I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Relic by Gretchen McNeil
Genres: YA, Horror
Published by Harper Collins on March 8th 2016
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Also by this author: Ten, #Murdertrending
From Gretchen McNeil, the author of Ten and Possess, comes this teen horror novel perfect for young fans of Stephen King, and Lois Duncan's I Know What You Did Last Summer.
For Annie Kramer, the summer before college is bittersweet—both a last hurrah of freedom and the last days she'll spend with her boyfriend, Jack, before they head off to different colleges. So she and her friends plan one final adventure: a houseboating trip on Shasta Lake, complete with booze, romance . . . and an off-limits exploration of the notorious Bull Valley Mine.
The legends of mysterious lights and missing persons on Shasta Lake have been a staple of sleepovers and campouts since Annie was a kid. Full of decrepit bridges that lead to nowhere, railroad tunnels that disappear into the mountains, and terrifying stories of unexplained deaths and bodies that were never recovered, Bull Valley Mine is notorious and frightening—perfect for an epic conclusion to their high school lives.
The trip is fun and light—at first. But when a deranged stranger stumbles upon their campsite, spouting terrifying warnings and pleas for help, it's clear that everyone is in danger. And when their exploration of the mine goes horribly wrong, Annie and her friends quickly discover that the menace of Bull Valley Mine doesn't stay at Shasta Lake—it follows them home.
As one by one her friends fall victim to this mysterious and violent force, Annie must do whatever it takes to discover the ancient secrets of the mine and save her friends . . . if she's not already too late.
I glance at the wall clock for the twentieth time in the last half hour. Ten minutes. In ten minutes, I’ll be a high school graduate. I cannot freaking wait.
What I thought of this book
I was needing a good horror novel and Relic did a great job and boy did the ending surprise me!
It has the makings of a good syfy movie with a group of teens who think they are untouchable. You have the cocky guys, the trashy girl you always hope gets killed, the cutsy couple, the quiet one, etc. They have just graduated and are wanting to do something wild with no regrets.
They decide to spend that time exploring an old mine that is off limits. They were even told by the lake patrol to leave it alone. Annie should know better because her father is the Sheriff, but of course, that is why she wants to do something a bit wild.
They all go in the mine but strange things happen when they are in there and they all get separated but all make it out. The only thing is, is whatever was in that mine seems to follow them home and one by one something happens to Annie’s friends.
She knows it has something to do with the mine so she tries her best to figure out what it is and how to stop whatever it is before all her friends are killed.
Relic was a face paced and interesting YA Horror and I don’t get many of those. This one was even a little gruesome. I didn’t find it to be really scary but it was creepy and when I was reading it before bed that made it even a bit more creepy…lol.
Not all the characters were likable but I think that was for the best because then you don’t mind something happening to them. There was one that I was ready to off within the first couple minutes of them being at the campsite…lol. Even though Annie wasn’t really relatable to me and at times I didn’t even like her I still found the story to be very interesting.
It really kept me guessing as to what was going on and who or what was responsible which I really liked.
Overall, if you like YA novels and horror type books then you might like this one. It’s my second book by this author and my favorite out of the two.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Horror Challenge 2016
- Netgalley/Edelweiss Challenge 2016
- New Release Challenge 2016
- Summer COYER