Friday, January 9, 2015

Atlantis Rising Book Tour: Review + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Atlantis Rising book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as a giveaway for signed copies of Atlantis Rising, a $10 gift card, and swag. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Release date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

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…

My Rating: 3.5 Roses

An interesting YA read based on the myths of Atlantis, Atlantis Rising was a great book. It had nice characters, an intriguing idea, and, while it wasn't perfect, I enjoyed reading it.

Let me start with the parts of the book that I liked:
The characters, for the most part, were lovely. Alison was likable, protective of her family, and determined to do whatever it took to keep them safe.
Ian was a total sweetie and I adored him. He was undoubtedly my favorite part of the book. Charming, kind, and a genuinely nice person, he was wonderful.

The secondary characters were also good, with personalities of their own that made them engaging on their own right.

The romance was sweet. It wasn't an overwhelming part of the story, with the characters more focused on the problem at hand, but it definitely played a role and I thought Alison and Ian were great together.

There were, however, a few little problems that arose from a single major problem: the story felt forced on more than one occasion. By this I mean that the circumstances felt contrived and the explanations at a bare minimum. For example, it was really unrealistic that, after a single short conversation with a stranger who could have been delusional for all she knew, Alison decided to become a hermit because thought she would be a danger to her family. Why didn't she try to find out more or even just write him off as crazy like most people would have? It seemed like a really extreme reaction. And other little things like that were present. Why did Ian's parents just let their son go off to kill a tyrant? I understood that it had been prophecized and only a small group had a chance of getting in, but they didn't even seem to be actively engaged in preparing, other than training Alison. And, what exactly were the dewing (AKA, the Atlantians)? I got that they weren't human but, then, what were they? Did they evolve past humans, separately from humans, even come from the same world as humans? There really wasn't enough explanation of that. All these little things became a noticeable irritation and brought down the book for me.

However, I still did enjoy the story overall. The plot was a little slow at first but picked up after a couple of chapters and kept me engaged all the way through. I was interested in finding out how things turned out for Alison and Ian and how they would take down a tyrant. So, though I didn't love the story, I still liked it and found it to be an enjoyable read. Overall, I thought it was a good book and, to those who are interested, it's definitely worth checking out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Up for grabs is a first prize of a signed copy of Atlantis Rising, a $10 gift card, an Atlantis Rising notepad, a pendant, a signed bookmark and a pen. Second prize is a signed copy of Atlantis Rising, an Atlantis Rising notepad, a pendant, a signed bookmark and a pen. And 3 Runners Up will received an Atlantis Rising notepad, a signed bookmark and a pen. US only.
Good luck!

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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. 

1 comment:

  1. The cover drew me in and the synopsis is intriguing.