Reliquary

Reliquary

by Sarah Fine
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Reliquary 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
D-B1 More than 1 year ago
Magical, engaging, and engrossing story full of romance, heartbreak, and intrigue. Received a copy of the book from a Goodreads Giveaway. When Mattie's fiance, Ben, disappears, Mattie is determined to find Ben. Mattie finds herself surrounded by magic dealers and enlists the help of Ben's estranged brother, Asa. At first, Asa won't have anything to do with helping Mattie until he senses through his own magic that Mattie is a reliquary. Asa agrees to help Mattie if she assists him as his reliquary. As Asa and Mattie work together, Mattie finds herself in dangerous situations having to rely on Asa. Read the highly recommended first book in the trilogy, wonderfully written suspenseful story written by the talented author Sarah Fine.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Reliquary by Sarah Fine is the first book in this interesting new adult series. Mattie, the main character, begins the story in first person point of view while she is preparing for her engagement party. Mattie is engaged to Ben and they plan on marrying soon. She believes that Ben is her Mr. Right. Mattie's grandfather warns her about Ben in such a vague way that she becomes exasperated with him. He warns her, but will not give her any reasons and will not answer her questions in a way that will help her understand. The next morning, Mattie wakes and looks for Ben, but all she finds is his cellphone on the road and his pacemaker in the mailbox. Ben is a young man, but he has a heart condition, so this terrifies Mattie. She gets shunned by the detective working on the case, so she decides to search for him on her own. Mattie discovers magic and how people use it as a drug and she becomes deeply involved in a world she never knew existed. She also learns about powers she didn't know she carried and, whether Mattie wants to or not, she is drawn into the magic community and will do whatever it takes to save Ben. 4 stars for a unique take on magic!
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars! I have to start out by saying this is my very first Sarah Fine fan. I've heard nothing but amazing things about her writing, so I was very excited to give this book a read. Though this isn't quite my preferred genre, I've been trying to branch out of my comfort zone of contemporary and read other, unique reads. This one definitely kept my attention and was enjoyable, though it didn't quite blow me away like I had hoped. I immediately liked Mattie. She was the flawed, clumsy, stubborn character that I really relate to. I can't say that I agreed with everything she did (specifically having to do with her feelings and commitment to Ben), but overall I really liked her character. Who I didn't like... Ben. I didn't like him AT ALL. Right from the beginning we're left wondering what he's up to. I mean, no one is THAT perfect. And sure enough, Ben is up to some pretty shady stuff. I'm sure we're meant to not like him, and let me tell you, it worked! I'm extremely happy that he wasn't very present in this story as I don't think I could have handled his character very long. Though this is meant to be a romance per say, I can't say that I liked that aspect of the story. My hatred for Ben made it almost impossible to route for their relationship. What I did like, however, was the love triangle that started up with Ben's estranged brother, Asa. Asa came off very frustrating to me. But once the story progressed and I realized the extent of his magic, etc. I appreciated him quite a bit more. This story ended in a way that leaves you wanting more. Though I can't say that I will definitely continue with this series, I am thoroughly intrigued with where Sarah will take this story next. For this being my first adult fantasy book, I have to say I honestly enjoyed it quite a bit!! I think the average fantasy reader will be very happy with this story and enjoy it quite a bit. The magic, characters, and world building were all present to make this a great read, and I'm very much looking forward to checking out some of Sarah Fine's YA books. (Thanks to 47North & Irish Banana Tours for the review copy!)
CarmellaS More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book for an honest opinion. Mattie's life is perfect. She is going to marry Ben, the man of her dreams and life will forever be great. The morning after their engagement party, Ben disappears. The have no leads or ideas of what happened or where Ben went. Mattie found a card in his pocket and decided to do her own searching. This search will change her life. She will learn of people with "magic". She will learn about the different types and how this influences lives. Her life will be threatened more than once. She "stumbles" upon the only man that can help her but he needs her help also. Can she trust him? Will she find Ben? This was really different as far as a paranormal concept. It did take me awhile to learn about the different types of magic and what they were capable of. I really got into it after I felt like I knew enough. I don't want to add any spoilers so I wont go into any detail. Mattie ends up experiencing situations with Asa that she never even thought were possible, all because she wanted to find Ben, her fiance. Asa is a VERY complex character and I could totally understand Mattie's confusion with him. Because of his role, Asa can trust no one and is always watching his back. I think this is really a good read! Very different. At the end, I distinctly got the impression that there was more to her story. It is definitely a stand alone read though. This really is an adventure!
