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Atlantis Quest Hardcover – Mar 1 2016
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About the Author
Gloria Craw grew up in the desert southwest, inspired every day by the wide skies and rich colors around her. After high school, she attended the University of Utah where she majored and got a degree in anthropology. These days, she lives in the 'burbs' just outside of Seattle, Washington where she is the shepherd of a husband, four daughters and a very hairy dog. www.gloriacraw.com
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Atlantis Quest is book two of the Atlantis Rising series by Gloria Craw and I’m glad I came across these books. This book picks up shortly after book one wrapped up and quickly pulled me back into Alison’s story again. I admit, I had to go back to book one to refresh my memory of what had happened in the first book but once I did that and then dove into this book, everything started coming back to me.
Now that Alison knows a bit about who she is and where she comes from, she is more open to those around her; including the clan. Now that Sebastian is taken care of and no longer after her, Alison is in a bit of a rhythm but all of that changes when she is asked to join Spencer and Katherine (Ian’s parents) for dinner where she finds out Nikki Dawning, the girl who almost got her killed, is missing. Not only that, they think Alison is the one who can help find her.
The story really picks up when Alison heads to Colorado to spy on the Truss clan. The plan is that she will stay with a guy names Theron whose family has a place near where the Truss will be and since Alison doesn’t give off a vibration, she is the most logical person to go see what is going on.
I have to say, I really like Theron. I was worried about a potential love triangle here and while that doesn’t normally bother me, I was concerned here because I really like Ian. Thankfully it wasn’t something that I worried about for long. Alison definitely has feelings for Ian and I see where her thoughts are coming from but her relationship with Theron definitely feels more brotherly. One of my favorite parts of their relationship was that back and forth banter. In addition to that, Theron knows things about Alison. As they begin to get comfortable with each other and open up, they both find they are able to talk to one another about things they haven’t felt comfortable talking to others about. These two have formed a great friendship and I love how Theron has helped Alison face one of her biggest fears, opening herself up to Ian even though it might now all work out in the end.
Alison definitely grows in this book. She is on her own with the Truss most of the time…with the exception of the time she spent with Phoebe and she definitely holds her own. While she is definitely in danger when she is at the resort on her own, she uses her brain. When she is in danger, she thinks about what to do versus just reacting. I appreciate that she wasn’t just reacting all the time. I also like that she finally called Spencer and Katherine out on all the secrets they have been keeping from her.
I also liked how Craw tied Sebastian into the current story and the fact that we finally got to find out about Maxwell and what the overall plan was. As the story wraps up, we find out what happens with the Truss clan and ultimately, Nikki. I don’t know if another book is in the works for this series but I think this book definitely leaves things open for another since I still have questions about Alison’s place within the clans as well as what happens amongst them all.
If you are looking for something a bit different definitely consider this series. It was something I just happened across and I’m glad for it. It has solid characters and an interesting story and while I wasn’t really sure what to expect at first, I found myself pulled into this story and unable to put it down.
Atlantis Rising definitely left me wanting to know what would happen next, and I felt a connection with Alison weeks after I reached the end. When the opportunity to read and review the sequel came along, I jumped on it, and I'm glad for the chance to continue experiencing this story.
Alison grew so much in this book, even more than she did in the first. Not only has she embraced being outside her protective bubble, she's learned more about who she is, what she wants, and where her life is going, which was marvelous to see. I missed Brandy quite a bit, wondering several times throughout the story what she would say or do, much like I suspect Alison and Ian did. The new characters introduced were fantastic, and I love the connections made between them all. I feel like Spencer and Katherine could be expanded on a bit more, but I'm holding out hope for the third book to see more of their personalities, aside from somewhat controlling leaders.
I actually found myself wondering why Alison likes Ian so much, and what she sees in him, which was disturbing. I'm not quite sure they work together, but again, am curious to see what happens between them in the next book. I have a feeling all hell is going to break loose for the descendants of Atlantis, so there may not even be time for them to worry about personal lives. We shall see.
