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Relic is the definition of a page-turner. This is one of the most original — and completely addicting — plots to hit the YA genre in a long time, filled with adventure, romance and magic. The world is thrilling and real- istic. Maggie is selfless and brave, and the supporting characters are just as fantastic. Once you start reading, you won’t put Relic down.

Maggie Rose is forced to watch as her home and family burn, leaving her alone with her little sister, for whom she now must care. As the towns around hers fall apart, Maggie loses hope. Then one day the rich Alvar Castilla discovers Maggie’s talent with relics, the fossils of ancient magical creatures that give the user magic. But when fires — just like the one Maggie survived — begin burning again, she must discover who is using relic magic for murder. (ENTANGLED, Sep., 400 pp., $9.99, ISBN: 9781622660148, PB, 12 & Up)

Reviewed by: 
Julie Knowles