- File Size: 2221 KB
- Print Length: 212 pages
- Publisher: Anchor Group (November 15, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 15, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007H7UMR0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,413 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The Conduit (Gryphon Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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There were some minor grammar, punctuation and spelling errors found, but not enough to toss a reader from Rourke's carefully crafted world. Spelling errors found were mis-used words, actually, like substituting "itches" when the writer surely meant "inches". All in all, this tale was decently edited; this reader is reasonably certain Rourke checked and double checked her work before publication and was happy to stay in the tale with Celeste, Gabe and Kendall. Oh! And Grams! This reader must mention the rascally grandmother that embarrasses her grandchildren with her out spokenness, her flirtatious behavior, and "take me as I am" clothing style... hmm, come to think of it, Grams sort of reminds this reader of herself. Although this reader does not own a leopard print bikini.
Rourke has a fun and engaging stylistic voice that draws a reader into the story quickly. The main characters are developed and flawed, making them not only believable, but endearing and easy to empathize with. The small town setting is easy to visualize, with the majestic Tennessee mountain backdrop. The backstory of the Gryphon and the reason for this war the teens are drawn into, was simply told by one that had actually been present during the war, their Spirit Guide, Alaina. Was this story perfect? No. But it was a darn good read that this reader heartedly recommends, and this reader will definitely keep her eyes on Stacey Rourke.
That being said I liked Celeste. Her internal monologue is an interesting mix of Buffy, katniss, and merry gentry. It works. There are some lines that I straight out adored.
Where the book fails is in the exposition. The middle drags complete with an obligatory training session and mystic destiny reveal. It could have been tighter and more spread out and I think it would have worked better.
However, the main story and characters make up for it. I'll likely check out the next book in this series and see if the potential continues
A solid four stars.
The issue is that the characters seemed like caricatures. Celeste is the stereotypical YA heroine--pretty, unassuming, falls into perfection over the course of the book, etc. but everyone tries to act like she's just another girl or some crap. At the other end of the spectrum is Kendall, the stereotypical perfect, beautiful girl who can sing with woodland creatures, probably. Then there's Big Jock Bro I'm So Tough and Macho Stereotype. Lastly--and I'm glad he wasn't in the book too much because he put me to sleep--there's the love interest. In this case, a super stale love interest that had no chemistry whatsoever. I think the author realized this since he's apparently not in the rest of the series?
Characters: 0 stars
But I DID like the story and the plotline, so 3 stars for that. Overall, not the worst book I've ever read, but I don't see myself continuing the series.
18 year old Celeste along with her brother and sister are heading to their grandmothers. They recently lost their father and now their neighborhood has been dealing with a lot of break ins. Their mom has decided to remain at their home until it sells, but sends them on ahead to get settled in.
The next thing she knows, she and her siblings are all given special powers because of a pact their ancestors made with a mythical creature back in the 17th century.
And of course that evil is not the only think distracting Celeste. She has also met someone. Unfortunately, he is a reporter sent there to do a story that is related to the evil that the siblings are charged to stop.
Can Celeste and her siblings protect their family and the world from the evil that is growing stronger every day?
The writing is great, the characters are so real they pop out of the page. I couldn’t put this story down. I wanted to know more and more and I can’t wait to start the second one!!!