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(Books of Eva #1)

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  854 ratings  ·  198 reviews
The truth will test you...

For fans of Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games: high fantasy and dystopia meet in this high-stakes tale of a civilization built on lies and the girl who single-handedly brings it down.

When Eva’s twin brother, Eamon, falls to his death just a few months before he is due to participate in The Testing, no one expects Eva to take his place. She’s a
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Soho Teen (first published January 1st 2013)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
"We need to learn again of the hunger for Tylenols that poisoned our minds; the thirst for Cokes that weakened our bodies; the greed for MasterCards that toppled our rulers. All this evil spawned from the worship of the false god Apple...”
Um, excuse me? For fans of Game of Thrones? The Hunger Games? Not fucking likely. This is more like the result of feeding a copy of The Hunger Games through an industrial-sized paper shredder and mixing up the remnants with the stinking, rotting ent
Faye, la Patata
Since we're way past the time when Paranormal Romance was the trend, many have deemed it proper to attribute their dystopian books to the one and only that started this "Dystopian Craze", the Hunger Games. However, when books get compared to this precious book in their blurbs and synopses, I instantly become wary and suspicious, not only because I'm against riding the success of another novel, but also because, more often than not, the excitement that was built would only result to mere and utte ...more
Jul 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
Really wanted more from this book -- I was told it was the next big thing in YA Lit so I knew not to believe that. However, I was expecting an okay kinda read. What I got was Hunger Games Ultra-Lite.

Great concept, but the plot was insultingly formulaic (and not very believable). Character development was non-existent. And the writing was boring.

I'm supposed to accept that Eva is a strident believer, yet she consistently breaks the social/religious laws that her people live by. I'm also supposed
Kayla Beck Kalnasy
So, I didn't really have an idea of what to expect from Relic by Heather Terrell, but I knew it wasn't going to be A Game of Thrones and/or The Hunger Games (nothing ever is). However, I was pleased with what I got. Relic is an imaginative mixture of post-apocalyptic quasi-dystopia with an epic quest aimed at a young adult audience. Sadly, there is no magic or fantasy. (Dear Game of Thrones Comparer, Here there not be dragons. Or incest.)

First off, I want to know why EVERYTHI
Debbie Lester
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dystopian fiction meets high fantasy in Heather Terrell's first book in The Books of Eva series, Relic. Fans of The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones and The Inconvenient Truth will all find something to entertain and to make them think in this novel. In a post-apocalyptic icy world a young girl must test her survival skills and her beliefs about her society. This is a coming of age story that begs the question, is the history we have been taught real or is it colored by time and what the government ...more
Jun 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Sep 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: bea-arc-2013

Dear Reader,

I have to admit, I was a bit put off by this book's description. Yes, as Amber mentioned in her review of another YA dystopian-fantasy book: Here we go again, right? This is like the spate of vampire novels we saw spawn off of Twilight, or the many imitations of Fifty Shades. Enough already, right?!

The thing is, though, I also have to admit that I kind of like these dystopian-fantasy books. All of the ones I've come across since The Hunger Games have featured strong, sm
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
I chose this book to read as it sounded very promising and intriguing. However looks can be deceiving. While I did like the idea of the story, I found the characters dull and the story boring (lacking in any action). The story was all over the place without really any good explanation. For example, Eva is racing along in the cold wilderness as part of the testing and when she reaches the rest point one of her biggest competitors and suppose love interest, Jasper has already arrived. Eva wonders ...more
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I just don't know what to say about this book. Is it about religion? Is it about Scientology? It talks about the Apple god, sun god, earth god and God in the Bible. Sounds like Eva lives in a cult and not much more to say about us it and I don't think I really care what happens.

Not the book for me!
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Like every year, I came home from Book Expo America 2013 with a trunk full of books. They always look so good on the show floor, all new and shiny. One in particular, the ARC of Heather Terrell’s Relic, caught me by surprise, and not just because of its compelling story and characters. No, what first grabbed my attention was the reaction my 14-year-old daughter had to it. As if some sixth-sense drew her, she pulled the book from my luggage without so much as touching those around it, hugged it t ...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
There is so much wrong with that synopsis that I don't even know where to begin.  So, let's just take it from the top.  I have never read Game of Thrones and I've only watched the show on occasion, but as a fan of high fantasy, I can tell you that fans of that series will be sorely disappointed by that comparison.  There is hardly anything at all fantastical about this story.  The Hunger Games comparison is slightly more apt, as there is a competition of sorts that pits 18-year-old candidates ag ...more
Rob Slaven
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, let it be known that I didn't pay for this book. As usual I received it for free and this time directly from the publisher via the courtesy of a Shelf Awareness notification. Despite this kindness I give my candid opinions below.

The story of this book is really an amalgam of several that have come before. It operates in a post-apocalyptic realm, a'la "The Road" since this world has been overwhelmed by a disaster that reduces the population to a mere fraction of its previous maximum. A t
Abigail Singer
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of YA dystopians - this one won't disapoint.
Wow. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but wow.

I picked "Relic" up at BEA 2013 after overhearing someone at the soho teen book describe it to someone else. And man, am I glad I did. I couldn't put it down!

Eva's twin brother dies and she then takes his place in the Testing to find Relics of the forgotten past, from before the "Healing." I was expecting this to be like other "Hunger Games" inspired dystopian YA novels out there. Only, it wasn't.

