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Treasure, Darkly (Treasure Chronicles Book 1) by [Elizabeth, Jordan]
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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (15 February 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00TOV9A6Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #438,975 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I must reveal up front that I received this eBook, the first in a series, as a free gift from the author when the second book was published last year.

To be honest, I wasn't quite sure what I would think of a book that was a mix of the western, steam punk, paranormal and romance genres, especially the latter. Overall though, it was eminently enjoyable, and even the cliff-hanger ending, something which I normally deplore, really just made me want to read on.

Having said that, there are a couple of plot issues, the main one being that the main character, Clark, can bring people back from the dead by touching them, but while it is stated that he must lay hands on someone else to pass the death on, i.e. kill them, this aspect is not explored, or even shown more than once. This ability seems to me to present a moral dilemma for Clark, even if he is saving loved ones and killing in return "undesirables"/criminals/"bad" people, and it would be very interesting to explore this aspect of the story in future books in the series.

I will also admit that one of the main characters, Amethyst, is extremely unlikeable to start with, and after a life-changing (in reality a life-restoring) event, is still a spoiled brat who any sensible person would run a mile to get away from. The affair that she is carrying on with the other main character, Clark, (who everyone thinks is her half-brother), does add some very adult concepts to the plot, so I am not so sure that the target audience should be Young Adults, unless they are at the mature/older end of the spectrum.

Still, quite enjoyable, and I think the reader would find it hard not to also seek out the sequel(s).
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3.0 out of 5 stars More Historical Romance than Steampunk Western 20 July 2015
By Talvi - Published on Amazon.com
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The first part of Treasure Darkly was an intriguing dark steampunk Western that had me riveted until the half way mark. Then, inexplicably, the story changed into a bodice ripper Western historical with fantastical elements. I think where the book lost me was with the characters - I found that the more I read, the less I liked them. By the end I didn't believe in them or really care what happened to them.

Story: The Treasure Family rule the desert are of Hedlund - their farmstead and mines are among the richest. But in a saloon in an rusty town, young Clark has gone to find his father - the scion of the Treasure family. For Clark is illegitimate, wanted for the theft of a mysterious potion that he drank and allows him to see ghosts/revive the dead, and desperate. When he shows up on the Treasure homestead, his half brother doesn't welcome, half sister hits on him, and stepmother oddly welcomes him. But Clark's past is going to catch up to him and he is going to find himself falling hard for his half sister.

It all started so well - great steampunk elements, gritty and edgy feeling story, and a true Western feel. I was enjoying it immensely, curious to see where it would go after Clark shows up on the Treasure family's porch step. But then the fantastical elements kicked in and Clark starts a whirlwind romance with his sister-who-is-not-his-sister while finding mysterious objects thanks to hints by the ghost of his real father. And my interest waned as it morphed more and more into a Clark x Amethyst insta-luv romance.

First and foremost, the author wrote Amethyst Treasure to be unlikable so that she can have a 'growing up' moment later on. I didn't buy it and I still didn't like her. Her only purpose is to be kidnapped (twice within 30 pages) so Clark can rescue her. She never seems to feel much quibble about it though and worries more about the newspaper writing about the kidnappings or her appearance that day than in being raped/murdered by someone with a strong hate for her family.

Clark started out interesting but then apparently had a lobotomy the minute he laid eyes on his 'sister'. She's obnoxious, petulant, annoying, but pretty. So how am I to respect a guy (especially one who grew up in a brothel and should know better) who likes a girl based on looks alone - so much so that he ignores that she's spoiled rotten? Let's not get into the time it takes to realize she may not be related in blood yet still lusts after her. Ew. And really, let's also not forget no mention of a beau back in the City just waiting for her to return (while she endlessly hits on and flirts with her brother).

The bad guys are stupid. Their only point is to annoy the treasure family and kidnap Amethyst so Clark can go rushing in and easily save her. There are several bad guys and they are used rather interchangeably: Clark has guys after him (including the one who murdered his mother) and the Treasures have enemies. They move in and out, do their bit to show how much Clark and Amethyst lurve each other, then move out.

This isn't Earth - it's a fantastical place a lot like the American West (with a bit of Australian colonialism issues thrown in). There are statements that could be made about the enslavement of natives, but what is written is trite and gets blown off so Clark can ogle Amethyst and look saintly while promoting natives' rights. It just seemed a waste to include the 'noble savage' elements at all.

The ending felt rushed and is very abrupt. As well, there are scenes in there suddenly establishing an instu luv situation for Amethyst's brother that are really random and seemed to be filler. I imagine the author will expand on it further in later issues but its introduction in this novel feels very extraneous.

I would categorize this as a romance first, Western second, and then with some steampunk trappings in a random alternate universe American West. So I would recommend this for those who like historical romances in the Western vein. For me, I was looking for the reverse order: Western, Steampunk, and a *little* romance. Oh, and the cover? Absolutely nothing to do with the story. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.
4.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to Steampunk 4 May 2015
By Araba - Published on Amazon.com
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Until this book I was a steampunk virgin. The subgenre is an interesting concept of placing steam run gadgets in the Wild West.

From the beginning the story intrigued me. Clark had a hard life growing up the child of a Tarnished Silver. Once he drank the tonic things became even worse for him because it put him on the run from the army. Although we didn’t experience this with him, he spoke of his adventures and I felt for him.

I’d consider Clark to be a tough young man, hardened through life, and yet still able to keep his compassion towards others, especially the Bromi. The fact that he could see ghosts didn’t freak me out, although I didn’t envy him the gift, until he met one ghost in particular and then I thought it was really cool.

I love a strong heroine who can do for herself. I’m sorry to inform you that Amethyst is not such a woman. Although she has spunk and tendancies towards courage, she’s spoiled and likes to get her way without actually working for it. One thing I will give to the girl is that she transitions through the book. Yes she was still spoiled at the end, but not as annoying to me.

Although I like romance in all of my stories I didn’t know just how the one between Amethyst and Clark would work out. It initially had me closing my eyes and screaming no, no, no. But once clarity came through in the book I was okay with it and went with the flow.

I’ll mention that other than Clark, my favorite character was Amethyst’s mother. A strong, loving woman, who knew how to tough it out.
5.0 out of 5 stars Becoming One With The Treasures 27 October 2015
By Nocturnus - Published on Amazon.com
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This series must be read in order. This is the first book. I can't wait to read Born Of Treasure to find out what happens next!

Clark is a Treasure. His mother is a Tarnished Silver. These two things should not be. The Treasures are the most well known and well loved and wealthiest of families. Even a bastard Treasure should be safe from everyone and everything. Will the true Treasures accept Clark? Or will they cast him aside? Can they keep him safe from the military that killed his mother? Will his powers be his downfall?

***This series is suitable for mature young adult through adult readers who enjoy a little sci-fi in their paranormal western steampunk fantasy action adventure suspense thrillers with a dash of romance and a smidge or two of horror :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 22 June 2015
By Danielle Sachok - Published on Amazon.com
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It took a while to get into the book. Once I was in though I was hooked. There were times that the story shifted into what I would call side stories. Some of these side stories seemed relevant and others not at least not yet.
I didn't like the way the story abruptly ended. I did like the character interactions. Amethyst was amusing and Clark was the dashing heroic protagonist who was very likable.
This book I would say is geared toward a young adult reader but I am an older adult and I enjoyed it just the same. I can't wait for book 2!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book that you will not be disappointed!!! 20 June 2017
By Thanikarn Skulratana - Published on Amazon.com
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Amazing story. Totally love it! Will buy the next book right away!

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