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(Gryphon #4)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  228 ratings  ·  58 reviews
From best selling and award winning author Stacey Rourke comes the heart-pounding continuation of the acclaimed Gryphon Series.

The turning point of the Gryphon saga is at hand …

Battle looms. Three unstoppable forces prepare to clash in a colossal explosion that could wipe Gainesboro off the map. Fate and a sacred calling have landed nineteen year old Celeste Garrett in th
Kindle Edition, 226 pages
Published November 19th 2013 by Anchor Group Publishing (first published November 1st 2013)
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Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"She is like no other. She will draw strength from them all. Her need to protect them will be her catalyst. Only then can she do what must be done and become the hero we need her to be. Only then will she...ascend."

"You were chosen for this high honor, CeeCee. Because of your strong strength of character."

"One lone thought plagued me as those double doors slammed shut behind us; the very Council that created my team just tore it apart."

"The very people that hold magicks powerful enough to turn o
Samantha (Book Lover's Cozy Cafe)
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Book Tour for this book is being held from November 18-22, at a varying amount of Blogs including mine.

I was given an ARC copy of this book, in return for an honest review.

Ascension starts off after everything was said and done in Sacrifice. About like a week or so. After having expelled Calebs demon, making him human, he was to have forgotten all about Celeste. She sure hadn't forgotten about him. Though that wasn't about to stop her from what was needing to be done. To get prepared for the bat
Heather Alexander
Oh man, if you love this series like I do, you probably thought it couldn't get any better.... You would be sooo wrong! The gangs all here and in a really bad place. The counsel has turned away from them due to a major revelation gone wrong, and the kids are on their own. Battling the Countess and with new Allies that may or may not have their best interests at heart makes life much more difficult than it already was. With Celeste struggling with not only her love life, but with the coming battl ...more
Stephanie Williams
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

What an amazing read! Just when I thought this story couldn't get better-Celeste and the Gryphon Crew are back in a BIG way! Stacey Rourke continues to out do herself. This story is packed with twists, turns and lots of emotion-I just couldn't put it down! In true Gryphon form you're left with a cliffhanger that makes you inpatient for the next installment. You can judge this series by its new covers, as they are awesome! I
Crystal Gray
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a turn of events. So many questions answered in this one. Stacey kept us guessing right to the end.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not to sure about this one to many holes in the story line and the ending i dont understand. But i did like it on a way!
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, arc
I received this ARC to give an honest review.

Man oh man I do not even want to write this review as I know I may end up giving up some spoilers lol.

In Book 4 of this amazing series we continue where book 3 Sacrifice left off.

The characters in the book are just amazing as before. Each having their own witty comments and humor within almost everything that comes out of their mouth. Grams is still one of my favorite characters (besides the hot Rowan and Caleb).

There are some secrets that come up a
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to recieve an ARC copy of this book....yes, be jealous...oh sooooo jealous...LOL!

Well, just when you think it couldn't get any better than the previous books in this series it does! Talking about keeping things lively! A lot of series you see fade off as they get past the famous "trilogy" level. It's always a gamble after book three to continue! The Trilogy Curse maybe? However Stacey Rourke pulls off book four like the pro she is making Ascension my FAVORITE out of her series
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Finally book 4 of the Gryphon series! Its like being reunited with friends. Especially my bestest fictional friend. I always jump at the chance to read anything By Stacey Rourke. She has my heart. That being said I Swear what im about to say is the truth whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me Goddess.
I adore Celeste Garrett shes soo bad ass. Given everything shes been through you would think the girl would crumble. She lost her BF when she rid him of his demon. Eeepps slight spoiler if
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ascension by Stacey Rourke is the 4th book in the Gryphon series. If you haven't read the other books in the series, then you need to read them first. Ascension focuses on the conflict between the Garrett siblings and the Countess. As tensions rise, Celeste learns a lot of truths about the past...and some of the truths she discovers are upsetting. Can Celeste and her friends defeat the Countess and her demon army? Can they survive the war or will members of team Gryphon fall?
Just like all the Gr
Kimberly Schaaf
Holy cow, Batman!! I have been a diehard fan of the Gryphon Series from day one. As life sometimes does get in the way, it has taken me some time to be able to read what BETTER NOT BE the last book in the series.

I forgot just how much I loved Mrs. Rourke's characters in this series. Celeste, Keni, Gabe, Alaina....and the boys, Caleb and Rowan....sigh....

Just when I thought the onslaught of crazy that Stacey threw at Celeste couldn't possibly be worse, we have Ascension. I never imagined that Cel
Claire Taylor
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Stacey Rourke
Gryphon Series #4

It feels like I’ve been patiently waiting for this book forever, and now I’ve read it I can honestly say it was worth the wait. This series is one that I will read over and over again, and I’m not sure I could ever get enough of the characters. Everyone is present for a star performance (incl. the Dark Army Glee Club and Grams), and books 1 – 3 have been leading up to this point, where the final battle is coming and it’s all or nothing. There are some ama
Redheaded Bookworm
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I missed the Garrett clan and was gloriously happy to receive an ARC of this book but all it did was whet my appetite. I lost count of the twists in this book. I don't even know where to begin. How can I tell you how great this book is without giving anything away? This one had me wondering if I might be bi polar. I'm still not convinced that I'm not. One minute I was jumping up and down with joy and the next I was fighting tears. A few more pages and my mouth was hanging open in shock. Did I me ...more
Alana McKinney
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: will-read-again
Twists and turns - yes, those are the words I would use to describe the plot of Stacey Rourke’s newest masterpiece. Our hero, Celeste, is faced with gut-wrenching decisions that could turn her against everyone she was chosen by the Gryphon to protect. Throughout the story, I found myself wrestling with the same emotions as Celeste - trying to decide where my allegiances would fall. Mrs. Rourke certainly has a knack for engaging her readers! I had to force myself to take a break during one of the ...more
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING! I read Ascension by Stacey Rourke. I definitely recommend this book!! This is book #4 of the Gryphon series and it has everything! Fighting, romance, longing, humor, sarcasm, love, hate... you name it! The thing is, with the writing style I didn't get internal whiplash with the different emotions I was feeling. Everything made sense, even the big surprises in this book! This picks up with Celeste longing for Caleb. She is confronted by different beings wanting to fight the evil countess ...more
Dominique Goodall
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I just sat and read Ascension in one go, and I loved it! The rare spelling mistake made me cringe, but not knowing the actual ending was enough to make me want to growl lol. I loved the reveal of the Countess and the (valid) reason behind her hatred for the Gryphon's Conduit. I enjoyed the fact that everyone finally sees Celeste as the heroine - and the sadness with Alec, Caleb and Rowan is enough to make you want a fifth book! ...more
InD'tale Magazine
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Stacey Rourke has penned another great young adult adventure fantasy in which the pages seem to fly by!

