Stacey J. Mitchell
I have enjoyed writing for as long as I can remember. I write both fiction and non fiction, although I’ll admit the non fiction comes a lot more easily.
I even enjoyed coursework at school and essays at university – yes, that’s how much I love writing. I have a degree in Egyptology, and I like old things a lot.
Aside from an interest in all periods of history, I like learning Spanish, cooking, being outdoors, strong tea, and red wine. Dislikes include bananas, spiders, and cauliflower.
Connect with me on Twitter (@_staceymitchell) or through my website (http://staceyjmitchell.com)
Where to find Stacey J. Mitchell online
Elizabeth I: A Short Biography
A short and concise biography of Elizabeth I, discussing her reign and the events that happened during this period of history. This book also includes brief biographies of some of the key figures in her reign.
Red Threads (The Fateliner Series #1)
Twenty-six-year-old Lily Robinson has her dream job in a museum, a great boyfriend, and is happy with her life – until the day she starts seeing red threads growing out of the chests of those around her.
Lily's life is rapidly turned upside-down when she gets thrown into the world of fate and meets the beings who influence it.
The Roles of the Goddess Isis in the Pyramid Texts
An extended essay looking at the Ancient Egyptian goddess Isis and her various roles within the Pyramid Texts, a collection of utterances found inside the pyramids of various Egyptian pharaohs. Includes an introduction to the Pyramid Texts and where they were found as well as information on the goddess Isis and her place within the Egyptian pantheon.
What does it mean to be a heroine in a Greek romantic novel?
An essay examining and comparing the heroines in the following romantic novels: Kallirhoe (or Chaereas and Kallirhoe) by Chariton, The Ephesian Tale by Xenophon, Leukippe and Kleitophon by Achilles Tatius, Daphnis and Chloe by Longus and the Aithiopika by Heliodorus.
Essays in Egyptology
A collection of five essays on the subject of Egyptology. Topics include the introduction of the horse to Egypt, the function of Isis in ancient Egyptian religion, and the religious symbolism in Djoser's pyramid complex.
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Smashwords book reviews by Stacey J. Mitchell
- The Conduit
on July 26, 2013
The Conduit is a refreshing take on Young Adult fiction. I think it's fair to say that YA books can often be angst-filled, with troubled teens making tricky decisions. Celeste Garrett, her brother Gabe and sister Kendall have their fair share of tough decisions to contend with, but they deal with everything in the book with a big pinch of attitude and snarky humour.
The plot itself is unique, with the three siblings finding out they have roles to play as superheroes, thanks to a pact their ancestors made way back in the 17th century with the Gryphon. I love books that are set in the “real world” but have elements of fantasy, and this certainly didn't disappoint.
What I love most about The Conduit is that it's a funny book, and I laughed out loud on more than one occasion. It's not surprising that the author won an award in 2012 for writing humorous fiction—it's definitely well deserved!
I also really like Celeste as a character—she's so real and relatable because she's a normal teenage girl, personality-wise at least. I also love the way she interacts with her brother and sister. It feels like a real, sibling relationship, complete with bickering at one end of the scale and supporting each other through epic battles at the other. Grams completes the family unit while the kids' mother is out of town, and she's also a colourful character! She takes no nonsense and doesn't act the traditional way a grandmother might be expected to act, which I love!
The novel ends with a cliffhanger that made me seriously happy I already had the second book—I wanted to get stuck in straight away, and that's exactly what I've done. Anyone who wants to read YA with a difference—this is your book!
(Free ebook copy received in exchange for an honest review)
- Embrace, Gryphon Series Book 2
on July 26, 2013
I'm giving this book 4.5* out of 5 rather than just 4. I really enjoyed Embrace, and maybe even a little more than the first book in the series, The Conduit.
This is tough review to write without including spoilers, but I will do my best! We know that Celeste and her siblings Gabe and Kendall are superheroes, and at the end of The Conduit they had an epic battle that put an end to one big baddie. Of course, the bad guys don't just go away that easily, and that's what keeps the trio busy in Embrace, the second book in the series.
Nothing is quite what it seems in this novel, and Celeste has to work out who to place her trust in. It's not as straightforward as she would have hoped, and she has to go with her gut instinct whilst praying that her special powers don't let her down. Because of this, there were so many twists and turns I certainly didn't have a clue what might happen next! Talk about a page-turner...
One of the best things about this book was the Glee Club—if you've read the book, you'll get what I mean. As with much of this review, I daren't say too much about them, but if you read Embrace and don't find them hilarious you've totally missed the point!
Being the Chosen One is tough, but in this book Celeste finally has a bit of luck. (One word: Caleb.) Rourke manages to shoehorn some sexual tension in amongst the butt-kicking and snappy one liners, and I think this helps to make the book even better than the first.
Add in another cliffhanger ending (and thankfully I already have the third book in the series!) and you have a second fantastic novel in the Gryphon series from Stacey Rourke. Once again, it comes highly recommended from me!
(Free ebook copy received in exchange for an honest review.)
on July 26, 2013
4.5* out of 5*
Sacrifice is the third book in the Gryphon series and gives us plenty more of what we have come to expect: action and snarky humour. But that's not all—Celeste has a seriously difficult decision to make. Without spoiling anything, I really expected that there would be a way around it, but I should have known better—if there's one thing I have learnt about the author from the three books of hers that I have read so far, it's that she keeps the surprises coming. Things are never predictable, and for that I thank Stacey Rourke!
With a wedding to organise, the family has its work cut out. With demons where the Garretts least expect them to be, nothing is straightforward for the superheroes. In the end, however, help comes from the most unlikely source—and from a previously mysterious character who gets more time in the limelight in this book.
This book ends, as the others do, with a huge cliffhanger, and sadly the next book in the series isn't out yet! So I'll be waiting eagerly for the next instalment of the Gryphon series to find out what comes next for the Garrett family. This comes highly recommended, just like the two books preceding it in the series.
(Book received in exchange for an honest review.)