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The Conduit (Gryphon #1)

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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 cramm...more
Kindle Edition, 186 pages
Published 2012 by Anchor Group (first published November 1st 2011)
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Mimi Smith
4.5 stars

Warning.Potential for injury:high

First, a warning should be given
For even though by good emotions this review is driven
The best verse craftsmen I don't really represent
But bear with me, the will is present.

Once upon a time, in a land far away
Celeste Garrett lost her way
Because she now has to save the world
And not have fun and study at college like she thought she would.

Even worse for her, she can't do it alone
Her siblings are a necessity and accident-prone!
With new superpowers off she
Christy Sloat
Sometimes a book is so good you want to put your kids in daycare all day so you can do nothing but read, well this book was one of those. Oh yes it was a "I want to read this book and not do anything" book. I havent come across too many books as original as this. The storyline is fresh and new, and nothing I expected. Celeste is sarcastically funny and one of those girls you would love to have around on dreary days. Add in Kendall, the beautiful, yet full of love sister and Gabe, the hot drool-w...more
Tired of family secrets, vampires, werewolves, sappy romance, angst-filled teens and drama queens? Did I hear you say “hell, yeah!”? Well then, boys and girls, scoot on over to Amazon and get your hands on this gem of a book. Oh and uhm, clear your schedules for the day….cause you’ll be stuck with your nose in this book for hours on end; easily forgetting about the “real” world!

This book is unlike any other YA book I’ve ever read before. Not only are the plot and mystical characters very origina...more
I have been reading for {cough cough} well over twenty years now. I come across books that I'm in love with and books that seem like I'm just re-reading something I've already read, even though I haven't. Every once in awhile I come across a book that's very different, and those are the ones I will sing my praise. The Conduit by Stacey Rourke is that book. The comedy in the book is very similar to one of my favorite shows, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This book has it all! Sarcastic comedy, a litt...more
Karen Toz
When my fellow author, Stacey Rourke, posted on Facebook she was looking for reviewers for her recently published YA novel, The Conduit, I couldn’t resist. She had been tweeting and posting messages on Facebook about her book for the few weeks approaching its release, and it looked pretty interesting. The timing for me was perfect: I had just finished a YA book I had really enjoyed reading and was in the mood to keep the momentum going.

Talk about momentum! The Conduit is full of mystery and is...more
M. ~ B&B
“My inner smart aleck wondered if the all black wardrobe was a necessity to remind themselves they were evil. Like if a member of the Dark Army accidentally threw on a powder blue polo shirt they would get confused and book a tee time instead of trying to take over the world.”

I don't even remember how I stumbled upon this book, but I am so glad I did. I wish more people would pick this up, because it's just an awesome series and deserves every reader it gets.

The Conduit is kind of an introduc...more
Dominique Goodall
The Conduit – Stacey Rourke

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 t...more
I don’t even know how to begin to tell you about this gem. It’s chocablock full of awesomeness. I mean, who wouldn’t want to read about Celeste, a chick that meets a golden feathered woman, bumps her head during her escape, gets a ticket to denial, but can all of a sudden feel emotions coming at her like a brick wall. Feelings so mammoth that she camps in the cubbyhouse for days. Or what about her 20 year old brother Gabe? The sporty guy that just grows larger and larger until he’s nearly the si...more
Eyrsi Enosh
I will start by saying that I enjoyed the storyline, and this is the only thing saving this book from a lower score. The plot was interesting, and kept me wanting to know what happens next. The characters were entertaining, and the sibling rivalry humorous. The book also started off with action. I hate it when an author starts slow!

The bad:

Nothing upsets me more than an excellent story released before it was ready. This book was one of those. I had trouble finishing this despite my interest in t...more
Kimberly Schaaf
Review of The Conduit by Stacey Rourke
Reviewed by Kimberly Schaaf (member of the YATR Review Panel)

Ok - shut the front door!! I am in love with Stacey Rourke (in a totally not sexual or weird sort of way). The Conduit has been on my TBR list for some time now...with SEVERAL of my friends recommending that I just give in and do it already. And, man oh man, am I glad that I did.

