simply does not like him and wants to make his life a living hell. But near the end, you'll begin to warm up to him a little, okay, not really. But he gets what he deserves.
The ending was not what I expected. I was expecting this HUGE plot twist but nothing come. Hence, I'm a little disappointed but I still enjoyed this book completely.
Griffin's Fire is light, heart-warming story. It has light romance with funny moments as well as some action thrown in there. Its a perfect read for one sitting. Definitely recommended to those who like their reads short and fast. 4/5 stars.