Relic

Relic

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by Steven Bruce Whibley
     
 

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Book 2 in the Dean Curse Chronicles.

Fourteen-year-old Dean Curse is still having horrifying visions of the soon-to-be-dead. But after saving his sister, he sees it for the gift the mysterious society intended it to be.

So far, Dean's ability has cost him a few broken bones and a standing appointment at group therapy. But those are small sacrifices compared to the

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Book 2 in the Dean Curse Chronicles.

Fourteen-year-old Dean Curse is still having horrifying visions of the soon-to-be-dead. But after saving his sister, he sees it for the gift the mysterious society intended it to be.

So far, Dean's ability has cost him a few broken bones and a standing appointment at group therapy. But those are small sacrifices compared to the lives he's saved. But now, Dean-and his best friends, Colin and Lisa-are forced to make hard decisions that could get them in serious trouble with the law. They have less than twenty-four hours to decide if a few wrongs really can make a right

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780991920846
Publisher:
Steven Whibley Books
Publication date:
07/31/2013
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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Relic 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anna-BelleO More than 1 year ago
Even better than the first (which is hard to do). It was really exciting, and I love the twist at the end. Can’t wait for the next one! 
Burke_Vindevoghel0 More than 1 year ago
Steven Whibley picks up right where he left off. I loved Glimpse, and the same goes for Relic. Dean, Lisa and Colin make a great team in this book, with each bringing their own qualities to the team. The fact that each character struggles in their own way with Dean having his 'curse' made it very realistic. Add in the entrance of the secret society, and you get attached to the book quite quickly. Relic had the same humor between characters as Glimpse, especially Dean and his sister. And another creative storyline, with a very interesting cultural element to it that leads to an exciting finish. Perfect read in my books, and I'm definitely looking forward to the third book!
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite In Steven Whibley's book, Relic: The Dean Curse Chronicle, Book 2, the main protagonist, Dean Curse, still thinks that having visions of people twenty four hours before they die is not a gift. However, he realizes that it is not a curse either. Has he finally accepted and embraced his visions? It does not matter. What is important is that he now understands the need to act and save anyone he can. Together with his friends, Dean has to figure out what his visions are showing him. After saving a man at the mall from death, they find themselves fighting a monk in a museum and stealing back a severed Buddha head.   While I admit that Relic fails to exceed my expectations, I also think that this second book has its own unique way of catching my attention. Although the first book, for me, is more interesting, Book 2 also has its charm that young adults will love. Dean’s new adventure arouses my curiosity and I am looking forward to more adventures in this sequel, but it looks like Steven Whibley is keeping them for the next series. This is probably the reason why I feel something is lacking. I am too excited to follow the reluctant hero in action. With this being said, I cannot wait to read the third book, Impact! Relic is dialogue-driven and it is written effectively. Whibley surely knows where he wants to bring his story and reading his book is a wonderful experience.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite Relic: The Dean Curse Chronicles by Steven Whibley is a suspenseful thriller that will keep the reader turning pages. Dean Curse has a gift. A vision that someone is going to die comes to him and he has 24 hours to stop the tragedy. With the help of his two friends Lisa and Colin, the teen does everything possible and necessary to keep whoever is in his vision alive. When a relic belonging to a small Cambodian village is stolen and then placed in a museum exhibition, things take a turn for the worse. Dean’s visions of museum guards and Cambodian monks dying lead them into action. With guidance from Mister Archer, a veteran member of the Congregatio de Sacrificio society, the teens learn more about using Dean’s gift, and what it all means as they work together to save lives. With plenty of courage in the face of their own personal doubts, they press forward, risking their lives and braving the possibility of being found out. Steven Whibley has the makings of a classic thriller series with the creative concept and the well established characters of this novel. His characters reflect the true psyche of teens as they struggle with their own insecurities while stepping forward to meet an important set of challenges. The reader is drawn into the plot and can hardly wait to turn the page and find out what action awaits. The plot is believable and has a light-hearted, comic relief built into the tense action. This is a great addition to any reader’s library and is likely to become a very popular read among young adults and teens alike.