"Relic" is a good read after finishing "Hunger Ga
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
RELIC begins with a treacherous mountain climb and a betrayal, resulting in the death of Eamon. I loved this beginning, and was sad that it took a long time to get to what I thought would happen earlier: other characters realizing Eamon was murdered. The main character, Eva, is Eamon's twin sister. She decides to take his place in the Testing, even though it isn't very maidenly.

Eva is from the future, living in the Arctic along with the other surviving humans. She's high class, and does have the
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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This was not a bad book, by any means, I just had a few problems with it. The main problem was that I just couldn't take it seriously.
This book takes place in the future and what this society believes about us is really laughable. They believe that we worship the Apple god and that our MasterCards and other such things are works of evil. They basically thought that we would pray to blank screens to worship this Apple god.

Oct 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, science-fiction
Read as an ARC...Well, I suppose you can say it's like The Hunger Games in that it's a future dystopia and the main character has to do some wilderness-surviving (which is apparently super easy). But Game of Thrones? No. Not in even the remotest way imaginable. (At some point, I expect to start seeing "The next Game of Thrones!" on everything from baby board books to cookbooks, because apparently all a book needs to do is be a book to be compared to the currently most popular thing.)

I agree with
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
Ok, here we go. On Amazon, it says this book is a cross between The Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games, hoping to entice readers who love that sort of thing. It isn't. The only similarities are this: female protagonist in a dystopian world, some kind of testing and competition, rulers that are insidious in their desire to protect the status quo, a world where the people live in the style of the Dark Ages with patriarchal gender roles. That's it. It is an insult to both writers of TGoT and HG t ...more
Dixie Conley
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
I kinda liked this book, up until the heroine started lying about things. I can't abide liars, particularly clumsy liars who fail to recognize that a little bit of the truth would serve better than an outright lie. (Okay, so I'm not that honest myself, but telling deliberate falsehoods is just... babyish.) Then, of course, she kept doing it. By the end of the book, I was so fed up with her that I was glad it ended, because then at least it was over with.

The story is about a post-apocalyptic soci
Kelly Hager
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thought this was an incredibly fun story. As far as dystopians go, it doesn't really tread new ground per se, but it was fun to see the parameters of this particular world.

The fact that the citizens of this world are the descendants of survivors of a Noah's Ark-type flood, the Healing, and that they are a polytheistic society (referred to collectively as the Gods) was very interesting. What was even more interesting is the fact that the world destroyed is our world. And what was bitterly amusi
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a goodreads giveaway, so I was excited to start reading it. It is a fast-paced story and I flew through it very quickly. The only problem is that this book isn't due out until October, so I will have an even longer time to wait for the next book in the series. I enjoyed the storyline and the characters. However, I thought that parts of the book were pretty far-fetched. I won't elaborate on that though, since it would be a spoiler. Overall, I really liked the book and will ...more
Jun 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Unique and different. It kept my attention throughout and I enjoyed the characters. would have liked to have had the testing itself have a bit more "meat" to it since this first book in the series centered mainly around this aspect. All in all a good book and I look forward to the next book in the series. ...more
Karyn Silverman
I am so heartily over the dystopic thing.
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Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book has a girl that takes her brothers place a testor.
Amy Wainwright
Feb 26, 2016 rated it liked it
This book almost didn't catch my interest, but it finally picked up enough. Entertaining and interesting, I'm curious where the series will go. ...more
First Look:  I originally picked this up for a dollar at a local book fair, thinking it was an alternate cover of this other book named Relic . Both came out in 2013. Both have similar covers. Both involve, well, relics.

Were Soho Teen and Entangled Teen just lazy, or what?

I'd rather have the other Relic, but since this one was only a dollar, I thought I might as well give it a go.

The premise starts out just like only a thousand other YA dystopian settings: because humankind is as e
this review will go live on the blog 11/03

These days it seems as though every book is The Next Harry Potter or The Next 50 Shades. Relic is pitched as not only for fans of The Hunger Games but also as a new take on Game of Thrones. Those are some mighty big shoes to fill and unfortunately, Relic doesn't quite live up to its predecessors.

Eva lives in the barren, ice-covered New North. Two centuries earlier the gods deemed the world corrupt and wiped out nearly all of civilization. Those who survi
Aug 18, 2013 rated it liked it
See this review and more on my blog~ Lilybloombooks

3.5 stars
With all the novels out there, it's getting really difficult to find a book that separates itself in originality. I mean, really hard. So, I must give credit where credit is due, Relic is pretty different. Yes, you can probably find a lot of similarities to other novels in it, I did, but the World as a whole is so distinctly different. And just for the record, I don't like the comparison to the Hunger Games or The Game of Thrones. Not.O
Jul 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: The Hunger Games fans looking for an adrenaline fix
How I Came To Read This Book: I got a free digital ARC from Edelweiss.

The Plot: Eighteen-year-old Eva is part of one of the ‘noble’ families of New North; a society built after the ice caps melted like nobody’s business and left the greater part of the world under water. After her twin brother Eamon meets an untimely death, Eva decides to take his place in competing in The Testing, a strenuous journey across the tundra to uncover artifacts that represent the selfishness and mindlessness of the p
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review also posted here on TotalTeenFiction

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I was drawn to this book because it was being compared to Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games, both series I love, and so I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to grab a review copy! Relic follows Eva as she takes part in the gruelling challenge of the Testing, where participants must enter the harsh arctic conditions to discover hidden relics fr
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Heather Terrell is a lawyer with more than ten years' experience as a litigator at two of the country's premier law firms and for Fortune 500 companies. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College with a focus in History and Art History, and a cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family.
Heather is the author of The Chrysalis and The Ma

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