Celeste, Gabe, and Kendall are all so easy to connect with. I seriously felt like I was watching this really funny and a...more
May have slight spoilers.

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 t...more
I really wanted to like this novel. Fantasy stuff has been disappointing me lately, but when Stacey Rourke told me at DragonCon that her novel was similar to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I was excited. I was hoping for a homage that captured what I love about the show, with its own original touch. I didn't get that at all.

One of the only ways it was similar to BTVS was in the worldbuilding... but not in a good way. The problem I've always had with Buffy's worldbuilding is that Joss Whedon doesn't r...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
I loved The Conduit, it is a fast, fun read. If I spend twee hours on this book from start to finish I might be exaggerating. But I loved the dynamic between the siblings, no malfunctioning familial bonds. This family is fairly normal, well apart from the pact and saving the world and fighting demons etc.
The one liners and some situations has me in stitches, the dialogue is real and witty and I really liked Celeste and her oh so normal insecurities especially in the beginning of the book.
I give...more
I really liked this book and i can not wait to read Embrace.. and Stacey promised me i would love it! and shes not biased at all so i totally take her word for it.. I really liked Celeste shes like a fictional version of myself.. heres just some info on the both of us and you draw your own conclusions.. 1. Celeste is a female.. wow i too am a female! 2. She has bad ass powers.. i do not.. UNLESS you take into account the speed in which i can make a tub of cool whip disappear and you know i think...more
Crystal Clifton
I LOVE THIS BOOK,I don't know why I took so long to read this book The Conduit is a very action packed book and involves three siblings that have a love for each other like siblings should, Gabe, Celest and Kendall are great characters and I truly believe that Stacey has written a great book and I can't wait to read the other books. I usually have a problem starting a new book but this was not one hard to begin reading I love all the characters from Celeste to the Grandmother and the Gryphon. Th...more
Tara Holman
I read this book as a selection in my Book Club. Let me say the writer was very creative with the story, the characters are very well developed and overall the book is highly well written. As the plot centers around a family with three teens that hold supernormal powers, I was a bit skeptical about finding it believable. That however does not affect the flow of the story and how well the author pulls you in. I have since seen previews and cover shots of the other books in the series- I think YES...more
K.B. Miller
It's been a minute since I've read something that literally made me laugh out loud! Stacey's writing style is very easy to follow. I absolutely adore this book! The fact that this author stepped outside of the box, making Gryphons COOL!! Gram, is by far my favorite character. She is witty, crazy and super-lovable. The cliff-hanger was well written, and will have you hanging on every last word! If you haven't read this book, you're missing out on a total jem!
Sara Bree High
The Conduit (Gryphon Series #1)
by Stacey Rourke
Reviewed by S. Bree High

I had been eyeballing this book for awhile. Stacey happened to be an author that many friends have recommended. So I bought it. Still did not get to it, sat on my TBR list. This was until the YATR book reading contest. Now I am smacking myself up the side of my head, and trying very hard to write the review and not read the second book. HELLO!!! I loved it!
If you had your life chosen for you what would you do? Hold on though...more
Samantha (Book Lover's Cozy Cafe)
I was given this book, in return to give an honest review of this book, and the following two books as well.

Conduit is about an 18 year old girl named Celeste, and her older brother Gabe and her younger sister Kendall (wicked name by the way). They had just moved to a podunk town in Tennessee to stay with their grandmother, after a strange bout of break ins, in their hometown in Michigan.

Things seemed to be the everyday ordinary life in a small town, up until Celeste finds a statue of a Gryphon...more

When Celeste, her brother Gabe and sister Kendall move in with their Grandma, little do they realise they are about to embark on the biggest adventure of their lives. Many, Many moons ago one of their ancestors had made a pact with a mythical creature (a Gryphon) and promised that no matter what and no matter when, their family would be willing to help when the time comes……….well the time is now and the three have no-choice but to accept their inflicted destiny whether they are ready for it...more
Lynn Worton
Eighteen year old Celeste Garrett just wants to be like other teenagers - go to college, have fun and make bad choices - but thanks to a pact made by one of her ancestors in the 17th century to a mystical creature, she has to save the world.

