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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Review: "The Conduit" by Stacey Rourke

The Conduit
(Gryphon Series #1)
by: Stacey Rourke
Publishing Date: 3/16/12
Publisher: Anchor Group
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Source: Provided by YANR Tours (from Author)

Description:
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 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 shapeshifting 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 others’ 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.
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My Review:
"The Conduit" is definitely a book I have never come across before. It was really a different kind of young adult book that I'm used to, but I did like it.
Celeste Garrett and her siblings are sent to live with their Grams in Tennessee since their Mom is in Michigan trying to sell their house there.  All Celeste wants to do when she gets there is head off to her college so she can start working on her degree.
But...instead...she is being told she is destined to the save the world by a stranger who appears in the woods one day...this stranger of course is not human.
Celeste's ancestors made a pack with the Gryphon many years ago and now Celeste is to be "The Conduit" and she will harness powers from the Gryphon.  Her brother, Gabe and her sister, Kendall are also part of saving the world.
If they do not accept their destiny, then the seekers (or otherwise known as demons) will take over the world.
There is one seeker out to find Celeste already and seek her out for his boss since she holds the key to everything.  If the seekers finds Celeste he will let his boss know and Celeste will be in danger.
It is up to Celeste and her family to make sure the seeker never tells his boss.
Here comes the training of a lifetime for Celeste and her siblings and of course some strange things start happening to all of them and now they really need to keep what they are hidden.

"The Conduit" is a very humorous young adult story that I found very entertaining.  It took me awhile to get into it until the Garrett siblings found out what they were destined to do.  Celeste, Gabe, and Kendall are definitely siblings where they tend to fight with each other.  There is one part between Celeste and Gabe that I could not stop laughing about.  Gabe got his pride hurt...let's just say that.
I connected very well with all three of the siblings when reading "The Conduit" and I cannot wait to read more about them in the second book.
Poor Celeste, I felt terrible for her and when she was told the truth and I was even more sympathetic of her during the end of the book.  =*(
Stacey Rourke, left me hanging at the end and what happened to the boy that Celeste was having feelings for.

I recommend this book to readers who love the young adult genre and love fantasy and paranormal elements.
Just be prepared to want to read the second book since you will definitely want to know what happens next to the Garret siblings.

I was provided a complimentary copy from YANR tours from the Author in exchange for an honest review.
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