Sunday, April 30, 2017

Review: Wicked Treasure by Jordan Elizabeth

Treasure Chronicles, #3
by Jordan Elizabeth
Curiosity Quills
YA Fantasy
311 pages

An asylum patient has a cryptic vision: Clark will overthrow the presidency. She's just insane...right? 

When a clockwork lion kidnaps their daughter, Clark and Amethyst's calm new life shatters. Hunting down the beast leads the Grishams and Treasures to a conspiracy not just against Clark, but also against the country. 

The conspirators attacked their little girl. An offense like that can’t go ignored. With his old gang at his back, Clark is ready to take on an abandoned circus, dethroned royalty, a corrupt orphanage, and the presidency itself. 

WICKED TREASURE is the third installment of the Treasure Chronicles.


This is one of those books which has so many different aspects that it's hard to shove it into one specific genre drawer.

A young woman, who's been locked away in an asylum for years, predicts that Clark will take over the presidency. This sets off a string of events, which leads to the kidnapping of Clark and Amethyst's daughter. These two will stop at nothing to get their daughter back, unleashing a wave of revealed conspiracy and adventure.

This is the third book in the series, and I was really looking forward to diving in. Although this book doesn't hang on to the plot from the first two, it's easier to understand the characters and their style after reading the rest of the series. However, it is possible to jump into this one as a stand alone.

Unlike the first two books, the steampunk elements back down and government conspiracy fills the left over holes. This gives the entire book a different direction, which leaves Steampunk fans a little unsatisfied. On the other hands, fans of conspiracy and history will be a little more in their element. The characters, Clark and Amethyst, are still as strong-headed and courageous as before. They don't back down and take on anyone and anything to get their daughter back. It's hard not to get caught up in their struggle and cheer them on. The dark style and romantic elements hold strong as they always have for these two characters.

The plot runs a little differently than in the rest of the series, but it grabs just as much. With a captivating writing style, the author brings the world to life and keeps the tension high. The characters and their motives are layered with intrigue and shadows, adding twists and turns at unexpected times. Especially the addition of Samantha brings a nice sub-plot and puts a new dimension to the story. There were a few moments when confusion sets in, and some characters' actions fell a bit out of sync, but it wasn't enough to make me want to lay the book down. I still needed to see how things turned out in the end.

Summed up, this book takes a different turn to the rest of the series but is just as engaging and holds many surprises. Especially fans of action, paranormal, history and conspiracy will enjoy giving this a read.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and enjoyed it enough to want to freely leave my thoughts.

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