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Monday, 23 March 2015

BOOK REVIEW- TREASURE DARKLY

TITLE:  Treasure Darkly
AUTHOR:  Jordan Elizabeth
PUBLISHER:   Curiousity Quills
AGE GROUP:  13+
RATING: 4/5
SOURCE: Given by author in exchange for an honest review.

SYNOPSIS-
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 him.

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.

When Clark Fisher consumes a drink that was given to him from a captain, he doesn't think he would be able to awake the dead after drinking it. Personally, I haven't seen this idea shown in a novel before- it is very unique and interesting! Clark suddenly finds himself helping the Treasures defeat Senator Horan- meaning he is often on the run. Clark and Amethyst cross each others paths: being pulled into the action together. Witness Clark and Amethyst's adventure, and watch them try to defeat Horan...

I think this novel is brilliant for anyone who wants to experience streampunk as a new genre. I can say you certainly won't be reading a couple of boring chapters to try to get to the action parts, as "Treasure Darkly," does not lack action from the start to the end; any tough reader will dive straight into the adventure. Clark has amazing survival skills- and can bring people back from the dead,-so I warmed to his likeable character straight away. I didn't particularly like Amethyst's personality at the beginning- but I did like her by the end.

Clark and Amethyst's romance was quite typical, and I would have liked to have felt an element of mystery: rather than just the normal relationship; but it isn't an issue. I rate this book 4/5 hoots, a definite read for any steampunk fan.

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