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Book Three of the Gryphon Series
by Stacey Rourke
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 is any lesson she should heed since receiving her calling itís that everything can change in the blink of an eye. Soon a terrible new threat, unlike anything sheís 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 is 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 Jello 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!
Love, Loss, Mystery, Humor,
Kick-Butt Action, Mythological Power,
This book has it all!
Review: 5 of 5 Stars!
Sacrifice is the third book in the Gryphon Series by Stacey Rourke. After reading downloading my copy of Sacrifice it didn’t take me long to finish reading it. I had to feed my starving mind with the words after waiting so long since Embrace. Let me first say, Stacey knows how to satisfy her readers…and making them beg for more.
This story is full of emotional pain in different forms for the conduit and her team. The experiences are heart wrenching. The characters have grown since the last book both with their skills and their survival while grieving, which is necessary in their line of life. After the cliffhanger of book two, the reader doesn’t know what Celeste is so scared of. I must say, it wasn’t what I was expecting, but let me tell you, it definitely makes the story awesome.
Something I love about Stacey’s books is how she tells the love stories. She writes of kissing, holding hands, blushing, charming talk, having a shoulder to cry on, and doesn’t get into the “details” of their personal experiences… those are my favorite romances to read about. There are times I just want to hit some sense into Rowan’s head, and other times I want to kiss him. The love triangle is definitely a good one and I can see it going either way.
Stacey really knows how to write a mystery into her stories and have all the pieces fall into place at the end. With each book in the series it just keeps getting better and better. The twists are unexpected and placed in just the right places, not fully clicking together until the end is near. On top of that, the puzzle gets bigger as more questions arise. Continuing from the first two books, the plot flows fluently, with no holes, and a direct path that doesn’t leave the reader lost trying to grasp what is happening. In this book however, there is a mystery at the end you may or may not realize. I certainly did and had a fictional heart attack in worry over what might take place in book four.
Sacrifice has a cliffhanger thrice as shocking as Embrace and The Conduit. At the last words I mentally screamed “NO!!!!!” I really hope I get the chance to read book four soon because I NEED to KNOW! Another Phenomenal job Stacey! 5 gold stars!
Character Feature: Alaina
She first appeared to the Garrett kids as a beautiful winged vixen sent to lead them toward their callings as their Spirit Guide. Alaina was to remain aloof, to guide but not get involved. That all changed when she met Gabe, the oldest Garrett. For him she would risk what the Council that governs her proclaims is forbiddenóa relationship with a mortal. For their love she will be ridiculed and cast from the only home she has known for centuries. Now her mortality is restored and she must find a way to blend in to this frightening new world.
About the Author, Stacey Rourke
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012.
Stacey Rourke is the author of the Gryphon Series. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, drooly dogs. Stacey loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this series as well as other literary projects.
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Other Books by Stacey Rourke
Book One in the Gryphon Series
By 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 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.
“Okay, little side note here. If a psychopathic killer asks if you want to see a trick, say no. That’s the smart thing to do. I, on the other hand, responded, ‘Bring it’.”
Book Two in the Gryphon Series
By Stacey Rourke
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.
Excerpt: (I chose this excerpt because I can just imagine hearing Celeste say it to herself and it so incredibly awesome. Makes humiliating yourself in front of a guy not seem so bad in comparison.)
With narrowed eyes, he peered past me to the counter. ”Ya sure it’s broken? Sounds like it’s on now.”
I turned my head in the direction of the counter. He was right, something was whirring. I could hear it, too. But it wasn’t coming from the counter, or the DOA cappuccino machine. It was closer than that. Close enough that I could feel the vibration in my chest.
Oh, sweet-mother-of-all-that’s-good-and-pure, IT’S ME!! I’m purring!
The Sidekick Chronicles
A Gryphon Series Novella
by Stacey Rourke
Celeste isn’t the only member of the Garrett family whose life changed when destiny called. Every sidekick has their tale and in this Gryphon Series short the spotlight is turned on Kendall, Grams and even Gabe. Get an inside look at the hilarious stress that goes along with being a…sidekick.
Sidekicks…ya can’t live with ‘em and you’d probably die horribly without ‘em.
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