Author: Renee Collins
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Format: Paperback, 400 Pages
ISBN-10: 1622660145 (Entangled Teen)
ISBN-13: 978-1622660148 (Entangled Teen)
Reviewed by: Bridget
After a raging fire consumes her town and kills her parents, Maggie Davis is on her own to protect her younger sister and survive best she can in the Colorado town of Burning Mesa. In Maggie’s world, the bones of long-extinct magical creatures such as dragons and sirens are mined and traded for their residual magical elements, and harnessing these relics’ powers allows the user to wield fire, turn invisible, or heal even the worst of injuries.
Working in a local saloon, Maggie befriends the spirited showgirl Adelaide and falls for the roguish cowboy Landon. But when she proves to have a particular skill at harnessing the relics’ powers, Maggie is whisked away to the glamorous hacienda of Álvar Castilla, the wealthy young relic baron who runs Burning Mesa. Though his intentions aren’t always clear, Álvar trains Maggie in the world of relic magic. But when the mysterious fires reappear in their neighboring towns, Maggie must discover who is channeling relic magic for evil before it’s too late.
Relic is a thrilling adventure set in a wholly unique world, and a spell-binding story of love, trust, and the power of good.
Quick & Dirty: Fast paced western with a unique paranormal twist. Amazing characters, interesting setting, and a fascinating plot makes this a must read for all YA fans.
Opening Sentence: We were home alone the night that Haydenville burned.
Maggie Davis is 16 years old and lives in a small town in Colorado, with her family. Then one night a terrible fire burns her home and kills everyone but her and her little sister. She travels to the town of Burning Mesa where she looks for work. Maggie is lucky to find work at the local saloon as a hostess. She tries to survive and take care of her little sister the best she can. She makes some unlikely friends and meets the dashing cowboy Landon Black. But Maggie also has unusual magical skills that don’t go unnoticed for long.
In Maggie’s world there are talismans known as relics, which are the bones of paranormal creatures. These bones posses magic and depending on what they came from they all hold a different kind of power. For example, dragon bones contain the power of fire, goblin bones can make you invisible, and siren bones can make you very persuasive. Maggie has always been fascinated by relics and it turns out she has a special skill when it comes to harnessing their powers. Soon the very influential Álvar Castilla takes notice and employs Maggie to help him. At first Maggie is swept away in his world of finery and magic, but soon reality seeps in and she starts to wonder if she can really trust Álvar. Then another town is burned and Maggie has to try and figure out who is behind it all.
Maggie is an awesome heroine. I instantly connected with her and loved everything about her. She is strong, independent, and sticks to her beliefs. She is thrown into an impossible situation and while she does make some mistakes she tries the best she can. She has a feisty personality and doesn’t like to be told what to do. Much of the things she goes through are heartbreaking, but instead of letting her problems defeat her she comes out on top. You get to experience so many first with her and I enjoyed every minute of it. She was an amazing character that you couldn’t help but love and respect.
Okay, I have to confess something here; I am a total sucker for sexy cowboys and Landon Black is one very sexy cowboy. With beautiful blue eyes, straw colored hair and a sweet cowboy accent he pretty much had me at hello. Of course he is also the upmost gentleman like all cowboys should be and he treats Maggie with complete respect. He shows his sweet vulnerable side at times, but he is also tough and protective. He isn’t perfect by all means but his faults just made him more real and desirable. His relationship with Maggie is so sweet and developed perfectly. The only thing I can complain about with Landon is that I wanted even more scenes with him in the book.
If you can’t already tell, I absolutely loved this book. The setting was so much fun and the plot had some very surprising good twists. The characters were awesome and so easy to connect with. The paranormal element in the story was very unique and different from anything else I have ever read. The romance was done perfectly and the mystery kept me guessing the whole way through. This is a debut novel for Renee Collins and she has gained a fan for life from me. At the moment there isn’t anything about a sequel, but with the slight cliffhanger ending, I really hope there is one. I would honestly recommend this to anyone that enjoys YA books, it has so many unique elements that will please a wide range of fans.
The voice jarred me out of my thoughts, nearly making me
fling the pan of broken glass from my hand.
It was a male’s voice. Sounded like a young buck, about my age. He stepped from the dark into a panel of orange light the windows had cast on the dirt. He was tall and lean with fair hair and a wide smile.
As he came closer, however, the smile faded. “Say, what’s wrong?”
I realized that tears still wet my cheeks, and I swiftly wiped them away. “Nothing.”
“You were crying. Are you hurt?”
He made a look of playful, exaggerated distress. “Did some varmint trample on your heart? Tell me where he is, and I’ll give him a what for.”
This made me laugh a little. “It’s nothing like that. But thanks, anyway.”
He grinned, and I felt a flicker of heat in my face. I didn’t recognize him; he certainly wasn’t one of the regulars. And I’d never seen him around town. He was probably one of those railroad workers, and would be leaving for Tucson at first light.
“Did you break something important?” he asked, motioning to my pan. “Is that why you’re upset?”
“You really want to figure this out, don’t you?” I said, both amused and exasperated.
He stepped closer. “A man doesn’t like the sight of a pretty girl crying.”
I tried to laugh dismissively, though it sounded more like a cough.
“I’m Landon,” he said, bending his head to try and meet my eye. “Landon Black. What’s your name?”
FTC Advisory: Entangled Teen provided me with a copy of Relic. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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