Saturday, December 14, 2013

Embrace (Gryphon #2) by Stacey Rourke

There are few things in life that make readers happier than finding a series that keeps getting better and better.  Such is the case with the second novel in the Gryphon series by Stacey Rourke.  Embrace, the sequel to The Conduit, has the charm of the first novel as well as some laugh out loud moments. 

            Since the three Garrett siblings were given their powers, life has not been easy.  Gabe, now comfortable with his shape-shifting powers, takes a leading role in providing the “muscle” for the team.  Keni, with her ability to heal and to fly, serves as the backbone of the crew.  And, of course, Celeste as the Conduit maintains her important position in helping stave off the denizens of the dark army.  While she accepts this responsibility, she is unprepared to face the variety of creatures that she meets.  Yes, she can defeat them physically, but does she have the heart and wisdom to be able to learn which one to trust?
            Though each one of the siblings finds a love interest in Embrace, it is Celeste who struggles the most.  Her first boyfriend, Alec, has apparently been turned to the dark side.  And now, Celeste must consider two men who vie for her attention.  It is up to her to figure out which one is the right one for her.
            From human friends to supernatural friends and foes, Embrace is much more populated than the first novel.  This is not a bad thing, and Rourke does a good job of keeping the focus on the three central characters, while at the same time introducing new characters.  Some provide comic relief and others provide a bit of romance.
            The sarcasm and humor of the characters really stood out and made the reading experience quite fun.  There is a bit of romance in the book, but nothing that a mature teen could not handle.  Though I am not a young adult, I think that they would enjoy this series.
            There are a few grammatical errors in this Kindle version, but nothing too distracting.  They certainly do not take any enjoyment away from this delightful fantasy tale.  I look forward to reading the next novel in the series, Sacrifice.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Regina

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