I have the express honor to host today’s challenge post for the Summer Lovin’ read-a-thon! I have been so excited to be a part of this event and I hope you are having as much fun as we are.
If you have never done this before, the object of the game is to pick a book you have not yet read, turn to page 99 and read that page. Then you give a synopsis of that page and tell us if, based only on that page, would you want to read this book?
Please remember to give a synopsis ONLY, no spoilers and no plagarism.
So get to it! Read that page and let us know what you think? Did it contain any really good teasers? Want to finish the book to find out what was going on?
Series: Gryphin Series #1
by Stacey Rourke
Published by Anchor Group on March 1, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: Author, Purchased
Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Goodreads
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.”
-excerpt from THE CONDUIT
I am really excited to read this series. I actually got to meet the author, Stacey Rourke, at a local event. She’s from Michigan! And I absolutely love to support authors from my state. I got the whole Gryphon series signed.
Page 99 – The page starts off with Celeste sitting in her room with Gabe (who I am assuming is her brother) discussing someone named Kendall. They are afraid he is somehow going to blow their cover. Enter Grams. This page is mostly Grams talking to Celeste and Gabe and in only one page, I already like her. She is a gossip monger and jumps at the chance to discuss the local happenings in town. The local law enforcement and animal rescue cornered a panther on a roof and shot it several times with a tranquilizer dart. However, when they went to the roof to retrieve the panther, they only found a man, shot with tranquilizer darts. Assuming the panther got away and the man was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, they whisked him off to the hospital and are waiting for him to wake up so they can question him about the panther.
“Excitement like that is even better than my stories!” Grams gushed and waved her freshly polished fushia nails in the air. “Anywho, I came up here to let you know I’m off to Casino Night at the Bingo Hall. Gonna try my hand at Blackjack. Grams neeeds a new pair of shoes! Ha! You kids have a good night.”
See what I mean – I love Grams! It doesn’t hurt that my own great-grandma was a Bingo Hall addict. I’m talking every single day that woman went to Bingo. Throw in a fun-loving attitude and a gossip monger and that is a character I like. Even though she is not a main character in the story, I hope we hear a lot from Grams.
Well, I am supposed to let you know if I would want to read this book based on this page alone. So far, the writing style is easy and smooth to read, and I already like one of the secondary characters. But, for me, it was the last line of the page that clinched it.
“Am I the only one that expected more from the Dark Army than some spaz that gets darted by the local law enforcement?”
It hints at the fantasy/paranormal genre that the book totes and that is exactly what I was looking for from this one. I am even more excited to read this book now!
Now it’s your turn. Grab a book you have not read yet, turn to Page 99, read that page and let us now if you would continue reading the book based only off that page.