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Reliquary,  Sarah Fine Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance,Sci-fi and Fantasy  Well, this was a treat – a book about magic, different sorts and people that can hold it, use it, sense it and those that become addicted to it all in a world where most people have no idea it even exists. Mattie is a great girl, strong and caring, and when her fiancé Ben is abducted she feels not enough is being done to find him so takes her own tracks. She’s shocked to  find he’s ensconced in the world of magic, something he’s kept hidden from her and at first she’s convinced it’s all some kind of trick. She learns things about him that shock her, and  discovers too that she has a rare talent for carrying magic in her body, enabling it to be transferred to somewhere else.That makes her very valuable to certain people. In her search for Ben she comes across his estranged brother Asa, who at first seems to live up to his reputation as a surly, aggressive criminal, but along the journey we see another side to him, and I really liked him. Out of him and Ben I’m solidly on team Asa! The search takes the two through a dangerous path, travelling across the world,  meeting with violent leaders within the money and power driven world of magic, who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on what they want. Mattie and Asa are walking a thin line and risking their lives, not just once but time and time again to rescue Ben. Despite his deception Mattie is still determined to rescue him. Its not a book with a cliff-hanger ending, but stops in a natural break but still, I want more, I’ve become a real fan of Asa and the way he and Mattie have such chemistry – for me he’s a far better person and fit for Mattie than Ben. I love the magic world created here, its feels fresh and unusual, and full of promise for a terrific series. On to book two soon I hope!!   Stars: Five, a great start to a new series. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Reliquary by Sarah Fine Book One of the Reliquary series Publisher: 47North Publication Date: June 14, 2016 Rating: 3 stars Source: ARC won from a giveaway ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Mattie Carver’s engagement party should have marked the start of her own personal fairy tale. But when her fiancé, Ben, is violently abducted the next morning, her desperate quest to find him rips her away from small-town life and reveals a shattering truth: magic is real—and Ben is hooked. It’s not the stuff of storybooks. It’s wildly addictive, capable of producing everything from hellish anguish to sensual ecstasy almost beyond human endurance. Determined to find out who took Ben and why, Mattie immerses herself in a shadowy underworld and comes face-to-face with the darkly alluring Asa Ward, a rogue magic dealer, infamous hustler…and her missing fiancé’s estranged brother. Asa has the power to sense magic, and he realizes Mattie is a reliquary, someone with the rare ability to carry magic within her own body, undetected. Asa agrees to help find Ben on one condition: Mattie must use her uncommon talent to assist his smuggling operations. Now, from magic-laced Vegas casinos to the netherworld clubs of Bangkok, Mattie is on a rescue mission. With Asa by her side, she’ll face not only the supernatural forces arrayed against her but the all-too-human temptation that she fears she can’t resist. What I Liked: It breaks my heart a little, to give this book a less-than-super-positive rating/review. If you've been following me and my blog, you know how much of a Sarah Fine fan I am. This is the eleventh book by her I've read (Sanctum, Fractured, Chaos, Scan, Of Metal and Wishes, Of Dreams and Rust, Marked, Claimed, Fated, The Impostor Queen, Reliquary). Of those eleven, nine have received four stars or higher. So, you can probably imagine how I feel. While I liked this book enough to want to give it a positive rating, there were aspects of this book that I didn't enjoy. Hours after her engagement party, Mattie Carver wakes up and finds up fiance Ben missing, kidnapped from their house. Ben was perfect and kind and sweet - who would do this? It turns out that Ben was hooked on addictive magic, and he owned someone a lot of money. Mattie throws herself into this dark world, and finds out that she's a reliquary, a vessel for magic. With the help of Asa, Ben's estranged brother (whom Mattie finds by accident in a magic den), Mattie sets off to find Ben and bring him back. But Ben wasn't nearly as innocent as Mattie thought, and there are larger forces at work. Mattie and Asa head to Las Vegas, and then San Francisco to Bangkok, trying to find a relic in exchange for Ben's life. There was plenty I liked about this book. For starters, I liked Mattie. She's sweet and a little naive and a do-gooder, but not in an annoying way (the do-gooder part). She is fiercely loyal to Ben and doesn't suspect anything bad in terms of him and why he disappeared (she never knew about his money problem, or the magic). Mattie talks a lot and gets on Asa's nerves all the time. She isn't too subtle and she's also a little clumsy. I like her. I never, ever liked Ben. From the start, I wasn't buying his perfection, his nice-guy act. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)