Treasure, Darkly

Treasure, Darkly

by Jordan Elizabeth



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ISBN-13: 9781620076958
Publisher: Whampa, LLC
Publication date: 02/16/2015
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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Treasure, Darkly 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
snowbunny1977 12 months ago
This was an interesting book. Clark gets into a bit a trouble when he steals something from one of his Mother's clients and then his life is never the same. He now has affects from drinking what he stole and now he can resurrect the dead. He's on the run until he meets his real Father Garth Treasure. He's welcomed there but then he meets Amethyst who is his half-sister. She's definitely a piece of work and very bratty. I didnt like her so much. There's always that one character that you dislike and she's it for me. Its hard to root for any kind of romantic relationship between her and Clark. She's kinda vile and a HUGE snob. This is YA and an Old West steampunk flare. Very entertaining. I liked it but I am not sure enough to continue...we'll give it time and see. :)
mysticbaby1991 12 months ago
I wish I could say I loved this book, but I can only say that I tolerated it and finished it. I've read very few books in the steampunk genre, so I can't really know for sure if this story does that genre justice. However, what I can say is for me it seemed more like a bodice ripping western more than anything else. There seemed to be many different storylines trying to be told to, I'm assuming, come together to show the corruption of the government in Hedlund. There's the story of Clark trying to run from the Army for drinking a tonic that has given him power over the dead, the story of the Horans trying to take over and become the richest family in the city, lastly you have the budding romance between Amethyst and Clark. Every think just kind of muddles together and becomes a bit too much. I couldn't stand Amethyst. I'm assuming the author purposely wrote her as a spoiled damsel in distress to show how she grows with throughout the story. But that was not what happened. She stays the spoiled little girl and is only worried about her looks and what the newspapers will say rather than anything or anyone else in the story it's rather annoying.
Lori_Hammons More than 1 year ago
I am loving steampunk! This is my first book of this genre and I love the mix of modern conveniences and Old West style living/mannerisms come together. Amethyst and Clark are having some incredible adventures while truths are revealed. I love the touch of paranormal integrated into the story as well. Will be reading more of this author.
amartinez87 More than 1 year ago
This was a hard one for me to rate. It was different, a blend of steampunk and Wild West. I actually didn’t mind the overall story and actually liked the main character Clark. The biggest problem I had was Amethyst. This is one of the first times I can honestly say that I actually hated her character. It kind of ruined the whole story for me. I did like the fast pace with the shorter chapters and hope to see more of Clark and the dangers that pledge him.
Faerie-bookworm More than 1 year ago
Title: Treasure, Darkly Author: Jordan Elizabeth Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Steampunk, Fantasy Format: Ebook Pages: 289 Rating: 4 Heat: 1 Thoughts: Interesting story, it was like old time western meets steampunk with fantasy and paranormal. Many twists and turns with shocking revelations. A fun read! I look forward to reading more of the series and finding out what happens next. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work and chose to write a review.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Treasure, Darkly by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek is steampunk mixed with a bit of the supernatural. Clark lives with his mother in a brothel. She has a job as a Tarnished Silver. Clark drinks poison, which inadvertently gives him strange powers that can take a life or give a life. Because of this power, Clark's mother is killed while the army is actually hunting for him. Fast forward two years when Clark meets his "half siblings" and a whole new life is opened up for him. Clark is still running from the army, but his strange powers give him very helpful abilities. This book is charming and interesting and I fell in love with the characters Clark and Amethyst. This is a fun read with more books in the series!
