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- Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (February 15, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 15, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TOV9A6Q
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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.
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.
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 :)
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!
We can't wait for the next one. It keeps him busy for hours!!!
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