I loved this book! It is a refreshing change to read about other mythical beings, rather than just the usual suspects - vampires, werewolves etc. I'm not disrespecting the authors of said books, but I've always been intrigued with the other beings which are n...more
To put simply: This was fantastic. I can't even....I loved it.

Song Choice: "Time Is Running Out" by Muse, "Murder in the City" by the Avett Brothers, "Into The Ocean" by Blue October

First thoughts: Seriously, why hadn't anyone told me about this book before? I had come across it many of times, with its old cover, and that isn't what turned me away from it - no, I just I don't know I was always on the edge of, should I? Shouldn't I? and then something else would pop up. Okay so my advice if you...more
Alaiel Kreuz
Once again I'm really happy for not judging a book by its cover. The book was entertaining, funny, clever and well developed.

Celeste and her brothers, Gabe and Kendall, are moving to their grandmother's house until their mom gets a new place for all of them. The reason? There had been a lot of break-ins in their last neighborhood.
Soon their lovely grandma makes clear that she is not going to be a housemade therefor everyone will take care of one chore in the house.
I'm glad to say that their Gran...more
T.L. Cooper
Stacey Rourke's intriguing debut young adult (YA) novel, The Conduit, introduces readers to the Garrett siblings, Celeste, Kendall, and Gabe, who have been chosen to save the world from a mystical creature called Barnabus who is in a fight with another mystical creature called the Gryphon. Rourke uses humor to demonstrate the reluctance of her characters, especially Celest, to embrace being superheroes. The bond between siblings and, in turn, their bond with their feisty Grandmother keep the rea...more
Sarah Jones
Originally posted at Give it to Cupcake.

As always, let's start with the cover. The cover intrigued me as it's very different from covers I am used to seeing with a photograph of a person in them. This one has a drawing on some type of parchment! And a spooky drawing of a shadow person, at that! I wanted to know who this creepy shadow-y person/creature was!

The characters right away touched my heart. Celeste, Gabe, and Kendall are siblings who are forced to...more
Thanks to me having "attention deficit disorder" it is apparently really hard to focus on anything, but not this book. It had my full, undivided attention from the first page. The main character, Celeste, seems to be average in every way other than her wit. Her wit is also a trait her brother, Gabe, and younger sister, Keni have as well. I couldn't help but laugh from beginning until the end, which I won't spoil this for you here, but definitely a heart wrenching scene. Some authors let their wi...more
The Conduit is the one book I’d pick up to re-read over and over again! It follows Celeste Garrett and her siblings Kendall and Gabe as they head to stay with their Grams in the small town of Gainesboro. The prologue itself is so interesting that I wanted to know more and read faster. The characters were just amazing and react as any of us would when the weight of saving the world rests on you. Celeste, Kendall and Gabe are sucked into being superheroes because of a pact made by their ancestors...more
Jennifer Wright
I really liked this book, it was full of action and humor. Celeste is one of those people who always have some quirky remark and so are her brother and sister. Well, their Grandma is too, must run in the family.
Anyhow, I liked the basis of the story line about the Gryphon because it is a refreshingly different read than many of the ones that I’ve been reading lately. This story has three teenagers who just want normal after the passing of their father, but when mom sends them to live with their...more
Valerie Mcqueen
y review of The Conduit by Stacey Rourke

This book was provided by the author in exchange for honest literary review.
Meet Celeste. She's 18 and just setting out to explore life and figure out where she fits in. She has a perfect 15 year old sister named Kendall who is a blond goddess on two legs. Her brother Gabe is the All-American football hero. Try being just an average middle child between those two. It can be down right depressing. As the story opens, the trio have packed and are moving to...more
Review also posted on Book Lovin' Mamas

"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 t...more
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