Read full review in the 2014 March issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Being VERY generous with rounding up from 3 & 1/2 stars. After being pulled into the story by the first 3 books, this has a different feel from those first 3. Even the cover doesn’t seem to fit with the first 3. Things are buzzing a long in this book really fast, so many mysteries are revealed, some are big surprises, others are big let downs. Some stupid mistakes are made, that were just sad. I really didn’t see some of them coming either. Celeste’s love triangle is just weird for me, I don’t l ...more
Jill Urbanek Gauger
Good versus evil

Celeste has been told one to many lies. Showing up for Sophia’s funeral is Rowan who sold her out to Bernard and a bunch of bad gnomes. Now she finds out that the father they loved and buried 2 years ago is alive as a Council member. Celeste is in for the fight of her life to save her town and the ones she loves. A epic show down.
Laurie Hopkins
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This one was another emotion tugger, it has it's quirks, that's what makes the characters so likeable. But it certainly has moments of grief/sadness. I just need to dive into the next book, well after some sleep.
Sabrina Roy
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-books
I truly love this series it is so good. I wish the ending would have given me a bit more but I like to think her/Rowan and her/Caleb each get their time. It will be interesting to see how the last three novellas play this all out.
J.A. Cintron
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was amazing I need more
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5. A few grammatical errors, but still a great story and a great continuation of the series.

When we left off in Sacrifice, Gabe and Alaina had just gotten married, Sophia was killed, and Rowan betrayed Celeste, leaving her to die at the hands of a bunch of gnomes. In Ascension, Celeste is forced to make several decisions. As her war with the Countess is looming, she learns about the Countess’ history with the Gryphon. The history lesson, combined with another huge revelation, makes her w
Lynn Worton
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review 6******

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is the fourth book in the acclaimed Gryphon series. WOW! Where do I start? I LOVED IT!!

Celeste Garrett is a fantastic character! She is wittily sarcastic, and her mouth tends to get into trouble, but I really love this person! She is the Conduit for the Gryphon, and has had to make some extremely difficult decisions to save those she loves. Now she has to make a choice between what she wants and her
Veronica of V's Reads
In this 4th book in the Gryphon series, we catch up with Celeste and her band of shapeshifting comrades on the brink of war.

The Countess is back, and she wants the Gryphon dead. In this episode we actually learn WHY! (mini-spoiler: Turns out the Gryphon had inadvertently wiped out her whole family...)

The demon Barnabus is willing to assist Celeste to defeat the Countess's army, but how much can you trust a demon, really? I mean, every demon she's ever put faith in has double-crossed her (lookin
Alicia Marietta
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Were do I begin? For starters if you haven't read the first 3 books you need to stop reading and buy them ALL - NOW!

In the 4th installment of the Gryphon series Celeste is still longing for her handsome Irishman Caleb. Just when she's getting ready to pay her respect to her fallen friend, Rowan walks back into her life, ready to stand by her side till the end. Once she arrives on the Spirit Plane with her loved ones, Celeste is slapped with a shocking truth. As the story begins to unfold, will
Frances Baker
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Battle looms. Three unstoppable forces prepare to clash in a colossal explosion that could wipe Gainesboro off the map. Fate and a sacred calling have landed nineteen year old Celeste Garrett in the middle with nowhere to run. Her trust wavers as she uncovers dark secrets of the Council, powerful enough to test her loyalty and turn her against those she swore to protect. Playing to the longing of her heart, a malevolent enemy uses her weakness against her to form an alliance. With the trumpets o ...more
Dawn Liddle
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First off I would just like to say that this have become one of my favourite series that I have read, but this book is the best of the bunch I enjoyed it so much. I mean where do I start….
Well like all the other books this one starts where the last has finished Celeste has a choice to make trust Barnabus or try to say Alec and get Caleb (swoon) back herself. Oh a Rowen is back also yaay, I love him, Celeste not so much she just wants to punch his face in; you can’t really blame the girl if you
Toi Thomas
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book begins just where the 3rd one left off. Celeste and the whole clan are an absolute hot mess, but they still manage to have a few laughs. The Gryphon has been quite for the whole series, but he’s about to start answering some questions. While the Council can no longer be counted on, The Conduit and her posse will stand strong and save the day, or die trying.

There is so much going on in the story that to try to sum it up would only confuse you and do no justice to this amazing story. Le
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent continuation of the Gryphon series. In the fourth book, Celeste has grown and continues to learn more about the past history of the Gryphon. There are many sad moments that invite the reader to look at things from a different way as Celeste struggles with deciding what is right and whose side to join. Though it all lies on her shoulders as the Conduit, she learns that she needs to believe in her friends and family and that they are there to help her as well.
I loved how the
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