Book Review: Atlantis Rising by Gloria Craw

Atlantis Rising
Author: Gloria Graw
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal | Romance
Release Date: January 6th 2015
Review Source: Entangled: Teen

I am different. I have always been different, but no one can know or my life will be in danger. So I hide in plain sight, wearing drab clothes and thick glasses and trying to be invisible. I’m so good at hiding, no one has ever noticed me. Until Ian…the mysterious and oh-so-cute boy I know I need to avoid.

Now I have been seen. And more terrifying still, I am wanted—by those who would protect me and those who would destroy everything and everyone I love. But if they’re all terrified about who I am, wait until they see what I can do…

I liked this one; it was paranormal but staying away from the creatures of the night. The title alone dragged me in--Atlantis Rising. Greek mythology is my one bookish weakness and the title and cover just screamed “read me!” And I thoroughly enjoyed it!

What I liked most was how unconventional things were. Paranormal genre but no vampires or werewolves, Luke’s a Clan Chief but possesses no leadership skills and is a frail character, Ian is the main man who isn’t typically portrayed. Brandi, who after losing her likeliness (AKA soul mate), goes through a change I haven’t read about in YA paranormal before. I could go on, but you get the point. The characters weren’t typical, and it made them believable and real to me.

Granted, the book wasn’t what I expected after reading the summary but it was just as good. The build up throughout the story has you excited for the big bang, which definitely came, and now I'm left with questions. However, I’ve noticed there isn’t an indication of this being a series which is disappointing. Though Atlantis Rising ended contently, with the big knot tied up, there are still a lot of little things left loose and there's definitely things which screams that this will be a series.

I did find it hard to connect to the characters, so when certain things happened to them, I found myself not emotionally invested in them, but despite that it was a good read. Everything else was well written and original that I hardly took notice of the little blip.

Overall: This was a satisfying read which I would recommend to fans of paranormal.

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