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The Conduit

(Gryphon #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,042 ratings  ·  236 reviews
Gryphon Series Book 1

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
Kindle Edition, 210 pages
Published November 15th 2013 by Anchor Group (first published November 1st 2011)
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Mimi Smith
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-ind
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
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
Christy Sloat
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, fast, fantasy read! I finished this book in less than 24 hours because I could not put it down without finding out what happened next (this made for a late night of reading). From the relatable characters, to the otherworldly creatures, Rourke nails the YA Fantasy market! Overall 4/5 stars; I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!
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
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 introdu
Karen Toz
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
Alicia Huxtable
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting story

Quite an engaging story with a bit of a twist. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of this series
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
Holly Full Moon Bites Book Reviews
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
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
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
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
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, paranormal, own, ya
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
This book was okay. It started off good but then I started to lose interest about half way in. I will give it credit for being an unique story. However, the characters were mediocre. Celeste is the main character in the story and she has two siblings. One is an older brother and the other is a younger sister. Personally I didn't care for either one. The brother was angry a lot and the sister was kind of a pain. She was also a little dense too. For instance the bad guy was looking for them in thi ...more
Crystal Clifton
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-rad
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
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
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
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Review: 4 stars ****

The Conduit,

Imagine your destiny is already chosen for you , your sister, and brother. Centuries ago, between a Gryphon and a human, it was put into motion what was to be and if that wasn’t bad enough, the world depends on your survival. Facing battles with a demon from the underworld, in the wake of a mighty army headed your way, Hell bent on destroying your blood line.

Celeste, Kendall and Gabe, are visiting their Grams for the summer. Looking to party, find romance, what
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4, author-chain, to-review

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
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
Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kimball Shaw
Recommended to Lynn by: Leann Lucket
My friend Leann Luckett turned me on to this author so based on her recommendation I decided to start reading the series and following the author. Let me start by saying that while the first book didn’t sell me on the series, I still moved on to the 2nd book (Embrace) in the series and was very happy I did. My chief complaint with The Conduit is that I found it to be a bit slow while laying the ground work for the series. Once I got past that I have to say the action was quite good and kept me ...more
Lynn Worton
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah Ashley 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
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Conduit is labeled Young Adult, but it’s a wacky mix of young adult, fantasy, paranormal, humor and just plain good storytelling that will appeal to young and old. The premise is unique in that 18 year old Celeste has been chosen as the “Conduit” to a Gryphon (a magical creature in another plane). Celeste’s 20 year old brother, Gabe, and her 16 year old sister join her Celeste in trying to save the world by fighting demons, beasts and other evil creatures who are trying to end the world.

I d
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
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-e-library
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
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