Review of Splinter by Sarah Fine

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By: Sarah Fine
Release Date: August 2nd 2016
Publisher: 47North
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

My Rating:
star

This is an adult book so there are scenes with sexual content and violence.

Summary:
Mattie Carver has relinquished the world of magic, with all its dark temptations. In six weeks, she’ll marry Ben Ward and claim the safe, small-town life she craves. But Mattie’s talents as a reliquary—someone able to smuggle magic within her body—make her a valuable commodity, even to those she trusts the most. Forced out of retirement by a painful betrayal, she must seek the help of the man she’s tried desperately to stay away from: Ben’s estranged brother, Asa.

Asa, a sensor and magic dealer, may have saved Ben months ago, but he’s complicated Mattie’s life beyond imagining. Trailed by lethal mobsters through Chicago’s seamy magical underbelly and an eerie traveling carnival, Mattie struggles to endure the priceless magic she’s holding and her feelings for Asa. Once, she thought she’d chosen her path. Now the only option may be to succumb to the destiny that’s choosing her, and hope she’s strong enough to survive.

My Thoughts:
After I read Reliquary I had to know what would happen next with Mattie and Asa so immediately ordered Splinter. This book was just as addicting as the first book. The pacing was so fast and there were so many great action sequences this book was easy to devour in one sitting.

I’ll admit, I mostly love these books because of my obsession with Asa and Mattie. I love their chemistry together. These two work so well together I am sad any time they aren’t sharing a scene. And Ben. My goodness Ben. I’m not sure I’ve ever hated a character so much. I found it nearly impossible to understand why Mattie was even speaking to him let alone giving him the benefit of the doubt. I had to consider how long she’d been with him and all the wedding prep but grrrr. He drove me mad.

Mattie’s character development continues to be addressed. Splinter picks up months after the end of Reliquary (I believe 8-9 months) and Mattie’s life is in shambles. She has tried to rebuild after the events of the last book but she has not succeeded and it’s very obvious to everyone around her. I found Mattie’s situation so sad and I wanted nothing more than for her to escape. The story really picks up once she is thrown back into the magical underground and Asa shows up.

Seriously, I am so in love with his character. We are only shown bits and pieces of his back story and the more we learn the more my heart breaks for him. I find him to be such a strong and sympathetic character-he is the complete foil to Ben’s character and personality. Also, I’ve got to say, his relationship with Gracie, his dog, is a real high point for me too.

The secondary cast was awesome as always with the people Mattie ran into on her adventure being incredibly interesting in their own right. None have all that much page time but the bits we see make them seem human to me.

I really love how Fine has described the magic system in this world. The different types of magic and how they impact those around them and the entire magical system with sensors, reliquaries, etc has really well done. I love that it all takes place in our world.

These books have been such a fun reading experience for me. I’m ramping up for my kiddo to get back into school and these have been the perfect way to get my mind off of all the stress and relax for the hours I’m absorbed. They type-cast some groups of people (mob types mostly) which could be problematic for some and there is a love triangle (between brothers no less) but even with any errors these are just far too fun to read. The adventure, steamy bits and chemistry between the characters have me completely absorbed and eager for the last (I think) book in the series.

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Final Thoughts:
Reliquary and Splinter are perfect for a binge read over the weekend. Both books are extremely fast paced and incredibly fun. I am always a fan of Sarah Fine’s writing and these are no different. Go into these books expecting lots of action, steamy scenes and an overall fun reading experience. Be prepared thought to be fully addicted.

Review of Reliquary by Sarah Fine

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By: Sarah Fine
Release Date: June 14th 2016
Publisher: 47North
Format: Paperback
Source: Wunderkind PR

This book is for mature audiences. This is an adult paranormal so there is sexual content not suited for a young audience.  You’ve been warned.

My Rating:
star

Summary:
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.

My Thoughts:
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.

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Final Thoughts:
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.

Stacking The Shelves

It has been so long since I’ve done a Stacking the Shelves post (since May !!!). I’ve really not gotten a ton of mail this summer and I’ve felt like I’ve had so very little time. We got a puppy and my kiddo is home so my time has been taken by fun family things. I find I am never sitting at my laptop and days go by without me even cracking it open. I imagine this is typical for summer-time. I can feel school ramping up and my desire to blog has been increasing. Hopefully, I’ll be posting more consistently from here on out!

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

The Books

LikeARiverGlorious LockAndMoriMindGamesReliquary TheEdgeofEverything

Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson
Lock & Mori: Mind Games by Heather Petty
Reliquary by Sarah Fine
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

Purchased

TheNightCourt TheDarkDaysClubIGSherlockFunko

The Night Court T-shirt designed by Evie Bookish purchased from Society6
The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Sherlock Funko

New Rep Gig

So, I’ve been active over on Bookstagram for about 4 months now and I’m so so excited to be repping for a few lovely, creative types. I’m going to feature my latest- Novelly Yours. These soy candles are AMAZING. I have 4 of them and I love each and every scent. I do think Winter might be my favorite. I love that these candles are made by one of our very own bookish blogging folks Brittany over at The Book Addict’s Guide

Click on each image to go to each candle’s page on Novelly Yours’ Etsy Shop

CelaenasChocoCake WinterCandleManibus Morrighan

Each of these candles smell divine and they burn clean since they are soy. I love that they don’t agitate my headaches (certain smells set me off). And, if you are tempted, you can get 10% off any order with the code- MFAF10

Giveaway

And one last thing! Last week the wonderful folks at Griffin Teen sent along a sampler of Wintersong– my latest bookish obsession (it was in part influenced by Labyrinth– the best movie ever). This book doesn’t release until early 2017 but I’m CRAVING it now. I read the first 40 pages and I loved it. So much so in fact that I thought I’d do a giveaway for a pre-order of the book. Click on the picture below to read more about the book and enter to win a pre-order (it’s an international giveaway too!)

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I think that’s all my updates! It feels like forever since I chatted with you all- how are you? What are you reading?? I just finished The Shadow Hour and trying to figure out what to pick next.