SacrificeThe Gryphon Series #3By Stacey RourkeExpected Publication: March, 2013, by Anchor Group PublishingCeleste 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's any lesson she should heed since receiving her calling it's that everything can change in the blink of an eye. Soon a terrible new threat, unlike anything she's 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's 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 they 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 Jell-O 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.
EF. EM. EL.
Rourke, I am glaring daggers at you right now. Why must you torture me like this? Why? What have I ever done to you? NOTHING. Exactly. Nothing but fangirl. And you make me cry. All night. All NIGHT. I will not sleep for a week because I WILL BE DROWNING IN TEARS!
Okay.. Okay, I'm better now. Mini rant over. Back to the blog tour.
Sacrifice is the third book in The Gryphon Series by Stacey Rourke
(and I believe it could be considered EVIL from a CLIFFHANGER and many, many tears it causes..), a series I have grown very fond of over this past year. When I heard about this blog tour, I jumped at the chance to read Sacrifice an entire month early and calm myself from the cliffhanger at the end of Embrace.
Now, here's the bad part- I can't tell you ANYTHING about this AMAZING novel. Because I have been told I tend to let things slip, and there are a lot of LITTLE things I could say that could ruin the whole series, and since this is an ARC, I especially can't let that happen.. *sigh* What can I say?
Well, I can tell you that when you pick this series up and get to this book, have pints of ice cream on hand, and boxes upon boxes of tissues, and a few days off work for the aftershocks of this.. I am still crying, and I'm not kidding you.
HOWEVER, even with all my freaking out and screaming seen above, I still love Stacey Rourke. Because anybody that can make me this screwed up in 222 pages of fiction is amazing.
A final note: Sacrifice is a fast paced, roller coaster ride of emotion and suspense that will leave you breathless. Fantastic read!
And now, an interview with Caleb, Celeste and Rowan (oh, boy...)
*Hello all. First I’d like to say thank you for coming together to do this interview with us. For the readers who have been living under a rock and have not gotten to The Conduit and its sequel, Embrace yet, would you all tell us a bit about yourselves?
(Caleb and Celeste open their mouths to talk, but Rowan pipes up first.)
Rowan-Well these two goodie-goodies are out to save the world. As for me? (wiggles eyebrows suggestively) I’m here to make things interesting … and vastly more attractive.
Celeste (peering at him through narrowed eyes.) -No one will ever love you as much as you do.
*Rowan and Caleb, what one word would you use to describe Celeste?
Rowan-(raises one finger) Actually, I’d like to borrow his adjective. She’s amazingly infuriating.
*Celeste, how has your life changed since these boys joined the picture?
Celeste-Well, I never really got much attention from guys before. Now I find as long as they have a little demon in them I’m like cat-nip to them. This has both a “woohoo” and “aw, crap” for my self-esteem.
*In the books, Celeste mentions Puck from the show ‘Glee’ is hot—Has she made either of you watch it? What did you think?
Caleb-Aye, she’s made me watch. I’m still mystified how all those kids know the choreography for those random song an’ dance outbreaks. As fer that mowhawked lad, he’s not the only one that can play a guitar and sing. (He takes Celeste’s hand and gives her a wink.) I’ve got no problem givin’ the lady a serenade when she desires one.
Rowan (rolls his eyes)- I’ve suddenly found myself in the midst of a Taylor Swift song and fear the second coming of my breakfast.
*Mel and I both have a weakness for really good cheesecake. For all of you, what is your favorite dessert?
Rowan (leans in with a seductive leer)-I’ve found most desserts are better eaten off someone. You ladies have plans later?
Celeste-And are you stocked up on Penicillin?
*Where do you all see yourselves a year from now?
Caleb- For centuries I was trapped in a world of hell. I found my bliss with the lil lass beside me and I’ll follow her lead tah the end of the world and back.
Rowan- (his ocean blue eyes suddenly darken with dangerous intent) I will get my father’s pirate ship back. A year’s time should find me reunited with the freedom of my first lady, the sea.
Celeste- (fidgets uncomfortably) Hopefully I’ll still be alive. With an army of demons constantly hunting me, that dream can get a little shaky from time to time. If I could paint my perfect picture I would have a normal life again, where I could head back to college and not end everyday with blood on my clothes. I know, I’m a dreamer.
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 imaginary people that live in her head. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of The Gryphon Series as well as other literary projects.