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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!
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.
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!).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Renee Collins’s RELIC impresses me as a work that tries to offer something for many types of readers. Western? It’s got that. Fantasy? It’s got that. Romance? Read morePublished 17 months ago by D. Williams
I just finished reading this book today. Renee Collin's ability to tell this story captured me. She is an expert writer who kept my full attention for the entire novel (No boring... Read morePublished 20 months ago by jeremy hall
Loved this book. It was very creative and kept me guessing until the very end. My only criticisms are heat is has some mild language and a few inappropriate scenes that I can't let... Read morePublished on May 3, 2014 by cloreep
The Western isn't dead but it has changed. Relic is really a fun, engaging read with a strong heroine. I will look for the next book.Published on April 17, 2014 by C. Weston
The western/magic combo was initially a harder storyline for me to believe, but then I got so wrapped up into the story I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by Shane
I couldn't quite pin down the right word for this story but then I talked to a friend who had read it. She used the word "flat". That was a perfect description. Read morePublished on February 12, 2014 by Ani Stedman
This is a great YA book with a wonderful, strong heroine in a unique and intriguing world. It has one of the best magic systems I've ever read. Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Relic is an interesting mix of western and fantasy elements that for me came together nicely.
I loved how determined Maggie was to take care of her and her sister after... Read more
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***
Relic by Renee Collins
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: August 27, 201
Rating: 4 stars... Read more
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