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Embrace

(Gryphon #2)

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4.40  ·  Rating details ·  458 ratings  ·  149 reviews
Whether she likes it or not, eighteen year old Celeste Garrett has come to terms with being the Chosen One. She knew having a "normal life" would be tricky, between intense training sessions and epic demonic battles, but she didn't know at what cost it would come. That is, until a dear friend is harmed by the malicious forces hunting her. Now, she'd like nothing more than ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published May 10th 2012 by Anchor Group (first published April 20th 2012)
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Coco.V
Jan 05, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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D.
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Let me start off by screaming ROURKE how could you! I really hope book 3 is coming out today. If not, after that ending I might feel compelled to throw eggs at your house. Just saying LOL! Stacey Rourke has yet again, spun another wonderful book. Between the sarcasm, humor, adventures in each chapter. You even have some purring going on. This book was certainly a page turner. I am sure that people thought I was a bit “loca” if you will. I would be quietly reading and all the sudden burst out lau ...more
Christy Sloat
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Stacey Rourke's debut novel 'The Conduit' is undoubtedly one of my favorite so far this year. So when she asked me to review the second book in The Gryphon Series, I of course jumped at the chance. To read a book before release, uh heck yes! So here is goes:
As if I hadn't already fallen in love with Celeste and her siblings in the first book, I am totally smitten now. They are just the funniest bunch of fictional character's I have ever read. Celeste with her witty one liners, Gabe and his feroc
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May have slight spoilers.

Embrace, the second novel in author Stacey Rourke’s The Gryphon series, follows our main characters from the last novel, Celeste Garrett, her older brother Gabe and their little sister Kendall (Kini) who in the first novel learned that they were superheroes.

More specifically they changed because an old oath made by an ancestor to the Gryphon—the Protector of the Divine—to serve and help fight evil. One day three of their line would be called upon when they was needed t
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Valerie Mcqueen
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review of Embrace (Gryphon Series #2) by Stacey Rourke

FIVE STARS!!!! ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!!!
This book was provided free by the author in exchange for honest literary review.

So Celeste has now gotten some crazy cool new supernpowers. She's finally gotbto enroll in college and get a start on the rest of her life. Things should be great, right? Not really. Her last boyfriend showed his true demon side so she has sworn off dating. It seems no matter where she goes there is this huge target on her bac
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Karen Toz
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Author Stacey Rourke has done it again! Embrace, the second book in the Gryphon Series is the perfect mixture of humor, action, and suspense. The story leaves off where book one, The Conduit, ends, although admittedly I wish there were more about the story of Alec. From what I hear, I will have to wait until book three for that.

In Embrace, Celeste, along with her siblings, spirit guide, and wacky grandmother are back to fight more demons – given away by their black eyes and puffs of smoke. As t
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Delphina
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
After I read The Conduit, I pestered Stacey to get an ARC copy of Embrace. Yes, I FB stalked the poor woman. I actually had picked up a signed copy of the book while at a book conference, but I when I read her books, the highlight feature on my kindle gets used a lot. I just love her way with words. They have me in stitches.

Embrace was even better than The Conduit, which is almost unbelievable, since it was made of amazing. This book continues the siblings adventures and adds a few new character
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Redheaded Bookworm
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have so much trouble writing a review for a book that I like this much. I just want to scream, "READ IT NOW!" But since that doesn't really help you much, I guess I should give it a try.
Who do you trust when you're not sure you can trust anyone? Lots of exciting things happening in this one. So many twists and turns, I wasn't sure if I was sitting or standing! I was second guessing everyone in Celeste's life. Great new characters! I am totally in love with Caleb, and I even like Rowan! This b
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Sabrina Roy
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-books
Oooooh I am intrigued to see how this all plays out. So many new characters. Caleb, Rowan, evil Alec this will be fun to watch! but Man does Rowan sound more like my type than Caleb lol.
Rute Canhoto
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Melissa
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Rating - 5 Stars *****

The story goes so much more in detail than the first book in the series but not TOO much as to overwhelm you. Just the perfect balance. Immediately you are thrown into the story and it is AMAZING! Celeste is having a hard time embracing her calling as The Conduit, The Chosen one. It is one demon attack after another and it is all business with Celeste as she is unable to let her guard down, be human for a change, Her brother Gabe and sister Keni are doing just fine with t
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Julie
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ebook: Embrace The Gryphon Series, Book 2
Author : Stacey Rourke
Fiction, Paranormal,
This review may contain spoilers
I was given this by the author for review
Summary: Whether she likes it or not, eighteen year old Celeste Garrett has come to terms with being the Chosen One. She knew having a “normal life” would be tricky, between intense training sessions and epic demonic battles, but she didn’t know at what cost it would come. That is, until a dear friend is harmed by the malicious forces huntin
...more
Dominique Goodall
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Embrace by Stacey Rourke

Whether she likes it or not, eighteen year old Celeste Garrett has come to terms with being the Chosen One. She knew having a “normal life” would be tricky, between intense training sessions and epic demonic battles, but she didn’t know at what cost it would come. That is, until a dear friend is harmed by the malicious forces hunting her.

