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Book Review & Giveaway: Ascension (Gryphon #4) by Stacey Rourke

9 Feb

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2-1-2014 9-24-25 PMTitle: Ascension

Author: Stacey Rourke

Pages: 318

Date Published: November 18, 2013

Description:

From bestselling 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 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 of war about to sound, which side will the Conduit choose, and who will be left standing?

Review:

I I received a free copy of this book for an honest review. 

Ascension is the fourth book in the Gryphon series. I really like these books, especially since each one is so different from the others. 

Poor Celeste! Not only is the fate of the world depending on her, now she realizes that good vs. evil isn’t so black and white. She has a lot of decisions to make in this book, and the big war that she and her family knew would come finally occurs in Ascension. I mistakenly thought that once the war happened, one side or the other would win and that would be the end of the series. I’m glad I was wrong!

There were a lot of twists in Ascension as well as revelations. I did get confused near the end and I’m still not sure exactly what happened.

If you like young adult fantasy, you’ll love the Gryphon series. I look forward to more Gryphon books in the future. I have grown quite attached to the Garrett clan!

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Book Review & Giveaway: Sacrifice (Gryphon #3) by Stacey Rourke

7 Feb

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2-1-2014 9-31-26 PMTitle: Sacrifice

Author: Stacey Rourke

Pages: 222

Date Published: November 2012, rereleased November 13, 2013

Description:

Celeste Garrett has finally found a happy balance in her life as the Chosen One, thanks in large part to a certain hunky Irishman. But if there’s any lesson she should heed since receiving her calling it’s that everything can change in the blink of an eye. Soon a terrible new threat, unlike anything she’s ever encountered, causes her to make a gut-wrenching choice that will strip her of someone she holds dear. As much as she’d like to have a pity party for one, there’s no time for that now because wedding bells are ringing in Gainesboro! In between dress fittings and rehearsal dinners Celeste will have to fend off attacking demons and leering pirates. As if the Dark Army wasn’t scary enough our heroine is faced with the horrifying trauma of attending a bachelorette party with her mom and watching Grams do Jell-o shots. Is a walk down the aisle even possible for a member of the Garrett family when the Dark Army is out to destroy them? More importantly, will the Dark Army Glee Club sing at the reception? Raise your glass to the happy couple, and get ready for a wedding…Conduit-style.

Review:

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Sacrifice is the third book in the Gryphon series. At first I thought I wasn’t going to like Sacrifice as much as the first two books, Conduit and Embrace, because there was so much fighting at the beginning. Boy, was I wrong!

There are unexpected twists in this book, plenty of action, and so much heartbreak. With so much going on, there were still times that I laughed out loud, such as when someone called gnomes “talking lawn ornaments.” 

The end of Sacrifice is intriguing and I’m glad I have the next book to read because I can’t wait to find out what happens next. I definitely recommend Sacrifice, a young adult fantasy and so much more.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Embrace (Gryphon #2) by Stacey Rourke

5 Feb

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2-1-2014 9-28-27 PMTitle: Embrace

Author: Stacey Rourke

Pages: 250

Date Published: March 2012 (rereleased November 13, 2013)

Description:

RONE Award Winner Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012

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 revelations, amazing new abilities, and mortifying moments in front of insanely hot guys won’t allow time for that. Soon, Celeste finds herself surrounded by darkness and wondering who she can trust—if anyone.

Review:

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Embrace is the second book in the Gryphon series. It’s a young adult fantasy with a lot of action and romance. I liked it as much as Conduit, the first book in the series. I was a little surprised, however, that there were quite a few grammar errors in book 2 when I didn’t notice any in book 1.

In Embrace, Celeste is still strong, caring, and independent but she’s no longer a klutz since she got her powers. I was pleasantly surprised that there were still some funny situations…Stacey Rourke has a great sense of humor.

Embrace is another must read young adult fantasy. Like Conduit, it has a good ending for a book in a series. I’m looking forward to reading book #3, Sacrifice.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Conduit (Gryphon #1) by Stacey Rourke

3 Feb

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2-1-2014 9-26-02 PMTitle: The Conduit

Author: Stacey Rourke

Pages: 212

Date Published: November 2011 (rereleased November 13, 2013)

Description:

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 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.

Review:

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Conduit is a young adult fantasy and is the first book in the Gryphon series. It grabbed my attention from the beginning and never slowed down.

The story is told by Celeste and her character is strong, caring, and a klutz. Her clumsiness causes some very funny situations. The other characters are well developed and they are each unique in their own way. My favorite character is definitely Grams. She’s my hero!

If you like young adult fantasies, Conduit is a must read. And it has the perfect ending for the first book in a series. I’m so glad I received all four books in the series to review…on to Embrace!

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