Title: The Conduit
Author: Stacey Rourke
Publisher: Anchor Group
Release Date: November 15, 2013
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Format: Ebook, Paperback, Audio
Rating: 4 Lattes
Heat Level: Light Roast
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.
This one took me a few stops and starts to get into, mostly because of the other types of books I had been reading before picking this one up. Genre hopping is all fun and games until you jump a little farther than you intended.
This is a fun light hearted read for a young YA audience. I am not in this target audience, but I enjoyed the story.
Celeste and her siblings are adjusting to moving in with their quirky grandmother, when a random encounter with a wooden figurine changes everything. The banter and style of writing reminded me a lot of Quinn Loftis Gray Wolves series.
What kept me reading (or didn’t).
As I mentioned, it took me a minute to get into the book, but once I did, I wanted to know what the siblings would ultimately be capable of. I wanted more of Celeste’s ‘emotional control’ abilities to be more in play, but maybe that comes out in later books.
Gabe and his playfulness made me smile more than once, and the teasing between the siblings was fun.
It’s not really my style, but that doesn’t take away from the book.
I would definitely recommend this book to younger YA readers and those who are looking for a light read with a bit of the supernatural.
About the Author
Stacey Rourke is the award winning author of works that span genres, but possess the same flare for action and snarky humor. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant 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.
- RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012
- Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
- Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013
- Readers’ Favorite Fantasy Silver Medal Winner for 2015
- Readers’ Favorite YA Fantasy Bronze Medal Winner 2017