July 05, 2013

Book Review: The Conduit

The Conduit (Gryphon, #1)Title: The Conduit.
Author: Stacey Rourke.
Pages: 186.
Series: Yes, #1.
Source: Author, Review Copy.
Publisher: Anchor Group.
Published Date: 11/1/11.
Barnes and Noble.


"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."


The covers in this entire series look amazing! I love the way each cover incorporates elements that play big roles within the story! Really pulled me in, and had me hooked.

My Thoughts:

The Conduit follows Celeste, her brother Gabe, and her sister Kendall in their journey to save the world from demonic warfare!

The story starts when Celeste and her siblings move to their grandmothers. The three have been through a lot together, including losing their father. Hit hard, Gabe losses his full ride scholarship to play football in college, due to turning to alcohol. Moving to their grandmother's house is the fresh start the three desperately need.

Until things become a bit...odd. Not only does Celeste start to feel others' emotions, but she also runs into an eagle...who seems to be able to understand everything she is saying. But Celeste isn't the only one feeling different, Gabe has grown double in size, and Kendall is caught floating in the air after being kissed. Unsure of to do, the three head out to the forest in search of the eagle that Celeste saw earlier.

...only to find out that Celeste is the chosen one (the Conduit), Kendall is her shield, and Gabe is her protector. OH! And that the fate of the entire world is sitting on their shoulders...but that's just about it...!

The three siblings begin their training right away with Alaina (the eagle women) to prepare themselves to fight the demonic army that is threatening to over take the world.

My favorite part in The Conduit were the characters! The way Celeste is hard headed, unsure, and kind of clumsy, the way Gabe is this big guy but its obvious he cares a lot about his sisters, and Kendall who really made the story fun with her fabulous fashion and girly-ness! The three of them have such a close relationship, and sometimes I feel like they are friends, not just siblings.

Besides the three main characters that are carrying fate of the entire world, and its population on their back, The Conduit has a few other intriguing characters. Such as Alaina, who is this eagle/women trainer person. She teaches Celeste, Gabe and Kendall all about their powers and demons.

If I had to pick my favorite character though, I think it would have to be Celeste's grandmother, she was so caring, understanding, sweet and very cool! The way she handled the news of her grandchildren fighting demons was incredible, and totally awesome!

Overall The Conduit was fantastic, while I wished their was more demon butt kicking going on, I really enjoyed just learning about the characters, and what it means to be in their position. I couldn't wait to continue the story and that's why I've already read the second and third book, Embrace and Sacrifice!

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