Saturday, September 5, 2015

Review: Born of Treasure by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek

Title: Born of Treasure
Author: Jordan Elizabeth Mierek
Series: Treasure Chronicles #2
Genre: Alternate History/ Science Fiction/ Adventure
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date: September 21st 2015
Pages: eBook, 300 pages
Source: ARC provided by Publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon US | Barnes and Noble

     Clark used to be a miner, until he drank from a vial he swore was absinthe but was actually an invention to give him the ability to raise the dead. Now Clark seeks to fulfill his father's wishes to keep other inventions away from Senator Horan.  His beloved Amethyst is along for the ride. 
Deceit, drama, romance, the insidious underbellies of gangs...How can she not be involved?
     Clark can't hide behind the Treasure name forever and the army still wants him for his secret abilities. If Captain Greenwood can't snare Clark, then he'll use the Treasures as collateral. Saving his father's inventions will just have to wait, especially now that the Treasures have been kicked off their ranch and driven into exile. Clark knows how to survive on the run, but that’s not the fate the Treasures deserve. He can surrender to the army or fight for his freedom, but Amethyst has other plans for fixing their troubles.
     She’s come across another one of the vials that gave Clark is abilities, and it looks mighty tasty.

     So, I kind of have some mixed feelings for this book. 

While on one hand, it was a really engaging story and I having really enjoyed the first book, I was looking forward to continuing this series. Half the time the characters were being really dumb, and I wanted to shake them yelling in the face telling them how gullible they were being and that they were being duped. From Captain Greenwood to Mr.Treasure Sr. For a while there Clark was the only one not being dumb, but then he had to go on and agree with someone on a really dumb decision and started being dumb.

I was really glad that as high maintenance as Amethyst is as a character, she was willing to get dirty and pretty much dig through the mud to save her family. She had some pretty good character development through these two books. Going from a girl who only cares about her appearance and when the next party will be, to doing whatever it takes to survive and save those she cares about.

The ending of this book was, in a word, strange. I am unsure if this is the last book or not. I feel like it shouldn't be, but at the same time the way things ended it seems like it is. The epilogue didn't really match up with the chapter before it.

I did like this book, it was well written, there were just too many loose ends for me to be completely satisfied if this is the final book.

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