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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Review: The Conduit

Posted by Charlene // Tags: , ,
The Conduit
by Stacey Rourke

Plot Summary:

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:

This book is really delightful! The characters and the writing is very strong, with a story that is complex, witty, and engaging. Celeste and her siblings, Gabe and Kendall were written with very realistic and grounded details that made them easy to get to know, and sympathize with. I enjoyed the rivalry, teasing and competition between the three, and the way they worked together to fight against the common enemy. Grams is a fabulous character as well, and she gives hope to those people who think age is just a number! Seriously though I loved that she was such a non-stereotypical grandmother!

This is a fast-paced story as well - with an interesting new mythology and world-building that makes it necessary for the Garrett kids to develop new powers that are made for them to work together. It’s a cute spin on superhero stories, with a great fantasy background. The ending was also very well-crafted - suspenseful and action-packed, it kept pushing me to read faster and faster. I really enjoyed this story, and I have already started reading the second book in the series!

review copy kindly provided by the author
Check back tomorrow for my review of the second book in the series!


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4 comments:

  1. I have this book and I need to read it. Its on my list to read soon. Great review.

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    1. Are you part of the YANR tour? I look forward to your review! Thanks for commenting!

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  2. Love the cover of this one, it sounds like a lot of fun!

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    1. It's a really entertaining read! I think you would have fun playing off the cover if you were to do a picture review. :)

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