About the book:
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.
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: Some spoilers ahead!
We start out with Clark Treasure, son of a prostitute or Tarnished Silver, stealing from one of his mother’s clients. No big deal, until he steals and drinks absinthe that isn’t really absinthe. The potion he drinks gives him some interesting necromancing abilities such as seeing ghosts and being able to talk with them, bringing back from the dead people who have just passed, and (if he has just brought someone back) the ability to kill someone. It’s a neat take on necromancy and I quite like it.
However, Clark was stealing from the army, not just a regular nobody client. Now he’s got the army after him because they needed those skills (for war, of course) and he’s in hiding. After a few years of hiding out, he finally decides to see if his father will be able to help him out. After all, he’s got a letter written by Garth Treasure, head of the very powerful and wealthy Treasure family, stating that he’s Clark’s father with a picture of him when Garth was younger. It turns out, as it will, that Garth isn’t really the father, but that one of his best friends who was murdered was the father and because his friend just looked so much like him it was easy to pass Clark off as his. Clark even believed it until Eric Grisham, his real father, appeared to him as a ghost and starts telling him things. Things like, the terrible Horan family has stolen many of my inventions and are using them for nefarious things! Go steal them back! Clark destroys a hypnotic organ and steals four helmets with communication systems built in, for starters.
Before Clark discovered his true parentage, however, he was lusting over what he thought was his half-sister Amethyst. It was pretty obvious based on the amount of emphasis being placed on the sexual tension between the two that it was going to turn out that they weren’t siblings, but it was still pretty gross. Incest is not something that I find entertaining or cool. Even if it turns out that it really isn’t incest. Furthermore, as far as the rest of the world is concerned, they’re siblings. And even more importantly, as far as Georgette (love her character) and Garth Treasure know, Clark and their daughter Amethyst believe that they are half-siblings. How disrespectful is that?!
I give this book 4.0 stars out of 5.0 because there were a few errors, but mostly because the brother-sister thing squicks me out even if they aren’t actually brother-sister. I did very much enjoy the book, but some things irked me.
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!