All in all, I am so glad to have stumbled upon this series, and am loving where the story is headed. Mrs. Craw is a wonderful storyteller, and I enjoy her writing style. I'd be more than happy to read anything she creates, but am mostly anxious to see how she ends this story. I can't wait to devour the third book in the series, and my guess is, I'll be crossing my fingers for a fourth book.
I'd definitely recommend this series to fans of paranormal adventures. This book did have some graphic/gory points, that may not be suitable for younger audiences. It is a book you could read without reading the prequel first, but I would recommend starting the series from the beginning, as the character development will lack a few layers of substance otherwise.
Bravo, and keep 'em coming!
*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the publisher, to read in exchange for an honest review.
@Desert Rose Reviews
We get to continue loving Ian and, for me at least, hoping for a soul match pairing. Unfortunately, Alison is so negative about her ability to find a match that she may let a good thing get away.
Theron, Alison’s cousin, makes his first appearance in Atlantis Quest and I love him. He is snarky and sarcastic and at times, downright rude, but that is just fine because he can match Alison comment for comment and their banter sometimes made me actually laugh but mostly I smiled every time they spoke to one another.
I love how he gets Alison. She needed someone that she didn’t have to explain why she feels the way she does and doesn’t have to feel bad for her humanity. I am excited at what his abilities are going to be.
I can’t wait to see how Alison will infiltrate the Tress and become a chief. I think between her and Phoebe, there is a change coming!
I love books that deal with mythology and I’ve always liked stories about ancient civilizations so a series centered on Atlantis intrigued me.
Now that Alison is aware of her origins and she has learned about her abilities she feels more comfortable in her new life. While she has many abilities, she has one that is unique; she doesn’t have a vibration. A vibration is sort of like a beacon letting other dewings, (descendents of Atlantis) know you were one of them. From the feel of the vibration you could tell the gender, approximate age and what clan the come from. Alison could feel others, but they could not feel her. Maybe it’s because she was raised by humans and as she learns more she will develop a vibration. However, not having a vibration makes her the logical one to act as a spy in Colorado and gather information on the Truss. She’s also trying to find information relating to the disappearance of her adversary, Nikki Dawning.
I like that Alison is a strong character and I also like that the characters actions and decisions show a maturity level that is lacking is too many YA novels. They aren’t flight, whiny and ruled by their hormones and romance is not the main focus of the story. There aren’t any love triangles or any insta-love/insta-lust in the first two novels.
I would have like to see a little more action and less talking but the story flows well and I found it to be a very enjoyable read. There’s not cliff-hanger and I hope in the next book we will learn even more this world, its inhabitants and the more about why there is so much dissonance among clans. Are there more secrets that Alison doesn’t know about; will not knowing put her in danger? Why are they still keeping secrets from her; what are they afraid of?
4.25/5 STARS: **I want to thank the author and/or publisher for providing me with a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review; all opinions are mine.**
The story of Atlantis has always fascinated me. When I read Atlantis Quest, I was thrust in to a new and fascinating world where the "Dewing" existed, or the children of Atlantis. I have traveled this dangerous journey full of suspense, the unveiling of mysterious information, romance, and new responsibilities, right alongside the main character, Alison.
In Atlantis Quest, the sequel picks right up where Atlantis Rising left off. Make sure you read this series in sequential order. I enjoyed book two even more than the first book in the series. Alison is put up to a very dangerous task, that will benefit the greater good of her people, shall she succeed. Along the way, her feelings for Ian grow stronger, and it becomes harder to resist the pull she feels towards the one she loves. She makes new friends, Theron and Phoebe, who are both extremely likable characters, and I have high hopes that I will see more of them in the following book.
Atlantis Quest was filled with magic, mystery, danger, and awakening. Alison grew as a character, as she became more confident in her role as a dewing, and developed leadership qualities, along with a stronger voice. The romance isn't a large part of the story, but it adds a little something special in to the mix.
The Atlantis Rising Series is one that I would recommend for kids in middle should, as well as teenagers, and adults that are "young at heart." It doesn't have any mature content whatsoever, and is a safe and fun read that parents can give to their children.
I give, Atlantis Quest, by Gloria Craw, 4 Exciting Adventure, Magical, Mysterious, Fun, and Suspense Filled Stars! What a wonderful and refreshing read.
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