Now, she’d like nothing more than to retreat into a hermit lifestyle to prevent anyone else from getting hurt. But startling revelation
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Jane
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4, author-chain, to-review, arc
4.5*

ARC Release date :- June 1st 2012

Book two in the Gryphon series continues to follow Celeste and her siblings in their quest to save the world from demons who are trying to take over the spirit plane. Celeste is the ‘chosen one’….Kendall and Gabe her protectors, and together they soon learn that Barnabus; the demon they defeated in the first book was not the ‘leader’ like they were led to believe, instead he was actually answering to someone higher and the ‘unknown’ threat is still out there
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Sandy
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie, nook, ya, own, demons
It was 11:30 last night when I finally clicked off the lights and that was after 50 pages of “only one more chapter” since I picked up the book yesterday morning. As I lay in bed after finishing the book, I was taunted by the cliff-hanger Stacey left me with on the last page and I knew that sleep was not imminent immediately. The suspense was just killing me but I had to keep it under control, as I knew my sleeping spouse beside me would not appreciate a midnight wakeup call to talk about my new ...more
Veronica of V's Reads
In this second book of the Gryphon series, Celeste faces demons on a daily basis. That's what happens when you are chosen to be the Conduit for the Gryphon's mystical power.
The demonic forces on Earth are clamoring for control--two factions seem to be rising. One led by the Countess and the other by an unknown, though Celeste believes this leader is her former boyfriend,Alec. And, she's determined to save him.

Being the Conduit, Celeste is locked in a mortal battle against the demons, and uses t
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Kimberly Schaaf
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review of Embrace by Stacey Rourke
Reviewed by Kimberly Schaaf (member of the YATR Review Panel)


Let me just start out by saying - OH MY GOSH!!! Seriously!! Stacey, Stacey, Stacey - how could you leave me hanging like that??!!??!!

Ok - now that is out of my system.

I LOVED THIS BOOK. Seriously....Stacey Rourke has quickly climbed her way up to one of my most favorite authors.

I left The Conduit with all intentions of coming back to Embrace at a later date so that I could get caught up with some othe
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Alicia Michaels
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow, Stacey Rourke really amped things up for this second installment of the Gryphon series! Book 1 was more about the establishment of who and what everyone was. It was a fun and angst-filled adventure in which we watched Celeste and her siblings come to terms with their new found powers as well as their destiny as the Conduit (Celeste) and sword and shield (Gabe and Kendall). There was a hint of romance in book one, but nothing like what we have in book 2. It is that added element of romance ( ...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Embrace by Stacey Rourke
It has been a while since I've read books by a single author back to back. But with Stacey Rourke I made an exception, she needed, and as it turns out deserves readers. So I started with The Conduit, the snappy remarks, the funny one liners etc had me laughing out loud. The story was smashing, so I started on Embrace. Again filled with one liners which had me laughing or at least chuckling, at situations I thought, oh no. Not that. Then…. well then she introduced me, the
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Bex 'n' Books
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: earc-review
"Seriously! I don't know whether to throw kisses your way or rocks. Just finished Embrace. Loved, loved, loved, but come on - the ending! It's already 11pm here. How on earth can I sleep after that cliff hanger!
When do we get the next installment please? I might just pop in excitement! Lol"



Okay, so this is not my usual way to start a review, but this was my immediate response to Stacey Rourke , and I mean immediately after completing Embrace. Maybe it will suffice as a review as it sums up my i
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Jennifer  Davis
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was given an e-copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Embrace is the second installment to The Gryphon Series. Celeste and her siblings are still trying to embrace this life of being chosen. But unlike Celeste, Gabe and Kendall continue to have a social life. Celeste has withdrawn due to the outcome of her and Alec's relationship. Oh yes, Alec is back! You will see lots of familiar faces, but there are several newbies as well. There is Rowan, who can pretty much make you do whatever
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Autumn
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, paranormal, ya, own
review to come.. but seriously whoa!!


