Daphne is not a risk taker. She was a responsible student, and when her job as a journalist starts after the summer, she will be a responsible worker. Heading off on adventures is not really her style. But when Daphne’s flighty, daredevil cousin calls her for a ride, Daphne gets much more than she bargained for. Quickly, the hunt is afoot for a treasure that has been hidden for hundreds of years. Can Daphne, her cousin, and their team find the Tesoro treasure before their unscrupulous competitors get to it? Or will Daphne’s attempt at risk taking end in disaster?
- Title: Tesoro: Secrets of the Hidden Treasure
- Author: Andrea Hintz
- Publisher: Andrea Hintz (self-published)
- Published: July 23, 2014
Note: I received an ebook copy of Tesoro: Secrets of the Hidden Treasure in exchange for an honest review.
This was a fun, light read. It made me nostalgic, because the 39 clues series was one of my favorites as a kid, and Tesoro reminded me a lot of those books. Although this is a book about treasure hunting and adventure, it wasn’t too intense or stressful. There were definitely action-packed moments, but overall Tesoro was a relaxing book to read. Of course, the hunting for and deciphering of clues was really fun, and I thought Hintz did a good job leading us on the trail.
I also enjoyed the characters. Daphne is a little uptight at times, but she gradually relaxed and gained a sense of adventure. The supporting characters were also likable and easy to read about; I sense a coming romance between Daphne and one of her teammates, and their interactions were really cute.
There were a few things I didn’t like so much. First, I should mention that Tesoro is a self-published novel, which of course means that the author didn’t have the same resources available to her as someone working with a publishing company. Overall, the writing was good (thank goodness I had no grammar issues this time), but there were some scenes with stilted dialogue or a lack of descriptive detail. It wasn’t continuous or horrible, but just be aware. I also thought the writing shifted between a narrating style and Daphne’s point of view, which was a little confusing. It wasn’t glaringly obvious, but there were a few instances when Daphne was thinking things that sounded more like observations about herself than natural thoughts, if that makes sense. Like what an author wants you to think about the character, rather than what you would learn from reading her POV.
My last issue was a little lack in authenticity in historical scenes. There are flashbacks about the person who hid the treasure which are set in the late 1600s. But his speech patterns sounded really modern, which was strange. There were also maps that Daphne and her team would get which had distance measured in feet, which didn’t make sense. The book was set in Italy; plus, I doubt the measuring standards from the 1600s have carried on until today.
Tesoro was super clean! No language, no sexual material, no religious material, no LGBT content.
Although there were a few unpolished aspects in Tesoro, I enjoyed it overall. If adventure/treasure hunting books are your jam, you may want to check this series out (there are three of them, I believe). I am giving Tesoro three stars.
I enjoyed Tesoro a whole lot more than Crowned a Traitor. It is completely coincidental that I ended up reading two self-published novels in September, but I’m glad I did. I really haven’t read many self-published books before; I should look into them more. Do you have a favorite self-published novel?