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
Clark didn't realize how his life would change when he went through a man's pockets to steal a few things. He drinks something he found and it changed him. Now he is on the run from the military and decides that it is time for him to meet his family. The Treasures take him in, but he finds out that Mr. Treasure isn't really his father. His father was Mr. Treasures best friend and he had died before Clark was born. He meets Amethyst Treasure and they fall in love. He has lived on his own for a long time and he was raised in a brothel. He has nothing to offer a woman who has been raised with every advantage. Amethyst doesn't seem to care.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Treasure, Darkly is a compelling and well-written western steampunk novel. Clark Treasure grew up in a Brothel with his prostitute mother. He helped her earn money by stealing from her clients when she would sing out a signal. That all changed, though, when he stole and drank what he thought was alcohol, from one of his mother’s clients. After drinking the stolen liquid, Clark finds that he can see and speak with spirits, and raise the dead. Clark becomes a wanted man. And since he doesn’t relish the thought of becoming a lab experiment, he hides. Clark seeks out the only man he thinks is rich and powerful enough to protect him, Garth Treasure, his father. Garth Treasure welcomes Clark into his home after the initial shock of the young man turning up on his doorstep, claiming to be his son, wears off. Clark thought that he could lay low and stay hidden on his father’s ranch. But that all went by the wayside when Clark develops a particular liking for his half-sister, Amethyst, and she for him. Amethyst’s parents are taken back when their strong-willed daughter decides to stay on the ranch instead of going back to her independent life that she loved in the city. Amethyst is a spoiled rich girl who is not a lovable character at first. She does develop compassion for those who are less fortunate than herself and becomes a more likable person. Clark is her greatest teacher. The two siblings become close. Clark ends up sharing with Amethyst his secret after he has to raise her from the dead. I thoroughly enjoyed Treasure, Darkly. This was the first steampunk novel that I’ve ever read, but it will not be my last. I am looking forward to book two in this series. I highly recommend reading Treasure, Darkly. It’s a steampunk novel with fantasy, mystery, and romance.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
4.5 *Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. Clark Treasure is the 17-yr-old son of a Tarnished Silver living in the attic of the brothel/saloon where she works when he pickpockets the wrong man and his life changes forever. On the run from those who want to use him he takes refuge with a father he’s never met. To his surprise, his new family welcomes him with open arms (well, most of them), but if he thought his father’s wealth and power would now protect him he’s in for a shock. From the frying pan into the fire, Clark’s life before will come in handy now as his life takes another turn. But is it for better? Or worse? Two years after Clark steals and drinks from a vial with what he thinks is absinthe (but oh so is not) he decides that only his father’s wealth can protect him from the Army that’s looking for him. With a supernatural ability to bring people back from the dead and then turn around and take a life, he’ll do anything to stay out of the Army’s grasp. Even if that means confronting the father he never met. Boy, is he in for some surprises. And I was, too. Clark is a great hero. Strong, honorable, conflicted and yet he doesn’t hesitate to take a life if it means his survival or the survival of the people he considers family. I love Clark. I can’t wait to read more about him. His new sister Amethyst, on the other hand…ugh. She is spoiled rotten and shallow to the point of complete uselessness. And yet there is a tiny spark of something else there. By the end of the story I’m liking her a bit more as she grows into a more well-rounded character, but she’s still not someone I’d want to hang out with. Yet. I see potential for her to be worthy of Clark. Her brother. Yeah, it’s complicated. You’ll see. The writing is wonderful and the world is vibrant, but there is a bit of a cliffhanger. Well, it’s not so much a cliff as a steep hill. I’m looking forward to book 2, Treasure Born.
BooksbyNightMommybyDay More than 1 year ago
**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review** 3 ½ stars! Growing up with no father around and with a mother that is a Tarnished Silver, a prostitute in a small mining town called Tangled Wire, Clark Treasure does what he needs to get by – even if that means stealing from his mom’s clients now and then.  But when he comes across a vial of what he believes to be Absinthe and he drinks it – he changes his future forever.  Next thing he knows, his mom is killed, he figures out he can now raise the dead (or kill) with a simple touch, and the army is now looking for him like he’s enemy #1 as the substance he ingested was actually a serum the army owned to create the perfect soldier that could do just as Clark figured out he could do.  On the run for his life, Clark turns to the only people he can think of – the Treasure family, to his father who spent a night with his mother 19 years prior, was unfaithful to his wife, and got Clark’s mom pregnant. The family accepts him, given the letter and photo Clark has regarding his parentage – both Garth and Georgette Treasure give him a home along with their other children Jeremiah, Zachary, and Amethyst.  No one knows the secret that Clark is keeping, that with a touch he can either bring or take life from someone.  Clark sets out to get to know his family – however reluctant the boys are – his wild-spirited sister Amethyst makes up for it by trying to learn as much as she can about him…which includes following him around as she is extremely intrigued by him.  But Clark has discovered another “power” from the substance he drank two years earlier – he can sometimes see spirits, and when Amethyst is kidnapped by a strange aircraft, it is Clark to her rescue, but not before a spirit tells Clark what the craft is.  He feels this must just be a coincidence and is focused on helping to rescue his sister, but when Clark later finds out that the spirit is really his deceased father – an inventor named Eric Grisham, Clark is mystified that his attraction to his “sister” isn’t something to be ashamed of.  Upon saving Amethyst from the evil land owner, the Horen family, Clark’s father explains that he wants Clark to liberate the inventions that are in the Horen’s possession that were stolen upon his murder by the family and are rightfully Clark’s.  But on a fateful day, Amethyst is once again the victim of the Horen family – this time with a bullet to the heart.  Clark restores her and is forced to trust her with his secrets.  And when the two fall for each other, they are forced to keep their love a secret or be obligated to expose all they have learned. This was my first steampunk novel and I really enjoyed how all of the inventions were described and created, all without having indoor plumbing in most homes.  Clark was a strong and noble character, who has only ever wanted a family to call his own.  Amethyst is wild and stong-willed – she is a perfect complement to Clark as she brings fun and excitement to his life.  The rest of the Treasure family is the perfect balance of sophistication and grace in their accepting of Clark and everything he encompasses.  My sole complaint was the format – there were multiple POV’s, and there was never a really clear change, other than a little marker between paragraphs.  You had to be reading for a while to figure out whose prospective you were listening to, which it would have been nice to have made the separation and POV a little clearer.  This was an enjoyable story that left readers on the edge of their seats with a cliff-hanger ending, and I am looking forward to seeing what else is in store for the Treasure/ Grisham family.
