About the book:
BORN OF TREASURE, BY JORDAN ELIZABETH
Genre: Steampunk, paranormal-romance
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: September 21, 2015
Cover Artist: Amy Chitulescu
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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.
About the author:
Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, writes down her nightmares in order to live her dreams. With an eclectic job history of working as a college professor; historic costumed interpreter at Fort Stanwix, Victorian Leisure Fair, and Mayfaire on the Green; office specialist; sales clerk; election inspector; and trainer, she is now diving into the world of author.It happens to be her favorite one.
When she’s not creating art or searching for lost history in the woods, she’s updating her blog, Kissed by Literature. Jordan is the president of the Utica Writers Club and maintains JordanElizabethMierek.com.
She roams Central New York, but she loves to travel. A great deal of time has been spent in a rural town very similar to Arnn, the setting of her novel ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW.
Warning: Spoilers ahead for the first book and some for this book!
So the last book ended with Clark and Amethyst foolishly getting married. Yes, I said foolishly. They haven’t even bother to tell Garth and Georgette Treasure that they know they aren’t half-siblings and that Clark knows Eric Grisham is his dad, not Garth. But they get married… DUMB! So dumb. This is easily the most foolish decision they’ve made in both books.
This book opens with Clark attempting to find and steal another of Eric’s inventions and almost getting caught. He and Amethyst luck out in their escape, but Amethyst was stupid enough to say she and Amethyst Treasure are great friends while she’s supposed to be incognito. While entertaining all the people she’s not actually supposed to be talking to, she tells everyone her real name which, now that she’s married, is Amethyst Grisham. She also lets slip his real name of Clark Grisham. She is not at all prepared for life on the run.
Jeremiah has a few interesting bits in this book, including his very abrupt marriage to Alyssa Ottman to secure his inheritance. She’s got more bite and sass than originally indicated, but it doesn’t really show until the very end. Her backbone and strength shows a bit when she insists they get married immediately upon discovering the Horans are pushing a law through that would require the person inheriting property to be married. I was impressed by that bit, but I like her reaction to some of Amethyst’s actions more.
I’m bit less squicked out by the brother-sister public appearance, but I’m still frustrated that several ideal opportunities to tell Garth and Georgette the truth were ignored. You simply cannot be seen as responsible enough to be an adult if you cannot own up to your actions. And then when Amethyst finally breaks the news, she does so at the most inopportune time. It’s clear that it was done for dramatic effect both by Amethyst as a character and by the author and it’s quite dramatic, but why skip all those perfectly acceptable times? There’s no accounting for it anywhere in the book. Someone should have said something, in my opinion.
I give this book 3.5 out of 5.0 stars because, again, there are errors that really should have been fixed already, but the book is still easily readable. I don’t know if there’s another book coming because the end of this one did seem a bit final, but if there is a third book then I will definitely be reading it, in spite of the things that are wrong with the book.
There’s also a separate short story called “A Treasure Tale” at the end of this book. It’s from before the first book, so it’s more a prequel than anything, but there is a part that implies maybe it isn’t a prequel when the story references Amethyst’s first kidnapping where she was locked in a shed. I happen to adore short stories, especially those that add more background to the stories. This particular short story gives us a glimpse into the time Clark found work with a crazy doctor. Of course, his ghost friends give him plenty of information while he’s attempting to work for the doctor including telling him that the doctor keeps his daughter locked up. Somehow the ghosts neglected to mention that the doctor had two daughters locked up and was keeping them under control by threatening to harm the other sister if one of them acted up.
I give the short story 4.0 out of 5.0 stars because it entertained me, but still had an error. It was a pretty easy save for Clark, and that’s okay. I would love to see more of his adventures while he was on the run.
About Curiosity Quills Press:
Curiosity Quills Press (CQ) is a small hybrid publishing company specializing in genre fiction of the highest quality. With 150+ titles in our catalog already and approximately 6 new books coming out each month, there’s never a dull moment at CQ. We work with major retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Audible to ensure that you, the reader, can find whatever you are looking for at your convenience.
Founded in 2011 by Eugene Teplitsky and Lisa Gus, CQ was initially a resource portal for writing and publishing, created in an effort to help writers, like themselves, survive the publishing industry. After rapid success, CQ morphed into publishing press that over time has solidified its share in the market. Now we spend our days searching for the next great escape!