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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Review: The Conduit (The Gryphon Series, #1) by Stacey Rourke

4 Stars
The Conduit
Series: The Gryphon Series
Author: Stacey Rourke
Ebook
Pages: 212
Book Description from Stacey Rourke's website
"All 18-year-old Celeste Garrett wants is to head off to college and make those fun, yet ill-advised, choices college kids are known for.

And maybe to spend some time with the hot cameraman she just met.

Instead, because of a pact her Celtic ancestors made in the 17th century with a mythical creature, she has to save the world.

While normal kids are slamming energy drinks and cramming for exams, Celeste will get her adrenaline rush fighting a fire breathing dragon.

She wants to meet friends in the quad to exchange lecture notes, but first she must exchange blows with a shape shifting demon on the rooftop.  Life isn’t always fair for a superhero, but at least she doesn’t have to do it alone. With her brother and sister as sidekicks, they alternate between saving lives and getting on each other’s’ nerves. Together the trio encounters unspeakable odds, mystical forces and comes face-to-face with an image that will haunt them forever—their grandmother in a leopard print bikini."

"Okay, little side note here.  If a psychopathic killer asks if you want to see a trick, say no.  That’s the smart thing to do.  I, on the other hand, responded, “Bring it.”

-excerpt from THE CONDUIT"
I really enjoyed The Conduit by Stacey Rourke, it literally had me laughing out loud in parts, which had my cat Simba looking at me like I was crazy.

In this novel we meet, Cestele, Gabe, and their little sister, Kendall. They are making a move to their grandmother’s home after a rash of break-ins’ in their old town.

Soon we are introduced to the main plot of the novel that comes much in the form of, Alaina. A spirit guide who has come to well, guide them in the wake of their transformation that was prompted by an old oath made by an ancestor to the Gryphon, the Protector of the Divine, to serve and help fight the evil that would one day come and try to tip the scales of Good and Evil.

Three children would one day be called upon, when only they were needed, to help; the Protector, the Guardian and most importantly the Conduit. Gabe is the Protector, Kendall the Guardian, Cestele the Conduit.

As I said above I really enjoyed this novel, it has a unique plot about superheroes, fast paced, loads of humor, good cliff-hanger at the end that is guaranteed to frustrate you with question of what is to come and make you want the next novel.

I have to admit though that we don't really get much 'love story'. I mean it is there and the potential for it in a second novel more so than the first is definitely there but to me this novel is more focused on them gaining their abilities, learning then and fighting evil. If anything I actually thought it focused on Kendall's relationship with Keith more than Alec's and Celeste's.

But then again it does have that start of a relationship feel to it especially at the end of the novel we get a good glimpse of the relationship between the two--so I have hope that it will be more expanded upon in the next novel.

One thing I do wonder about is their mother. She was supposed to be coming along after selling the house—she didn’t show up at all in this novel except for two mentions of her so you have to wonder what it is going to be like when she sees her kids again and how it will affect their relationship as well as Cestele’s, Gabe’s and Kendall’s fighting against evil.

All in all—a great novel that has left me in suspense and high hopes for the next, Embrace!

I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a good YA paranormal read.

*I received an Ebook copy of this book for free to review from the author.



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