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Relic (A Relic Novel) by [Collins, Renee]
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Length: 400 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 12 - 18 Grade Level: 7 - 12

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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up—A fantasy-filled alternative U.S. history title set in the Colorado Territory in 1867. Sixteen-year-old Maggie's parents never returned from a trip to town, and her older brother just died in a fire from which she and her younger sister barely escaped with the help of an Apache teen. Maggie and Ella end up in a small town populated by prospectors. Relic prospectors. Fossilized unicorn horns, the bones of kraken, bits from griffins and werewolves, and trolls are buried in the mesas all around. People who are rich enough to own relics (like hacienda boss Álvar Castilla) or talented enough to harness their magic (like Moon John and Maggie) can gain advantages such as fire-starting or invisibility. Highly dangerous shadow relics are forbidden by law, but that doesn't mean they aren't available on the black market. Maggie takes a job as a waitress in a saloon and makes friends with Adelaide, a fancy dancer and occasional prostitute. She meets Landon, a cowboy who steals her heart, and she wonders about the fate of the Apache who saved her life. The writing can be predictable (hearts "burst," eyes "plead," feet "are rooted," and emotions "choked back"), but the story has enough inventive action and romance to keep teens interested. The ending offers a reveal that practically guarantees a sequel. Offer this one to older fans of Patricia C. Wrede's Thirteenth Child (Scholastic, 2009), another fantasy-filled alternative U.S. history. Fans of Westerns will enjoy the frontier atmosphere, if they don't mind the occasional appearance of ghost coyotes and magical goblin belts.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX

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After losing their family in a freak fire, 16-year-old Maggie and her younger sister are looking for a home in the dusty western town of Burning Mesa, whose chief industry is mining the bones (relics) of ancient magical creatures, such as sirens, kracken, and sphinx. Maggie is hired by the local hacienda owner and discovers that he is linked to the fires, which are being blamed on the Apaches, fires that continue to threaten the lives of innocent people. Collins’ fantasy is a creative riff on the classic western, complete with dance-hall girls, evil overseers, and well-dressed gentlemen from the East. The turns of phrase and dialogue also contribute nicely to the horse-opera feel. Native Americans are represented respectfully for the most part, with the exception of a few stereotypes, such as wise Indian. The audience for this book is wider than you might suspect; mildly steamy scenes should make this of interest to high-schoolers in search of gentle reads that nonetheless have a strong love story. Grades 7-9. --Cindy Welch

Product Details

  • File Size: 1556 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Teen (August 27, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 27, 2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,493 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Relic is a very powerful story. Maggie and her sister, Ella, are the only ones to escape the burning of Haydenville. Maggie is a survivor. She will protect and care for her little sister, but her powerful connection to the ancient Relics becomes the driving force in her life. When the most powerful man in the county, Alvar Castilla, offers her his protection, Maggie takes his help. She knows there are strings attached. Will she be willing to pay the price? What is his true intention? Maggie is a multi-dimensional character. As the story unfolds, you see her grow into a strong, powerful woman. She fights for what is just and right. Life may knock her down but it won't defeat her. The western setting adds to the dark beauty of the story. Renee Collins handles difficult topics with a deft yet realistic touch. She creates a world that may be dark but also has love and redemption. This book will appeal to all ages with it's perfect mix of romance, suspense and magic. A great story by a very talented author.

I received a copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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I love just about everything that Entangled Teen brings out, which is why despite my lack of interest in cowboy/wild west themed novels, I chose to read Relic.
Within the first couple of pages, the story of Maggie Davis, drew me in. Right from the start, I saw the strength of this young girl and how determined she was to take care of her family.

Once I began the first sentence, I was glued to my iPad. I just couldn't bring myself to take a break. The concept of the magical relics really intrigued me. I was captivated by their origination from extinct creatures. There were non-stop twists that kept me filled with suspense throughout the entire book.
Renee did a beautiful job of adding so many different elements, yet not one overpowered the other.

Renee Collins has created a spellbinding, magical world that you'll never want to leave!

Relic was hands down, my favorite YA read of the year. Perhaps even in general. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys young adult books with strong female leads, historical fantasy, magic, and the wild west!
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I don't usually read western or romance but I really enjoyed Relic. This is a strong fantasy story in a Western setting. In this alternate reality, dragons, unicorns and griffins used to exist and their bones (relics) can be collected and used for magic. Hispanic people discovered and mined the bones so they are very rich and powerful in this alternate reality. Cowboys with magic guns fight Indians who seek to protect the land.

A sixteen year old girl, Maggie, struggles to survive and take care of her little sister, Ella, after a tragic fire destroys her town and kills her family. Maggie discovers that she has a special ability to use relics. She is drawn to an Indian named Yahn, accused of helping burn villages, and also a cowboy named Landon who works for a powerful hacienda owner, Alvar Castilla, whose moral fiber is in question. Maggie ends up working for Alvar. Is Alvar good or evil? And who really burned the villages, if not the Indians?

The book is imaginative and well written. It's a good read with a strong female character. And the romance is not too mushy. Good for teen readers.
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RELIC is a fantastic debut by Renee Collins. I'd had my eyes set on this book ever since I first read about it on a book blog, long before it had any cover art or marketing. It was one of the most original sounding YA books I'd ever heard of. I wasn't disappointed at all! The romantic in me swooned over the cowboy love interest, and the story lover in me swooned over the brilliant way Collins blended fantasy with the Old West. This would make a GREAT movie. I saw it in my head like one the entire time I was reading, everything was so vivid. So, dear Hollywood, please discover this book. I can't wait for the sequel.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Cowboys and magic - what more could you want?!

Honestly, I haven't read anything like this book. It has aspects of the good old favourites - American western, cowboys, magic, dinosaur bones, adorable little sisters, and several guys falling for one sixteen year old. Mash it all together and you get RELIC. Funky and sparky with an ending to KILL YOU. Let's just say: bookish hangover.

First things first: the combination of Old Western and magic. Brilliance. I'm not a fan of historical fiction, so I had doubts coming into RELIC. My fears didn't vanish until halfway through, but after that I was sold. People have "relics", which are the bones of fabled beasts, like unicorns, vampires, and dragons. They give them special powers. Seriously - cool. I'm of the opinion you can put superpowers into any situation and BOOM. Insta-awesome. But, moving on, shall we?

Characters! Unfortunately, Maggie Davis (narrator) didn't resonate with me. She was the typical "strong" female heroine minus the kick-butt aspects. I found her refreshing, but no click. Her relationship with her little sister Ella is sweet, but I needed more. I only cared about Ella because she was small and had lost her family, perfect fodder for tears. But had Ella held a spunky personality, oh, I'd have been sold 100%. To me, it felt like she was just Maggie's tipping point, to be reused whenever Maggie needed to be manipulated. Adelaide, on the other hand? Very well done. She's the hot prostitute, working a slave contract. But she has power to her character.

As for the men of the tale, there was NO love-triangle. It may seem otherwise, but nope. Crush the clichés (woot!).
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