Fun.. Sarcastic.. Humorous.. and AWESOMENESS.. Just a few words to describe Embrace.. He we go this time around Celeste and her shield and sword (Kendell and Gabe) are kicking ass and taking names.. Attempting to recover from the heartbreak of Alec Celeste is going to school.. working.. and fighting demons.. Yeah thats not working out so well.. But whats a girl to do weve all been there.. No? you havent okay its just me than.. Along the way shes making frien
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Beth  (YA Books Central)
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it

I absolutely LOVE the characters in this book. The main character, Celeste, is HILARIOUS. I love her! She has a quirky, fun, interesting personality and it just makes you laugh out loud. I couldn't wait to read and see what she would do or say next! HA! I also liked the introduction of new characters to this series. We meet The Dark Army Glee Club, The Evil Countess, and a new love interest....hmmmm...and YES I loved him. His name would be Caleb which is in itself gorgeous. Yet the best thing ab
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Amy
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Embrace, Gryphon Series Book2
Author: Stacey Rourke
Fantastic! Edge of your seat action, wit, and non stop entertainment with this incredibly engrossing continuation in the ancient saga of Good vs. Evil. Celeste deals with relationship issues, family issues, not to mention your everyday battle against demons as she sarcastically feels her way through lies, deceit and love finds herself dealing with all kinds of trust issues. Ms. Rourke, takes us to a world that is so well written her demonic boyfr
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Zaida
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-e-library
Second book, double the greatness. The introduction of new characters did not overcomplicate the story either. First there is the Glee Club, a very unique and surprising group of demons. I don't know where these ideas come from, but they are wonderful! Then there is Rowan, a sexy "pirate" what more needs to be said? Then, well then there is Caleb. Insert audible sigh here. Last book there was Alec (who let me say is up to naughty naughty things) who I personally never felt a strong pull too, nor ...more
Amanda
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-home-library
There was no question that I was going to read Embrace. After The Conduit I was hooked. All of the amazing characters were back and a few new ones tossed into the mix, just for fun. (Dark Army Glee Club = pee your pants funny!!! If for no other reason you MUST read this book to meet them)

The characters always seem so real and not at all forced. The plot was well written and was full of action, adventure, romance, and a lot of humor. Stacey didn't disappoint with her comic relief and more often
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Rachel
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-series
Oh My, Oh my, oh my..... My heart was in my throat for half of this book. At first you can't tell romantically which direction Celeste was going in, but wow does she get her arms full about mid-way through. This is very much a young adult kind of romance but it is so wonderfully written that I want some of that demon loving in the worse way!! The reader is taken on an emotional ride with these two characters, finding out if they can love each other. And no, I'm not going to tell you who. READ TH ...more
Claire Taylor
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Stacey Rourke
Embrace
Book Two of the Gryphon Series

As with The Conduit, I couldn’t tear myself away from this book. My imagination completely got the better of me (might have had something to do with the introduction of a gorgeous Irish guy) and once again I was fully immersed in the lives of Celeste, Gabe, and Kendall (and Grams, couldn’t possibly forget Grams even if I tried).

Everything is just bigger and better with this book (didn’t think that was possible after reading book one). The sibl
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Franjessca
Full Review posted on Book Lovin' Mamas

Stacey Rourke kept me on the edge of my seat in this book and this by far is the best book probably until I read the next one.  I just loved the action in this one and of course the secrets that came out.  (Mainly about Gabe and his new love interest LOL)  Poor Celeste...had no clue.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves reading young adult and loves a little bit of paranormal and fantasy.  You'll enjoy the Garrett siblings even more in "Embrace."  You'l
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Brittany
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
All I have to say is if you haven't read anything by the author, you are SERIOUSLY missing out! I loved her writing style in this book so much that I went back and started reading the first book. Embrace is technically a stand alone even though it is part of the series, but I would recommend reading The Conduit first. The author goes above and beyond in character detail and interaction throughout the scenes. Once you start reading you just can't put the book down. I had planned on reading a few ...more
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“With an easy grin he peered up at me. It took every ounce of self-control I had not to stare slack-jawed into his eyes. They gleamed like freshly polished emeralds, speckled with tiny flecks of gold. They were so pretty. Almost hypnotic...
That's right about the time when I realized he had said something. I missed it because I was too busy gawking at him. Oh, crap! Did he order? Introduce himself? Ask me to marry him? Request a restraining order? I have no idea!
How do I fix this and not come off like a total loser?
"Huh?"
Yeah, no. That wasn't it.”
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