naturalbri More than 1 year ago
What I Thought: I am a true lover of all things steampunk. I can't get enough of it, and absolutely LOVE reading steampunk! This book is a steampunk story, which has a Wild West sort of theme to is, with gunfights and horseback, all mixed in with a man who has gained some unusual powers and, of course, a load of steampunk action.  I found that the author through us into the mix straightaway. We met our main character, Clark, who is trouble himself, even though he doesn't always mean to be. He is a small time thief, at times, and believes he stealing a vial of absinthe - which is already enough to make you go mental - but he is actually stealing a government produced elixir, and soon he'll be paying for it with his life.  After drinking, he is involved in a mine incident, which ultimately brings out his powers and put the government on his trail. We then shoot to a few years in the future, where Clark becomes part of the family of his father, and then the real action begins! I love that this story is a bit of a mix of steampunk, with a little paranormal thrown in the mix. The action and intense moments where there are feuds between locals and Clark avoiding capture, are excellent. They have loads of details, blended with the emotions and thoughts from the characters. The amount of steampunk in the book is good, though I wouldn't mind a bit more detail and usage of steampunk weapons.(Though toward the end we saw more, so I am very excited to see how much is in the second book!) I thought the story was interesting and unique. There was a minor love story sort of taking place, which is both awkward and understood - but I'll leave you to read that. I thought, though it was at times very awkward, it really added to the tension and suspense of the story.  Overall, this was a brilliant beginning to a steampunk series. I am very keen to read more and I really think steampunk and paranormal readers would love this read! 
Amberle_L More than 1 year ago
I was offered a free copy of Treasure, Darkly in exchange for my honest review. I was immediately excited upon reading the novel's synopsis, as I love a good western and especially love one with a genre-bending twist such as this. I was just the tiniest bit hesitant, though, because the steampunk writings that I've enjoyed in the past were few and far between; I don't seem to have very good luck within the genre. Jordan Mierek completely took my breath away, though. To begin with, the cover is absolutely gorgeous! Very eye catching, elegant, and with a captivating quality that kept me staring at the details long after I should have pressed on to page one. But finally I did press on, and the action kicks in right off the bat. The lead character is soundly established very early on -- characterization seeming nearly effortless on the part of this author -- and the setting itself flows naturally into being without the strained, heavy-handed world-building that so many cross-genre stories find themselves faltering in. In the afterword, Mierek mentions that she was inspired by shows such as Big Valley and The Lone Ranger, and those influences are very apparent. I personally was put in mind of the movie Wanda Nevada over and over again, especially as the plot's central romance developed. The lead character is just noble enough -- just, just barely -- to convince readers to overlook the coarseness of his lust, which in itself seemed to me very fitting in this pseudo-cowboy epic. I thought it was a perfect balance, and even though I'm not much of one for romances in general, I really must say that it won me over. The story line itself is entertaining and fast-paced, and I thought all of the crossed-genre ingredients came together perfectly; the novel is just as much a western as it has to be, just as much a steampunk expo, just as much a ghost story as is necessary. All in all, I was very pleasantly surprised; even the abrupt ending -- not quite a cliff-hanger, but bloody close -- didn't really put me off that much. I will definitely have to keep my eye out for the sequel. Five well-deserved stars for Treasure, Darkly.