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Relic is the second book in Steven Whibley's The Dean Curse Chronicles, a mystery series for young adults. Dean has a special gift that he's just learning how to use. He gets visions when someone is going to die. Dean's pals, Colin and Lisa, work with him to try and change the patterns of events and keep those people alive. In the first book, Dean saved his sister, Becky, a frizzy-haired know-it-all whose life is dedicated to embarrassing him, by throwing himself in front of a moving vehicle. When Relic begins, he's still wearing the cast on his broken leg. Dean's mother has arranged a family outing to the local museum which has a display of coprolite. Becky's a collector with a taste for the bizarre and collecting fossilized feces is her newest passion. When they arrive at the museum, there's a protest led by Cambodian monks over a stone Buddha head which is on display there. While Dean is exploring the exhibits with Lisa and Colin, one of the monks gets into a heated exchange with an onlooker and charges away, knocking into Dean -- which sets off another vision. You don't have to be a young adult to enjoy Relic by Steven Whibley. Each vision leads Dean, Colin, and Lisa into a puzzle-solving adventure which may or may not save a person's life. The three are a fabulous team. Colin is a comical blend of James Bond and MacGyver, and the interaction between him and the others is endlessly entertaining. While I read the first book in the series, Relic stands alone, and readers new to the series will quickly get involved. There's plenty of action and suspense, and there was just enough humor to keep this reader grinning and sometimes laughing out loud. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in The Dean Curse Chronicles.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite Not many teenagers could handle disturbing visions of people dying or dead without going insane, but Dean Curse has had some time to adjust to his unique ability. In Relic, Steven Whibley gives us and Dean a bit more information about the centuries-old secret society that bestowed Dean with his gift. While Dean often feels his gift aptly fits his last name, he learns that it is his mental fortitude and strength of character that made him a prime candidate for these visions. Despite his stress and misgivings about his abilities, Dean and his crew Lisa and Colin are back in Relic, working hard to stop a monk from pulling off a museum heist. At least, they would be working hard if the police didn’t suspect Dean was causing trouble instead of trying to prevent it. What Steven Whibley has excelled at with The Dean Curse Chronicles is writing stories for teens that are smart, insightful, and compelling. While Dean, Colin, and Lisa all chatter on in the way 14-year-olds do, they show extreme bravery and quick thinking in the face of danger. Instead of focusing heavily on romance or teen angst, Relic deals with a darker side of the world in a way that appeals to the inner crime-fighter inside us all. So much happens in every chapter that it’s a fast-paced read that feels like watching a big budget action flick, but with brighter colors and sharper wit. If not for the fact that this pack of friends get around on bicycles, not in cars, one could almost forget just how young Dean and the gang are. The addition of society member Archer was fantastic. It gave the gang an adult they could not only speak to, but who could also boost their confidence and allay their fears. I’m eager to see what new trouble young Dean Curse will find himself in next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite Imagine touching someone and then being allowed a glimpse of them dying twenty-four hours before their death takes place. Fourteen-year-old Dean Curse finds himself with this unsettling gift after being chosen to become a member of a secret society that he really knows little about. Whenever he gets a glimpse, it then becomes a race against time for Dean and his two best friends, Colin and Lisa, to thwart death and thereby alter the course of fate! In Relic, Dean finds himself having a vision about a museum robbery where a monk and a security guard will die. As he and his friends try to save two lives they find themselves getting involved in something that just might be more than they can accomplish! Relic is the second installment in The Dean Curse Chronicles and it is just as well written as the first. A series that is certain to appeal to teens and tweens alike, but I must say this adult really enjoys the fast-paced, 'edge of your seat' writing style Steven Whibley accomplishes with apparent ease! Descriptions really allow this story to come to life. It's that kind of imaginative writing that really grabbed me and pulled me along. With suspense one minute and then a humorous scene in the next, I was never bored and couldn't help but wonder where the author would take me next.  In addition to their saving lives, we also glimpse the realistic feelings that Lisa and Dean have concerning the weight of Dean's gift. I think it's fantastic that the author portrays a positive relationship between Dean and his parents. From the sibling relationship between Dean and his sister Becky, I have to believe that Mr. Whibley has a sister of his own! Relic is a fast-paced page-turner filled with fun, adventure, and friendships that grab the reader's imagination and leave them anxiously waiting the next adventure in The Dean Curse Chronicles!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thumbs up. 'nuf said.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loving this series. I like the charcters and I think Colin is funny.
MRCROCCO More than 1 year ago
The secret Society began more than a thousand years ago, during a time when kings took war seriously, while disregarding human life. The Society evolved out of necessity to preserve life. Dean Curse continues to be the youngest member of the secret Society, being only fourteen. He wonders why he was never given the chance to accept or reject membership. In Relic, he learns why everyone in the world isn’t a member - People are different, and some would use the gift for their own benefit, others would go insane having to deal with the visions and possible failures resulting in death. Accepting his life’s fate as a member in the Society, Dean’s visions of people in danger of losing their life, is all-consuming. He shares his visions with a few of his best friends, which certainly helps Dean deal with his vision to vision occurrences, especially since he only has twenty-four stressful hours to save a life. Relic is about Dean’s vision of a museum robbery, where he believes a monk will be killed. Brainstorming strategies, he and his friends involve breaking the law and the police. I recommend Relic, because it is packed full of adventure for kids, and may spark an interest to put down the video games and start a fun secret society of their own. Family and friendship values are sprinkled throughout the book, which is a secret bonus in itself.