The Conduit (The Gryphon Series #1)

 
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The Conduit (The Gryphon Series #1)
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March 16, 2012
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978-0985266325
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All eighteen-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.

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Talk about momentum! The Conduit is full of mystery and is action packed. At one point, I found myself completely visualizing this book on the big screen, something I do not do very often.

The story begins with three siblings travelling to Georgia to stay with their Grandmother after a series of break-ins in their hometown spooks their mother. When Celeste, the middle child, notices a glowing bird in her grandmother's yard, her curiosity gets the best of her. We quickly learn that Celeste and her siblings were chosen by their ancestors to fight off evil spirits. With their new mystical super hero powers, they set off to save the world.

Stacey Rourke is an expert storyteller, keeping me interested and engaged through the entire book. (I may or may not have lost track of time while reading this book last night while I was supposed to be cooking dinner for my family ... sorry about the leftovers kids!) There was just no way I could put this story down. The last chapter was so well written, but I have to say that the best part of the book came during the epilogue. Let's just say, I'm glad I wasn't alone in a dark house when I read it... serious c-r-e-e-p-y factor (in a good way) and completely unexpected!

I can't wait for the next book in this series! I think my teens will love this book as much as I did.

P.S. This book also has my new all time favorite line in it: "I bet Robin never made Batman stop for chips."
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