Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Sarah Fine’s Reliquary! You’ll find my review and a great giveaway below. Thanks for stopping by!
Reliquary by Sarah Fine
Series: Reliquary #1
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publication date: June 14, 2016
Format: Paperback, 278 pages
How I got it: From the author
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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.
I feel like before I start, I should make a couple confessions. First of all, this is my first Sarah Fine book. (That said, I will be investigating her backlist because I really, really enjoyed her writing style.) Secondly, this isn’t really my genre of choice, but I’m SO VERY GLAD I decided to give this book a shot. It hooked me from the first chapter and I read it in a single sitting. And now I’m counting the days until the second book, Splinter, is released. I NEED MORE.
I was compelled by the world built in this book. It looked like the one we all know, but there was another side to it, too. On that side, magic is a drug. There are addicts and dealers and all the danger that comes with the typical addictions you think of in this world. It was intriguing and easy to read about. I liked Mattie and, yes, even Asa. (Truth time: I want her to drop Ben and go for Asa. He was so much more interesting to me… plus he was honest with her.) The chemistry between Mattie and Asa was intense. They went through a lot together in a short amount of time, so there’s no denying there’s a connection there. But, I’m not going to go too deep into the actual story here because it’s best left unspoiled. Just know that it was straight out addictive to me. Everything from the missing fiancé and subsequent hunt, to the world building, and especially to the “bad boy” brother, kept me turning the pages.
This was a great dark(ish) and gritty book. It wasn’t huge on the feels, but there were enough for the type of story this was – and for the fact that it’s the first in a series. There IS a love triangle, which might be off-putting to some, but it didn’t bother me one single bit. Reliquary was sexy at times and I’d imagine that will only become more true as the series continues. The magic – and potential it held – was fascinating. This was a great introduction to a new-to-me author. As much as I find that I suck at series, I’m definitely planning to stick with this one. I’ve already pre-ordered the second book, which thankfully releases on Tuesday. I’m not ready to leave this world and these characters behind just yet.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I’m amazed by how lies can soothe the soul, quell every fear, blind you to reality in the most pleasant of ways.
“It’s hope, Mattie. You’re an addict. And I know a thing or two about addicts. You’re gonna chase that high all the way to the end.”
“Allowing someone to be who they really are, on their terms, instead of expecting them to be who you wish they were—that’s always a choice.”
“It’s them or us now, Mattie. And when it comes to that, I’m going to choose us every time.”
Do you read romances with antiheroes?
Any favorites I should check out?