Title: Treasure Darkly (Treasure Chronicles #1)
Author: Jordan Elizabeth
Narrator: Jessica Chernega
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.
When Clark steals a drink, he doesn’t know exactly what it is but assumes it’s alcohol. When it turns out that it gives him powers, a whole new world opens up for him. When Clark turns to his father for help, he’s put in charge of protecting their ranch. When he crosses paths with Amethyst Treasure, things change.
An interesting mix of genres—western and steampunk—this was the first book like this that I’ve read. I loved it though. The characters were real, and the plot was suspenseful. I’ll admit that I didn’t really care much for Amethyst. After a little while, her antics got on my nerves, but Clark was a solid one.
Narration was well done.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.