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Reliquary (Reliquary Series) Paperback – June 14, 2016
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“Fine keeps the story moving at a snappy, stylish clip.” —Publishers Weekly
“VERDICT: Mixing mystery with romance, Fine, author of the similarly genre-blended Servants of Fate books, has created an intriguing underworld, where those seeking an enchanting high slip easily into addiction and desperation.” —Library Journal
About the Author
Sarah Fine is a clinical psychologist and the author of the Servants of Fate and Guards of the Shadowlands series. She was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast.
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I have loved everything Sarah Fine has written so it was a no brainer that I had to get my hands on this latest of hers and read it immediately. I was not disappointed in the slightest. This book grabbed me immediately and didn’t let go until the last page. I closed the book and hopped on Amazon to purchase the second book, Splinter available now.
I was so addicted to this book while reading it and I’ve got to admit it’s been hard for me to move on. I got so invested in Mattie and Asa that I was not ready to put them up yet. I loved their dynamic and chemistry. Plus, this book was so much fun and very, very steamy. It was the perfect summer read.
Sure, this book plays on some typical paranormal tropes but Fine’s writing and characters stick out. We did have a love triangle (but I think it was handled well and honestly I hate Ben so I wasn’t bothered). Though there was non stop action I felt that, for me, this book was driven by the characters. They are very complex and not at all good or evil. Ok, some are pretty damn evil. But, the main cast straddle the line of what is right and wrong which makes the reading experience that much more interesting.
I would classify this book as the type of fun had while reading the Sookie Stackhouse books (the first 4) because of the fast pacing and paranormal leaking into the everyday life of a ‘regular’ gal. I love stories where the main character is learning about the world and themselves along with the reader and this is exactly like that. I was just as lost as Mattie when trying to navigate the magical underworld. I felt that not only was Asa leading her on this adventure but me as well.
Reliquary is a perfect read for the urban fantasy/adult paranormal reader. I loved the character dynamic between Mattie and Asa and honestly became incredibly addicted to needing them to be together always, haha. I would say that for any faults this book might have the fast pacing and entertainment value alone make this one to read.
If you like this series you will enjoy her others.
So I am a big fan of Sarah Fine's Guards of the Shadowlands YA series. I gave her adult series Marked a chance and I was not impressed at all by it.
I'm glad to say that my reaction to Reliquary is much more like the former. I honestly can't even remember the main character's name in Marked, it was completely forgettable for me. But Mattie Carver - our heroine in Reliquary is someone I will remember. She is a great main character in the sense that she is likeable and seems...approachable. She is naive and a bit gullible. I can relate to her on that level. Basically she reminds me of Lela (GOTS series), but maybe slightly less bad-ass. =] I think that all the characters in this book are very well-rounded and you truly feel like you get to know them - which is something I really enjoy. I love character building almost as much as I like world building in any fantasy novel.
The action is fast-paced and relatively believable. There are gratuitous sex scenes - much like the Marked series which I felt it was over done in an attempt to make it more "adult" in that case. However, the scenes here in Reliquary are not as numerous or as...frivolous. There are S&M scenes as well so if that isn't your thing...well you might want to skip this one.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. I read it in less than a month which is pretty good time for me. I found myself wanting to pick up the Kindle and read it. And I have started Splinter which is book 2 and am already over 40% done with it...so this series is definitely keeping my interest.
Overall if you are a fan of Sarah Fine I think you will enjoy this book. To me it is much better than her other adult books. I'm glad I gave it a chance!
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