The Conduit by Stacey Rourke

The Conduit

Book Name: The Conduit
Author: Stacey Rourke
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
Release date: March 16, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi
Warnings: Unavailable
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Other Novels: Embrace, The Sidekick Chronicles
Book Trailer: Sacrifice, Gryphon Series Book 3 & The Conduit OFFICIAL book trailer
Social Networks: Twitter, Facebook, GoodRead
Author Site: Website
Buying Locations: Amazon

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.
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
(Excerpt from GoodRead)

This book was generously donated to me by the author, Stacey Rourke, in return for a fair and honest review.
The Conduit was an interesting read. It’s about a girl, Celeste, who, with her siblings, move to live with her grandmother (who I loved!). I really liked Celeste. She wasn’t the angst-filled teenagers I’ve been seeing fill every book. She was strong and funny and quirky in a way that I can totally appreciate. Her sarcasm touched my heart and made me want to adopt her. Everyone in the family, Kendall (the sister) and Gabe (the brother) and grandma had their own personalities. They had their own flaws. They were real people. The only other author I’ve seen build characters like this is JK Rowlings and you guys know how much I love my Harry Potter!
So, I was given four days to read The Conduit (book 1) and Embrace (book 2). All I can say is that the end left me very glad I had book 2 in hand. Otherwise, I would be grumpy right now. Ms. Rourke leaves us in a position where you’re like, No Freaking Way!! There was a moment of panic before I remembered oh way *ha* I have book two *wipe sweat* Whew!
This book was very fast paced with lots of action, humor and family bonding. I think the later was my favorite part. There were hints of romance, but it wasn’t as romancy as I like personally. I think there could have been a little more. Even then, the way Ms. Rourke has everything placed, you KNOW book 2 will be a blast.
Other than that… this book is perfect for anyone looking to stay glued to their chair. I couldn’t put it down, not when I vacuumed, not when I cooked… I even washed dishes and read this (I am super talented, and determined, like that). Plus, this book was just worth every second.
In conclusion:
Will I read the next book? Already started.
Will I tell my friends about this book? Yes.
Did I enjoy it? Yes.
About The Author
Stacey Rourke is the author of the humorous, action-packed Gryphon Series. The series begins with The Conduit, continues on with Embrace, with the third installment, Sacrifice, releasing Fall of 2012. Also look for a special Gryphon Series novella; The Sidekick Chronicles coming only to eBook September 2012!
Stacey lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, drooly dogs. Currently she is hard at work on her series as well as other literary projects.

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