Title: Treasure, Darkly
Author: Jordan Elizabeth
Published: February 15th 2015
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Genre: Young Adult, Steampunk, Fantasy, Western
Length: 289 pages
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
Seventeen-year-old Clark Treasure assumes the drink he stole off the captain is absinthe… until the chemicals in the liquid give him the ability to awaken the dead.
A great invention for creating perfect soldiers, yes, but Clark wants to live as a miner, not a slave to the army—or the deceased. On the run, Clark turns to his estranged, mining tycoon father for help. The Treasures welcome Clark with open arms, so he jumps at the chance to help them protect their ranch against Senator Horan, a man who hates anyone more powerful than he.
Sixteen-year-old Amethyst Treasure loathes the idea of spending the summer away from her bustling city life to rot on her father’s ranch, but when a handsome young man shows up claiming to be her secret half-brother, her curiosity is piqued. He’s clever, street smart, and has no qualms jumping into the brawl between the Treasures and Horans. Caught in the middle, Horan kidnaps Amethyst, and all she gets is this lousy bullet through her heart.
When Clark brings her back to life, however, the real action starts, and Amethyst joins him in his fight against the Horan clan—whatever the cost. Defeating the Horans may seem easy at first, but going up against men with the same fighting vengeance as Clark, and a Senator with power he’s obtained by brainwashing the masses?
Well, Amethyst’s boring summer at home has turned into an adventure on the run, chock full of intrigue, danger, love, and a mysterious boy named Clark.
The cover of this book hooked me instantly. It’s gorgeous! I instantly wanted to know the story behind it, unfortunately, it didn’t live up to the expectations I had.
What starts out as an interesting tale of a young boy who accidentally drinks a potion that gives him strange powers over the dead, which forces him to go on the run from the army after his mother is murdered, turns into a rather lacklustre tale of lustful passion between Clark (the young boy) and his pretend half-sister, Amethyst.
Clark’s new powers are mentioned about three times in the duration of the story. It takes a back seat to the relationship that develops between himself and Amethyst and I think this really hurt the story. The potential behind this secret power is huge and the only reminder that we have of it is that Clark is on the run from the army.
I found Clark’s character development to be unsatisfying. He went from being the poor boy who made a mistake and is paying the ultimate price for it, the poor kid who finds himself unexpectedly welcomed into a loving, rich family, to being a giant douchebag who lusts after Amethyst and takes great pleasure in thinking horrible things. I really didn’t like the way his character developed, at all.
I found the other characters to be lacking as well, there didn’t seem to be any great depth to any of them, which was a hindrance when reading.
I struggled to finish this story when I got about three quarters of the way through. There was the initial excitement of the potential of Clark’s powers at the beginning, the meeting with the family and his acceptance in the middle, as well as discovering his true father and going on a mission to take back his inventions, was okay, and the ending was just unsatisfying.
There wasn’t any real resolution to any of the side plots. He didn’t finish getting the inventions, nothing’s really happened with the army or his power. I don’t know, it just felt lacking to me.
I was really excited about this one but it didn’t hit the mark. Still a good read for people who like a bit more romance mixed in with their stories than I do.
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